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About HotPads

Welcome to HotPads 

How HotPads Started

HotPads started in 2005 in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington DC. Three college friends - Matt, Douglas, and John - were trying to find a place to live but had little luck. The experience was so frustrating that they pooled their collective resources and realized they could build a unique rentals marketplace with the first ever map-based search. Out of that, HotPads was born.

Where Is HotPads Today?

The HotPads team moved to San Francisco in 2011 to be closer to the hub of the technology world, and in late 2012, HotPads was acquired by Zillow Group. We are currently located in the sunny Financial District, based in the Zillow San Francisco offices. As of February 2015, we are 47 people strong.

Who Is HotPads?

At HotPads we believe you should love where you live. We also know that finding that perfect apartment can be difficult and stressful. We're here to ease the pain of looking for your next apartment by helping renters make smarter decisions about where to live and what neighborhoods to live in.


Some HotPads Quick Facts

  • Number of available rentals: 400,000+
  • Number of bicycles in the office: 6
  • Sombreros visible on desks: 3
  • Office dogs: 1 to 3
  • Washington Redskins fans: more than you'd think

List Your Place on HotPads

If you want to get your listing on HotPads, the best way to do so is through either your own MLS or our own posting path.

List a place


We're Always Hiring

We are always taking applications, and our open jobs can be found here:

HotPads/Zillow San Francisco Jobs


Our Official About (You know, for the lawyers)

HotPads is an easy-to-use online and mobile marketplace for renters looking for a house or apartment in urban areas. It is a top destination for both consumers and professionals, with a robust website and five mobile apps. HotPads is based in San Francisco.

Other Important Stuff

Find Apartments Screenshots  Housing Reports  Recent HotPads News

Need To Get In Touch?

Sometimes people need to get in touch. We get it. Simply email us at info@hotpads.com and we'll get back to you.

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