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Finding a rental in a great building in this town can be one of the more horrifying experiences in life. As ever, supply is low and demand is high. And while San Francisco prices remain high on the national average, rent prices dipped ever-so-slightly since 2015, bringing the median asking rent for apartment searchers down to $3,490 for a 1 bedroom. Yes, techies are starting to contemplate moving away due to soaring rents, but far worse, the city's working class is being forced to relocate twice as fast as expected.

As far as what's hot and new, Curbed SF has done some of the sifting for you and come up with a list of 25 buildings that frequently have apartments for rent. All are either brand new or often have availability simply based on the sheer number of units on the premises. These won't be the very cheapest rentals around town; in fact, quite a few are super-luxury. Even for those that are purely market rate, prices tend to be higher than your typical Craigslist rental because big buildings usually mean amenities, which add up to a higher price premium.

But if you're the sort to take advantage of things like roof decks and on-site gyms and pools, the right situation may be just around the corner.

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1. Jasper

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45 Lansing St
San Francisco, CA 94105

It's hard to call this Rincon Hill's most recent addition since new few high-rise seems to pop up every few months, but the Jasper was definitely the most talked-about residential building in the neighborhood this year. The rentals at this pristine-white stallion, with interiors designed by Stanley Saitowitz, come in a variety of sizes: 546-square-foot studios ($3,755/month), 625-square-foot 1 bedrooms ($4,500/month), 863-square-foot 1 bedrooms ($5,112/month), 1,578-square-foot 2 bedrooms ($5,946), and 1,491-square-foot 3 bedrooms ($7,424/month). Each unit features floor to ceiling windows, soaking tubs (bye-bye, tiny claw-foots tubs), key-fob entry, and more.

2. 340 Fremont

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340 Fremont St
San Francisco, CA 94105

This new 40-story tower addition to Rincon Hill keeps things expectedly luxe with an array of amenities—on-site pet grooming, club lounge with kitchen, roof terrace, and outdoor yoga, just to name a few. And though the apartment's ad copy claims to be near many chic restaurants (e.g., RN74, Boulevard, Prospect, et al.) and "steps away from the Embarcadero,", 340 Fremont is isolated up on the hill with all the other high-rise towers—which is to say, it's a good climb to and from any eateries, grocery stores, or shops. That said, the units range from studio ($3,350+/month), 1 bedrooms ($4,105+), two bedrooms ($5,245+), and three bedrooms ($7,500+).

3. 100 Van Ness

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100 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102

After its transformation from drab '70s office tower to sleek residential high-rise, the former AAA building is currently leasing up. The units have floor-to-ceiling windows, Juliet balconies, and fantastic views for the most part. The apartments also have washer-dryers, dishwashers, and air-conditioning, which recently led to a water leak on the 24th floor, but everyone is soldiering on! Currently, there are no studios available. One-bedroom go up from $3,200 and two-bedrooms from $4,700. Amenities include a 2,300-square-foot fitness center and a roof deck with a garden, a barbecue grill, and a playground. A pool deck, basketball court, and yoga studio will be added in 2017. Photo via Sergio Ruiz

4. Azure Apartments

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690 Long Bridge St
San Francisco, CA 94158
(415) 872-8109
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One of several new additions to Mission Bay, Azure Apartments features 1 bedrooms ranging from 717 square feet ($2,110/month$4,425/month) to 730 square feet ($4,100/month) and 2 bedrooms ranging from 1,029 square feet ($5,070/month) to 1,036 square feet ($5,320/month). Many of the residences feature view of Mission Bay Creek and come with their own private entrance from the outside. The ad copy says the entire place is "surrounded by parkland," but don't expect anything of the Dolores Park- or Presidio Park-variety. It is, however, a quiet neighborhood with a good amount of friendly tech folks who just moved to the Bay Area. Best of all, it's a couple blocks away from AT&T Park.

5. 2175 Market

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2175 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94114

Unlike many of the boxy, carpeted corporate blahfests that pass for apartment “communities” around SF, 2175 Market has some soul to speak of. We’ll chalk that up to its Forest City backing—those are the developers behind Pier 70 and 5M, who are trying to set the standard for thoughtful placemaking in SF—and jaunty design by Van Meter Williams Pollack. After opening in fall 2014, the six-story, 88-unit building has one-bedrooms between $3,656 and $4,467, though they are on the small side. There’s also two-bedroom, two-bath models available for $5,347 - $5,912. A 4,000-square-foot market hall dubbed Myriad opened on the ground floor, a prime location at the corner of Market and 15th Street. Photo via VMWP

6. Avalon Hayes Valley

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325 Octavia Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

The latest property in the Avalon mini-empire—designed by Pyatok Architects with associate architects Kennerly Architecture & Planning and Jon Worden—rose on the former site of the Hayes Valley Farm. (RIP!) When the four-building complex began teasing prices, we were agog at the notion of studios starting at $3,210/month, but all that has changed. Currently studios begin at $3,025, and one-bedrooms go up from $3,740. Two-bedrooms, meanwhile, start at $4,480 and head on up to $5,365. Amenities include a 24-hour fitness center, a lounge with a fireplace, rooftop terraces, barbecue facilities, and a pet spa. Image via Avalon Hayes Valley

7. 38 Dolores

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38 Dolores Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

38 Dolores is an 81-unit luxury rental building, and by "luxury" we mean "there's a butterfly habitat on the roof and a Whole Foods on the ground floor." The property, which bills itself as a “soiree for the senses,” currently has a one one-bedroom available in June 2016, and it will set you back $4,400. Amenities include an “outdoor living room” with a fire pit, a branded community room called Lounge 38, and the daily opportunity to have an “extra-sensory experience.” We don't think that means what they think it means.

8. Lofts @ 7

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277 Golden Gate Ave
San Francisco, CA 94102

The Lofts at Seven has 88 apartments ranging from 275-square-foot studios to 860-square-foot lofts. Currently all the studios are leased, but you can still get a loft starting at $2,595 per month.

9. NEMA

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14th 10th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

One of the buzziest buildings of 2013, Nema is the shiny black four-tower behemoth throwing VIP shade over the Twitter building. When the Handel Architects-designed, 754-unit complex last graced our rental heatmap, only a year and a half ago, studios in the south tower started at $1,900/month, which in these times sounds like a blissful bargain. Of the units available now, the cheapest studio will set you back $3,435/month, for a 463-square-foot unit on a lower floor. One-bedrooms begin at $4,180, and two-bedrooms are going for a mind-numbing $6,810. Building amenities include a 7,000-square-foot fitness center, various roof terraces and solariums, an outdoor saline pool, and Nema-branded bottled water. There’s also a valet whom you can text to fetch your vehicle, and the opportunity to watch your building staff shimmy through this Marvin Gaye lipdub. Photo via Crescent Heights

10. Venn

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1844 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 701-8366
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This eight-story, 113-unit building designed by Christiani Johnson Architects leased up pretty quickly when it opened in 2013; just two one-bedrooms are available now, starting at $3,550/month.

11. Etta

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1285 Sutter St
San Francisco, CA 94109

This 107-unit, 13-story building in Polk Gulch has sustainable features and amenities like online concierge services, green cleaning supplies, bike parking, and access to fitness trainers. Studios will set you back $3.080, and there’s also a two-bedroom now renting for a whopping $4,105.

12. Ava 55 Ninth

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55 9th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Ava 55 Ninth is, yes, the Mid-Market high-rise with pianos dangling from it (a piece of public art by noted defenestrator Brian Goggin). The 17-story, 273-unit building opened in 2014, offering Twitter employees (and, OK, other people, too) a rental option that isn’t Nema. Studios are available starting at $3,080. One-bedrooms currently start at $3,547, and two-bedrooms begin at $4,105. Apartments come with an in-unit washer-dryer, chalkboard walls, and, occasionally, a “gear wall.” There’s a fitness center on-site, as well as “indoor and outdoor chill spaces” that include barbecue facilities and a courtyard with an outdoor movie screen. Plus, for pet owners, there’s a dog run and a pet-wash station.

13. Vara

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1600 15th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

This 202-unit building is a mix of studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments. Building amenities include an interior courtyard, a fitness center, and a “tech room for getting work done." There’s a one-bedroom in the $3,945 range available now, a one-bedroom around $5,287 coming up in mid-June, and a one-bedroom around $4,564 coming up in mid-July.

14. Rincon Green

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333 Harrison Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

Completed in 2013, Rincon Green is a 326-unit complex developed by Emerald Fund and designed by David Baker Architects. The complex does indeed surround an inviting green space, and a sawtooth pattern on one of the facades points residents toward skyline views. Apartments come stocked with washer-dryers, a small storage unit, and, sigh, carpeting. Of the units currently up for rent, studios start at $2,941, and one-bedrooms go up from $3,019; there are no two-bedrooms listed right now. Some units also have patios or balconies with pleasingly slatted warm-wood-toned railings. There’s a 24-hour gym on-site, and, on the roof, an outdoor kitchen, barbecue, and solar-heated hot tub. Photo via Emerald Fund

15. Edgewater

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355 Berry St
San Francisco, CA 94158

Edgewater is marketed to commuters, as it's very close to the 101 and the 280, as well as Caltrain and Muni stations. Right now there are 1 bedrooms starting at $3,332 and two-bedrooms that go up from $5,352.

16. Ava Nob Hill

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965 Sutter St
San Francisco, CA

Ava Nob Hill wants you to know that it has “sweet San Francisco apartments for rent.” It’s definitely marketed to the young, hip, and alternative professional crowd. Building amenities include a fitness center, "outdoor chill space with lava heat," a grill and picnic area, a dog run on-site, and assigned parking. There's also "Wi-Fi in chill spaces." Studios start at $2,635, and one-bedrooms start at $2,625. No two-bedrooms are available right now.

17. Strata

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1201 4th Street
San Francisco, CA 94158
(866) 678-3468
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Strata has one- and two-bedroom apartments available as well as townhouse residences. Each unit has in-unit laundry, a real perk. There's a 20,000-square-foot outdoor courtyard and many more amenities. One-bedrooms may run you around $3,260, based on current availability.

18. Paramount

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680 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94105

We used to think this 43-story luxury rental building had the highest pricing for rentals, but now it just seems par for the course. Right now studios start at $3,320, one-bedrooms begin at $3,820, and two-bedrooms go up from $5,915. Building amenities include a state-of-the-art health and fitness center, an outdoor heated pool, a landscaped sun terrace, and a yoga studio.

19. Tower 737

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737 Post St.
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 771-7784
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This building has great amenities like a fitness center and a courtyard with a fire pit. Inventory’s low right now: The lone studio will set you back $2,667 for a mere 326 square feet. Two-bedrooms start at $4,185.

20. Eaves Diamond Heights

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5285 Diamond Heights Boulevard
San Francisco, CA 94131

Eaves is an Avalon building right across from Safeway in Diamond Heights. Units come with Energy Star appliances, and some have vaulted ceilings and skylights. Apartments also feature balconies or patios, but in blustery Diamond Heights, you’ll want to layer up before attempting to use them. Right now one-bedrooms start at $3,420, two-bedrooms go up from $4,120, and three-bedrooms will set you back at least $5,395. Community amenities include billiard tables, a fitness center, a barbecue and picnic area, concierge services, a heated outdoor swimming pool, and more than one sauna.

21. Presidio Landmark

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1801 Wedemeyer Street
San Francisco, CA 94129
(877) 423-4534
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If you want to live in a luxury rental inside a national park, the Presidio Landmark is your best bet. Constructed in 1932, the Colonial Revival building began its life as a hospital, but in 2010 Perkins+Will completed its transformation into a stately residential compound. Unlike more typical cookie-cutter apartment blocks, the Landmark features 32 different unit types—an effect of the architects’ efforts to carve decent-sized apartments out of what had been narrow hospital wings. Amenities range from a fitness center with a yoga/Pilates studio to a massage room and a wine cellar. There’s a hot tub in the garden, a fire pit in the courtyard, and fresh coffee every day in the lobby. The biggest amenity, though, is the Presidio itself. Right now just a few one-bedrooms are available, and they start at a not-kidding-around $4,294. Photo via Presidio Landmark

22. Ashton

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301 Executive Park Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94134
(866) 373-4550
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This LEED-certified building is way the hell out there, which can be a good thing if you work on the Peninsula. Building amenities include a fitness center and an outdoor lounge with a fire pit. One-bedrooms start (based on current availability) at $3,210, and two-bedrooms begin at $4,036.

23. Avalon Ocean Avenue

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1200 Ocean Ave
San Francisco, CA 94112
(415) 334-6050
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As with 38 Dolores, there’s a Whole Foods on this building's ground floor, though these apartments won't cost as much as their comrades to the north. The location’s certainly not as upmarket, but scrappy Ocean Avenue is in line for a pedestrian-friendly sprucing, and more nearby residences may be on the way, if condos come to a commercial strip down the block and if the city makes good on its notion to put housing on the vacant Balboa Reservoir site. Here at Avalon Ocean Avenue, studios begin at $2,855, one-bedrooms start at $3,250, and two-bedrooms will run you at least $3,640.

24. Argenta

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1 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94102

Close to City Hall, UN Plaza, and the opera house, this 20-story tower bills itself as a “walkers’ paradise.” As with most big buildings, exact rents vary according to each unit’s extras (or lack thereof), but we do know wood floors will set you back an extra $200/month. Some available “interior luxuries” include Caesarstone countertops, rainforest-style showerheads, and the somewhat bewildering assertion “Touch you can literally feel.” One-bedrooms start at $3,827, and two-bedrooms begin around $4,885, based on current availability.

25. Avalon at Mission Bay North

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255 King Street
San Francisco, CA 94107

Back in 2009, when Avalon Mission Bay was brand new, you could get a pretty large studio for $2,110/month. Those days are no more. Available studios are now starting at $3,285. One-bedrooms start at $3,500, and two-bedrooms begin at $4,650. Amenities range from a bocce ball court to a courtyard with fireplaces and an outdoor movie theater. The requisite barbecue areas are also present, along with a climbing wall, a spa, and an indoor basketball court.

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1. Jasper

45 Lansing St, San Francisco, CA 94105

It's hard to call this Rincon Hill's most recent addition since new few high-rise seems to pop up every few months, but the Jasper was definitely the most talked-about residential building in the neighborhood this year. The rentals at this pristine-white stallion, with interiors designed by Stanley Saitowitz, come in a variety of sizes: 546-square-foot studios ($3,755/month), 625-square-foot 1 bedrooms ($4,500/month), 863-square-foot 1 bedrooms ($5,112/month), 1,578-square-foot 2 bedrooms ($5,946), and 1,491-square-foot 3 bedrooms ($7,424/month). Each unit features floor to ceiling windows, soaking tubs (bye-bye, tiny claw-foots tubs), key-fob entry, and more.

45 Lansing St
San Francisco, CA 94105

2. 340 Fremont

340 Fremont St, San Francisco, CA 94105

This new 40-story tower addition to Rincon Hill keeps things expectedly luxe with an array of amenities—on-site pet grooming, club lounge with kitchen, roof terrace, and outdoor yoga, just to name a few. And though the apartment's ad copy claims to be near many chic restaurants (e.g., RN74, Boulevard, Prospect, et al.) and "steps away from the Embarcadero,", 340 Fremont is isolated up on the hill with all the other high-rise towers—which is to say, it's a good climb to and from any eateries, grocery stores, or shops. That said, the units range from studio ($3,350+/month), 1 bedrooms ($4,105+), two bedrooms ($5,245+), and three bedrooms ($7,500+).

340 Fremont St
San Francisco, CA 94105

3. 100 Van Ness

100 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102

After its transformation from drab '70s office tower to sleek residential high-rise, the former AAA building is currently leasing up. The units have floor-to-ceiling windows, Juliet balconies, and fantastic views for the most part. The apartments also have washer-dryers, dishwashers, and air-conditioning, which recently led to a water leak on the 24th floor, but everyone is soldiering on! Currently, there are no studios available. One-bedroom go up from $3,200 and two-bedrooms from $4,700. Amenities include a 2,300-square-foot fitness center and a roof deck with a garden, a barbecue grill, and a playground. A pool deck, basketball court, and yoga studio will be added in 2017. Photo via Sergio Ruiz

100 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102

4. Azure Apartments

690 Long Bridge St, San Francisco, CA 94158

One of several new additions to Mission Bay, Azure Apartments features 1 bedrooms ranging from 717 square feet ($2,110/month$4,425/month) to 730 square feet ($4,100/month) and 2 bedrooms ranging from 1,029 square feet ($5,070/month) to 1,036 square feet ($5,320/month). Many of the residences feature view of Mission Bay Creek and come with their own private entrance from the outside. The ad copy says the entire place is "surrounded by parkland," but don't expect anything of the Dolores Park- or Presidio Park-variety. It is, however, a quiet neighborhood with a good amount of friendly tech folks who just moved to the Bay Area. Best of all, it's a couple blocks away from AT&T Park.

690 Long Bridge St
San Francisco, CA 94158

5. 2175 Market

2175 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94114

Unlike many of the boxy, carpeted corporate blahfests that pass for apartment “communities” around SF, 2175 Market has some soul to speak of. We’ll chalk that up to its Forest City backing—those are the developers behind Pier 70 and 5M, who are trying to set the standard for thoughtful placemaking in SF—and jaunty design by Van Meter Williams Pollack. After opening in fall 2014, the six-story, 88-unit building has one-bedrooms between $3,656 and $4,467, though they are on the small side. There’s also two-bedroom, two-bath models available for $5,347 - $5,912. A 4,000-square-foot market hall dubbed Myriad opened on the ground floor, a prime location at the corner of Market and 15th Street. Photo via VMWP

2175 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94114

6. Avalon Hayes Valley

325 Octavia Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

The latest property in the Avalon mini-empire—designed by Pyatok Architects with associate architects Kennerly Architecture & Planning and Jon Worden—rose on the former site of the Hayes Valley Farm. (RIP!) When the four-building complex began teasing prices, we were agog at the notion of studios starting at $3,210/month, but all that has changed. Currently studios begin at $3,025, and one-bedrooms go up from $3,740. Two-bedrooms, meanwhile, start at $4,480 and head on up to $5,365. Amenities include a 24-hour fitness center, a lounge with a fireplace, rooftop terraces, barbecue facilities, and a pet spa. Image via Avalon Hayes Valley

325 Octavia Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

7. 38 Dolores

38 Dolores Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

38 Dolores is an 81-unit luxury rental building, and by "luxury" we mean "there's a butterfly habitat on the roof and a Whole Foods on the ground floor." The property, which bills itself as a “soiree for the senses,” currently has a one one-bedroom available in June 2016, and it will set you back $4,400. Amenities include an “outdoor living room” with a fire pit, a branded community room called Lounge 38, and the daily opportunity to have an “extra-sensory experience.” We don't think that means what they think it means.

38 Dolores Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

8. Lofts @ 7

277 Golden Gate Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102

The Lofts at Seven has 88 apartments ranging from 275-square-foot studios to 860-square-foot lofts. Currently all the studios are leased, but you can still get a loft starting at $2,595 per month.

277 Golden Gate Ave
San Francisco, CA 94102

9. NEMA

14th 10th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

One of the buzziest buildings of 2013, Nema is the shiny black four-tower behemoth throwing VIP shade over the Twitter building. When the Handel Architects-designed, 754-unit complex last graced our rental heatmap, only a year and a half ago, studios in the south tower started at $1,900/month, which in these times sounds like a blissful bargain. Of the units available now, the cheapest studio will set you back $3,435/month, for a 463-square-foot unit on a lower floor. One-bedrooms begin at $4,180, and two-bedrooms are going for a mind-numbing $6,810. Building amenities include a 7,000-square-foot fitness center, various roof terraces and solariums, an outdoor saline pool, and Nema-branded bottled water. There’s also a valet whom you can text to fetch your vehicle, and the opportunity to watch your building staff shimmy through this Marvin Gaye lipdub. Photo via Crescent Heights

14th 10th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

10. Venn

1844 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102

This eight-story, 113-unit building designed by Christiani Johnson Architects leased up pretty quickly when it opened in 2013; just two one-bedrooms are available now, starting at $3,550/month.

1844 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94102

11. Etta

1285 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94109

This 107-unit, 13-story building in Polk Gulch has sustainable features and amenities like online concierge services, green cleaning supplies, bike parking, and access to fitness trainers. Studios will set you back $3.080, and there’s also a two-bedroom now renting for a whopping $4,105.

1285 Sutter St
San Francisco, CA 94109

12. Ava 55 Ninth

55 9th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

Ava 55 Ninth is, yes, the Mid-Market high-rise with pianos dangling from it (a piece of public art by noted defenestrator Brian Goggin). The 17-story, 273-unit building opened in 2014, offering Twitter employees (and, OK, other people, too) a rental option that isn’t Nema. Studios are available starting at $3,080. One-bedrooms currently start at $3,547, and two-bedrooms begin at $4,105. Apartments come with an in-unit washer-dryer, chalkboard walls, and, occasionally, a “gear wall.” There’s a fitness center on-site, as well as “indoor and outdoor chill spaces” that include barbecue facilities and a courtyard with an outdoor movie screen. Plus, for pet owners, there’s a dog run and a pet-wash station.

55 9th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

13. Vara

1600 15th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

This 202-unit building is a mix of studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments. Building amenities include an interior courtyard, a fitness center, and a “tech room for getting work done." There’s a one-bedroom in the $3,945 range available now, a one-bedroom around $5,287 coming up in mid-June, and a one-bedroom around $4,564 coming up in mid-July.

1600 15th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

14. Rincon Green

333 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

Completed in 2013, Rincon Green is a 326-unit complex developed by Emerald Fund and designed by David Baker Architects. The complex does indeed surround an inviting green space, and a sawtooth pattern on one of the facades points residents toward skyline views. Apartments come stocked with washer-dryers, a small storage unit, and, sigh, carpeting. Of the units currently up for rent, studios start at $2,941, and one-bedrooms go up from $3,019; there are no two-bedrooms listed right now. Some units also have patios or balconies with pleasingly slatted warm-wood-toned railings. There’s a 24-hour gym on-site, and, on the roof, an outdoor kitchen, barbecue, and solar-heated hot tub. Photo via Emerald Fund

333 Harrison Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

15. Edgewater

355 Berry St, San Francisco, CA 94158

Edgewater is marketed to commuters, as it's very close to the 101 and the 280, as well as Caltrain and Muni stations. Right now there are 1 bedrooms starting at $3,332 and two-bedrooms that go up from $5,352.

355 Berry St
San Francisco, CA 94158

16. Ava Nob Hill

965 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA

Ava Nob Hill wants you to know that it has “sweet San Francisco apartments for rent.” It’s definitely marketed to the young, hip, and alternative professional crowd. Building amenities include a fitness center, "outdoor chill space with lava heat," a grill and picnic area, a dog run on-site, and assigned parking. There's also "Wi-Fi in chill spaces." Studios start at $2,635, and one-bedrooms start at $2,625. No two-bedrooms are available right now.

965 Sutter St
San Francisco, CA

17. Strata

1201 4th Street, San Francisco, CA 94158

Strata has one- and two-bedroom apartments available as well as townhouse residences. Each unit has in-unit laundry, a real perk. There's a 20,000-square-foot outdoor courtyard and many more amenities. One-bedrooms may run you around $3,260, based on current availability.

1201 4th Street
San Francisco, CA 94158

18. Paramount

680 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105

We used to think this 43-story luxury rental building had the highest pricing for rentals, but now it just seems par for the course. Right now studios start at $3,320, one-bedrooms begin at $3,820, and two-bedrooms go up from $5,915. Building amenities include a state-of-the-art health and fitness center, an outdoor heated pool, a landscaped sun terrace, and a yoga studio.

680 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94105

19. Tower 737

737 Post St., San Francisco, CA 94109

This building has great amenities like a fitness center and a courtyard with a fire pit. Inventory’s low right now: The lone studio will set you back $2,667 for a mere 326 square feet. Two-bedrooms start at $4,185.

737 Post St.
San Francisco, CA 94109

20. Eaves Diamond Heights

5285 Diamond Heights Boulevard, San Francisco, CA 94131

Eaves is an Avalon building right across from Safeway in Diamond Heights. Units come with Energy Star appliances, and some have vaulted ceilings and skylights. Apartments also feature balconies or patios, but in blustery Diamond Heights, you’ll want to layer up before attempting to use them. Right now one-bedrooms start at $3,420, two-bedrooms go up from $4,120, and three-bedrooms will set you back at least $5,395. Community amenities include billiard tables, a fitness center, a barbecue and picnic area, concierge services, a heated outdoor swimming pool, and more than one sauna.

5285 Diamond Heights Boulevard
San Francisco, CA 94131

21. Presidio Landmark

1801 Wedemeyer Street, San Francisco, CA 94129

If you want to live in a luxury rental inside a national park, the Presidio Landmark is your best bet. Constructed in 1932, the Colonial Revival building began its life as a hospital, but in 2010 Perkins+Will completed its transformation into a stately residential compound. Unlike more typical cookie-cutter apartment blocks, the Landmark features 32 different unit types—an effect of the architects’ efforts to carve decent-sized apartments out of what had been narrow hospital wings. Amenities range from a fitness center with a yoga/Pilates studio to a massage room and a wine cellar. There’s a hot tub in the garden, a fire pit in the courtyard, and fresh coffee every day in the lobby. The biggest amenity, though, is the Presidio itself. Right now just a few one-bedrooms are available, and they start at a not-kidding-around $4,294. Photo via Presidio Landmark

1801 Wedemeyer Street
San Francisco, CA 94129

22. Ashton

301 Executive Park Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94134

This LEED-certified building is way the hell out there, which can be a good thing if you work on the Peninsula. Building amenities include a fitness center and an outdoor lounge with a fire pit. One-bedrooms start (based on current availability) at $3,210, and two-bedrooms begin at $4,036.

301 Executive Park Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94134

23. Avalon Ocean Avenue

1200 Ocean Ave, San Francisco, CA 94112

As with 38 Dolores, there’s a Whole Foods on this building's ground floor, though these apartments won't cost as much as their comrades to the north. The location’s certainly not as upmarket, but scrappy Ocean Avenue is in line for a pedestrian-friendly sprucing, and more nearby residences may be on the way, if condos come to a commercial strip down the block and if the city makes good on its notion to put housing on the vacant Balboa Reservoir site. Here at Avalon Ocean Avenue, studios begin at $2,855, one-bedrooms start at $3,250, and two-bedrooms will run you at least $3,640.

1200 Ocean Ave
San Francisco, CA 94112

24. Argenta

1 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Close to City Hall, UN Plaza, and the opera house, this 20-story tower bills itself as a “walkers’ paradise.” As with most big buildings, exact rents vary according to each unit’s extras (or lack thereof), but we do know wood floors will set you back an extra $200/month. Some available “interior luxuries” include Caesarstone countertops, rainforest-style showerheads, and the somewhat bewildering assertion “Touch you can literally feel.” One-bedrooms start at $3,827, and two-bedrooms begin around $4,885, based on current availability.

1 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94102

25. Avalon at Mission Bay North

255 King Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

Back in 2009, when Avalon Mission Bay was brand new, you could get a pretty large studio for $2,110/month. Those days are no more. Available studios are now starting at $3,285. One-bedrooms start at $3,500, and two-bedrooms begin at $4,650. Amenities range from a bocce ball court to a courtyard with fireplaces and an outdoor movie theater. The requisite barbecue areas are also present, along with a climbing wall, a spa, and an indoor basketball court.

255 King Street
San Francisco, CA 94107