Where are the best cheap apartments in San Francisco?

My wife and I are planning a move to SF and we'd like to know where to look for the best, yet cheap, apartments are.

7 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Not to sound pessimistic but good luck is all I have to say.

    San Francisco's absolutely terrific but it's mind-bogglingly expensive. Apartments start out in the thousands and they go up. I lived there so I've seen how expensive it is. But a couple recommendations I can make is:



    You'll find a veritable cross section of apartments but what I've found is that the cheapest apartments usually aren't the best ones because they're either in an unsafe neighborhood or they're far too small or both.

    I'd probably expect to pay at least 1K a month if you want to find a place. But there are places you can find, but they won't be in the place you're expecting. So if you find yourself in a nice neighborhood like Nob Hill or North Beach, don't expect to be getting away with murder on the rent. It's pricey and the only way I think someone could live there is if they had roommates.

    My brother used to live in an area locally known as the Tender Nob, designated between the Tenderloin (bad area) and Nob Hill (good area) and he pay $800 when he moved there in 1996. But the rents got higher and higher and he paid $1300 by the time he moved out, which was four years ago. Comparatively, he'd probably be paying twice that if he were living there now, giving you an indication of how San Francisco has changed economically. My aunt and her husband purchase a house in the city's North Beach neighborhood, which is absolutely attractive and glorious. This was at a relatively cheap price over thirty years ago, today their house is worth over $1,000,000. Suffice to say, SF is expensive. The farther you go out of the city, the chances are that it will be cheaper. Either in San Francisco or just outside of San Francisco. Other places I'd recommend checking out is South San Francisco or Daly City as potential alternatives if you don't find what you want here.

  • 1 decade ago

    Cheap apartments and San Francisco really don't go together. The person who answered outside of SF is probably right although I would do some research about travel time and certainly consider weather. The number of micro climates in the bay area and the city itself is astounding. During the summer you may have 90 degree weather in Walnut Creek, or Marin County or San Jose and in SF it will be in the 60's. Near the coast (an area called the avenues) is may be in the 50's! If you see the sun for a couple of hours a day during the summer you are lucky. However during the winter the views of the ocean and the crisp clean air is magnificent. A studio in the bay area is going to cost you between $700 and $2000 a month depending on location and amenities.

  • 4 years ago

    There are no cheap apartments in San Francisco.

    Source(s): rentvela.com
  • 1 decade ago

    I lived down by the zoo and the price is pretty reasonable but it is more like living in Daly City than San Francisco. The avenues down near the beach are generally cheaper than any of the really hip areas but are also not really close to much but maybe golden gate park or the ocean. Craigslist is a great place to search

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  • 3 years ago

    one thousand could be smart finding on the right section. that's going to be confusing to discover a great great super place for that form of money nevertheless. yet you may actual stumble on a place.

  • 1 decade ago

    outside of san fancisco.

  • 1 decade ago

    sunset district

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