San Francisco is an amazing place to live, which, as we all know, makes apartment-hunting in the Bay tricky. You may even consider desperate measures to shift the rent/income ratio in your favor—something transplants quickly realize after moving here. Affordable San Francisco apartments are hard to come by, but they do exist. Whether you want to live in Downtown San Francisco or the Mission, check out our rotating selection of digs ranging in price between $1,000 and $2,000 per person, per month, from real estate site Zumper’s inventory. But do it quickly: These will be gone before you can say “security deposit.”
584 Wisconsin St
Three-bedroom in Potrero Hill, $4,850/month ($1,616 per person)
View-tastic 584 Wisconsin Street is the perfect setting for (yet another) Bravo reality show about beautiful young tech workers in San Francisco. Seriously, just look at this place. The sprawling, three-bedroom pad is begging for minimal decor and weekly soirees, especially ones that spill onto the breathtaking deck. At about $1,600 per person, it’s a bargain for this city—and you’ll save on wall art because the shimmering lights of the skyline sure beat Gerber daisy watercolors from Ikea.
825 Post St
Studio in Downtown San Francisco, $1,975/month
A four-block stroll from Union Square, this studio features a sighting so rare, you could call it the Bigfoot of San Francisco real estate. That’s right, we’re talking about exposed brick. As zero-bedrooms go, this is pretty upscale, with a remodeled kitchen, hardwood floors and adorable urban views. But it’s that singular decorative feature that caught our eye. Rent this pad and you can wow your dinner guests with the mysterious and beautiful earth-red material lining your kitchen wall.
800 Bush St #202
Two-bedroom apartment in Downtown San Francisco, $3,850/month ($1,925 per person)
This place oozes old-school class and sophistication, which isn’t surprising since the 101-year-old building once lodged Standard Oil executives. Sparkling hardwood floors, French doors and a formal dining room can all be yours (and your roommate’s) for less than two grand a month. Close to the Financial District and a couple of blocks from Grace Cathedral and Huntington Square, this is the apartment American Psycho would pick. Well, he did have great taste!
Bryant St and 20th St
Three-bedroom apartment in the Mission, $4,600/month ($1,533 per person)
We can’t decide which is better: the apartment itself or the neighborhood surrounding it. Inside, you’ll find period details, hardwood floors, a charming, typically long SF hallway, in-unit laundry and a shared backyard containing an actual palm tree and actual grass. Outside, you are literally steps (not blocks, mind you) from a cluster of trendy hangouts—Trick Dog, flour + water, Sightglass Coffee, Salumeria, and Blowfish Sushi, to name just a few. It’s a good thing such great food is so close because the ’90s-sitcom-family–style kitchen looks downright depressing.
320 Duncan St #B
Okay, we’ve gone over budget with this sweet studio, but its light, air and charm convinced us to splurge. All this apartment needs is a great potted plant and a colorful chair to make it the perfect San Francisco bachelorette pad. Live your own Tales of the City in this sunny residential neighborhood, where you will wear sailor tops and carry jute bags to the weekend farmers’ market down the street. Every once in a while, you’ll tie a scarf in your hair. You might learn Italian. You might fall in love with an Italian. Anything is possible.