San Francisco, I feel like I don’t even have to say that it’s expensive and unaffordable for the average person, I’m sure the whole country knows it.

So what do you do when you get a job in the city but can’t afford to buy? Don’t throw away your money by renting, rent is so high, you might as well buy.

I did a lot of research and there is a lot more but this is the top 5 cities I found near San Francisco that are decently affordable without the need to drive more than an hour.

If you’d like to receive email alerts everytime a house that meets your criteria hits the market, let me know so I can set you up for that. 


Housing: 3 bedrooms, 2 baths sold for $500,000

Population: 38,259

Distance: 35.2 Miles (47 mins) from San Francisco

Quick Bio: By 1849, Martinez served as a way station for the California Gold Rush. The town was laid out in 1849 by Col. William M. Smith and named for Martinez.

FunFact: In 1915 Shell Oil Company build an oil refinery.


Housing: 4bedrooms, 2 baths sold for $516,000

Population: 109,813

Distance 26.2 miles. (51 mins) from San Francisco

Quick Bio– Richmond is a city in western Contra Costa County, California. The city was incorporated on August 7th, 1905.

Fun fact: Richmond was the largest city in the US served by a Green Party Mayor.



Housing: 2 bedrooms, 2 baths sold for $535,000 (Condo)

Population: 108,303

Distance: 7.6 miles (17 mins) from San Francisco

Quick Bio: Largest city in San Mateo County. Named in the honor of businessman and landowner John Donald Daly.

Fun Fact: When the major earthquake struck in 1906 John Daly and other local farmers helped refugees from San Francisco by donating milk from his farm.



Housing: 1 bedroom, 1 bath home sold for $588,000

Population: 121,240

Distance: 13.9 miles roughly 26 mins from San Francisco

Quick Bio: Berkeley is on the east side of San Francisco Bay. Birthplace of the 1960s Free Speech Movement.

Fun Fact: Berkeley is home to the oldest campus in the University of California System




Housing: 2 bedrooms, 2 baths sold for $750,000 (house)

Population: 79,928

Distance: 15.2 Miles

Quick Bio: City was founded June 6th, 1853 and the town originally contained three small settlements.

Fun Fact: First post office opened in 1854


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