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210 Apartments for rent in Chula Vista, CA

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Last updated March 19 at 2:31pm UTC
1597 Franceschi Drive
Otay Ranch
Chula Vista, CA
Updated March 19 at 9:44am UTC
3 Bedrooms
1898 Fargo Lane #2
Otay Ranch Village
Chula Vista, CA
Updated March 17 at 11:02am UTC
3 Bedrooms
1120 Mansiones Ln
Rancho - Del Rey
Chula Vista, CA
Updated March 17 at 11:01am UTC
4 Bedrooms
1038 Via Miraleste
Rancho - Del Rey
Chula Vista, CA
Updated March 17 at 2:45am UTC
4 Bedrooms
636 Hartford St
Chula Vista, CA
Updated March 19 at 11:03am UTC
3 Bedrooms
1080 Monterey Ave
Castle Park
Chula Vista, CA
Updated March 19 at 11:03am UTC
3 Bedrooms
2181 Caminito Norina #131
Eastlake Land Swap
Chula Vista, CA
Updated March 17 at 11:04am UTC
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City Guide
Chula Vista
Tight Lips Sink Dream Digs

Finding the perfect area in Chula Vista can be difficult, especially when you consider the tight-lipped policy that most real estate brokers follow. Only people more akin to toads want to come across as racist or prejudice, and brokers are no different. While the brokers all follow strict policies to avoid discrimination, you can increase your chances of finding the perfect place by having a list of things you would like to find. Your list should include the following:

  • Preferred price tag.
  • Desired space.
  • Your family situation.
  • The things you look for in a neighborhood, such as restaurants, shops or nearby attractions.
A Rush Hour That Lets You…Rush

Chula Vista's city planners actually did their job when it comes to traffic management. The average commute from most neighborhoods is 30 minutes. You can thank the six-lane boulevards, Interstate 5, Interstate 805, California 54, and California 125. Did we mention the two rail services and the San Diego Trolley? Those are pretty sweet too. The trolley actually provides light rail through Chula Vista.

West Side Story Meets West Coast

While your broker may not admit it, many residents will tell you the line drawn in Chula Vista is the 805, with the neighborhoods on the West Side being something you might see on an after-school special.

The West Side does have two attractive benefits though: the beach and the price. Most rentals are just a short drive from the coast, and it's possible to find ocean-view rentals. You can also find an inexpensive rental in the West Side, sometimes called the Old Side, but you'll need to take extra precautions.

Streets Paved of Gold

Okay, so you won't find any roads paved with precious metal, but you'll see plenty of million dollar homes on the East Side. The newer development in this area will put you in communities where most residents have been married for more than 15 years and have kids under the age of 18. Welcome to the burbs, where a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom rental will cost you around $2,300 per month.

Several of the neighborhoods, such as Bonita Long Canyon and Lynwood Hills, provide easy access to the natural activities in Chula Vista. Hike, bike or hit the water. Communities like Eastlake actually border a nature preserve.

On the East Side, most apartments will cost you the same price as a single-family house over on the West Side. You can find studio apartments in areas like Otay Ranch for under $1,000 per month.

Chula Vista – Land of Opportunity

Sure, Chula Vista has its problems. It's like any other city out there. Some areas are great, others less desirable. If you fall into a lower-income bracket, consider finding an affordable rental complex. Most of these will be in the West Side, but you can find a few east of 805. The qualifications for the complexes vary from one to the next, so contact several to get an idea of what your price range can offer.

If this option will help you find the right place to live in Chula Vista, plan extra time for your search. The better options tend to have more competition, and you may have more steps to complete during the application process than traditional renters.

Nosey Neighbors Know All

Don't be afraid to talk to potential neighbors or local businesses before you sign the lease. Mention your concerns to locals and you’ll most likely get an honest response. It's better to have people laugh at you for a mistaken first impression rather than learning it was correct after you move into a building.

Use your own detective skills, too. After all, you may prefer to live in an area where siding covers housing rather than creative graffiti. If you see families out for walks or people jogging, you should feel confident that you're moving into a good area.

Over 230,000 people call Chula Vista home. The area has everything from one extreme to the next, but what city doesn't? By knowing what you prefer to have in a rental apartment and neighborhood, you can find the right location. So gather that list we mentioned earlier and prepare yourself for some awesome views and great lemonade. Your new apartment awaits!

Rent Report
Chula Vista

March 2018 Chula Vista Rent Report

Welcome to the March 2018 Chula Vista Rent Report. Chula Vista rents increased over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Chula Vista rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

Chula Vista rents increased significantly over the past month

Chula Vista rents have increased 0.5% over the past month, and are up significantly by 5.0% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Chula Vista stand at $1,610 for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,090 for a two-bedroom. This is the second straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in December of last year. Chula Vista's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 3.6%, as well as the national average of 2.3%.

Rents rising across the San Diego Metro

Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Chula Vista, 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.

  • Encinitas has the most expensive rents in the San Diego metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,430; however, the city has also seen rents fall by 2.7% over the past month, the biggest drop in the metro.
  • El Cajon has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 8.4%. The median two-bedroom there costs $1,660, while one-bedrooms go for $1,280.
  • National City has the least expensive rents in the San Diego metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,510; rents were up 6.6% over the past year but remained flat month-over-month.

Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Chula Vista

As rents have increased significantly in Chula Vista, 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, Chula Vista is less affordable for renters.

  • Rents increased significantly in other cities across the state, with California as a whole logging rent growth of 3.6% over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 3.8% in Los Angeles, 3.1% in San Jose, and 1.0% in San Francisco.
  • Chula Vista's median two-bedroom rent of $2,090 is above the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.3% over the past year compared to the 5.0% rise in Chula Vista.
  • While Chula Vista's rents rose significantly over the past year, the city of DC saw a decrease of 0.1%.
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Chula Vista than most large cities. For example, Phoenix has a median 2BR rent of $1,030, where Chula Vista 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 $2,000 0.7% 3.1%
Chula Vista $1,610 $2,090 0.5% 5.0%
Oceanside $1,740 $2,260 -0.2% 5.4%
Escondido $1,400 $1,820 -2.6% 4.0%
Carlsbad $1,860 $2,410 -0.6% 2.2%
El Cajon $1,280 $1,660 2.4% 8.4%
Vista $1,410 $1,830 0.1% 5.5%
San Marcos $1,510 $1,960 0.1% 3.5%
Encinitas $1,870 $2,430 -2.7% 4.7%
National City $1,170 $1,510 0.3% 6.6%
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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.

Chula Vista Renter Confidence Survey
National study of renter’s satisfaction with their cities and states
Here's how Chula Vista ranks on:
A Overall satisfaction
A- Safety and crime rate
B- Jobs and career opportunities
B- Recreational activities
F Affordability
A- Quality of schools
C+ Social Life
A Weather
D Commute time
B- State and local taxes
B- Public transit
C+ Pet-friendliness
Best Worst
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Overview of Findings

Apartment List has released Chula Vista’s results from the third annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. This survey, which drew on responses from over 45,000 renters nationwide, provides insight on what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the country’s 111 million renters.

"Chula Vista renters expressed general satisfaction with the city overall," according to Apartment List. "With expensive rents in coastal cities, it comes as no surprise that cost of living is a source of dissatisfaction in Chula Vista."

Key Findings in Chula Vista include the following:

  • Chula Vista renters gave their city an A overall.
  • The highest-rated categories for Chula Vista were weather (A), safety and low crime (A-) and quality of local schools (A-).
  • The areas of concern to Chula Vista renters are affordability and commute time, which received F and D grades, respectively.
  • Chula Vista earned similar scores compared to other cities in California like San Diego (A-) and Sunnyvale (A), but earned higher marks than Los Angeles (C+), San Jose (C) and Long Beach (C+).
  • Chula Vista did relatively well compared to cities nationwide, including Houston (B+), Tucson (D) and Miami (C+).
  • The top rated cities nationwide for renter satisfaction include Scottsdale, AZ, Irvine, CA, Boulder, CO and Ann Arbor, MI. The lowest rated cities include Tallahassee, FL, Stockton, CA, Dayton, OH, Detroit, MI and Newark, NJ.

For more information on the survey methodology and findings or to speak to one of our researchers, please contact our team at