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Rental Prices in San Francisco Too Steep? Check Out These Affordable Bay Area Locations Within a Half-hour Commute

Oakland California Apartments for Rent Near San Francisco

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of renting in San Francisco? If you’re like most people in the know, the word that springs to your lips is inevitably “expensive”! Even if the thought of parking your car on the 31% grade of Filbert (don’t forget the emergency brake!) doesn’t set your teeth on edge, coming up with the $3,244 per month (the average rent for a 1-bedroom in The Golden City) might do just that.

Fortunately, there are less expensive rental options within a 30-minute commute of downtown San Francisco that don’t skimp on amenities, either, from carports and extra storage to pools and playgrounds which you don’t usually find in apartment buildings in the heart of the city. Want more room for less money (who doesn’t)? Check out these three Bay Area locations and one of them might just become your perfect new home:


Commute time to downtown San Francisco: 27 minutes (13.2 mi)
Best find: Marine View Apartments, from $1,950 for a 1-bed, 1-bath with 720 sq.ft. to $2,550 for a 2-bed, 2-bath with 946 sq.ft. (check availability)
Perks: beautiful bay views; convenient location to public transportation, Crab Cove, and the Alameda Farmers Market; carports available

Marine View Apartments 564 Central Avenue Alameda CA

The City of Alameda combines the charm of Victorian architecture and the beauty of nature with the conveniences you’d associate with big-city life. Particularly popular among locals is Crab Cove, one of the East Bay Regional Parks that provides ample opportunities to fish, bird-watch, or just enjoy a picnic on the grass—making it possible to almost forget how close you are to one of the largest metro areas in America. Alameda prides itself on being the “City of Beaches and Homes”, and the apartments at Marine View put you close to all that the area has to offer.


Commute time to downtown San Francisco: 23 minutes (12.4 mi)
Best find: 1495 E. 22nd St., from $1,875 for a 2-bed, 1 bath with 800 sq.ft. to $2,175 for a 3-bed, 2-bath with 1,175 sq.ft.; 1-bedroom options also may be available (check availability)
Perks: balcony; new flooring in every unit; covered parking; in-unit washer/dryer; pool and playground

Apartments for Rent 1495 E 22nd St Oakland CA

With everything there is to do in Oakland, you may find yourself spending a lot less time in San Francisco! From arts and culture—Paramount Theatre of the Arts, Oakland Art Murmur, and Studio One Art Center, to name just a few—to catching an Oakland Raiders game and more, you’ll soon see why over 400,000 people call the city home. Especially if you have a larger family, the well-priced 3-bedroom apartments at 1495 E. 22nd St. can give you the room you need while keeping you close to your job downtown.


Commute time to downtown San Francisco: 29 minutes (19.4 mi)
Best find: Vue at 3600 Apartments, from $1,225 for a 1-bed, 1-bath with 570 sq.ft. to $1,598 for a 2-bed, 2-bath with 900 sq.ft. (check availability)
Perks: fully-equipped gym, pool, and spa; carports; select apartments with fireplaces, bay/mountain views; extra storage; washer/dryer in unit

Vue at 3600 Apartments 3600 Sierra Ridge Road, Richmond CA

If your perfect Bay Area rental looks and feels more like Mayberry, you won’t want to miss Richmond. Catch the Cinco de Mayo and Juneteenth Parades, watch a free movie at the Richmond Memorial Auditorium, or join the co-ed Indoor Soccer League. You will also be pleasantly shocked at the affordability of Richmond’s rental market as well—it’s pretty unlikely that you’d find a well-appointed, bordering-on-luxurious 2-bedroom apartment for less than $3,000 in downtown San Francisco, but the units at Vue at 3600 are one of several complexes in Richmond that provide gorgeous rentals for half that!

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Nadia Balint

Nadia Balint is a senior creative writer for RENTCafé. She covers news and trends in residential and commercial real estate and their impact on our everyday life, including rental housing, for-sale housing, real estate development, homeownership, market reports, insurance, landlord-tenant laws, personal finance, urban development, economy, sustainability, and social issues. Nadia holds a B.S. in Business Management from Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. You can connect with Nadia via email.

Nadia’s work and expertise have been quoted by major national and local media outlets, including CNN, CNBC, CBS News, Curbed, The NY Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Denver Post as well as industry publications, such as GlobeSt, Bisnow, Inman News, Multifamily Executive, and The Commercial Real Estate Show. Nadia also wrote for Multi-Housing News, Commercial Property Executive, HubSpot, and more. Prior to entering the real estate industry, Nadia worked in the legal field, where she gained over 10 years of experience in business, corporate, and real estate law.

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