Where Can You Afford to Live in the Bay Area? Find Out

Is Vallejo in your future? It might be

By Chris Roberts
|  Thursday, Jun 6, 2013  |  Updated 10:01 PM PDT
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Rental market sticker shock: Average price for a studio in San Francisco? $1,871 (According to research done by The Bold Italic and Lovely)

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A beautiful two-bedroom apartment can be had in the Bay Area -- for $1,066. Or for $3,570.

It's all up to you, if you want to live in Vallejo or in San Francisco, respectively.

These are tough times for apartment hunters, especially when deciding where to live by averaging financing alone. So here is The Bold Italic, ready to help.

The lifestyle website has compiled an infographic that informs readers in an easy-on-the-eyes fashion just where they can hope to live based on their dollars and sense.

Each major Bay Area city's average price for a studio, one- and two-bedroom apartment, allowance of pets, and average time on the rental market is available.

For example, do you want a place where an apartment stays on the market for more than a week? Then you're good looking at Richmond (average time on market: eight days) or in Lafayette (12 days).

Do you want a two-bedroom under $2,000? Walnut Creek ($1,982), Richmond ($1,323) and San Jose ($1,977) are your future stomping grounds.

Maybe you're looking for tonier surroundings. In which case, a studio in Sausalito ($1,431), Sunnyvale ($1,391) or Palo Alto ($1,680) will be your tonic.

Look for yourself on LiveLovely.com, tell them how much you earn, and decide where you want to live. Or can live.

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