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179 Apartments for rent in Altadena, CA

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Last updated October 22 at 7:29AM
319 Mendocino Street
Altadena
Altadena, CA
Updated October 20 at 10:37AM UTC
2 Bedrooms
$3,200
2874 MAIDEN Lane
Altadena
Altadena, CA
Updated October 21 at 6:21PM UTC
3 Bedrooms
$3,750
815 West MARIPOSA Street
Altadena
Altadena, CA
Updated September 28 at 2:33AM UTC
3 Bedrooms
$2,995
1440 Bresee Avenue
Altadena
Pasadena, CA
Updated October 14 at 2:26AM UTC
5 Bedrooms
$3,400
Results within 1 miles of Altadena, CA
1431 Wicks Road
Linda Vista
Pasadena, CA
Updated October 12 at 1:55AM UTC
2 Bedrooms
$3,750
5040 Gould Ave
La Cañada Flintridge
La Cañada Flintridge, CA
Updated September 26 at 3:48AM UTC
4 Bedrooms
$5,750
641 N. Madison Ave
The Oaks
Pasadena, CA
Updated October 20 at 4:13AM UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,425
2027 Garfias Drive
PresidentStreets
Pasadena, CA
Updated October 18 at 2:27AM UTC
4 Bedrooms
$3,795
248 E Washington Boulevard
Garfield Heights
Pasadena, CA
Updated October 3 at 9:46AM UTC
3 Bedrooms
$2,800
845 Greenridge Drive
La Cañada Flintridge
La Cañada Flintridge, CA
Updated September 26 at 3:44AM UTC
4 Bedrooms
$6,495
2130 Las Lunas Street
Casa Grande
Pasadena, CA
Updated October 12 at 11:12AM UTC
3 Bedrooms
$3,995
Results within 5 miles of Altadena, CA
3667 Giddings Ranch Rd
La Viña
Altadena, CA
Updated October 20 at 10:15AM UTC
5 Bedrooms
$5,500
1740 Bellford Avenue
PresidentStreets
Pasadena, CA
Updated October 17 at 2:39AM UTC
3 Bedrooms
$3,895
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City Guide
Altadena
Moving To Altadena

Altadena may offer some of the niceties of country living, but don't forget that the real estate market is just as cutthroat as other desirable areas in Southern California. For this reason, it's important that you're on your best behavior when meeting with prospective landlords. A great credit rating, full deposit and excellent rental references are the norm. If you can't meet these requirements, you'd better find a cosigner, or prepare yourself for a long housing search.

Rental agencies in the area suggest that you devote at least one month to your search for a home for rent. Southern Californians looking for a nice apartment for rent may be surprised, since apartments and duplexes for rent are rare in Altadena. Instead, plan on ponying up for a rental house. If you're determined to find an apartment for rent in Altadena, be patient and be flexible while looking at prospective places. And once you find that special spot, be ready to pounce with your first month's rent, deposit and application that day. Finding a landlord who's willing to hold an apartment while you make up your mind is as likely as hitting the Powerball.

Altadena Neighborhoods

Over the years, many neighborhoods have been poached by that pesky Pasadena. However, there are still plenty of communities still loyal to Altadena. Unlike other cities, neighborhoods in Altadena tend to be small and well-organized. Whether you're looking for homes with historical significance or good old-fashioned opulence, Altadena has the right neighborhood for you.

Fair Oaks Avenue: Named for the Fair Oaks Ranch in Pasadena, this street ends in Altadena's Angelus County Park. The neighborhood also hosts the only cemetery in Altadena, so be prepared for the occasional processional.

Janes Village: Located in northwest Altadena, this historic neighborhood has plenty of picturesque cottages designed by Elisha P. Janes. Unlike many of the newer or more rural areas in Altadena, Janes Village is walkable and has sidewalks and streetlights.

La Vina: Looking for an attractive gated community? Then La Vina is your only reasonable choice. With a small neighborhood of only 271 homes, you'll soon get to know the neighbors in this little slice of Altadena.

Lincoln Avenue: Once strictly agricultural, Lincoln Avenue's current defining characteristic is its easy highway access. WalMart is planning a store in the area, but the neighborhood is divided as to whether or not a chain store will improve the community. Choose carefully if you're looking in this neighborhood, but if you pick well, you'll have a charming Craftsman house at an affordable price.

The Meadows: If you want stunning views, try The Meadows. Nestled in the northwest corner of Altadena in the San Gabriel Mountain foothills, this community is made of homes mostly built in the 50s and 60s. It's also located right next to the Angeles National Forest, so you'll never have an excuse to skip a weekend hike.

Palm Street Area: Residents in the Palm Street area value their peace and quiet. Keep rowdy parties to a bare minimum, or be prepared to see your neighbors knock on your door armed with pitchforks.

Park Planned Homes: Gregory Ain, legendary modern architect, designed most of the houses in this area. If you look forward to the DWR catalog, or you own an Eames chair, you've found your perfect community.

Town Center: Do you belong with the sweater set? This area is near the exclusive Altadena Town and Country Club, so cozy up to your neighbors if you need a sponsor for your club application. The closer you get to the golf course, the more exclusive the area, so let your pocketbook be your guide.

Enjoying Altadena

Altadena may retain some rural flavor, but it's still part of urbanized Southern California. Therefore, you'll find the same mix of foodies, architecture-lovers and others that you can find in most other Californian cities. Don't make the mistake of snubbing your nose at Altadena's offerings like many new residents. Instead, plan on spending your first few weekends within Altadena's borders to become acquainted with some of its greatest treasures.

  • Ever since Bon Apptit ran an article on foodie culture in Altadena, the secret's been out. This little town outside of LA is the new indie food scene. Students from all over the nation come to study cheese making and other food arts at the Institute of Domestic Technology. Those who aren't academically inclined can skip the classes and still enjoy the superb farmer's market in Loma Alta Park.
  • You've never had a slice to go like the ones at the Fox Pizza Bus. This bright red double-decker food truck is easy to spot and boasts an onboard wood-burning oven. Local produce is often the crowning glory on these remarkable pies.
  • Saddle up for a few horseback riding lessons at the Altadena Stables. Maintaining the roots of the equestrian community is a top priority for many residents, so you'll earn points if you know your way around a pony. If a cowboy hat isn't your style, don't worry. There are English riding lessons available, too.
  • Drop by the local Altadena Historical Society to find out when their next home tour is scheduled. Altadena has architectural treasures built by Richard Neutra, Gregory Ain, John Lautner and other famous designers. In fact, there are so many great buildings in this town, you'll need several tours to cover them all.
  • If you're lucky enough to move to Altadena during the holiday season, Christmas Tree Lane should be your first stop. Over 100 trees decorated with lights line Santa Rosa Avenue from Altadena Drive to Woodbury Road. This holiday tradition started in 1920 and earned Christmas Tree Lane a place on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Visit the site of one of Altadena's historic million-dollar mansions. Now a free botanical garden, Cobb Estate attracts thousands of visitors each year. You can also follow a path from the gardens to the remains of the historical Mount Lowe Railway.

Unlike some other cities in SoCal, Altadena has residents who have fought to preserve what makes this area unique. Finding an apartment may require ingenuity and gumption, but once you move in, you'll wonder why you waited so long to come.