It's been exactly four months since we published our first-ever Rental Heatmap, and finding an apartment has become even tougher since then. Supply is very low and demand is incredibly high. Sick of attending packed open houses? Done perusing Craigslist only to find that the unit's already been rented? Or worse, it's a scam? Then consider renting a unit in one of these 17 apartment complexes/communities. All are either brand spankin' new and ready for your arrival or often have availability simply based on the sheer number of units in the building(s). See any vital omissions? Do tell us in the comments or the tipline.Read More
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1. Potrero Launch, Dogpatch
Potrero Launch has 196 residential lofts that span from one bathroom studios to two bedrooms with 2.5 bathrooms. Potrero Launch is comprised of two historic brick warehouses on Third Street and new buildings on Third and Illinois streets 19th and 20th streets. The building's unique oversized windows provide the bulk of the units with bay and city views. The interiors are a nice mix of contemporary urban design and raw materials like concrete and wood. Amenities include concierge services, on-site childcare center, indoor parking, landscaped rooftop with a sun deck, spa and grill area, fitness center with adjoining yoga center, and an open-air Zen garden.
2. Strata, Mission Bay
Strata has 1- and 2-bedroom and townhouse residences available. The majority of units have private balconies or patios. Each unit has in-unit laundry, a real perk. Building amenities include clubhouse with demonstration kitchen, lounge with fireplace, state-of-the-art fitness center, free Wi-Fi access, 20,000 square foot restort-style courtyard, outdoor great room with raised fire pit, bocce court, BBQ area with dual grills so you don't have to fight over one with your neighbors, gated parking garage, and concierge and laundry services. This is a pet-friendly building.
3. AVA, Tendernob
"The new apartment living space that lets you live like you want — awesome. Inspired by the 'hood, powered by the residents." So there's that. AVA is definitely marketed to the young, hip, and alternative professional crowd. Studios start at $2,240 and one bedrooms start at $2,815. All the two bedrooms have been rented. Some of the units are tricked out with chalk board walls in select areas. Building amenities include a fitness center, "outdoor chill space with lava heat," grill and picnic area, dog run on site, and assigned parking. There's also "Wi-Fi in chill spaces."
4. SoMa Residences, SoMa
With a Walkscore of 100% you can't really go wrong with this location. This apartment complex has 278 units features studios and one bedrooms that range between $1,750 and $3,099. There's an incredibly low deposit of a mere $700. Units vary between 275 and 835 square feet. Unfortunately this is not a pet friendly building. Parking is available but the monthly fee is $200. Building amenities include full service front desk staff, 24-hour fitness center, car sharing services, and onsite Laundry Locker.
5. Arc Light Co., South Beach
This beautifully renovated 6-story steel and glass building has 94 contemporary lofts — a mix of studio, 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom units. Almost all of the apartments have a plethora of exposed brick and other raw elements retained from the original structure, which originally served as the California Electric Light Company. Amenities include a north and south facing roof deck with a spa, grilling area and fitness center, interior courtyards and enclosed garage parking. Arc Light Co. is slated for LEED Gold certification.
6. eaves, Diamond Heights
eaves touts itself as a place "where sensible apartment living meets a sensible cost of living." A good chunk of the units have either a private patio or balcony. Community amenities include on-site ZipCar station, community lounge with billiards tables, fitness center, very large landscaped BBQ and picnic area, concierge services, heated outdoor swimming pool and prove saunas. It's also cat and dog friendly.
7. Tower 737, Tendernob
Tower 737 has studios starting at $1,975, one bedrooms starting at $2,398 and two bedrooms starting at 3,932. Building amenities include 24/7 concierge services, state-of-the-art fitness center and fancy courtyard with a firepit.
8. Paramount, SoMa
This swanky SoMa tower is 43 stories of luxurious finishes and floorplans. It even claims to be the "tallest, most dramatic luxury rental in the history of San Francisco." Building amenities include a contemporary entertainment lounge, concierge services, a state-of-the-art heath and fitness center with a wall of windows (a good or bad thing), outdoor heated pool, landscaped rooftop sun terrace, yoga studio and outdoor terrace with BBQ areas on the roof. Current availability includes one bedrooms starting at $3,495 and two bedrooms starting at $5,825.
9. Carmel Rincon, Rincon Hill
Carmel has studios starting at $2,910, one bedrooms starting at $2,965 and two bedrooms starting at $3,885. Some of the apartments have highlights like private blanches and walk-in closets. Building amenities include concierge services, laundry center on-site (but not in-unit), on-site grocery store, roof-top terraces and patios, and some pets are welcome.
10. Avalon Ocean Avenue, Ingleside
Avalon Ocean Avenueis a an apartment community located at the south edge of Balboa Park. It's described as "convenient and stylish," and has an "easy commute to Silicon Valley." Studios start at $2,210, one bedrooms start at $2,605, and two bedrooms start at $3,400. Community amenities include on-site ZipCar station, courtyards with BBQ areas and WiFi and a fitness center. A Whole Foods is in the building's ground floor retail. Cats and dogs are allowed.
11. Ashton, Bayview
For those who want to live way the hell out there,Ashton is for you. It's extremely close to Candlestick Park, which will probably be demolished after the 49ers leave. We hear that this is a great place to live if you have a car and are willing to drive everywhere, since there's very little retail or restaurants in the neighborhood. There are one bedrooms available starting at $2,554 and two bedrooms available starting at $3,389. There are very low deposits. Building amenities include a fitness club with "aqua bar," outdoor fire pit and lounge, a resident wine cellar with climate controlled bottle storage, dry cleaning services, and complimentary BART and Caltrain shuttle services. The building's also LEED certified. Dogs and cats are allowed but there are breed restrictions and your rent and deposit increase. We've heard rumors that there's an ongoing problem with dog owners not picking up their dog's waste.
12. Edgewater, Mission Bay
Edgewater is being described as a "commuters dream" because of its close proximity to the 101 and 280 freeways and CalTrain and Muni stations. Currently, no studios are available, one bedrooms start at $2,681 and two bedrooms start at $3,79. Some units have private patios or balconies. Community amenities include a business center, club room, concierge services, covered parking, free Wi-Fi in common areas, fully furnished guest suite, kayak rentals, 24-hour multi-level fitness center, and outdoor kitchens with fire pits. Dogs and cats are allowed, but there are breed restrictions and your rent and deposit increase.
13. 388 Beale, South Beach
We love the appeal of being two blocks from the Embarcadero. 388 Beale's one bedrooms start at $2,941 and two bedrooms start at $3,955. There are three bedroom units but none are currently available. Some of the apartments have wood burning fireplaces and private balconies. Communities include an aerobics and card room, billiards table, clubhouse, concierge services, dry sauna, free WiFi in common areas, personal trainers in the fitness center, sun deck and valet dry cleaning. Dogs and cats are allowed, but there are breed restrictions and your deposit and rent increases. You can get parking, but it'll cost you an additional $250 - $300 a month.
14. Avalon, Mission Bay
This enormous housing complex (all rentals) have studios (though none are currently available), one bedrooms starting at $2,755 and two bedrooms starting at $4,025. There are three bedrooms on site, but none are available at this time. It's a LEED certified building. Community amenities include on-site ZipCar station, climbing wall, spa, game room, indoor basketball court, BBQ areas, bocce ball court, 24-hour front desk, penthouse resident lounge with flat screen TVs and billiards, outdoor movie theater…. Gosh, can we stop now? This community's packed with amenities. Guess something and it probably has it. It's also across the street from the Caltrain and MUNI stations. It's a pet friendly building. We should mention thatAvalon Mission Bay's a block from AT&T Park.
15. Argenta, Civic Center
Alright, well.Argenta's slogan is "Center Yourself." Perhaps it has something to do with it's central location? "Be in the center of where the big decision are made, milestones are celebrated and where the arts are taken to new heights." Ah, there it is. This is because of the building's close proximity to City Hall, UN Plaza and the Opera House. It's a 20-story building. There are 1-bed, 1-bath apartments starting at $3,144 and 2-bed, 2-bath apartments starting at $3,623. Building amenities include a start-of-the-art fitness center, resident lounge with movie screen, garden terrace and concierge services.
16. South Beach Marina, South Beach
These two, 14-story towers are surrounded by courtyard apartments. The buildings were designed with the intention of having great views of the South Beach Harbor Marina. One bedrooms start at $2,725 and two bedrooms start at $3,800. South Beach Marina'sbuilding amenities include health club (complete with men's and women's dressing rooms and showers), dry saunas, steam baths, two lighted tennis courts, 50-foot outdoor swimming pool and separate spa, recreation room with pool table and a video viewing room. Parking's available but not included.
17. Avalon Sunset Towers, Forest Knolls
Avalon Sunset Towers touts itself as an apartment complex that "offers prestigious living in the Sunset District," but we're going to have to file this location under Forest Knolls. The Inner Sunset, however, is within walking distance. The apartments offer up views of the Pacific Ocean and Golden Gate Park. Some units have private patios or balconies. Community features include a gated entrance, garage parking and on-site (but not in-unit) laundry. Studios start at $2,075 and one bedrooms start at $2,485. There are two bedrooms on site but currently none are available.
18. Bayside Village, South Beach
San Francisco, CA 94107
Bayside Village offers up studio, one- and two-bedroom abodes. It's gigantic, hence the aerial shot because it's just too large of a complex to photograph the exterior. Apartment highlights include floor-to-ceiling windows, wood burning fireplaces, and private balconies in some residences. Building amenities include multiple laundry facilities (none in-unit), three heated pools (including a 25-yard lap pool), three spa (two outdoor one in), six dry sauna rooms, exercise room, yoga and aerobic classes, on-sit grocery/deli, shuttle services, recreation rooms with Wi-Fi, home theater room and communal kitchens.