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July 3, 2014 9:25 AM Subscribe
Any advice on getting a one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco?
posted by Aizkolari to Home & Garden (12 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
My girlfriend and I are moving to the City by the Bay and we need a place to live. We’re interested in neighborhoods close-ish to Golden Gate park but still a reasonable commute downtown (we are both working close the the Embarcadero BART stop), so we’ve been looking at NOPA, the Lower Haight, Alamo Square, and places around there. We can pay up to and maybe a little over $3,000 per month for a one-bedroom place.
My understanding is that we should scour Craigslist for listings, try to go to their open houses, and walk around the neighborhoods we’re interested in looking for any posted vacancies. When we go to these open houses, I believe we’re supposed to bring credit reports, landlord references, pay stubs, bank statements, and a checkbook.
My question for you, AskMe, is whether I have this all right. Is there anything I’m missing? Anything else to bring when looking at/for apartments? Any other websites that we should check out for listings? Other neighborhoods we should consider or that you think are cool? San Francisco-specific things that we should check when we look at places?
Also, we will have roughly three weeks in which to close on a place so that we can be settled before we start our jobs. Since we won’t be working we will be able to be looking for places more or less all day every day. Is three weeks enough time? Might we be able to get this done faster?
Any other thoughts or advice would be greatly appreciated. I’m really looking forward to meeting some of the Bay Area mefites at meetups.