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115 Apartments for rent in Dana Point, CA

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Last updated March 21 at 5:43pm UTC
15 Vista Cielo
Dana Point
Dana Point, CA
Updated March 21 at 5:43pm UTC
5 Bedrooms
24581 Santa Clara Avenue
Dana Point
Dana Point, CA
Updated March 21 at 5:42pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
34110 Selva Road
Dana Point
Dana Point, CA
Updated March 21 at 5:42pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
34096 Formosa Drive
Dana Point
Dana Point, CA
Updated March 21 at 5:42pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
4 Regina
Dana Point
Dana Point, CA
Updated March 21 at 5:42pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
34545 Scenic Drive
Dana Point
Dana Point, CA
Updated March 21 at 5:41pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
15 Forest Hills Court
Dana Point
Dana Point, CA
Updated March 21 at 5:41pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
34021 Violet Lantern Street
Dana Point
Dana Point, CA
Updated March 21 at 5:39pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
34300 Lantern Bay Drive
Dana Point
Dana Point, CA
Updated March 21 at 3:08am UTC
2 Bedrooms
34111 Mazo Drive
Dana Point
Dana Point, CA
Updated March 20 at 5:49pm UTC
5 Bedrooms
19 Gavina
Dana Point
Dana Point, CA
Updated March 20 at 9:26am UTC
5 Bedrooms
34042 Seville Place
Dana Point
Dana Point, CA
Updated March 20 at 9:25am UTC
2 Bedrooms
34040 Selva Road
Dana Point
Dana Point, CA
Updated March 19 at 2:52am UTC
2 Bedrooms
27 Los Monteros Drive
Dana Point
Dana Point, CA
Updated March 18 at 3:11am UTC
4 Bedrooms
33852 Del Obispo #107 - Del Obispo
Dana Point
Dana Point, CA
Updated March 17 at 10:52am UTC
2 Bedrooms
23282 Palawan Circle
Dana Point
Dana Point, CA
Updated March 16 at 10:53am UTC
3 Bedrooms
25101 Danabirch
Dana Point
Dana Point, CA
Updated March 16 at 10:48am UTC
3 Bedrooms
33963 Cape Cove
Dana Point
Dana Point, CA
Updated March 15 at 10:44am UTC
2 Bedrooms
34012 Colegio
Dana Point
Dana Point, CA
Updated March 15 at 10:43am UTC
3 Bedrooms
24725 Camarillo Street
Dana Point
Dana Point, CA
Updated March 15 at 10:42am UTC
4 Bedrooms
24331 Pasto Rd.
Dana Point
Dana Point, CA
Updated March 15 at 10:40am UTC
2 Bedrooms
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City Guide
Dana Point
Feel the Romance

Dana Point was named after Richard Henry Dana, who remarked that the area was "the only romantic spot on the coast." While that seems a silly statement when considering the splendor of Highway 1, it does suggest just how arrestingly beautiful the cliffs, beaches, and harbor are in these parts. Perhaps thats why families flock to the area, which boasts plenty of planned gated communities, upscale apartment living, and neat, modern condos throughout the approximately 29 square miles of land and sea mass. You can even pull into a slip and live on a boat. After all, it’s less expensive, and the waves will lull you to sleep each night.

Besides the natural beauty, Dana Point has a variety of super-fun amenities, ranging from independent designer boutiques and world-class restaurants to luxury cinemas and professional golf courses. The overarching theme is luxury. It costs a lot to live here, but there are undeniable perks for the price. Nearly every home has a stunning view, and many rental properties and apartments do as well. But the cost of living here can give one pause, as it’s roughly 93 percent higher than the nation’s average. High graduation rates make that more palatable, but lets be honest, this isnt a place for tight budgets.

There's good news for renters, though. The vacancy rate is a comfortable 9 percent, meaning there are lots of options in every category, ranging from single-family homes and townhomes to studio apartments. Well, no, studio apartments are pretty rare, but there are some sweet two-bedroom apartments that will knock your socks off. With these rents, you’re gonna want a roommate anyway.

Become a Local: Dana Point Neighborhoods

Finding the right location in Dana Point is pretty easy, as there aren’t really any neighborhoods, per se. But there are areas with a little more or less going on, as well as places with a higher density of rental housing. Most spots arent walkable, so plan to drive nearly everywhere. Some people even drive to their mailboxes.

Capistrano Beach: Kind of Dana Point and kind of San Juan Capistrano, this is a less expensive section with some slightly rundown businesses (consignment stores), a beautiful beach area, and less-expensive housing. Oh, and theres a Costco. Easy access to PCH and the 5-Freeway is also nice.

Monarch Beach: People arrive in droves from all over the world to visit Monarch Beach, and the high-end hotels attest to that. There are plenty of rental properties here, but celebrities and other Richie Rich types typically scoop them up. Gorgeous views and a stunning sandy beach make it hard to resist if you have the scratch.

Salt Creek Beach: There are a few eye-popping properties surrounding Salt Creek Beach, and they’re just as pricey as the ones at Monarch. Anything right on the water is a playground for multimillionaires only. Inland, however, is where many of the main neighborhood streets lie, with mostly single-family homes and condos available.

Bear Brand: Close to the major shopping areas, including upscale grocery stores and a luxury cinema, Bear Brand is a mix of apartments, single-family homes, and retail stores. The communities are planned and spacious, but the beach is 5 to 10 minutes away.

Dana Point: The heart of the city is a true mix of accommodations. The harbor has all the boats (yacht-city) while inland has seasonal rentals, condos, single-family homes, and a few apartment buildings. It has the broadest selection and price range. Search well, and you can find a great deal with sea breezes.

Lifestyles of the Rich and Fabulous

Expect a lot of bottle blond trophy wives in yoga pants driving Range Rovers and Botoxing themselves into wrinkle and emotion-free oblivion. What you do, what you drive, and what your politics are matter here since Orange County is that rarest of beasts in Southern California: conservative. Also, it can be pretty quiet in a lot of the neighborhoods, in part because many of the houses are seasonal rentals.

Dana Point culture is unabashedly prosperous, but residents love to relish in the simple, natural beauty of the coast. Festivals are common throughout the year, with the Summer Concert Series, Festival of Whales, and Tall Ships Festival as three of the most popular. Both locals and visitors get in on group fishing trips, whale and dolphin watching, and scuba diving; every season seems to bring a different opportunity to explore the ocean’s offerings. This energetic style overlaps with other physical pursuits, as yoga, golf, and Pilates are a serious way of life. It’s not a party town, and singles will feel their differentness, though youths trek in from all over the county to surf. It’s a quiet, happy place with a touch of romance that makes it an exceptional choice for couples and families who have already seen their ships come in to shore.

Rent Report
Dana Point

March 2018 Dana Point Rent Report

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

Dana Point rents declined over the past month

Dana Point rents have declined 0.8% over the past month, but have increased moderately by 2.9% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Dana Point stand at $2,020 for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,600 for a two-bedroom. Dana Point's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 3.6%, but exceeds the national average of 2.3%.

Rents rising across the Los Angeles Metro

Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Dana Point, but across the entire metro. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in the Los Angeles metro, 9 of them have seen prices rise. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

  • Garden Grove has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 10.4%. The median two-bedroom there costs $2,100, while one-bedrooms go for $1,630.
  • Over the past month, Glendale has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with a decline of 1.3%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $1,760, while one-bedrooms go for $1,370.
  • Irvine has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the Los Angeles metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,690; rents decreased 0.2% over the past month but were up 5.5% over the past year.
  • Los Angeles proper has the least expensive rents in the Los Angeles metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,730; rents rose 3.8% over the past year but remained flat month-over-month.

Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Dana Point

As rents have increased moderately in Dana Point, 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, Dana Point 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 3.1% in San Diego, 3.1% in San Jose, and 1.0% in San Francisco.
  • Dana Point's median two-bedroom rent of $2,600 is above the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.3% over the past year compared to the 2.9% increase in Dana Point.
  • While Dana Point's rents rose moderately over the past year, the city of DC saw a decrease of 0.1%.
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Dana Point than most large cities. For example, Houston has a median 2BR rent of $1,020, where Dana Point is more than two-and-a-half times 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
Los Angeles $1,350 $1,730 0.4% 3.8%
Long Beach $1,370 $1,760 0.2% 3.9%
Anaheim $1,640 $2,100 1.1% 6.4%
Santa Ana $1,450 $1,870 0.6% 5.7%
Irvine $2,090 $2,690 -0.2% 5.5%
Glendale $1,370 $1,760 -1.3% -0.1%
Huntington Beach $1,850 $2,380 2.4% 1.7%
Santa Clarita $1,940 $2,500 0.6% 6.9%
Garden Grove $1,630 $2,100 0.0% 10.4%
Lancaster $1,350 $1,740 0.5% 8.0%
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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.