The Great San Francisco Apartment Hunt

August 13th, 2019

Our Tips (and ABC News’) For Finding The Best Place to Live, With Your Amenities, In Your Neighborhood, At Your Price

Although San Francisco’s rental options may seem limited because of the years-long shortage of new supply, apartment hunters can find what they need – with diligence and flexibility, and by working closely with experts like us at RentSFNow.


With over 200 buildings in San Francisco and the East Bay, RentSFNow has more supply, in more price ranges than most other options out there.

Our site,, is designed to be a helpful guide, not just a listing service, as we also offer helpful hints, write about great neighborhood amenities, and provide details about each apartment from dog-friendliness to in-unit appliances and other features. Our robust search tool enables you to find apartments by price-points, by neighborhood, by number of bedrooms/bathrooms and more. Working with a RentSFNow agent gives you access to more than 100 current apartment listings in San Francisco and Oakland. Plus, one application covers all our apartments.

Looking for a Nob Hill apartment with stunning views? Want hardwood floors and an elegant lobby in some of the most desired areas of San Francisco and the East Bay? We have those.

If you’re looking more “in the middle,” there are dozens of options in the $2,000s range close to your job, to your favorite city-spaces such as waterfronts or great parks, or within steps of quaint shopping-streets like Union Street, Castro-Upper Market, Cow Hollow, The Sunset or The Mission. We have apartments touching the nearly 30 distinct neighborhoods.

We have some of the best supply and variety of rent-controlled, affordable housing there is. It may surprise some people, but there are bargains at or near the recently posted national average of $1,440 per month, according to RentCafe, a national data service.

We have those bargain finds, like a recently-listed Tenderloin property with studios in the $1,500 to $2,000 a month range. A sunny third-floor unit featured great city views, beautiful floors and a sizable bathroom. The building, which has a pet-friendly policy, is a half-mile from Union Square shops, and dining and cocktail options abound.

Timing is essential because these apartments get swooped up fast.

Even ABC7 News highlighted Veritas Investments’ 516 Ellis apartments in their story about affordable housing options in the region, with rents at about the same as the national average. As they point out, flexibility and diligence are key for any apartment-hunting.

Don’t want roommates? We don’t require co-living that was featured in the other options in their story.

Other ideas are to scour social media, walk through favorite neighborhoods to find “For Rent” signs or track down potential landlords in advance of new listings.   Whatever neighborhood, size or style you’re looking for, we’re here to help! View our available apartments and contact our team for a tour.

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