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.”
61 Woodward St
This surprisingly large apartment might look like it belongs next to a strip mall in a fly-over state, but here in San Francisco, an affordable two-bedroom within spitting distance of Zeitgeist that contains working appliances is like a multilingual unicorn that grants unlimited wishes. Unless we’re hallucinating, there appears to be a brand-new washer and dryer, a dishwasher and hardwood floors. The proximity to the freeway isn’t ideal—but stop complaining!
Fulton St and Arguello Blvd, #A
Please don’t let the weird staging frighten you away from a fantastic apartment. The creepy wicker furniture will be long gone by the time you move into this pad alongside Golden Gate Park, and instead of those twee floral arrangements, you’ll discover that the Conservatory of Flowers is right outside. The sad picture frames on the floor will be ruining another open house while you enjoy permanent fixtures like the backyard garden, and renters are welcome to replace the depressing folding chair and twin bed with furniture not inspired by prison.
Pine and Taylor Sts
They don’t make ’em like this any more. It might be a studio, but this apartment has style. Nestled on the top floor of a building in the heart of Nob Hill, it features gorgeous wood flooring and accents, not to mention an eye-catching stained-glass window and, according to the agent, a walk-in closet—perhaps behind that imposing mirrored door? We’re less enamored of the pine kitchen cabinets, but it looks like there’s decent counter space. A mere block from Grace Cathedral and the California Street cable car line, this old-school space is a San Francisco treasure. If you don’t snap it up, Tony Bennett will.
1226 6th Ave, #3
Sixth Avenue might not sound sexy, but this slick-yet-boxy abode has hit the foodie motherlode. The apartment is within easy walking distance of that great 9th-and-Irving-area corridor—a rare neighborhood that hasn’t yet tipped into one of the many San Francisco clichés. Great shopping, eating and drinking are mere minutes away—Park Chow, Nopalito, Ambiance, Pluto’s and Peet’s, to name a few. But it’s the Golden Gate Park’s green expanses half a block north—with the de Young Museum, Academy of Sciences, Japanese Tea Garden, and the Twirl & Dip soft-serve ice cream truck—that really seals the deal.
Larkin St and O’Farrell St
The listing optimistically describes the neighborhood as the TenderNob, but let’s face it—this place is on the edge of the Tenderloin. Still, like every corner of San Francisco, the ‘Loin is changing fast and this is a great deal on a charming top-floor retreat with gleaming appliances that’s a block from the lively bars of Polk Street, the AMC Van Ness movie complex—and a handful of vibrant drug dealing nooks. You may even be able to walk to work (though it’s a good idea to pack some pepper spray when you have to put in overtime).