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201 Apartments for rent in Brea, CA

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Last updated February 24 at 3:38am UTC
560 S Brea Boulevard
Brea-Olinda
Brea, CA
Updated February 24 at 2:01am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$2,750
1156 Lockhaven Drive
La Habra City
Brea, CA
Updated February 22 at 9:32am UTC
4 Bedrooms
$2,950
714 Puente
Brea-Olinda
Brea, CA
Updated February 22 at 9:26am UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,675
576 S Brea Boulevard
Brea-Olinda
Brea, CA
Updated February 22 at 9:24am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$2,645
594 S Brea Boulevard
Brea-Olinda
Brea, CA
Updated February 20 at 9:22am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$2,740
650 Oakhaven Avenue
Brea
Brea, CA
Updated February 10 at 9:55am UTC
4 Bedrooms
$3,300
3652 Starling Way
Brea-Olinda
Brea, CA
Updated February 9 at 2:47am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$3,100
3909 Grandview Drive
Brea-Olinda
Brea, CA
Updated January 25 at 1:53am UTC
4 Bedrooms
$3,800
632 E Birch Street
Brea-Olinda
Brea, CA
Updated January 15 at 9:27am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$1,900
17350 Marda Avenue
Yorba Linda
Yorba Linda, CA
Updated February 24 at 2:01am UTC
4 Bedrooms
$3,000
2152 Beechwood Avenue
Fullerton
Fullerton, CA
Updated February 24 at 2:00am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$2,900
Results within 1 miles of Brea, CA
1080 San Antonio Avenue
Fullerton
Fullerton, CA
Updated February 24 at 2:00am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$2,900
410 Pinehurst Court
Fullerton
Fullerton, CA
Updated February 24 at 2:00am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$2,900
1020 N. Shelburne Street
La Habra City
La Habra, CA
Updated February 23 at 11:55am UTC
4 Bedrooms
$2,950
1624 Mimosa Place
Fullerton
Fullerton, CA
Updated February 22 at 5:45pm UTC
5 Bedrooms
$2,995
2728 Ashwood Circle
Fullerton
Fullerton, CA
Updated February 20 at 9:21am UTC
5 Bedrooms
$3,800
1657 Honeywood Court
La Habra City
Brea, CA
Updated February 20 at 9:22am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$2,450
246 S Redwood Avenue
Brea-Olinda
Brea, CA
Updated February 17 at 9:17am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$2,795
562 S Brea Boulevard
Brea-Olinda
Brea, CA
Updated January 13 at 1:48am UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,995
2461 Beacon St
Fullerton
Fullerton, CA
Updated February 17 at 11:51am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$3,000
17595 Edgewood Ln
Brea-Olinda
Yorba Linda, CA
Updated February 22 at 10:09am UTC
Studio
$4,250
17068 Camino Cabrillo
Brea-Olinda
Yorba Linda, CA
Updated February 20 at 9:25am UTC
4 Bedrooms
$3,400
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City Guide
Brea
Searching for an Apartment in Brea

About one third of the homes in Brea are renter-occupied, and most homes are between 25 and 60 years old on average, with two to three bedrooms. The vacancy rate for the homes here is about 4 percent, so lazy looking won't yield much.

How Much to Budget

According to Sperling's Best Places, the cost of living in this city is a whopping 160, so budget accordingly when you begin your search for a rental property. Most one-bedroom apartments and 2 bedroom apartments start higher than the norm; maybe it's time to hunt for a roommate too.

When to Rent

There are several colleges in and around Brea, so search for rentals before all the students start doing the same. Here, the early bird gets the apartment. Start your apartment hunt sometime during winter or early spring. Since the vacancy rate is pretty low, count on needing at least two months to search.

What You Need

Since the rental industry here is fairly competitive, get all your ducks in a row before you head to the rental office. For best results, show up with at least one month's worth of paystubs to prove your income. Plus, be prepared to have your credit checked and references called before you get a place. Beat all those other apartment hunters to the finish by having a listing of your rental history and a deposit for the apartment on hand.

Know the Neighborhoods in Brea

If youre looking for elegance and comfort, you won't have a problem finding it here. And if you're like the rest of us just looking for a decent place to stay in a fairly safe area, Brea can meet your needs. Here's an overview of the main neighborhoods in this city:

Olinda Ranch: This is known as one of the more expensive neighborhoods in Brea. The rent here is about 1.5 times more than the city's average. You'll find horse property, condos and parks in this neighborhood. Break out the piggy bank.

Brea Chem: This is an urban neighborhood with mostly houses and some high-rise apartments. Compared to most of Brea and SoCal in general, this area is pretty walkable, which fits with its hip reputation. Oh yeah, and its vacancy rate is practically zero, so you'd better start searching for rentals fast.

Country Hills: This area is within a short distance of Brea Mall, CSU Fullerton, and various golf courses, to name a few attractions. It is also near major freeways that include Highway 57 and I-5. Its close proximity to both the Brea Chem and Olinda Hills neighborhoods means these areas share some amenities.

Park Paseo: Most of the rentals in this area are on the small side, with one bedroom on average. The high rises and houses here tend to be about 40 years old, so this isn't exactly a new neighborhood. But like some of the other urban areas in Brea, it is possible to get around on foot, as long as you don't need to go far.

West Brea: The rental prices in West Brea tend to be affordable, and there are lots of high rise apartments and rental homes to choose from in this urban area. This is another walkable, trendy neighborhood with a mix of owners and renters living here.

Downtown Brea: This is one of the least-expensive parts of Brea, and the lower rent prices show it. And there's more good news if you're considering this neighborhood: Brea Mall is located downtown! In fact, this is pretty much the centerpiece of the area since it has more than a million square feet and is a premier mall in SoCal.

Living in Brea

As in many Southern California cities, you need a car to live in Brea, especially if you don't live within walking distance of your job. There's some public transportation, mostly consisting of buses, but it could take days (okay, hours) to get to nearby cities by bus.

If you live and work in downtown Brea, you might just make it without a car. If you're lucky enough to live close to Brea Mall, you can easily walk to local parks, the library, and of course, lots of stores.

Many of the locals spend their days working, but they certainly make time to have fun on the weekends. When you live in Brea, it's a short drive to world-class shopping areas, famous theme parks, downtown Los Angeles, and the beach. So quit procrastinating; it's time to check out the rentals in this city!

Rent Report
Brea

February 2018 Brea Rent Report

Welcome to the February 2018 Brea Rent Report. Brea rents remained steady over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Brea rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

Brea rents held steady over the past month

Brea rents have remained flat over the past month, however, they are up significantly by 5.0% year-over-year. Currently, median rents in Brea stand at $1,740 for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,230 for a two-bedroom. Brea's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 4.1%, as well as the national average of 2.6%.

Rents rising across the Los Angeles Metro

Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Brea, but across the entire metro. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in the Los Angeles metro, 9 of them have seen prices rise. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

  • Los Angeles proper has the least expensive rents in the Los Angeles metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,730; the city has also seen rents fall by 1.4% over the past month, the biggest drop in the metro.
  • Garden Grove has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 10.9%. The median two-bedroom there costs $2,100, while one-bedrooms go for $1,630.
  • Irvine has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the Los Angeles metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,700; rents decreased 0.2% over the past month but were up 6.3% over the past year.

Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Brea

As rents have increased significantly in Brea, a few large cities nationwide have seen rents grow more modestly. Compared to most large cities across the country, Brea is less affordable for renters.

  • Rents increased significantly in other cities across the state, with California as a whole logging rent growth of 4.1% over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 3.0% in San Diego, 2.6% in San Jose, and 0.3% in San Francisco.
  • Brea's median two-bedroom rent of $2,230 is above the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.6% over the past year compared to the 5.0% rise in Brea.
  • While Brea's rents rose significantly over the past year, many cities nationwide also saw increases, including Phoenix (+3.6%), Houston (+2.7%), and Boston (+2.5%).
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Brea than most large cities. For example, Houston has a median 2BR rent of $1,020, where Brea is more than twice that price.

For more information check out our national report. You can also access our full data for cities and counties across the U.S. at this link.
City Median 1BR price Median 2BR price M/M price change Y/Y price change
Los Angeles $1,340 $1,730 -1.4% 2.0%
Long Beach $1,370 $1,760 3.4% 7.1%
Anaheim $1,620 $2,080 0.2% 5.4%
Santa Ana $1,440 $1,860 0.2% 6.0%
Irvine $2,100 $2,700 -0.2% 6.3%
Glendale $1,390 $1,780 0.0% 1.5%
Huntington Beach $1,810 $2,320 -0.6% -0.2%
Santa Clarita $1,930 $2,480 -0.1% 7.2%
Garden Grove $1,630 $2,100 -0.1% 10.9%
Lancaster $1,340 $1,730 0.4% 8.5%
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Methodology - Recent Updates:

Data from private listing sites, including our own, tends to skew toward luxury apartments, which introduces sample bias when estimates are calculated directly from these listings. To address these limitations, we’ve recently made major updates to our methodology, which we believe have greatly improved the accuracy and reliability of our estimates.

Read more about our new methodology below, or see a more detailed post here.

Methodology:

Apartment List is committed to making our rent estimates the best and most accurate available. To do this, we start with reliable median rent statistics from the Census Bureau, then extrapolate them forward to the current month using a growth rate calculated from our listing data. In doing so, we use a same-unit analysis similar to Case-Shiller’s approach, comparing only units that are available across both time periods to provide an accurate picture of rent growth in cities across the country.

Our approach corrects for the sample bias inherent in other private sources, producing results that are much closer to statistics published by the Census Bureau and HUD. Our methodology also allows us to construct a picture of rent growth over an extended period of time, with estimates that are updated each month.

Read more about our methodology here.

About Rent Reports:

Apartment List publishes monthly reports on rental trends for hundreds of cities across the U.S. We intend these reports to be a source of reliable information that help renters and policymakers make sound decisions, and we invest significant time and effort in gathering and analyzing rent data. Our work is covered regularly by journalists across the country.

We are continuously working to improve our methodology and data, with the goal of providing renters with the information that they need to make the best decisions.