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 the Sunset 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.”
2030 Fell Street, #12A
This Fell Street apartment building is miraculously situated just across the Panhandle from the Haight Ashbury, within walking distance to USF and mere steps from some of Golden Gate Park’s treasures, like the Conservatory of Flowers and the National Memorial AIDS Grove. Even better, this pad in the heart of the city comes with a rare parking space. Freshly painted, the actual apartment has the character of an older building paired with the upkeep of a management company. If you and your roomie can afford the $1,775 a pop, this 2-bedroom is a true San Francisco treat.
1600 California Street, #37
Let’s ignore the fact that this studio’s kitchen looks like the setting of an “Unsolved Mysteries” segment and focus on the positives. The main, hardwood-floored space is pretty darn charming, with large windows, vintage details and some serious closet space. Even better, this professionally managed property is directly on California Street at Polk, which means the cable car stop is right outside the front door. Trader Joe’s is two blocks away, a hike over Nob Hill will land you in Chinatown and the FiDi, and the area is jam-packed with fun restaurants and bars. At nearly two grand a month, this studio is just at our max budget, but for the right San Franciscan, this pied-a-terre could be perfect.
22nd Avenue and California Street
Attention bargain hunters, we may have just found your new apartment. Located in the family-friendly Lake Street neighborhood of the Richmond, this modern 2-bedroom has a stainless steel-filled kitchen and a washer/dryer in the unit. Gleaming hardwood floors, high ceilings and garage space (for an additional $150) round out this great find. Escape the city in minutes by hopping over to Sea Cliff and Land’s End for fresh air and hikes. Within blocks, renters will find shopping, restaurants, a handful of fun bars (we’re looking at you Trad’r Sam’s) and a ton of kids’ activity spaces and nursery programs.
754 Myra Way
If you don’t snap up this mid-century modern home, we will. Three large bedrooms and two full baths are great, but did you see that stylish fireplace located adjacent to the deck with stunning 180-degree views of San Francisco? Garage parking, in-unit washer and dryer and a full chef’s kitchen would have sold us anyway, but again… that deck! That fireplace! At $1,500 per person, this Mad Men-style pad is ideal for three very lucky renters, or a chic family looking for a very cool home.
Irving and 11th Avenue
We love the lively location of this surprisingly spacious top floor apartment. While it looks like the previous tenants have yet to move out their late-‘90s furniture, the new tenants will have a lot of space to work with. A “bonus” room provides renters with some creative flexibility, and that backyard could be transformed with a couple of colorful chairs. Even better, this old school Victorian is located amidst the shopping and dining district of 9th and Irving. Public transit, some of the city’s best restaurants and the heart of Golden Gate Park are all within quick walking distance. Depending on how you feel about him, the only downside to this neighborhood is the frequent, almost constant presence of Karl the Fog.