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248 Apartments for rent in Brea, CA

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Last updated December 19 at 12:58am UTC
Calligraphy Urban Residences
350 West Central Avenue
Brea, CA
Updated December 18 at 10:20pm UTC
1 Bedroom
$2,270
2 Bedrooms
$2,830
3 Bedrooms
$3,425
825 E Alder
Brea-Olinda
Brea, CA
Updated December 18 at 9:37am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$3,800
3009 E Sorano Pl
Brea-Olinda
Brea, CA
Updated December 16 at 10:23am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$3,280
3428 Villa Drive
Brea-Olinda
Brea, CA
Updated December 14 at 10:19am UTC
4 Bedrooms
$4,500
3909 Grandview
Brea-Olinda
Brea, CA
Updated December 1 at 11:33am UTC
4 Bedrooms
$3,900
955 Cuyler Avenue
Placentia
Placentia, CA
Updated December 18 at 9:38pm UTC
4 Bedrooms
$3,250
3053 Santana Row
Fullerton
Fullerton, CA
Updated December 18 at 9:37am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$6,000
1443 Baywood Drive
La Habra City
Brea, CA
Updated December 18 at 9:38pm UTC
4 Bedrooms
$3,100
2463 Sanabria Lane
Brea-Olinda
Brea, CA
Updated December 18 at 9:38pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
$3,100
360 Brea Hills Avenue
Olinda Ranch
Brea, CA
Updated December 18 at 9:38pm UTC
4 Bedrooms
$4,900
218 Ambling Drive
Brea-Olinda
Brea, CA
Updated December 18 at 9:38pm UTC
4 Bedrooms
$3,700
212 George Town Circle
Brea-Olinda
Brea, CA
Updated December 18 at 9:38pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
$2,600
2525 Almeria Lane
Brea
Brea, CA
Updated December 18 at 9:38pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
$3,000
2433 Sanabria Lane
Brea-Olinda
Brea, CA
Updated December 18 at 9:38pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
$2,995
3909 Grandview Drive
Olinda Ranch
Brea, CA
Updated December 18 at 9:38pm UTC
4 Bedrooms
$3,900
914 Joyce Drive
Brea-Olinda
Brea, CA
Updated December 18 at 9:38pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
$3,800
Results within 1 miles of Brea, CA
2704 Sorrel Street
Brea-Olinda
Brea, CA
Updated December 18 at 9:38pm UTC
4 Bedrooms
$3,700
3335 Calle Del Sol
Brea-Olinda
Brea, CA
Updated December 18 at 9:38pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
$3,300
2030 Palmetto
Fullerton
Fullerton, CA
Updated December 18 at 9:38pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
$3,200
633 Cherry Street
Brea-Olinda
Brea, CA
Updated December 19 at 12:58am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$3,100
2418 Santana Row
Fullerton
Fullerton, CA
Updated December 18 at 9:37am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$8,580
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

December 2018 Brea Rent Report

Welcome to the December 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 rent trends were flat over the past month

Brea rents have increased 0.1% over the past month, and have increased moderately by 2.5% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Brea stand at $1,770 for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,280 for a two-bedroom. Brea's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 1.4%, as well as the national average of 1.3%.

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, 7 of them have seen prices rise. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

  • Santa Clarita has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 4.0%. The median two-bedroom there costs $2,600, while one-bedrooms go for $2,020.
  • Over the past month, Huntington Beach has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with a decline of 1.0%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $2,350, while one-bedrooms go for $1,830.
  • Irvine has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the Los Angeles metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,710; rents remained steady over the past month.
  • Lancaster has the least expensive rents in the Los Angeles metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,750; rents decreased 0.1% over the past month but were up 2.0% over the past year.

Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Brea

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

  • Rents increased moderately in other cities across the state, with California as a whole logging rent growth of 1.4% over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 3.2% in San Jose, 1.8% in San Francisco, and 1.0% in San Diego.
  • Brea's median two-bedroom rent of $2,280 is above the national average of $1,180. Nationwide, rents have grown by 1.3% over the past year compared to the 2.5% increase in Brea.
  • While Brea's rents rose moderately over the past year, the city of Seattle saw a decrease of 0.4%.
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Brea than most large cities. For example, Houston has a median 2BR rent of $1,030, 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 $1,370 $1,760 -0.1% 1.5%
Long Beach $1,380 $1,770 -0.1% 0.7%
Anaheim $1,640 $2,110 -0.7% 1.1%
Santa Ana $1,440 $1,860 -0.5% -0.2%
Irvine $2,110 $2,710 -0.0% 0.3%
Glendale $1,410 $1,810 0.5% 1.7%
Huntington Beach $1,830 $2,350 -1.0% -0.7%
Santa Clarita $2,020 $2,600 -0.5% 4.0%
Garden Grove $1,630 $2,090 -0.1% -0.4%
Lancaster $1,360 $1,750 -0.1% 2.0%
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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.