Houses, Condos, Apartments For Rent in the San Francisco Area

Five Star rentals currently available in the San Francisco Bay Area, including Palo Alto, Mountain View, Redwood City, San Mateo, Burlingame and Daly City.

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How to Choose the Right San Francisco Area Rental for You

Congratulations on making the decision to rent a home in the San Francisco Bay Area. You’ve chosen to live in one of the most beautiful, diverse, exciting areas of the country. There are many options for renting a home in the Bay Area, including the type of home, location, and desired amenities. Choosing the perfect match for you can be overwhelming, so keep these things in mind to find the right home for you:

1. Location, location, location

The diversity of living locations in the San Francisco Area is one of the area’s best assets. You can choose to live in a rural, suburban, or urban setting and still be within commuting distance of work. So, think about the type of community that best suits you as you are picking your next rental. No matter what kind of location you are looking for, Five Star Property Management has a rental to meet your needs. We manage homes in such diverse locations as:

  • Novato, Mill Valley, and Sausalito in scenic Marin County;
  • Bustling San Francisco – including super-hot SoMa and the trendy Mission District – walking distance to absolutely everything;
  • Convenient, centrally-located Daly City; and
  • The heart of Silicon Valley, including Redwood City, Mountain View, and Palo Alto.

2. What type of home?

When you are in the market for a rental, your first thought might be to rent an apartment. But, there’s much more to choose from in the Bay Area than just apartment living. We manage everything from efficient privately owned condos in amenity-rich communities, to huge houses that offer all of the space and room to grow a large family needs. So, consider your space needs and your desired community amenities — such as pool, gym, business center, community room, roof deck, sauna, etc. – when narrowing down your choices.

3. Decide on your must-haves, nice-to-haves, and don’t needs

Before you start looking for your ideal rental, make a list of the features you must have, would like to have, and don’t need at all. This will instantly help you narrow down your choices. Crucial to rental hunting in the Bay Area in particular is considering the importance of features like parking (including covered parking, garage parking, and reserved spots), in-home or on-site washer and dryer, backyard/ patio/ deck space, and overall square footage. These three factors alone will do a lot to point you towards the right rental.

For example, it can be hard to find a condo in San Francisco that comes with parking (though we do manage a few!), and very large homes with lots of square footage and backyard space are easier to find the further you get from the downtown areas of major cities like San Francisco, San Jose, and Oakland.

How to Apply for Your Next San Francisco Area Rental

Now that you’ve learned how to narrow your must-haves for your rental home, it’s time to check out what’s available. You can see our current “for rent” listings, including a map of locations, in the section above. To get more information about any particular listing, including the date and time of our next open house showing, just click on the “View Details” button.

Once you are ready to apply for one or more rental homes, simply click on the “Apply Now” button on the rental details page. Have questions about a specific rental? Use the “Contact Us” button on the rental details page to ask questions about that rental.

Don’t see the right rental for you in our current “for rent” listings area? Don’t give up – we likely have your perfect rental home, it’s just not quite ready for listing. Feel free to contact us with your rental wish list and we’ll let you know if we have something just right for you that will be available soon.