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Mission Oh-So-Possible: 5 Cosmopolitan Studios and One-Bed Apartments for Rent in San Francisco Under $2,600/Month

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From the iconic Golden Gate Bridge to skyscrapers flanked by Victorian houses, San Francisco is often deemed one of, if not the most beautiful city in America. However, it’s got more than just good looks and an ever-changing skyline making it a top destination. As a tech mecca and tourism capital, the City by the Bay is number one on Forbes’ list of “Best Big Cities for Jobs.”

While there may be an abundance of employment opportunities, try finding a budget-friendly apartment here, and you’ll understand why it also ranks #1 as the “Worst City for Renters”. With soaring home prices and an average rent that sits at $3,387/month – thousands above the national average – according to data from Yardi Matrix, these prices beat out even Manhattan’s.

Finding a great looking apartment for rent in San Francisco that’s also moderately priced is no easy task, but we’ve handpicked a few rentals asking almost $1,000 below the average, just to help you get started. Take a look at these five studios and one-bedroom apartments, that can be yours for less than $2,600/month:

Trinity Towers Apartments, Downtown San Francisco: $2,374/month for a Junior 1-bed apartment

Centrally located in the heart of downtown, on O’Farrell Street in the Van Ness Corridor, Trinity Towers Apartments offer easy access to Japantown, the City Hall, and the Financial District – the perfect place for both work and play. With an excellent lineup of restaurants, bars, and art venues, nightlife here is never lacking. The luxury apartment perks are just as desirable. Floor-to-ceiling windows, wall-to-wall carpets, breakfast nooks, and private balconies with city views adorn these lovely units. On-site, residents can relax by the heated swimming pool packed with sauna and spa, or exercise at the fitness center.

Trinity Towers Apartments in San Francisco
$2,374/month for a one-bed apartment at Trinity Towers Apartments. Images via RENTCafé.

270 Turk Apartments, Tenderloin: $2,195/month for a Junior 1-bed apartment

These bright and cozy apartments at 270 Turk boast features like high ceilings, archways and nooks, and generous windows that maximize the space. They come equipped with dishwashers, refrigerators, washers, and dryers for maximum convenience. Nestled in a historic building, the apartments are located within walking distance to a host of restaurants, lounges, and other nearby attractions.

270 Turk Apartments in San Francisco
$2,195/month for a 1-bed apartment at 270 Turk Apartments. Images via RENTCafé.

Vara Apartments, Inner Mission: $2,580/month for a studio apartment

Located close to the vibrant Mission District, within walking distance to BART and Muni, renters looking to be near downtown, without actually being in the middle of it, will love the studio-apartments at the brand new Vara. High ceilings, quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances, hardwood-style plank flooring, and patios/balconies with views overlooking the city can be yours with these pet-friendly apartments. You’ll also enjoy a host of community amenities that will enable you to save even more: fitness center, courtyard with BBQ and social seating, clubhouse with kitchen, private conference room, media room, and more! These studios are just what the doctor ordered, but if you’re looking for more space, 2- and 3-bedroom apartments are also available.

Vara Apartments in San Francisco
$2,580/month for a studio at Vara Apartments. Images via RENTCafé.

1190 Mission at Trinity Place, South of MarketDistrict 9, Central East: $2,594/month for a Junior 1-bed apartment

The new Twitter headquarters, the Orpheum Theater, the Moscone Center, and AT&T Park are just a few of the neighbors you’ll have if renting a Junior 1-bed unit at 1190 Mission at Trinity Place. The community is located in the SOMA District, close to Muni or BART and all the hot spots in town. Luxury apartments come unfurnished, but they’re packed with walk-in closets, black granite counters, and large bathrooms flaunting incredible city views. For your convenience, there’s a laundry center on each floor and an on-site fitness center with Wi-Fi lounge. With a 24-hr. courtesy patrol and controlled access, the community is safe and secure.

1190 Mission at Trinity Place in San Francisco
$2,594/month for a 1-bed apartment at 1190 Mission at Trinity Place. Images via RENTCafé.

704 Bush, Downtown San Francisco: $2,495/month for a studio

To capture the essence of San Francisco living, take a look at the classic studios at 704 Bush. They’re located in a lovely Edwardian building at the corner of Powell and Bush, where Nob Hill meets the Financial District. The pet-friendly community is surrounded by a fine selection of restaurants, shopping, nightlife and music venues. The steep street enables panoramic urban views of the picturesque cable car and many other local landmarks. 361 sq.ft. studios are available for under $2,500/month and come cable ready, equipped with large closets, hardwood floors, window coverings, and refrigerators.

704 Bush Apartments in San Francisco
$2,495/month for a studio at 704 Bush Apartments. Images via RENTCafé.

Famous landmarks and world-class restaurants, a thriving economy and a red-hot rental market – the City by the Bay has no shortage of great qualities and thrills. Check out more low-cost apartments for rent in San Francisco, and find your very own home that fits your budget.   

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Nicoleta Iudean

Online content developer Nicky Iudean loves writing about real estate, interior design, and lifestyle topics for RENTCafé. She gets inspiration for a healthier and happier way of living from her 4-year old son. You can reach Nicoleta by email or Twitter.

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