Apartment-hunting in San Francisco: Impossible?
March 30, 2014 3:39 PM Subscribe
My partner and I are moving to San Francisco (preferably Inner Sunset) from New York. We need to be settled in by mid-June, and we’d like to sign a lease for June 1st. We've read a lot about the crazy SF housing market right now, but still have a few questions about when we should go out there to apartment hunt, living with a car in SF, and general apartment hunting strategies.
posted by reren to Home & Garden (15 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
We expect to live in Inner Sunset because it will be convenient for my partner’s work and offers more affordable rents. We will also consider other neighborhoods, though — we just need to be within a 30 minute commute to UCSF and want to stay as close to the center of the city as possible (i.e. we don’t want to live in Outer Outer Sunset). We are looking for a one bedroom, and ideally we’d like to pay no more than $2400 (not including utilities or parking).
We are hoping to take one trip to apartment hunt. We’re able to devote a week to this. It seems from what we've read that things move quickly in SF, but we’re unclear on how quickly. When should we go looking at places if we want a lease that starts June 1st? One complication is that we have to be in NYC from May 3 through the 7th. Would it be better to go to SF before or after that?
Also, we are planning to bring our car with us when we move. Are there particular neighborhoods that are better or worse for having a car? If we get an apartment that doesn't include parking, are there monthly parking spots or garages where we could keep it?
Any other advice or advice on how to make this whole process go more smoothly would be much appreciated. We know the ins and outs of New York apartment hunting, but this seems to be a different game. Thanks!