141 Apartments for rent in South San Francisco, CA

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Starting at $2,270
Updated 6 hrs ago
Club View
849 W Orange Ave
South San Francisco, CA
1 Bedroom
$2,270
2 Bedrooms
$3,475
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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Starting at $4,800
Updated 1 hr ago
840 Linden Ave
840 Linden Ave
South San Francisco, CA
2 Bedrooms
$4,800
Starting at $4,500
Updated 2 hrs ago
201 Harris 201 Harrison St
201 West Harris Avenue
South San Francisco, CA
1 Bedroom
$4,500
Starting at $4,300
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2609 Wexford Ave
2609 Wexford Avenue
South San Francisco, CA
3 Bedrooms
$4,300
Starting at $3,699
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77 Escanyo Drive
77 Escanyo Drive
South San Francisco, CA
3 Bedrooms
$3,699
Starting at $2,100
Updated 2 days ago
449 Tamarack Ln
449 Tamarack Ln
South San Francisco, CA
1 Bedroom
$2,100
Starting at $3,800
Updated 2 days ago
123 Buxton Avenue
123 Buxton Avenue
South San Francisco, CA
3 Bedrooms
$3,800
Starting at $4,600
Updated 2 days ago
531 Eucalyptus Avenue
531 Eucalyptus Avenue
South San Francisco, CA
3 Bedrooms
$4,600
Starting at $6,800
Updated 2 days ago
840 Linden Ave
840 Linden Ave
South San Francisco, CA
3 Bedrooms
$6,800
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Starting at $2,291
Updated 1 hr ago
Serramonte Ridge
862 Campus Dr
Daly City, CA
Studio
$2,291
1 Bedroom
$2,532
2 Bedrooms
$3,092
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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Starting at $2,545
Updated 21 hrs ago
Pacific Bay Vistas
2 Pacific Bay Cir
San Bruno, CA
1 Bedroom
$2,545
2 Bedrooms
$3,335
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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Starting at $2,675
Updated 23 hrs ago
Avalon San Bruno
1099 Admiral Ct
San Bruno, CA
1 Bedroom
$2,675
2 Bedrooms
$3,505
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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Starting at $3,311
Updated 9 days ago
Acappella
1001 National Ave
San Bruno, CA
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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Starting at $7,680
Updated 2 hrs ago
511 Commodore Drive
511 Commodore Dr W
San Bruno, CA
1 Bedroom
$7,680
Starting at $3,495
Updated 2 days ago
353 Philip Drive
353 Philip Drive
Daly City, CA
3 Bedrooms
$3,495
Starting at $2,500
Updated 9 days ago
443 Gateway Dr
443 Gateway Dr
Pacifica, CA
1 Bedroom
$2,500
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Starting at $2,806
Updated 5 hrs ago
Creekside
1600 E 3rd Ave
San Mateo, CA
1 Bedroom
$2,806
2 Bedrooms
$2,909
Apartments are close to Caltrain and 101 freeway. Building features 24-hour gym, clubhouse, pool and sauna. Units have in-unit laundry, bathtub, dishwasher and hardwood floors. Pets are welcome for an additional fee.
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Starting at $2,958
Updated 5 hrs ago
La Terrazza
7800 El Camino Real
Colma, CA
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1 Bedroom
$2,958
2 Bedrooms
$3,480
Located close to US-280, 380 and 10. Minutes away from SFSU and nearby shopping. Spacious apartments with a variety of floor plans, washer and dryer in unit, granite counters, and hardwood floors.
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Starting at $3,662
Updated 5 hrs ago
Skyline Terrace
3133 Frontera Way
Burlingame, CA
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$3,662
3 Bedrooms
$4,429
Mid-rise community near I-280. Fantastic upgrades including granite countertops, hardwood floors and stainless steel appliances. Floor-to-ceiling windows and gourmet kitchens included. A gym, hot tub, pool and grill area available.
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Starting at $2,266
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Northpark
1080 Carolan Ave
Burlingame, CA
Studio
$2,266
1 Bedroom
$2,481
2 Bedrooms
$3,040
Resort-like community near Bayside Park. Community amenities include two heated swimming pools, an updated fitness center and a gym. Recently renovated apartments include walk-in closets, energy-efficient appliances and updated cabinetry.
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Starting at $2,935
Updated 7 hrs ago
Bridgepointe Apartment Homes
1987 Bridgepointe Cir
San Mateo, CA
1 Bedroom
$2,935
2 Bedrooms
$3,430
3 Bedrooms
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One-, two- and three-bed apartments with views of the San Francisco skyline. Modern kitchens with appliances, big windows, child playground, spa, pool, electric vehicle charging station, on-site management.
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Starting at $2,898
Updated 6 hrs ago
Waters Edge
1200 E Hillsdale Blvd
Foster City, CA
1 Bedroom
$2,898
2 Bedrooms
$3,218
Chic homes with designer fixtures and stainless steel appliances. Tenants get access to a fire pit, grilling station and gym. Right near the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge. Close to Bayside Performing Arts Center.
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Starting at $2,512
Updated 3 hrs ago
Seacliff Apartments
300 Palmetto Ave
Pacifica, CA
1 Bedroom
$2,512
2 Bedrooms
$3,387
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Starting at $2,285
Updated 10 hrs ago
Oceanaire Apartment Homes
100 Esplanade Ave
Pacifica, CA
Studio
$2,285
1 Bedroom
$2,725
2 Bedrooms
$3,700
Excellent apartments near the beaches. Spacious units feature granite countertops, slate entryway and in-suite laundry. Grounds amenities include fitness center, heated spa, covered parking and ocean-view decks.
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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.

November 2018 South San Francisco Rent Report

Welcome to the November 2018 South San Francisco Rent Report. South San Francisco rents remained steady 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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