San Francisco is iconic. Between Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge, Silicon Valley, the Full House home, Fisherman's Wharf, its unique vibe, and its generally pristine Southern California weather, there's more than enough hype and wonder to entrance visitors. But what if you don't want to just visit? What if you want to call San Francisco home?

Moving has become increasingly easier over the years. With the help of more efficient travel options and on-demand moving services like Bellhops, you might even say moving is simple! Might. And San Francisco isn't just a tourist or a tech destination. There's more than 220 parks and recreational spaces within the city. Its public transportation is consistently one of the nation's best. And there are more brunch spots than you can count! It's a city teeming with life, culture, and opportunity. What's not to love?

America has only three cities: New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans. Everywhere else is Cleveland. - Tennessee Williams

The only potential downside to San Francisco is the cost of living. The median household income is just over $84,000/yr ($20k more than California's median household income), which helps to make its housing costs some of the highest in the country. Not to worry, though, there's always a diamond to be found in the rough. You just might have to do some searching.

If you're thinking about making the move to San Francisco, here are 10 examples of apartments you can rent for under $3,000/mo in San Francisco (ranging from $2,350-$3,000). Maybe you'll need furniture when you move, maybe you won't. The first five examples are unfurnished homes, courtesy of Zillow. The next five are furnished apartments, found at YourHomeSuite.

 

Unfurnished

 

1. This gorgeous view from a 2bd, 2ba condo across the street from Candlestick Park and the bay.

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Features include:

  • In Unit Laundry
  • Attached carport, garage
  • Elevator
  • Transportation
  • Fitness Center
  • Gated Entry
  • Secured Entry
  • Updated appliances and granite countertops
  • Walk-in closet

 

2. This updated 1bd, 1ba top floor apartment. 600 sqft with an incredible view.

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Features include:

  • Carport
  • Shared laundry
  • Elevator
  • Tile flooring
  • Gated Entry
  • Transportation
  • Granite countertops, updated appliances
  • Secured entry

 

3. This 600 sqft abode on the east side of Golden Gate Park.

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Features include:

  • Hardwood and tile flooring
  • Remodeled bath
  • Updated appliances
  • Complex parking

 

4. This stunning 1bd, 1ba home in Lower Pacific Heights, listed at over 3,300 sqft.

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Features Include:

  • Hardwood flooring
  • Attached garage
  • French doors
  • Patio
  • Shared yard
  • Updated bathroom
  • Updated, stainless steel appliances
  • Gas fireplace
  • Recessed lighting

 

5. A 1bd, 1ba apartment in this beautiful building (the tall one) in Russian Hill, just a couple blocks from Lombard St.

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Features include:

  • Two walk-in closets
  • Hardwood, tile flooring
  • Elevator
  • Shared laundry
  • Vaulted ceiling
  • Breakfast nook

 

Furnished

 

6. This updated studio in College Hill with a view and great outdoor seating.

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Features include:

  • Patio
  • Garden
  • Wi-Fi
  • Cable/HDTV
  • Dining table
  • Fully stocked kitchen (appliances, pots, pans, etc.)
  • In-unit laundry
  • Queen sized bed
  • Double sofa
  • Electrical heating

 

7. This homey studio in North Beach with a nice patio, a few blocks from the shore and Fisherman's Wharf.

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Features include:

  • Recently remodeled unit
  • Dining table
  • Modern kitchen
  • Private patio/garden access
  • Minutes to the water
  • Queen sized bed
  • Futon/sofa

 

8. This sunny Pacific Heights studio on the edge of beautiful Alta Plaza Park.

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Features include:

  • Queen sized bed
  • Dining table
  • Work desk
  • Flat screen TV
  • Fully stocked kitchen
  • Armchair
  • Bay windows

 

9. This surprisingly spacious studio with a great porch, next to Presidio Golf Course .

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Features include:

  • Flatscreen TV
  • Hardwood, tile flooring
  • Full sized futon
  • King sized bed
  • Private deck overlooking gardens
  • Stocked kitchen appliances
  • Dining table
  • Wi-Fi
  • Heating
  • Large bathroom

 

10. This cozy studio on Ocean Avenue (because Yellowcard).

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Features include:

  • Wi-Fi
  • Heating
  • Shared laundry
  • Dining Table
  • Stocked kitchen appliances
  • Queen sized bed
  • TV

Published by Kenneth Burke