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231 Apartments for rent in Carlsbad, CA

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Last updated June 20 at 1:44am UTC
3812 Jefferson St
North Beach
Carlsbad, CA
Updated June 20 at 1:44am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$2,350
2005 Costa Del Mar Rd.
Rancho La Costa
Carlsbad, CA
Updated June 19 at 9:55pm UTC
Studio
$2,200
4016 Garfield Street
North Beach
Carlsbad, CA
Updated June 19 at 9:54pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
$3,000
6677 Paseo Del Norte
Poinsetta
Carlsbad, CA
Updated June 19 at 9:54pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
$3,800
7021 Ibis Pl
Aviara
Carlsbad, CA
Updated June 19 at 5:49pm UTC
4 Bedrooms
$4,500
135 Juniper Ave
North Beach
Carlsbad, CA
Updated June 19 at 11:45am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$15,000
3948 Syme Drive
Olde Carlsbad
Carlsbad, CA
Updated June 19 at 9:25am UTC
4 Bedrooms
$3,800
811 Windward Lane
Poinsetta
Carlsbad, CA
Updated June 19 at 9:24am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$2,800
6988 Sweetwater St
South Beach
Carlsbad, CA
Updated June 19 at 9:19am UTC
4 Bedrooms
$4,700
4026 Garfield St.
North Beach
Carlsbad, CA
Updated June 19 at 8:58am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$3,795
1550 Jeanne Place
Olde Carlsbad
Carlsbad, CA
Updated June 18 at 11:46am UTC
4 Bedrooms
$3,500
7275 Surfbird Circle
Aviara
Carlsbad, CA
Updated June 18 at 9:34am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$3,500
1877 High Ridge
Olde Carlsbad
Carlsbad, CA
Updated June 18 at 5:56am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$6,000
2306 Altisma
Rancho La Costa
Carlsbad, CA
Updated June 17 at 1:50am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$2,075
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.

June 2018 Carlsbad Rent Report

Welcome to the June 2018 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 metro, state, and nation.

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Carlsbad

June 2018 Carlsbad Rent Report

Welcome to the June 2018 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 metro, state, and nation.

Carlsbad rents increase sharply over the past month

Carlsbad rents have increased 0.8% over the past month, and have increased moderately by 2.5% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Carlsbad stand at $1,880 for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,430 for a two-bedroom. This is the second straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in March. Carlsbad's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 2.2%, as well as the national average of 1.5%.

Rents rising across the San Diego Metro

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

  • National City has the least expensive rents in the San Diego metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,520; the city has also experienced the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 5.8%.
  • Over the past month, El Cajon is the only city in the metro that has seen rents fall, with a decline of 1.1%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $1,640, while one-bedrooms go for $1,260.

Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Carlsbad

As rents have increased moderately in Carlsbad, 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.

  • Rents increased moderately in other cities across the state, with California as a whole logging rent growth of 2.2% over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 2.2% in San Jose, 1.9% in Los Angeles, and 1.5% in San Francisco.
  • Carlsbad's median two-bedroom rent of $2,430 is above the national average of $1,170. Nationwide, rents have grown by 1.5% over the past year compared to the 2.5% increase in Carlsbad.
  • While Carlsbad's rents rose moderately over the past year, some cities nationwide saw decreases, including Seattle (-0.8%) and DC (-0.1%).
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Carlsbad than most large cities. For example, Phoenix has a median 2BR rent of $1,040, 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 $2,020 0.1% 1.8%
Chula Vista $1,640 $2,120 0.6% 2.9%
Oceanside $1,760 $2,280 0.6% 1.6%
Escondido $1,430 $1,850 1.3% 2.8%
Carlsbad $1,880 $2,430 0.8% 2.5%
El Cajon $1,260 $1,640 -1.1% 2.2%
Vista $1,410 $1,830 0.4% 1.9%
San Marcos $1,540 $2,000 1.2% 4.0%
Encinitas $1,880 $2,440 1.6% 4.0%
National City $1,170 $1,520 0.4% 5.8%
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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.