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380 Apartments for rent in Downey, CA

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Last updated March 22 at 9:53pm UTC
9517 Stoakes Avenue
Downey, CA
Updated March 20 at 1:46am UTC
2 Bedrooms
9412 Baysinger St.
Downey, CA
Updated March 12 at 11:13am UTC
4 Bedrooms
11440 Old River School
Downey, CA
Updated March 6 at 11:19am UTC
7860 Stewart and Gray Road Apt 212
Downey, CA
Updated February 17 at 11:45am UTC
2 Bedrooms
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14403 Allingham Avenue
Norwalk-La Mirada
Norwalk, CA
Updated March 22 at 5:44pm UTC
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11333 Darcy Street
Little Lake City
Santa Fe Springs, CA
Updated March 22 at 1:48pm UTC
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9146 Somerset
Bellflower, CA
Updated March 21 at 10:43am UTC
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9502 Nichols St.
Bellflower, CA
Updated March 18 at 10:59am UTC
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5259 Batavia Rd.
South Gate
South Gate, CA
Updated February 16 at 11:23am UTC
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5530 Ackerfield Ave 312
Paramount and South
Long Beach, CA
Updated March 22 at 1:48pm UTC
1 Bedroom
5021 Atlantic Avenue #56
Long Beach, CA
Updated March 22 at 1:45pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
4830 Maybank Ave.
Lakewood Mutual
Lakewood, CA
Updated March 22 at 1:44pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
12215 Yearling Pl
Cerritos, CA
Updated March 22 at 1:43pm UTC
4 Bedrooms
Freeway Circle
Long Beach, CA
Updated March 22 at 1:43pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
12019 E. 166th St.
Norwalk-La Mirada
Norwalk, CA
Updated March 22 at 1:38pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
14235 Broadway
South Whittier
Whittier, CA
Updated March 22 at 11:55am UTC
2 Bedrooms
6809 CALIFORNIA Avenue
Artesia Freeway Corridor
Long Beach, CA
Updated March 22 at 11:54am UTC
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7220 Via Amorita
Downey, CA
Updated March 22 at 5:44pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
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City Guide
Living in Downey

Downey is home to approximately 110,000 residents within a 12.5 square mile area. The city has some of the best medical facilities, and exceptional neighborhoods providing a high quality lifestyle. If you love playing golf or would like to learn, Downey is home to some of the best golf courses in the world.

Located in Southern California, the weather is downright delightful. It doesn’t get too cold or too hot and humid. The average high is 83 degrees; the average low is 46 degrees. As the saying goes, “location, location, location”; and Downey sure does have a great location. Being less than 10 miles away from the Pacific Ocean and home to the best hospitals, pleasant neighborhoods, fabulous parks, the famous Downey Theatre, and a host of retail stores, you can (or should) expect that living here doesn't come cheap.

Finding an Apartment in Downey

Living in Downey, CA may be more expensive than other non-California cities of the same size, but it’s not as expensive as other similar-sized cities located in California. You can find some reasonable places to live without paying exuberant prices.

How much will it cost? Well, the good news is that living in Downey won’t cost an arm, a leg, and your life savings like it does in Los Angeles or San Francisco. That’s for sure. Prices will vary depending on what you are looking for and where you plan to live. Of course, the closer you live to the ocean, the more you'll pay. Remember, you also have more available to you in the way of things to see and do. So it really depends on what you want out of life. People who love living on the West coast love it for various reasons.

When to rent Winter is the best time to rent pretty much anywhere in California. The climate has changed from sunny and warm to cooler temperatures and rain. Vacationers are back at home and it’s too cold to lay on the beach. However, it could be a little difficult to find an apartment in Downey since the town is fairly small.

What you need When you meet with the landlord or apartment complex manager, have all your necessary documents. That includes your driver’s license so that they can verify your identity, paycheck stubs or tax forms so that they can verify your income, a list of references with their correct contact information, and of course, a check for a deposit or down payment. Make sure you have checked your credit report for any inaccuracies or anything that may be an issue. Prepare questions in advance. Act and present yourself professionally.

Things To Do

The Carpenters’ Collection If you are a music fan, you have probably heard of the Carpenters. The Carpenters were a famous sibling musical group from the 1970s and all born in Downey. The Downey City Library has a collection of all things Carpenter.

Downtown Downey Farmers' Market: One of the main attractions in the city of Downey. The Farmer’s Market is not only a place to find fresh fruit and vegetables but a place to socialize.

McDonalds Every town has a McDonalds. That’s nothing new. But this is a special McDonalds. You see, this is one of the original 1953 McDonalds Restaurants. It was the third one built in the country and is located at 10207 Lakewood Blvd. The restaurant was restored and renovated after it was destroyed by the 1994 Northridge Earthquake.

Congratulations on your move to the West Coast! Enjoy the weather and the sites.

Rent Report

March 2018 Downey Rent Report

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

Downey rents held steady over the past month

Downey rents have remained flat over the past month, however, they are up moderately by 2.6% year-over-year. Currently, median rents in Downey stand at $1,390 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,790 for a two-bedroom. Downey'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 Downey, 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 Downey

As rents have increased moderately in Downey, 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, Downey 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.
  • Downey's median two-bedroom rent of $1,790 is above the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.3% over the past year compared to the 2.6% rise in Downey.
  • While Downey'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 Downey than most large cities. For example, Houston has a median 2BR rent of $1,020, where Downey is more than one-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.