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135 Apartments for rent in South San Francisco, CA

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Club View
849 W Orange Ave
South San Francisco, CA
Updated January 21 at 05:20pm
1 Bedroom
$2,516
2 Bedrooms
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Located near public transportation, I-101 and I-280, as well as shops and restaurants. Units have fireplace, dishwasher and air conditioning. Community features 24-hour maintenance, swimming pool and parking.
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21 Buena Vista Road
21 Buena Vista Rd
South San Francisco, CA
Updated January 21 at 11:30am
4 Bedrooms
$5,300
19 Ida Dr
19 Ida Drive
South San Francisco, CA
Updated January 21 at 11:30am
4 Bedrooms
$5,148
840 Linden Ave
840 Linden Ave
South San Francisco, CA
Updated January 21 at 11:30am
2 Bedrooms
$4,600
1204 Crestwood Drive
1204 Crestwood Drive
South San Francisco, CA
Updated January 21 at 11:29am
3 Bedrooms
$3,750
2609 Wexford Ave
2609 Wexford Avenue
South San Francisco, CA
Updated January 21 at 09:39am
3 Bedrooms
$4,195
528 Orange Avenue
528 Orange Avenue
South San Francisco, CA
Updated January 21 at 06:50pm
3 Bedrooms
$4,200
9 Viewcrest Circle
9 Viewcrest Circle
South San Francisco, CA
Updated January 21 at 06:50pm
3 Bedrooms
$4,750
1737 Hillside Boulevard
1737 Hillside Boulevard
South San Francisco, CA
Updated January 21 at 06:50pm
2 Bedrooms
$3,100
1 Mandalay Place
1 Mandalay Pl
South San Francisco, CA
Updated January 21 at 05:46pm
2 Bedrooms
$3,900
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Pacific Bay Vistas
2 Pacific Bay Cir
San Bruno, CA
Updated January 21 at 02:53pm
1 Bedroom
$2,625
2 Bedrooms
$3,185
Stunning community near I-280. Views of the San Francisco Bay. On-site pool, gym, garages and a dog park. Units offer hardwood floors, updated appliances and granite countertops. Open floor plans available.
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Avalon San Bruno
1099 Admiral Ct
San Bruno, CA
Updated January 21 at 12:55pm
1 Bedroom
$3,075
2 Bedrooms
$3,840
Luxury units feature laundry, stainless steel appliances and walk-in closets. Community includes BBQ grill, pool, trash valet and more. Walking distance to BART and Caltrain stations.
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Serramonte Ridge
862 Campus Dr
Daly City, CA
Updated January 21 at 01:53pm
Studio
$2,275
1 Bedroom
$2,550
2 Bedrooms
$3,088
Relaxing community with studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments. Recently renovated with steel appliances, new cabinets and fixtures. Community features a heated pool, two hot tubs and a fitness center.
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Acappella
1001 National Ave
San Bruno, CA
Updated November 8 at 03:01pm
1 Bedroom
$3,311
2 Bedrooms
$4,544
Located in The Crossing, this development is convenient and pet-friendly. Amenities include trash compactors, on-site storage units, accent walls, window coverings, linen closets, dens and vinyl flooring.
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131 Camellia Ct
131 Camellia Court
San Bruno, CA
Updated January 21 at 11:30am
3 Bedrooms
$4,000
303 Philip Drive
303 Phillip Dr
Daly City, CA
Updated January 21 at 05:50pm
2 Bedrooms
$3,495
1051 National Avenue
1051 National Avenue
San Bruno, CA
Updated January 21 at 09:39am
3 Bedrooms
$7,350
1099 Admiral Ct
1099 Admiral Court
San Bruno, CA
Updated January 21 at 09:39am
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
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3 Bedrooms
$4,815
443 Gateway Drive - 106
443 Gateway Dr
Pacifica, CA
Updated January 21 at 05:45pm
1 Bedroom
$2,500
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Ashton San Francisco
301 Executive Park Blvd.
San Francisco, CA
Updated January 21 at 05:20pm
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$3,207
2 Bedrooms
$4,732
Units feature air conditioning, granite countertops, hardwood floor and walk-in closets. Residents enjoy community with 24-hour gym, 24-hour maintenance, coffee bar, concierge and valet service. Tucked into a hillside close to Candlestick Park.
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Waterbend
5880 3rd St
San Francisco, CA
Updated January 21 at 04:14pm
1 Bedroom
$2,570
2 Bedrooms
$3,210
Leafy Bayview apartment complex, close to Travis Air Force Base. In-unit laundry facilities, hardwood floors and granite counters come as standard. On-site playground, garage and hot tub. Located between Sacramento and San Francisco.
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One Hundred Grand
100 Grand Lane
Foster City, CA
Updated January 21 at 04:14pm
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$4,543
3 Bedrooms
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A modern apartment block with one-, two- and three-bedroom units. Stainless steel appliances, microwaves and ovens come as standard. BBQ and grill, dog grooming area and trash valet. Just off East Hillsdale Boulevard.
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Pacific Place
2665 Geneva Ave
Daly City, CA
Updated January 21 at 04:13pm
1 Bedroom
$3,233
2 Bedrooms
$3,172
3 Bedrooms
$4,147
Luxury apartments feature city views, garage parking and full-size washer/dryer. Located close to San Francisco State University, US 101 and I-280. Community is pet-friendly with a rooftop lounge and internet cafe.
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The Plaza
1 Plaza View Ln
Foster City, CA
Updated January 21 at 04:13pm
1 Bedroom
$2,807
2 Bedrooms
$3,756
3 Bedrooms
$5,328
Gourmet kitchens, hardwood floors and walk-in closets in upscale one- to-three-bedroom apartments. Resort-style amenities include a zen garden, wellness spa and fitness center. Convenient access to Hillsdale Shopping Center, Palo Alto and Silicon Valley.
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City GuideSouth San Francisco
"South City midnight lady / I'm much obliged indeed / You sure have saved this man whose soul was in need / I thought there was no reason / For all these things I do / But the smile that sent out returned with you." (-Doobie Brothers, “South City Midnight Lady”)

Known by the locals as the "South City," South San Francisco is an independent city with over 60,000 residents. Located just north of the San Francisco Airport, this area has the same cool summers and mild winters as "The City." As a bonus, the hills to the west also protect the city from fog. Despite its blue-collar roots, South City also has plenty of parks, historic buildings and landmarks. If you're open to possibilities, you'll find plenty to love in this industrial city.

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Finding an Apartment in South San Francisco

First of all, this isn't San Francisco. South City doesn't even border The City, so don't think you need to promise your firstborn to a landlord just to look at 1 bedroom apartments. With that said, you'll find your fair share of commuters here, so apartment rentals can be somewhat pricy in desirable areas. Below are the three basic commandments for your apartment search in South San Francisco:

Know Thy Neighborhoods Median monthly rent in South San Francisco varies widely by neighborhood. Not-so-nice areas of town may cost half the price as some of the wealthier neighborhoods. It's important to know the areas to figure out what you can afford.

Thou Shalt Have Basic Rental Paperwork You'll find some competition for apartment rentals in desirable areas, so do some prep work before looking for your home. References and proof of income are standard requirements. You should also know what's on your credit report and address any negative information accordingly. If you have a pet, previous rental references become highly important. Get someone to vouch for your pooch so your landlord can sleep at nights.

Thou Shalt Be Patient Do to its close proximity to San Francisco, inexpensive apartment rentals in good neighborhoods are highly prized. However, if you hone your patience and your rental applications, your time will come. Plan on spending about a month looking for the place of your dreams. However, if you must move right away, reputable apartment complexes within the city offer instant approvals and fast move-ins.

Neighborhoods of "The Industrial City"

When looking for an apartment for rent in South San Francisco, it's helpful to understand the city layout. West of Highway 101 is the downtown area sharing land with oodles of residential neighborhoods. Go east of the highway and you'll find office parks and industrial areas. Look south towards the airport for plenty of apartment complexes and businesses catering to travelers. Of course, that all could change in the next few years. South City has a city-wide plan to make this formerly working-class area into a middle- and upper-class haven. Luxury condominiums and apartment complexes are already common sights in some neighborhoods.

Avalon/Southwood/Brentwood: Covering almost 500 acres, Avalon is a mixed-use neighborhood with two schools and a park. In Avalon, you can enjoy single family living or rub elbows with neighbors in one of the approximately 800 apartments in the area. Seniors looking for somewhere to spend their golden years should consider this neighborhood, which has non-profit managed 1-bedroom apartments for fixed-income residents. $$

Baden: Looking for a bungalow with some charm? With the oldest houses in the city, Baden has the real deal for architecture lovers. It's also close to the South San Francisco High School, making it one of the most desirable neighborhoods in the city. $$$$

Mayfair Village: Near industrial and warehouse properties, Mayfair Village offers inexpensive (and bare-bones) living for those just moving into the city. $$

Paradise Valley/Terraby/Peck's Lot: By far the least developed area of the city, Paradise Valley recently built 293 homes and townhouses as part of the city's urban plan. If you'd like to experience rural living, this is the place for you. However, if you want a grocery store in your neighborhood, look elsewhere. $$

Sunshine Gardens: If you're looking for an apartment complex in South San Francisco, try Sunshine Gardens. Although there's still plenty of single-family homes, there's also lots of multi-family dwellings available in the area. $$$

Winston-Serra: Made up of the Buri Buri and Winston-Serra subdivisions, this neighborhood is the city's largest. Don't make the mistake of thinking you're stuck in the suburbs, however. You'll be minutes away from several shopping centers, schools and stores on Felipe Avenue. $$$

Westborough: Westborough offers breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay, but you'll pay for the privilege to view them. The vibrant Asian community has revitalized the area and made the dining choices plentiful and delish. While it's clearly a desirable location, Westborough development has been hindered by its close proximity to the San Adreas fault. $$$$$

Living in South San Francisco

Even though South San Francisco isn't a tourist destination, it's still a vibrant city with amazing shops, restaurants and cultural opportunities. Make friends with the locals to learn about the best places in South City, and soon you'll be giving advice yourself. Here's a few places, tips and words of wisdom to get you started:

Hikers, bikers and other health nuts should take advantage of the walkways and trails near the San Francisco Bay. If you're interested in aviation, it's also a great spot to watch the planes land at the nearby airport.

Eat at Bertolucci's at least once. This internationally-known Italian restaurant is almost as old as the city itself. Although it's less popular than it was during the ‘60s and ‘70s, it's still worth a taste.

Don't ditch your car. Even though the BART offers good public transportation, driving is still easier in many parts of the city. Keeping a vehicle also allows you to consider neighborhoods outside the city center.

Orange Memorial Park is the heart of the city. Tennis courts, skate parks, indoor pools and other recreational areas are all immaculately maintained for the city's residents. Not an athlete? Try the farmer's market in the park that offers fresh, local produce from May through October. Or bring Fido to enjoy the adjacent dog park during the annual "Day in the Park" in September.

Learn to love Sign Hill. Sure, proclaiming South San Francisco as "The Industrial City" probably isn't as cool as it once was. Still, it's the most recognizable part of the city. The surrounding park is now open to hikers, so you can take a selfie with those historic concrete letters.

Moving to South San Francisco is a great way to take advantage of the weather of Northern California without the hassles of living in an international city. Start your apartment search now, and you could be decorating your new place in just a few weeks.

January 2019 South San Francisco Rent Report

Welcome to the January 2019 South San Francisco Rent Report. South San Francisco rents declined over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the South San Francisco rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

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January 2019 South San Francisco Rent Report

Welcome to the January 2019 South San Francisco Rent Report. South San Francisco rents declined over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the South San Francisco rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

South San Francisco rents decline sharply over the past month

South San Francisco rents have declined 2.8% over the past month, and have decreased significantly by 2.0% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in South San Francisco stand at $2,690 for a one-bedroom apartment and $3,380 for a two-bedroom. South San Francisco's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 0.3%, as well as the national average of 0.9%.

    Rents rising across the San Francisco Metro

    While rent prices have decreased in South San Francisco over the past year, the rest of the metro is seeing the opposite trend. Rents have risen in 8 of the largest 10 cities in the San Francisco metro for which we have data. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

    • Daly City has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 11.1%. The median two-bedroom there costs $3,340, while one-bedrooms go for $2,660.
    • Over the past year, Antioch has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with a decline of 10.1%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $3,220, while one-bedrooms go for $2,560.
    • San Mateo has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the San Francisco metro, with a two-bedroom median of $4,390; rents fell 0.9% over the past month but rose 4.4% over the past year.
    • Oakland has the least expensive rents in the San Francisco metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,210; rents decreased 0.8% over the past month but were up 3.1% over the past year.

    Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to South San Francisco

    As rents have fallen significantly in South San Francisco, many large cities nationwide have seen prices increase, in some cases substantially. Compared to most large cities across the country, South San Francisco is less affordable for renters.

    • Other cities across the state have seen rents slightly increase, with California as a whole logging rent growth of 0.3% over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 3.7% in San Jose, 1.5% in San Diego, and 1.5% in Los Angeles.
    • South San Francisco's median two-bedroom rent of $3,380 is above the national average of $1,180. Nationwide, rents have grown by 0.9% over the past year compared to the 2.0% decline in South San Francisco.
    • While rents in South San Francisco fell significantly over the past year, many cities nationwide saw increases, including Austin (+3.4%), Phoenix (+3.3%), and New York (+2.7%).
    • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in South San Francisco than most large cities. For example, Phoenix has a median 2BR rent of $1,060, where South San Francisco is more than three times that price.

    For more information check out our national report. You can also access our full data for cities and counties across the U.S. at this link.

    City
    Median 1BR price
    Median 2BR price
    M/M price change
    Y/Y price change
    San Francisco
    $2,460
    $3,090
    -0.3%
    2.4%
    Oakland
    $1,760
    $2,210
    -0.8%
    3.1%
    Fremont
    $2,990
    $3,750
    0.6%
    4.8%
    Hayward
    $2,200
    $2,760
    -4.3%
    -1.5%
    Concord
    $2,390
    $3,000
    -1%
    2.2%
    Berkeley
    $2,090
    $2,630
    0.7%
    2.4%
    Richmond
    $2,110
    $2,650
    -0.2%
    2.5%
    Antioch
    $2,560
    $3,220
    -10.2%
    -10.1%
    Daly City
    $2,660
    $3,340
    7.5%
    11.1%
    San Mateo
    $3,490
    $4,390
    -0.9%
    4.4%
    Livermore
    $2,250
    $2,820
    -7.5%
    -5.1%
    Redwood City
    $2,750
    $3,450
    -0.4%
    4.4%
    San Ramon
    $2,980
    $3,740
    0.1%
    4.4%
    Pleasanton
    $2,940
    $3,690
    0.4%
    2.6%
    Union City
    $2,750
    $3,450
    -0.1%
    6.6%
    Walnut Creek
    $2,430
    $3,060
    -1.9%
    -1%
    South San Francisco
    $2,690
    $3,380
    -2.8%
    -2%
    Pittsburg
    $2,520
    $3,170
    4.6%
    6.6%
    San Rafael
    $2,600
    $3,270
    -3.1%
    0.4%
    Novato
    $2,580
    $3,240
    -4.3%
    -3.3%
    Dublin
    $3,030
    $3,810
    0.3%
    6.5%
    San Bruno
    $2,800
    $3,510
    -6.1%
    1.5%
    Pacifica
    $3,020
    $3,790
    -1.2%
    2.5%
    Martinez
    $2,440
    $3,060
    -1.4%
    0.4%
    Pleasant Hill
    $2,710
    $3,410
    3%
    4.1%
    Burlingame
    $2,580
    $3,240
    -7.2%
    -2.5%
    Belmont
    $2,820
    $3,540
    3.3%
    6.3%
    Emeryville
    $2,400
    $3,020
    0.4%
    3.1%
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    Read more about our new methodology below, or see a more detailed post here.

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    Apartment List is committed to making our rent estimates the best and most accurate available. To do this, we start with reliable median rent statistics from the Census Bureau, then extrapolate them forward to the current month using a growth rate calculated from our listing data. In doing so, we use a same-unit analysis similar to Case-Shiller’s approach, comparing only units that are available across both time periods to provide an accurate picture of rent growth in cities across the country.

    Our approach corrects for the sample bias inherent in other private sources, producing results that are much closer to statistics published by the Census Bureau and HUD. Our methodology also allows us to construct a picture of rent growth over an extended period of time, with estimates that are updated each month.

    Read more about our methodology here.

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    We are continuously working to improve our methodology and data, with the goal of providing renters with the information that they need to make the best decisions.