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201 Apartments for rent in Carlsbad, CA

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Last updated April 25 at 3:08pm UTC
4016 Garfield Street
North Beach
Carlsbad, CA
Updated April 25 at 1:37pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
7000 Ballena Way
Rancho La Costa
Carlsbad, CA
Updated April 25 at 1:37pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
6677 Paseo Del Norte
Carlsbad, CA
Updated April 25 at 1:36pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
2505 Navarra Dr.
Rancho La Costa
Carlsbad, CA
Updated April 25 at 1:36pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
2005 Costa Del Mar Rd.
Rancho La Costa
Carlsbad, CA
Updated April 25 at 1:36pm UTC
6416 Cayenne Lane
Rancho La Costa
Carlsbad, CA
Updated April 25 at 1:36pm UTC
4 Bedrooms
3031 Via Sabinas
Tamarack Point
Carlsbad, CA
Updated April 25 at 1:35pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
7042 Heron Circle
Carlsbad, CA
Updated April 25 at 10:04am UTC
5 Bedrooms
6957 Sandpiper Pl.
Rancho La Costa
Carlsbad, CA
Updated April 25 at 10:03am UTC
3 Bedrooms
2885 Segovia Way
Rancho La Costa
Carlsbad, CA
Updated April 25 at 9:58am UTC
4 Bedrooms
2351 Altisma
Rancho La Costa
Carlsbad, CA
Updated April 25 at 9:16am UTC
2 Bedrooms
2003 Costa Del Mar Rd
Rancho La Costa
Carlsbad, CA
Updated April 25 at 9:16am UTC
7061 Estrella De Mar Road
Rancho La Costa
Carlsbad, CA
Updated April 24 at 6:21pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
2218 Azurite
La Costa Greens
Carlsbad, CA
Updated April 24 at 11:36am UTC
3 Bedrooms
7033 Estrella De Mar Rd
Rancho La Costa
Carlsbad, CA
Updated April 24 at 10:20am UTC
3 Bedrooms
7008 Goldenrod Way
Rancho La Costa
Carlsbad, CA
Updated April 24 at 9:52am UTC
2 Bedrooms
1664 Docena Rd.
Carlsbad, CA
Updated April 24 at 9:51am UTC
4 Bedrooms
6469 Terraza Portico
Rancho Carillo
Carlsbad, CA
Updated April 23 at 5:03pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
548 Meridian Way
South Beach
Carlsbad, CA
Updated April 23 at 8:46am UTC
3 Bedrooms
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City Guide
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

April 2018 Carlsbad Rent Report

Welcome to the April 2018 Carlsbad Rent Report. Carlsbad rents declined 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 declined marginally over the past month

Carlsbad rents have declined 0.1% over the past month, but are up moderately by 2.0% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Carlsbad stand at $1,850 for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,400 for a two-bedroom. This is the second straight month that the city has seen rent decreases after an increase in January. Carlsbad's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 2.9%, but is in line with the national average of 2.0%.

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.

  • El Cajon has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 7.1%. The median two-bedroom there costs $1,670, while one-bedrooms go for $1,290.
  • Over the past month, Encinitas has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with a decline of 1.6%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $2,390, while one-bedrooms go for $1,840.
  • National City has the least expensive rents in the San Diego metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,510; rents decreased 0.1% over the past month but were up 5.8% over the past year.
  • Carlsbad has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the San Diego metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,400; rents went down 0.1% over the past month but rose 2.0% over the past year.

Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Carlsbad

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

  • Rents increased significantly in other cities across the state, with California as a whole logging rent growth of 2.9% over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 3.1% in Los Angeles, 3.1% in San Jose, and 1.4% in San Francisco.
  • Carlsbad's median two-bedroom rent of $2,400 is above the national average of $1,170. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.0% over the past year, which matches the rise in Carlsbad.
  • While Carlsbad's rents rose moderately over the past year, many cities nationwide also saw increases, including Phoenix (+2.9%), Denver (+1.9%), and Dallas (+1.8%).
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Carlsbad than most large cities. For example, Phoenix has a median 2BR rent of $1,030, 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 0.5% 2.8%
Chula Vista $1,620 $2,100 0.6% 4.3%
Oceanside $1,740 $2,260 -0.1% 3.7%
Escondido $1,400 $1,820 -0.2% 2.8%
Carlsbad $1,850 $2,400 -0.1% 2.0%
El Cajon $1,290 $1,670 0.6% 7.1%
Vista $1,410 $1,820 -0.1% 3.8%
San Marcos $1,510 $1,970 0.4% 3.8%
Encinitas $1,840 $2,390 -1.6% 3.1%
National City $1,170 $1,510 -0.1% 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.


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.