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1,929 Cheap Apartments for rent in San Rafael, CA

Finding cheap apartments in San Rafael takes some ingenuity and effort, as well as quick action. Before you head out on your search, bring along pay stubs, bank statements, le... Read Guide >
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300 Channing Way
San Rafael, CA | North San Rafael Commercial Center
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$2,140
808 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,621
1045 sqft
Last updated April 13 at 3:52 PM
Updated apartments near the 101. Studio, one-, and two-bedroom apartments with walk-in closets and stainless steel appliances. Air conditioning and fireplace. Green community with a pool and bike storage.
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6 Units Available
Rafael Town Center
1050 Court St
San Rafael, CA | Downtown San Rafael
Studio
$1,995
470 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,130
556 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,330
906 sqft
Last updated April 13 at 3:52 PM
Located within walking distance of 30 restaurants, 20 retail stores and 10 entertainment centers. Residents enjoy units with dishwashers, hardwood floors, and patio or balcony. Community includes BBQ grill, elevator, fire pit, and pool.
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The Lofts at Albert Park
155 Andersen Dr
San Rafael, CA | Downtown San Rafael
Studio
$2,153
300 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,033
709 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,530
1541 sqft
Last updated April 13 at 3:03 PM
Bright complex next to Albert Park near the 101. Fire pit and swimming pool on site. Buildings have elevators. In-unit laundry, air conditioning and walk-in closets. Two-story floor plans available.
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Highlands of Marin
1001 Cresta Way
San Rafael, CA | Marinwood
1 Bedroom
$2,402
800 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,229
1060 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$3,523
1400 sqft
Last updated April 13 at 1:01 PM
The Highlands of Marin offers remarkable amenities, premier resident services, and stylish apartments in San Rafael. Enjoy access to our on-site fitness center, business center, dog park, and swimming pools with cabanas and sun deck. Our apartments feature modern kitchens with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. Offering panoramic views of Mount Tamalpais, the Highlands of Marin is close to Highway 101, Smith Ranch Road, and the Dixie School District. Less than one mile away, McInnis Golf Park provides access to several sports fields and hiking trails. Enjoy close proximity to great shopping and dining, escapes to wine country, and convenient commutes to the San Francisco Bay Area. Tour Highlands of Marin today. We are currently offering self-guided tours and virtual appointments.
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7 Units Available
McInnis Park
10 North Ave
San Rafael, CA | Smith Ranch
1 Bedroom
$2,330
698 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,675
936 sqft
Last updated April 13 at 12:29 PM
Apartments have unique floor plans. Kitchens are well-equipped and have plenty of counter and cupboard space. Complex has a gym and tennis court. Near the McGinnis Park Golf Club.
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4 Units Available
Park Hill
1747 Lincoln Ave
San Rafael, CA | Lincoln-San Rafael Hill
1 Bedroom
$1,940
440 sqft
Last updated April 13 at 12:01 PM
Comfortable apartments have walk-in closets and fully equipped kitchens. Private parking provided. Located a short walk from Mountain Park and near bus routes on Lincoln Avenue.
1 Unit Available
5 F Street
5 F Street
San Rafael, CA | Downtown San Rafael
Studio
$2,150
Last updated April 13 at 1:02 PM
1 Unit Available
1135 4th Street - 202
1135 4th Street
San Rafael, CA | Downtown San Rafael
Studio
$2,000
340 sqft
Last updated April 13 at 1:00 PM
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1 Unit Available
8 3rd Street #5
8 3rd Street
San Rafael, CA | Montecito-Happy Valley
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$1,975
640 sqft
Last updated April 13 at 9:37 AM
1 Bedroom Walking Distance to Downtown San Rafael - 1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom in excellent location in San Rafael in well maintained building. Walk to Whole Foods and Trader Joes (Montecito Plaza). -Newly Painted -New Carpet -Parking -Storage -Water and Trash included in the rent -Mt Tam Sunset and water views!!! -On-site washer/dryer and storage Income should be 3 times the rent amount. Proof of income needs to be shown. No Dogs Allowed (RLNE6445009)
1 Unit Available
209 Corrillo Drive
209 Corrillo Drive
San Rafael, CA | Rafael Meadows-Los Ranchitos
1 Bedroom
$1,880
550 sqft
Last updated April 13 at 7:11 AM
This warm, welcoming in-law suite is like having your own home - consisting of living room, bedroom, full bath and kitchenette. This suite is a section of our single family home. We are an active, retired couple, love to travel and visit with our children and grandchildren. Since we will be living under the same roof with our tenant, we are looking for a special person. Our ideal tenant is: honest and trustworthy considerate and respectful friendly and direct has a gross income of at least $5,500/mo has good / excellent credit pays rent consistently on time treats our property with care and respect has a healthy lifestyle - no smoking, no vaping, no drugs is noise considerate - no loud music or loud media Together with our tenant we envision co-creating a living situation where everyone involved benefits. This suite is for one person only. Sorry, no pets. It is fully furnished. As you can see from the photos, we are in the process of finishing the kitchenette. New flooring and countertops will be installed this month. The kitchenette will come equipped with new appliances: refrigerator, two burner induction cooktop, and toaster oven. Washing machine and dryer in the garage are shared. Our tenant will also have a designated storage area in the garage. Our exceptionally friendly neighborhood San Rafael Meadows was established in the 1950's. There is only one automobile entrance into and out making this a low traffic and quiet neighborhood. At the same time we are centrally located with less than a 2 minute drive to Highway 101 access. The SMART Train station is a 0.4 mile walk. We are ten minutes walking distance from Marin Civic Center where the famous Marin Farmers Market is held each Thursday and Sunday. There are five restaurants in the neighborhood. The Northgate Mall offering banking, shopping, more restaurants, movie theaters and more is a 0.6 miles walk. Marin County, the home of magnificent Mt. Tamalpais is a mecca for hiking and biking trails, lakes and beaches. Most are accessible by car within minutes. Utility costs will be a flat fee of $150/mo. This includes electric, gas, water, sewage, garbage, recycling, and WIFI Move in costs will be a $55 application fee for credit, background, and eviction checks, first and last months rent, plus $1,000 security deposit - for a total of $4,815 Interested? Please submit the form on this page or contact Odilia McFarland at 415-996-6129 to learn more. Showing of this lovely suite is by appointment only after a telephone interview. This property is managed by a responsible landlord using Avail landlord software.
1 Unit Available
1565 4th St
1565 4th Street
San Rafael, CA | Downtown San Rafael
1 Bedroom
$1,750
456 sqft
Last updated April 13 at 7:11 AM
Amazing 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom apartment in San Rafael. Amenities included: laundry in building. Utilities included: water and garbage. Is not pet friendly. Date Available: Feb 1st 2021. $1,750/month rent. $1,750 security deposit required. Please submit the form on this page or contact Elam Property Management at 415-991-0678 to learn more.
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7 Units Available
Parkside
101 Sunny Hills Dr
San Anselmo, CA | San Anselmo
1 Bedroom
$2,287
775 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,303
1065 sqft
Last updated April 13 at 3:52 PM
Situated on lushly landscaped grounds, our beautifully maintained property is within walking distance of shopping, schools, parks, restaurants, hiking trails, and transportation. Spacious one- and two-bedroom apartments feature large redwood decks, ample storage space and newly remodeled kitchens equipped with granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances. Come by today to see why our residents love coming home to Parkside!
1 Unit Available
66 Via Holon
66 Via Holon
Larkspur, CA | North Larkspur
1 Bedroom
$2,250
Last updated April 13 at 9:37 AM
VIEW, Large 1BR/1BA with POOL - Property Id: 398485 Enjoy one month free rent with a one year lease. This apartment gives you a tranquil place to call home. The living room has a large sliding door that leads out to a privacy balcony with a view. Spacious master bedrooms has a large walk in closet and the bath has a divided vanity and shower area. This unit has a second walk in closet. There is one designated carport space, with additional walk in storage. A laundry room is located on the site. This complex has a pool that is heated during the summer months. Conveniently located close to 101, Richmond/San Rafael bridge, Golden Gate Ferry and local shopping centers makes this apartment a must see. There are plenty of jogging paths and hiking trails nearby making it perfect for the outdoor enthusiast. Security Deposit - $2,250 with approved credit and employment history. Cat owners add $50 per month. Deposit increases $1,000 when adding a pet. Apply at TurboTenant: http://rental.turbotenant.com/p/66-via-holon-greenbrae-ca/398485 Property Id 398485 No Dogs Allowed (RLNE6477269)
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5 Units Available
Madera Valley Apartments
1495 Casa Buena Dr
Corte Madera, CA
1 Bedroom
$1,829
600 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,788
960 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated April 13 at 12:25 PM
There is so much to enjoy when you choose to live at Madera. Developed into the stunning hillside of Corte Madera, Madera Valley Apartment Homes offers you lavish living in the high desirable Marin County. Nothing compares to staring out at your lush hillside views on your spacious private patio or working up a sweat with an invigorating game of tennis on the exclusive resident tennis courts. Receive the best of the easy outdoor lifestyle Marin has to offer by being located minutes from the popular Town Center Shopping Area, numerous parks and trials, and just 12 miles out of San Francisco. Come get carried away here at Madera Valley Apartment Homes. Please call for an appointment today!
1 Unit Available
45 Reed Boulevard
45 Reed Boulevard
Strawberry, CA | Strawberry
2 Bedrooms
$2,500
950 sqft
Last updated April 13 at 3:11 PM
1 Unit Available
55 Reed Boulevard
55 Reed Boulevard
Strawberry, CA | Strawberry
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$2,475
Last updated April 13 at 1:02 PM
1 Unit Available
51 Reed Boulevard
51 Reed Boulevard
Strawberry, CA | Strawberry
2 Bedrooms
$2,475
Last updated April 13 at 1:02 PM
1 Unit Available
81 Spring Ln
81 Spring Lane
Marin County, CA
1 Bedroom
$2,375
450 sqft
Last updated April 13 at 9:37 AM
Beautiful Coach House in Nature - Property Id: 563439 Amazingly beautiful coach house nestled under the trees on a 3 acre lot in Fairfax. Open space and quiet while still close to town and at the foot of hiking paths. Hundreds of California Oaks, Madrone trees and native foliage. A nature lovers paradise! Huge deck to enjoy the outdoors. Parking a few steps away. This is a coachhouse that provides lots of storage space, a sleeping loft, beautiful gas burning stove, tall ceiling driveway parking and some storage. On demand water heater, Laundry room on site. There is no separate bedroom, a loft can be used for sleeping. There is a full kitchen and full bath. Please do not disturb tenants. Apply at TurboTenant: http://rental.turbotenant.com/p/81-spring-ln-fairfax-ca/563439 Property Id 563439 No Pets Allowed (RLNE6557135)
1 Unit Available
316 Marine St
316 Marine Street
Richmond, CA | Point Richmond
2 Bedrooms
$2,350
Last updated April 13 at 9:37 AM
2 Bedroom w/ Golden Gate Views! - Property Id: 560567 Downstairs unit in tri-plex. Refrigerator, electric stove, dishwasher, garbage disposal and granite counter tops. Newer carpet and flooring, single car garage with storage space inside and remote opener. Laundry ON-SITE, coin operated. Large private patio yard. Quaint town of Point Richmond with The Ferry running to S.F. closeby. Good location in the Bay Area for getting around. 1-year lease. $2,700 Security Deposit. Owners pays for garbage. RENTERS INSURANCE REQUIRED. Pets negotiable, no cats, 1 small dog. NO SMOKING. To view, contact: Jan Feagley Certified Property Manager (510) x 237 x 3908 EXT. 105 BRE License #00777442 Apply at TurboTenant: http://rental.turbotenant.com/p/316-marine-st-richmond-ca/560567 Property Id 560567 (RLNE6550660)
1 Unit Available
50 Half Moon Rd 1
50 Half Moon Road
Novato, CA | Central Novato
1 Bedroom
$1,900
Last updated April 13 at 9:37 AM
$1900 / 1Bed - 1Bath- Beautiful tranquil setting - Property Id: 521310 Elegant newly built 1 bedroom 1 Bath, in law unit located in a beautiful tranquil setting, in half-acre lot in private home located in Novato heights. Artists/writer's heaven! Surrounded by breath taking lush green trees and hills, wildlife, serene and quiet. The unit is located downstairs of the main house, and accessible with a flight of stairs, with private entrance. Brand new kitchenette, granite counter tops, washer/dryer in unit, new mini split with heater/AC, ample storage/closet space and your own private deck, one parking space, overlooking Mt. Burdell. Very conveniently located, easy commute 10 minutes to 101 freeway, and 10 minutes to downtown (Whole Foods), Restaurant. Easy access to Hiking and Biking Paths. Deposit 1st month, security deposit, 1/2 of the last month ($4750). Seeking quiet person, light cooking (vegetarian is bonus), references. Single person or couple okay. Please tell us little bit about yourself. Apply at TurboTenant: http://rental.turbotenant.com/p/50-half-moon-rd-novato-ca-unit-1/521310 Property Id 521310 (RLNE6507549)
1 Unit Available
541 Nevin Ave
541 Nevin Avenue
Richmond, CA | Iron Triangle
2 Bedrooms
$1,950
780 sqft
Last updated April 13 at 7:30 AM
Beautifully Remodeled Split Level 2 Bedroom 1.5 Bath Condo available NOW. Great Floorplan. New Cabinets, New Appliances, New Paint, and New flooring throughout, and a great Balcony to unwind at the end of the day. New laundry area on site. 1 Garage /Driveway per Tenant. Shared landscaped courtyard. Garbage/Water paid by Owner. Tenant responsible for PG&E/Internet/Cable NO PETS/ NO SMOKING. Month to Month Lease. Rental Terms: Month to Month Available: April 1st, 2021 Monthly Rent :$1950 Security Deposit :$1950 Application Fee $40 Each adult 18+ This unit is conveniently located near city parks, Schools, Kaiser Permanente, Shopping, Richmond Bart Station, Richmond Parkway, 580 Freeway, and Point Richmond.
1 Unit Available
224 Larkspur Plaza Dr
224 Larkspur Plaza Drive
Larkspur, CA | South Larkspur
1 Bedroom
$2,450
706 sqft
Last updated April 13 at 7:30 AM
PENDING with Applications! Coveted Larkspur Isle condo, just a short walk from charming downtown Larkspur! This 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom condo features numerous quality updates. The kitchen including gorgeous granite countertops, breakfast bar, stainless steel appliances, and ample cabinet space. The living room has high ceilings with an awesome additional loft space - perfect for a writing or reading nook! The loft is accessible by a ladder that tucks up out of the way when not in use. The bathroom has a double sink, large cabinets, and a spacious jacuzzi tub. The home also boasts a huge walk-in closet with thoughtful built-ins, a sizeable bedroom with remote controlled skylight, and a large balcony off the living room. Additionally, there is a community pool, an additional storage closet, and on-site community laundry. Sorry, this is a Non-Smoking property and the HOA does not allow dogs. Cat ok with owner approval and additional deposit. Renter's Insurance required. Water and Garbage are included. If you are interested in viewing the property or have any other questions, please contact Kelly Kaiser at 415-331-9200 or kelly@prandiprop.com. Thanks!
1 Unit Available
9 Von Ct
9 Von Court
Marin County, CA | Sleepy Hollow
1 Bedroom
$2,400
900 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Last updated April 13 at 7:30 AM
This tranquil one bedroom apartment nestled in the Fairfax hills is a gem. This cozy unit has ample natural light, light paint, clean carpet. The kitchen has a gas range, electric oven, microwave and a dishwasher. There are french doors off the living room that open to a large deck with stunning Mt. Tam views. There is a stackable washer/dryer in the unit, and plenty of street parking. Water, Garbage, and PG&E are included in the rent. This is a no pets, no smoking/vaping property. Renter's Insurance is required. For more information or to schedule an appointment to view the inside, please contact our showing scheduler, Christy, at 415-578-5107 or reply to this ad. Thank you!
Results within 10 miles of San Rafael
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15 Units Available
Summit at Sausalito
401 Sherwood Dr
Marin City, CA
1 Bedroom
$2,439
303 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,783
456 sqft
Last updated April 13 at 4:47 PM
Located just minutes from Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Sausalito Marina and the Financial District. Apartments feature air conditioning, patio or balcony, and stainless steel appliances. Community includes parking, sauna and gym.
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What is the typical rent for a studio apartment in San Rafael?
The average rent for a studio apartment in San Rafael is $2,148.
How expensive are one-bedroom apartments in San Rafael?
The average rent for a one-bedroom apartment rental in San Rafael is $2,243.
How much is rent for two-bedroom apartments in San Rafael?
The average monthly rent for a two-bedroom apartment in San Rafael is $2,969.
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What to keep in mind when looking for cheap apartments in San Rafael, CA

Finding cheap apartments in San Rafael takes some ingenuity and effort, as well as quick action. Before you head out on your search, bring along pay stubs, bank statements, letters of recommendations from landlords or employers, and identification. The more proactive you are about your search, the easier it will be to score a deal.

Look for cheap apartments in San Rafael by regularly scouring listings and looking during slower renting seasons, like winter. You can still find a deal if you move during the summer months when apartment hunting is more competitive.

You may be able to find cheap apartments in San Rafael in neighborhoods that are located away from attractions, restaurants, and entertainment. You may need to look farther out than you would prefer, but access to highways or public transportation can get you into the heart of San Rafael.

The building you choose can also make a difference in finding a cheap apartment in San Rafael. Older buildings that need some updating are more likely to have better deals. Walk-up apartments without elevators, on-street parking and few amenities like on-site fitness centers can also signal affordable rents in San Rafael.