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Old 03-04-2011, 09:08 AM
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Hi everyone,

I have a job in LA that will require me to stay in San Francisco quite a bit throughout the next year. I’m looking to find a small studio apartment for under $2000 per month (in a safe neighborhood).

Here’s the kicker though: I ideally need a washer and dryer in unit (I travel so much that it is a necessity to be able to throw laundry in at 2 am, pack my bag and catch a flight at 6am) and I also need some kind of secured parking, as I will be driving back and forth from LA, but also leaving my car wherever I live when traveling by air.

So, does anyone have any suggestions as to wear to start looking or what buildings might be good options? I don’t mind if parking is off-site, I just need to be able to get a get a spot (and not get stuck on a waiting list).

Also, I am considering North Bay areas as well if you know anything up there.
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Old 03-04-2011, 09:57 AM
Location: South Korea
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A nice studio in a nice area goes for around $1000 to 1200 a month. So if you're paying up to $2000, you're more likely to get nice amenities like a washer and drier. Just look on craigslist and if places have w/d they will list it. Places with parking included in rent are pretty rare, but I don't know how common it is to find studios with parking included for around $2000 a month. It's common to pay for off-street parking, either to your landlord or to someone near your building who has a garage of some sort. $200 a month is a pretty common price. You can find people offering parking spaces on craigslist.

And SF is not filled with new trendy apartment complexes that can be recommended, it's mainly older apartment buildings owned by small landlords. Vacancy is always low so it's hard to say "go look at this building" because you have no idea if there's vacancy there. Just look on craiglist and you'll find listings of vacancies. Could look on the Citiapartments website too.

The North Bay will be more likely to have places with w/d and parking because it's a lot more suburban than SF.
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Old 03-04-2011, 10:26 AM
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Thanks for the info!
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Old 03-04-2011, 10:29 AM
Location: Balt / DC / ATL / SF / Seattle
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Apartments in SoMa or Mission Bay might work for you. Those areas have the largest number of newer communities in SF. The in-unit W/D is probably what is going to be the hardest to find with a studio apartment. There's also a service called Laundry Locker that is located in some apartment buildings where you put your dirty laundry in a locker and they notify you via SMS when it is ready to be picked up from the locker. Their site lists public-accessible locations and has a link to craigslist for apartment sites with lockers, but it only goes to a general craigslist search page. You could try searching craigslist for "laundry locker" or doing a google search for apartment communities. I know Archstone and some others have properties there.

As for safety, the areas before 6th street are much nicer, which is where a lot of these communities are. It's not as dense as nearby areas, but if you're only going to be living there part-time, it might not be so bad.
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Old 03-04-2011, 11:31 AM
Location: Northern California
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Check out the area around Millbrae or San Bruno. The rent might be a little cheaper in this area than in SF. Close to BART for travel into SF or to the airport. Also close to 101 and 280 freeways. Lots of newer apartments with free parking. You won't find a unit with a washer & dryer. There's usually a common laundry room for all tenants to use.
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