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.”
546 18th Avenue
Is that angels we hear singing? Or maybe it's just the sound of our iPhones calling 3 friends because we definitely want to move into this 4-bedroom home that looks like the set from a Nora Ephron movie. With two-car parking, a sprawling backyard, chef’s dream kitchen and a heart-warming family nook, we would pick this house even if it were located in a fly-over state. Lucky for us (and you), this dream property happens to sit in the heart of Little Russia in the Richmond. Just two blocks down from Geary, this home is deliciously close to tons of grocery shops, restaurants, and dive bars.
2 Genoa Place, #8
Telegraph Hill is such a great neighborhood, it’s even where San Francisco’s wild parrots choose to live. Just two blocks from Coit Tower and walking distance to just about anywhere you’d want to go Downtown, from the FiDi to the Wharf, the location of this 2-bedroom is quite literally the stuff of postcards. Interestingly, this sweet and small apartment can come furnished or not. For newcomers traveling light, this slightly-Scandanavian styled pied-á-terre is a fantastic deal. Just beware the parrot poop.
6 Joy Street
Let’s be honest: this Bernal Heights home is a little weird. The main living room space looks like the kind of place a cult leader would hold his non-optional lectures. But this quirky home has got some great potential, and the price is most definitely right. This bright house features skylights, two levels and a washer/dryer squeezed into a downstairs bathroom. Basically, anyone who moves into this '70s-style house should unpack some serious interior decorating talent. With the right aesthetic eye, 6 Joy Street will escape the cult and embrace the cool.
940 Leavenworth Street
This remodeled Victorian sits just on the border of the swanky Nob Hill neighborhood. With two spacious bedrooms, 1. 5 bathrooms and adorable built-in bookshelves, this classic San Francisco apartment is the kind of pad two roommates could enjoy very comfortably. The location is ideal, with a two block walk to Trader Joe’s, a thre block trek to Grace Cathedral and Huntington Park and public transit in abundance. As for closet space, you may want to downsize before moving in.
Colton Street and Brady Street
Listed as South of Market, this slightly boring, remodeled top-floor 2-bedroom is located right in the North corner of the Mission. Sunny, pet-friendly and boasting a partial city-view, the unit is within easy walking range of the charming Hayes Valley shopping and dining corridor. Head in the opposite direction, and the outdoor beer garden of Zeitgeist is within stumbling distance. So the SoMa tag on the listing is a little misleading, but we think this more diverse, livelier section of the city is even better. (Don’t let those bars on the window scare you.) Sure, the interior isn’t much to write home about, but the price and proximity are right for lots of folks on the house hunt.