Posted Jan 13, 2012

Thinking of leaving your rent controlled SF apartment? Don’t.

These days it’s hard to hop on the bus, turn on the news, or grab coffee with a friend without hearing about the high rent prices in San Francisco.

Whether you’re thinking of giving up your rent controlled apartment, or are looking to move to San Francisco for the first time, here’s a tour of the cheapest rental units on the market:

Studio:             $1,050 | Western Addition / Lower Pacific Heights

“These units are approximately 400sqft carpeted studios with eat-in kitchens that are located in Lower Pacific Heights. This fantastic area is centrally located,and within walking distance of Japantown, shops, public transportation, and restaurants…

One bedroom:         $1,100 | Outer Richmond District | 47th Ave. & Geary Blvd.

“In best Richmond/Sutro Heights area. Near all conveniences: beach, Rock Inn, Cliff House, golf course, Sutro Heights Park, Lincoln Park, Walgreen’s, public library, bus stop. 1 bedroom / 1 bath plus den (could be an office) lower unit. High ceiling. Newly remodeled. In a quiet and clean community…”

Two bedroom:         $1,500 | Inner Sunset District

“Just remodeled.”

Three bedroom:     $2,695 | Haight Ashbury | 1298 Haight St.

Sun-drenched and bright corner unit.  Looking down Haight Street and the park as if it was your own backyard! Classically appointed. Refinished oak floors throughout, high ceilings, wide baseboard, crown molding and Victorian wainscoting. Kitchen equipped with gas stove, dishwasher, tiled counters and a ceiling fan. Bathroom with granite floors, pedestal sink and tub surround. Ample closet space throughout with built-in storage in one of the rooms…”

Fortunately, there are other options!
Looking to stay in the Bay Area, but don’t want to share a bathroom with 47 neighboring units?  Load up your Clipper transit card and head to the East Bay…

Renting in San Francisco can be extremely expensive, but many people find it worth the cost in order to enjoy the recreational opportunities in Golden Gate Park, our diverse food scene, or the plethora of wacky traditions and festivals including No Pants on BART Day.

Or, you can protest by starting a San Francisco chapter of Rent Is Too Damn High:


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