9 Apartments for $3,000 a Month (or Less) You Could Snag Right Now
A rooftop pool of one’s own
It doesn’t matter how happy you are in your current place: Ogling apartment listings is practically an official pastime in San Francisco. We scoured Zillow to find the most tempting pads available right now for around $3,000 or less.
Studio in SoMa: $3,080
Oh, hey, just a rooftop pool with a view of the Bay Bridge, NBD. The apartment itself isn’t too shabby, either, with quartz countertops, Wi-Fi-enabled heating and an in-unit washer and dryer. Not to mention the twinkling Bay Lights that would lull you to sleep every night.
One-Bedroom in Nob Hill: $2,800
The artsy, eco-friendly units in this building are just right for the environmentally conscious. Apartments even have some unique features like chalkboard walls and Energy Star Whirlpool appliances. But the big draw here is the gorgeous outdoor entertaining space with lounge seating, lava heat lamps and café lighting.
Junior One-Bedroom in Upper Haight: $2,295
There’s no sign of the usual riffraff outside this Haight-Ashbury charmer. Located one block from the Panhandle and Buena Vista Park, it’s a jogger’s delight. And get this, folks: Parking is included in the rent.
Two-Bedroom in the Richmond: $2,950
French doors separate the two bedrooms here, and there’s even a small bonus room perfect for an office. It’s half a block to Golden Gate Park, and you’re a short walk from all the dim sum you could ever eat. A remodeled kitchen, large walk-in closet and pantry also help sweeten the deal.
One-Bedroom in Eureka Valley: $2,715
The apartment may be small (520 square feet), but this new building has character (and in-unit laundry). Plus, the developers spared no expense—Caesarstone countertops in the kitchen and bathroom, Heath Ceramics tile backsplash in the kitchen and a rooftop terrace with fire pits. Did we mention that it’s also pet-friendly?
Two-Bedroom in Oakland: $2,680
It already sounds like a sweet deal—a completely updated mid-century building steps from Whole Foods and right across from Lake Merritt—but this rental is offering a special $200 off for the first six months. Plus, it has quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances and a courtyard with a pool. In the Bay Area, it doesn’t get much better than this.
One-Bedroom in Berkeley: $3,040
All right, so it’s not a quaint Craftsman cottage, but this luxury building with modern open floor plans is right off Fourth Street’s main drag of upscale shopping and restaurants. Pets are allowed, plus you'll have a picnic area, fitness center and underground parking.
One-Bedroom in Mill Valley: $2,900
Shh, don’t tell your friends. This apartment in charming and quiet Mill Valley has hardwood floors, a walk-in pantry with a washer and dryer, and a full kitchen with a dishwasher. But here’s where it gets really special: A private deck (almost as big as the unit) leads out to a small cottage (which used to be a writer’s office) that has its own insulation, heating and windows, plus a tiny deck of its own.
Two-Bedroom in Sausalito: $2,510
The units here have spacious floor plans, high ceilings, big picture windows and private balconies, but it’s really about the communal outdoor space. The shared courtyard has a heated pool and spa, clubhouse, fitness center and barbeque patio—all with views of the Marin Headlands and the bay.