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Last updated August 22 at 7:35AM
4016 Garfield Street
North Beach
Carlsbad, CA
Updated August 22 at 3:29AM
2 Bedrooms
$3,000
6733 Hyacinth Circle
Poinsetta
Carlsbad, CA
Updated August 17 at 11:49AM
2 Bedrooms
$3,300
616 Sand Shell Avenue
South Beach
Carlsbad, CA
Updated August 15 at 4:10AM
4 Bedrooms
$6,950
7061 Estrella De Mar Road
Rancho La Costa
Carlsbad, CA
Updated August 15 at 3:59AM
2 Bedrooms
$2,250
2349 Caringa Way #3 Carlsbad CA 92009
Rancho La Costa
Carlsbad, CA
Updated August 13 at 9:19AM
2 Bedrooms
$2,400
916 Caminito Estrada
Poinsetta
Carlsbad, CA
Updated August 15 at 4:06AM
2 Bedrooms
$3,600
190 Walnut Ave
North Beach
Carlsbad, CA
Updated August 15 at 4:09AM
2 Bedrooms
$7,450
6725 Clover Court
Poinsetta
Carlsbad, CA
Updated August 15 at 4:06AM
3 Bedrooms
$4,500
5003 Tierra Del Oro
South Beach
Carlsbad, CA
Updated August 15 at 4:07AM
3 Bedrooms
$13,000
3690 Carlsbad Blvd
North Beach
Carlsbad, CA
Updated August 15 at 4:09AM
Studio
$4,300
3400 CAMINO LARGO
La Costa Oaks
Carlsbad, CA
Updated August 15 at 4:09AM
4 Bedrooms
$4,400
7612 Camino Abierto
Rancho La Costa
Carlsbad, CA
Updated August 15 at 4:09AM
4 Bedrooms
$22,000
2310 Via Villegas
Rancho La Costa
Carlsbad, CA
Updated August 18 at 9:43AM
4 Bedrooms
$3,600
6607 Fiona Pl
Aviara
Carlsbad, CA
Updated August 15 at 4:03AM
5 Bedrooms
$5,300
6416 Cayenne Lane
Rancho La Costa
Carlsbad, CA
Updated August 15 at 3:59AM
4 Bedrooms
$3,495
3707 Azimuth Pl
Calavera Hills
Carlsbad, CA
Updated August 17 at 10:58AM
3 Bedrooms
$3,400
Las Mientes Ln
Rancho La Costa
Carlsbad, CA
Updated August 22 at 7:35AM
4 Bedrooms
$3,850
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City Guide
Carlsbad
Finding an Apartment in Carlsbad

How much will it cost? A two-bedroom apartment will go for roughly about $1500 while three bedroom pads go for $1800.

When to rent: It’s best to start your apartment search early in the year (again, the weather's fairly constant and won’t deter folks from moving).While Carlsbad doesn't require as desperate a scramble to get a place as a major city, the housing market is still competitive, so be prepared to go for it and pay your security deposit when you find the right deal.

Carlsbad Neighborhoods

Carlsbad is divided into four quadrants, like an old Scout orienteering map. When it comes down to it, it's really just a question of whether you're looking for history and antiques, resort-style-living and the beach, or just a nice, sunny place to live!

Northwest Quadrant Home to the downtown area, in the Northwest Quadrant of Carlsbad you’ll find clothing stores, restaurants, and small shops located along Carlsbad Village Drive (which the locals still call Elm Street). It’s also home to a biannual street fair and a farmers' market, and a grove of trees preserved from development.Residents of the Northwest Quadrant appreciate the quaint, historic feel of their neighborhood and seek to preserve the old architecture and wilderness.

Northeast Quadrant The Northeast Quadrant is mostly residential, with many planned communities, townhouses, and several apartment buildings

Southeast Quadrant One of the newer parts of Carlsbad, the Southeast Quadrant offers several master-planned communities and a few resorts, including the site of the Acura Classic, a large annual women's tennis competition. Places are full of walking trails and designed to look slightly historic.

Southwest Quadrant Slightly more affordable. Carlsbad's post office, movie theaters, shopping mall, and other local businesses are located here.

Life in Carlsbad

Bring your pet and your boogie board! Here’s why:

• Be prepared to pay a deposit, though.

• Most local entertainment revolves around hiking, biking, golfing, and surfing.

Rent Report
Carlsbad

August 2017 Carlsbad Rent Report

Welcome to the August 2017 Carlsbad Rent Report. Carlsbad rents increased over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Carlsbad rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the state and nation.

Carlsbad rents increased over the past month

Carlsbad rents have increased 0.1% over the past month, and are up moderately by 3.1% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Carlsbad stand at $1,840 for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,390 for a two-bedroom. This is the fifth straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in February. Carlsbad's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 4.2%, but exceeds the national average of 2.9%.

Rents rising across cities in California

Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Carlsbad, but across the entire state. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in California, all of them have seen prices rise. California as a whole has logged a 4.2% year-over-year growth. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the state.

  • Looking throughout the rest of the state, San Francisco is the most expensive of all California's major cities outside the San Diego metro, with a median two-bedroom rent of $3,060; of the 10 largest cities in the state that we have data for, San Francisco, is the only major city to see rents fall year-over-year (-0.0%).
  • Sacramento, Santa Ana, and Fresno have all experienced year-over-year growth above the state average (8.9%, 6.2%, and 6.1%, respectively).

Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Carlsbad

As rents have increased in Carlsbad, 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, Carlsbad is less affordable for renters.

  • Carlsbad's median two-bedroom rent of $2,390 is above the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.9% over the past year.
  • While Carlsbad's rents rose over the past year, some cities nationwide saw decreases, including Miami (-0.8%) and DC (-0.4%).
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Carlsbad than most large cities. Comparably, Phoenix has a median 2BR rent of $1,020, where Carlsbad 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
San Diego $1,550 $2,010 0.7% 4.1%
Chula Vista $1,610 $2,090 0.2% 6.6%
Oceanside $1,750 $2,270 -0.0% 5.5%
Escondido $1,400 $1,810 1.0% 2.8%
Carlsbad $1,840 $2,390 0.1% 3.1%
El Cajon $1,260 $1,630 1.2% 8.4%
Vista $1,380 $1,790 -0.2% 4.7%
Encinitas $1,800 $2,330 -0.4% -2.2%
La Mesa $1,400 $1,820 1.0% 6.3%

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.