This Playful Home Comes with Disco Balls, a Painted Fridge, and a Tiki BarReal Estate
It makes a strong case for painting your fridge (and your shower door!).
Feb 9, 2023
This Engineer Created Clever Storage Spaces in a San Francisco StudioTours
As an engineer, Hayley is used to innovative thinking, and she used that when designing her studio apartment. She transformed the entryway into her closet and was able to create the feel of a one-bedroom apartment by turning a walk-in closet into a bed nook.
Nov 3, 2022
A San Francisco Victorian Is Filled with Tattoo Designs, Disco, and Danny DeVitoTours
Sam's San Francisco apartment reflects his love of design and furniture. With art covering the walls, the shelves, and even a few mannequins, the home is an ode to color and design.
Nov 1, 2022
A 580-Square-Foot SF Rental Has a Lush DIY Faux Living Wall and More Fun DecorTours
Leslie and her partner, Amy, have a rainbow media cabinet, a pink neon sign that says "queer," a candle in the shape of a plus-sized woman's figure, and more in their "Sapphic, feminist, cerebral, sensual, Venusian" rental apartment.
Jun 1, 2022
A Small and Soothing San Francisco Rental Has Nancy Myers Movie VibesTours
This apartment's main selling points for Joyce were the huge windows and the natural light. "I wanted to create a home that felt equal parts like a warm hug and a peaceful retreat, so the overall decor vibe is purposely minimalistic, earthy, and neutral."
Apr 23, 2021
A 'Balinavian Boho' Style Rental Adds Personality With Peel-and-Stick Tiles Tours
Christina was drawn to this apartment's details (like the funky bathroom tile), but some details were outdated and tired, so she added removable peel-and-stick floor tiles and faux peel-and-stick subway tiles to her kitchen to give it a renter-friendly upgrade.
Jan 7, 2021
A Small Pastel Rental Includes an Iridescent Shower Curtain & Kaiju CollectionTours
Creative technologist Amy Wibowo's small San Francisco studio apartment is packed with personality, including a mermaid headboard of her dreams.
Jan 5, 2021
This Small San Francisco Cottage Has the Dreamiest, Woodiest BathroomTours
This cottage was an earthquake refugee shack and renovated in the 1970s, and is now a cozy cottage home.
Sep 18, 2020
A Small Backyard Cottage Rental Is a Cozy, Soothing Home After a RenovationTours
Since it is off the street, nestled behind her parent's home, this little backyard cottage feels like a secret oasis outside the city.
Sep 16, 2020
4 Things to Know About Moving to San FranciscoReal Estate
Renters have a good deal of agency, for starters.
Jul 28, 2020
This Apartment Has the Secrets to Beautiful, Uncluttered Small Space LivingTours
There's a reason the renters who live here have dubbed it the "Micro Casa."
Jul 9, 2020
It's Hard to Decide What's Better in This Sunny Home: Pretty Plants or Cute DogTours
Donovan Ho's San Francisco Bay Area home is filled with fun colors, textures, eclectic home decor... and LOTS of plants.
Jul 7, 2020
A 415-Square-Foot San Francisco Studio Shows How to Go Glam on a BudgetTours
Abigail's specialty is turning a small living space into a home on a budget... and her teeny studio apartment is a great example!
Jun 15, 2020
This Author’s Cozy San Francisco Apartment Is Bursting With Books, Color and ArtTours
It's definitely maximalist, but not chaotic.
Apr 25, 2020
This Once-Sad San Francisco Home is Now a Wallpaper WonderlandTours
CW Stockwell CEO Katy Polsby reinvigorated her apartment in this San Francisco house with lots of patterned wallpaper and color!
Mar 13, 2020
This Colorful San Francisco House Is Like a "Victorian on Acid"Tours
It’s like a Wes Anderson movie that hasn’t been filmed yet or like a little Madonna Inn.
Feb 23, 2020
A 200-Square-Foot San Francisco Studio Is Teeny, But ElegantTours
There's stained glass hanging in the window, a cool David Bowie print, and a sleek bookcase smartly separating the living room and bedroom.
Jan 31, 2020
This 331-Square-Foot Tiny House Fits More Things Than We Can List in a HeadlineTours
Full-time freelance photographer and music enthusiast Ryan Tuttle lives in a small custom designed tiny house on wheels she calls the "Tuttle Shuttle."
Jan 27, 2020
This Boho Apartment Shows How to Add Loads of Color to a Standard RentalTours
From the hot pink sofa to the art, decor, plants and more, this small apartment is proof you don't have to sacrifice color when you rent.
Jan 23, 2020
A Shared San Francisco Apartment Has the Dreamiest Curved Window SeatTours
Huge windows, bay window, a black and white tiled kitchen floor, three fireplaces, stained glass windows... this apartment is full of architectural details.
Jan 16, 2020
A 440-Square-Foot Apartment Feels Larger Thanks to a Fresh and Minimal StyleTours
Inspired by Australian and Japanese design with a little California desert mixed in, we went for a natural, relaxing, minimalist aesthetic with low profiles and warm desert colors.
Jan 10, 2020
Stan Lee’s Former San Francisco Condo is for Sale, and It’s Under 800 Square FeetNews
Are your spidey senses tingling? If so, that’s because you now have the chance to live in the Marvel-ous former home of the late comic book legend Stan Lee.
Oct 8, 2019
A Small San Francisco Rental Apartment Is Full of Warmth, Wood, and a Splash of ColorTours
With the multi-colored rug anchoring the living room and the beautiful but still rather neutral blue walls in the bedroom, this is an example of how to add color to a rental without risking not getting your security deposit back.
Jul 17, 2019
A Storied San Francisco Home That Inspires Style and SpiritTours
You can Instagram every corner of this San Francisco rental apartment, where every element inspires and tantalizes your senses.
Jun 20, 2019
This Millennial’s Minimal Home Boasts Handmade DIY Furniture and DecorTours
This rental apartment has Palladian windows, curved ceilings, an ornate mantel and fireplace, and 25+ plant babies!
Jun 5, 2019
Great Tile and Gorgeous Antique Rugs Fill This Spacious San Francisco RemodelTours
After a five-month long remodel, this home was completely transformed into a more modern, bright space.
May 29, 2019
This Apartment Has a Cute and Cozy Library NookTours
Name: Emily SimmonsLocation: Russian Hill neighborhood — San Francisco, California Size: 1100 square feet Years lived in: 1 year, renting I’ve lived in so many variations of tiny spaces, from my earliest dorm rooms, to small attic spaces in college, to cramped studios in Manhattan.
May 23, 2019
A Small San Francisco Condo’s Style Is “Gentleman Chic Meets Cozy Traditional”Tours
You have to see the small but AMAZING bathroom reno.
May 17, 2019
This 450-Square-Foot Apartment Is a Glam, Paris-Inspired Bachelorette PadTours
This interior designer's studio may be on the small side, but it has beautiful hardwood floors, picturesque windows, and original cabinetry and molding.
May 13, 2019
A 400-Square-Foot, Sunny San Francisco Studio Filled with PlantsTours
Name: Maya Goldfine Location: San Francisco, California Size: 400 square feet Years Lived In: 6 months, renting Call it fate or luck, but something aligned the day I found this studio. By chance I had come across the listing on Craigslist the evening prior—at 5:45 p.m. it was posted that an open house was happening at 7:30 a.m. the next day.
Apr 17, 2019
This Mushroom Dome Tiny House Is Airbnb’s Most Popular ListingLiving
Just south of San Francisco, close to the idyllic Highway 1 views of California’s picturesque cliffs and beaches, lies a tiny mushroom dome cabin in the woods. It’s one of the world’s most popular Airbnb listings and, for just $130 a night, it could be yours to sleep in. The Mushroom Dome cabin is in Monterey Bay and is surrounded by 10 acres of woods that make perfect hiking trails.
Apr 6, 2019
A First-Time-Living-Solo San Franciscan Found the Perfect Small, Soothing HomeTours
Name: Carra Manahan Location: San Francisco, California Size: 650 square feet Years lived in: 2 years, renting A couple years ago, I decided to get my own apartment in San Francisco. I’d lived in the Marina since moving to the city and couldn’t part with it. The neighborhood’s beautiful and charming; there’s truly something special about being able to see the Golden Gate Bridge from it.
Mar 10, 2019
A Traveler’s 400-Square-Foot San Francisco Studio Apartment Is Simple But MeaningfulTours
Jon O'Shaughnessy is inspired by the things that make him happy—travel, the outdoors, and forests.
Dec 18, 2018
Do You Have the Guts to Stay in a San Francisco Dungeon on Halloween Night?Living
Are you made of stern enough stuff to spend a night in a San Francisco dungeon done up, in every eery detail, to recreate a cell from the infamously haunted and horrid prison at Alcatraz? A few curiosity-seeking travelers to the Bay Area will be able to find out for themselves this Halloween, thanks to an exclusive and otherworldly bed and breakfast experience from
Oct 24, 2018
This Small San Francisco Studio Is Incredibly Bright & StylishTours
She didn't see a single piece of decor or furniture in person until it arrived, minus her curtains.
Sep 25, 2018
How I Sold My Home for Almost Twice the Purchase PriceReal Estate
After years of renting in San Francisco and Oakland, we bought a home in Walnut Creek (a small city in the Bay Area) for $545,000 in 2010—when the market was relatively slow. The house was the smallest model in a 1960s neighborhood at 1,445 square feet with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. But it sat on a spacious 9,375-square-foot lot. It was a dream cosmetic fixer. Over seven years, we made it our own.
Sep 13, 2018
A Thoughtful Remodel Makes This Home Feel Bright, Well-Laid Out, and Totally TransformedTours
Before the remodel this house felt cramped. After the remodel, it feels as if it's gained 50 percent more square footage.
Sep 5, 2018
A 400-Square-Foot San Francisco Home Was Furnished in Only 3 MonthsTours
Name: Prathima Nalluri Location: Nopa (North of Panhandle) — San Francisco, California Size: 400 square feet Years lived in: 9 months, renting I moved into my apartment about nine months ago with not much furniture except my bed and a console table. I know they say take your time to furnish your place but I did it in less than three months (and I don’t regret a single purchase!). I love spending time at home and I wanted to create a space which is airy and cozy at the same time.
Jul 5, 2018
Think SF Real Estate Is Scary? This City Is Even WorseReal Estate
If you listen closely, you’ll hear something booming in the Silicon Valley—and no, it’s not just the sound of blockchain capital exchanging hands or tech bros downing Soylent. What’s booming far louder than anywhere else in the U.S. is San Jose, California’s real estate market: According to a recent report by Zillow, home values are rising the fastest in San Jose, at a remarkable 26.2% change year over year to a median value of $1,263,900, the highest in the nation.
Jun 7, 2018
A Couple Shares the Most Organized, Functional 240-Square-Foot Studio EverTours
Every item must have at least three different uses, be used three times a week, or be used for more than three years.
Jun 4, 2018
Take a Peek Into This Serene San Francisco ApartmentTours
Name: Mohammad and Rachael Gorjestani Location: Western Addition — San Francisco, California Size: 800 square feet Years lived in: 3 years, rented Mohammad and Rachel’s San Francisco apartment is so cozy and serene, it’s easy to forget that it’s right next to a busy intersection at the center of the city. The original hardwood floors add warmth to the space, and the view of greenery in their spacious backyard (a true luxury in San Francisco) is beautiful.
Mar 20, 2018
A Colorful “Tongue-in-Chic” San Francisco ApartmentTours
The number one rule is there are no rules!
Mar 14, 2018
A Harmonious, Layered Mix in a Small San Francisco RentalTours
Name: Bonnie Berridge Faxén and Per Faxén Location: San Francisco, California Size: 650 Square Feet Years Lived In: 3.5 years, renting Designer and interiors consultant Bonnie Faxén says she has a passion for “art, design, architecture, colors, fonts, materials, textiles, paint, wallpaper. If it has to do with design I’m thinking about it!” This healthy obsession for visual elements has spilled over into the small apartment she shares with her husband Per.
Feb 4, 2018
A Beautiful Bay Area Rental is a Great Match for a Cute CoupleTours
Name: Walter and Adam Ryon Location: San Leandro, California Size: 950 square feet Years lived in: 1 year, rented Walter was working and living in Abu Dhabi when Adam first spotted the building they now call home. Finding a home from a distance was difficult, but when Adam drove by the building, Adam thought this one might be a good fit. It was a quintessential 1950s apartment building that was recently updated, and Adam felt their style was reflected both on the inside and outside.
Jan 11, 2018
A Teeny But Impressively Organized Studio ApartmentTours
“When I decided I was ready to live on my own after years of living with roommates, I needed a place where I could continue to have dinner parties and space for guests to feel comfortable — but finding that at an affordable price point in San Franciso is challenging,” writes Chelsea Drenick.
Dec 18, 2017
An Airbnb Content Manager’s Chic San Francisco StudioTours
Name: Holly Location: The Mission — San Francisco, California Size: 650 square feet Years lived in: 3 years, renting The first thing you notice when you open the door to Holly’s apartment in San Francisco’s popular Mission neighborhood is the light in the hallway that runs two-thirds of the length of the space. Windows all along the right side — some stained glass — make it feel very airy and ethereal.
Dec 1, 2017
Here’s What It’s Like to House Hunt In the (Frustratingly Expensive) Bay AreaReal Estate
While it might not be as nightmarish as Toronto just yet, the real estate market in and around San Francisco has been getting worse for years. Here’s what homes are really selling for: The backstory: My cousin and her family have lived in Berkeley, Calif., for several years, renting because they couldn’t afford to buy there even five years ago.
Nov 30, 2017
A “Renovated from the Floors Up” Earthy California Bohemian HomeTours
Name: Vera Claire and Sam Cheadle Location: Bayview — San Francisco, California Size: 1,200 square feet Years lived in: 3 years, owned For Vera and Sam, the past three years have been filled with the never-ending process of renovating and personalizing their home. The fact that Sam — the acting handyman and contractor — has no experience with renovating is even more impressive.
Oct 15, 2017
This Epic San Francisco Estate Takes Up an Entire City BlockReal Estate
Considering this San Francisco mansion takes up an entire city block in the most expensive urban real estate market in the country — one of the largest private lots in the Bay Area — and is a compound comprising four separate residences around a sculpture garden, it’s actually kind of a steal at $12.5 million.
Sep 20, 2017
An Editor at Rue Magazine Shows Us Her Berkeley ApartmentTours
Name: Katherine McEachern, Ian Tse and Gracie (the dog) Location: Berkeley, California Size: 750 square feet Years lived in: 6 years, renting “As an editor at Rue, I’m constantly looking at inspiring spaces and filing away ideas. For me, personal style is an ever-evolving challenge,” says Kat McEachern, the Lifestyle Editor for the stylish magazine.
Aug 20, 2017
Saying Goodbye to a Craigslist Chic San Francisco ApartmentTours
Name: Allison Shiman Location: The Mission — San Francisco, California Size: not sure about the square feet Years lived in: 5 years, renting “I’m so excited about having my apartment memorialized on Apartment Therapy,” Allison tells us. She’ll be saying goodbye to her beloved apartment soon…to leave on a trip around the world. “I have put so much effort and love in my little space that having it somewhere captured forever makes me so happy!
Aug 8, 2017
The Color Factory is an Instagram Obsession Come to LifeLiving
Color lovers, you might want to book a trip to San Francisco ASAP: The latest must-visit destination is The Color Factory, and it’s probably already infiltrating your Instagram feed. Inside the can’t miss it striped exterior, you’ll find a 12,000 square foot, pop-up “color experience.” Color Factory just opened on August 1, and tickets are selling out faster than you can say (or take a) Boomerang.
Aug 7, 2017
A Writer’s Eclectic, Collected Home in BerkeleyTours
Name: Flora Tsapovsky and Tom Kolinski, plus Theo the cat Location: Berkeley — California Size: 720 square feet Years lived in: 2 years, rented “Every morning I stand here with my cup of coffee and soak in the views, even if it’s for a minute,” describes Flora of the view from her home’s large glass corner wall that looks over Berkeley and the sparkling San Francisco Bay.
Jul 27, 2017
A Cozy and Charming San Francisco StudioTours
Name: Jenee Yuen Location: San Francisco, California Size: 400 square feet (maybe a little larger?) Years Lived In: 8 years, renting One of the fun things about living in an old San Francisco apartment is that sometimes, depending on your particular landlord, you get a little bit of creative control to “adjust” your living space as you see fit. Jenee did just that when she took out the carpet in her living room and refinished the beautiful hardwood floors that were hiding underneath.
Jul 17, 2017
A Little San Francisco Loft Filled with DIY SolutionsStyle
Max Heinritz, a software developer living in San Francisco, never thought of himself as much of a DIYer, until he was faced with the challenge of creating a costume for a little party he was going to (that little party being Burning Man). The success of this creation opened up all kinds of new possibilities for him: he realized that, “if I want something, I can figure out how to make it.
Jul 12, 2017
A Plant-Packed 500-Square-Foot San Francisco HomeTours
Name: Jessica Henry Location: Duboce Triangle — San Francisco, California Size: 500 square feet Years lived in: 4 years, renting Jessica likes to collect things that remind her of a specific time and place, like the leather butterfly chair she got in Argentina, or the bedroom mirror she found at a San Diego thrift store. All of those mementos combined with eclectic accents — and lots and lots of greenery — are what makes her place special.
Jun 26, 2017
A 420-Square-Foot Studio Is Small, But Comes With a ViewTours
Name: Kirstie Maryott Location: Lower Pacific heights — San Francisco, California Size: 420 square feet Years lived in: Rented 2 years Kirstie has bounced around from state to state the past few years of her life, including stops in Colorado, Virginia and Georgia. A California native, she has called the Bay Area home for the last two years, where she lives in a charming studio on the top floor of a building in the Lower Pacific Heights neighborhood.
Jun 5, 2017
A Classic, Cheerful West Coast ApartmentTours
Name: Claire and Kasey Location: Mission District, San Francisco Size: 675 square feet Years lived in: 3 years, renting Claire and Kasey chose this apartment because of the light; it’s warm and abundant. “When we came to look at the listing it was mid-day and I didn’t have to do more than open the front door to know that I wanted to live here.
Jun 1, 2017
The 5 Most Expensive Homes For Sale in San Francisco Right NowReal Estate
San Francisco is a dream city for many, but it comes at a cost—it’s the most expensive city in America. But, if you had an unlimited budget and the daydreams to make it happen, you might consider moving into one of the most expensive homes you could find. To help you picture it, we combed through listings to find the highest priced homes for sale right now in San Francisco.
May 26, 2017