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58 Apartments for rent in Chula Vista, CA

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Last updated September 23 at 5:09AM
285 Moss St
Castle Park
Chula Vista, CA
Updated September 21 at 5:44PM
1 Bedroom
$1,250
1958 Petaluma Dr
Otay Ranch Village
Chula Vista, CA
Updated September 22 at 7:10PM
5 Bedrooms
$2,795
933 Palencia Pl
Rancho - Del Rey
Chula Vista, CA
Updated September 5 at 2:11AM
6 Bedrooms
$4,500
333 Palm Avenue
Chula Vista
Chula Vista, CA
Updated September 21 at 12:26PM
3 Bedrooms
$2,095
1180 Pacific Grove Loop
Eastlake Greens
Chula Vista, CA
Updated September 22 at 9:44AM
4 Bedrooms
$2,800
378 Vance St #01
Central Chula Vista
Chula Vista, CA
Updated September 22 at 10:40AM
2 Bedrooms
$1,750
1355 Caminito Cortina
Sunbowl
Chula Vista, CA
Updated September 23 at 2:27AM
3 Bedrooms
$2,500
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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

September 2017 Chula Vista Rent Report

Welcome to the September 2017 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 state and nation.

Chula Vista rents increased significantly over the past month

Chula Vista rents have increased 0.4% over the past month, and are up sharply by 7.2% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Chula Vista stand at $1,620 for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,100 for a two-bedroom. This is the ninth straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in November of last year. Chula Vista's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 4.5%, as well as the national average of 3.0%.

Rents rising across cities in California

Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Chula Vista, but across the entire state. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in California, all of them have seen prices rise. The state as a whole logged rent growth of 4.5% over the past year. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the state.

  • Looking throughout the state, San Francisco is the most expensive of all California's major cities, with a median two-bedroom rent of $3,070; of the 10 largest California cities that we have data for, all have seen rents rise year-over-year, with Sacramento experiencing the fastest growth (+9.4%).
  • Sacramento, Chula Vista, and Santa Ana have all experienced year-over-year growth above the state average (9.4%, 7.2%, and 6.3%, respectively).

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

As rents have increased in Chula Vista, 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.

  • Chula Vista's median two-bedroom rent of $2,100 is above the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 3.0% over the past year compared to the 7.2% increase in Chula Vista.
  • While Chula Vista's rents rose over the past year, some cities nationwide saw decreases, including DC (-0.5%) and Miami (-0.4%).
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Chula Vista than most large cities. For example, Phoenix has a median 2BR rent of $1,020, 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 $1,560 $2,020 0.6% 4.6%
Chula Vista $1,620 $2,100 0.4% 7.2%
Oceanside $1,750 $2,270 0.1% 5.6%
Escondido $1,410 $1,830 1.1% 3.7%
Carlsbad $1,840 $2,390 0.0% 2.8%
El Cajon $1,270 $1,650 1.1% 9.4%
Vista $1,390 $1,800 0.2% 5.3%
Encinitas $1,800 $2,340 0.4% -1.5%
La Mesa $1,410 $1,820 0.4% 6.6%

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.

Chula Vista Renter Confidence Survey
National study of renter confidence in the economy, homeownership, and cities
Here's how Chula Vista ranks on:
A+ Overall satisfaction
B Safety and crime rate
C- Jobs and career opportunities
C- Recreational activities
D Affordability
A Quality of schools
B+ Weather
D Commute time
C- State and local taxes
C Public transit
C Pet-friendliness
Best Worst
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Overview of Findings

Apartment List has released results for Chula Vista from the second annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. The survey, which drew on responses from over 30,000 renters, provides insight into what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the 105 million American renters nationwide.

“Chula Vista renters expressed overall satisfaction with their city,” says Andrew Woo, Director of Data Science at Apartment List. “However, many individual categories received below-average scores.”

Key findings in Chula Vista include the following:

  • Chula Vista renters give their city an A+ overall for satisfaction.
  • The highest-rated category for Chula Vista was the quality of local schools, which received an A score.
  • Renters seemed somewhat satisfied with safety and crime rates (B).
  • Chula Vista renters gave below-average scores to categories like local career opportunities (C-), access to public transit (C), and access to parks and community events (C-).
  • The greatest sources of dissatisfaction for renters were commute times and affordability, which received scores of D.
  • Chula Vista renters were slightly more satisfied than renters in other southern California cities like San Diego (A-) and Oceanside (A-).
  • The top rated cities nationwide for renter satisfaction included Arlington, VA; Lincoln, NE; Pasadena, CA; Boston, MA; and Madison, WI. The lowest rated cities included Newark, NJ; Bronx, NY; Bridgeport, CT; Baltimore, MD; and Salinas, CA.