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85 Apartments for rent in Imperial Beach, CA

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Last updated January 22 at 9:54am UTC
270 #13 Dahlia Avenue
Imperial Beach
Imperial Beach, CA
Updated January 20 at 11:24am UTC
3 Bedrooms
726 Holly Ave
Imperial Beach
Imperial Beach, CA
Updated January 18 at 8:13pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
1179 Florida St.
Imperial Beach
Imperial Beach, CA
Updated January 16 at 11:22am UTC
3 Bedrooms
213 Date Avenue
Imperial Beach
Imperial Beach, CA
Updated January 16 at 11:24am UTC
4 Bedrooms
729 5th St
Imperial Beach
Imperial Beach, CA
Updated January 11 at 1:37am UTC
3 Bedrooms
355 Ebony Avenue
Imperial Beach
Imperial Beach, CA
Updated January 19 at 10:59am UTC
3 Bedrooms
575 7th Street #106
Imperial Beach
Imperial Beach, CA
Updated January 9 at 11:59am UTC
3 Bedrooms
518 8th Street
Imperial Beach
Imperial Beach, CA
Updated January 16 at 11:24am UTC
2 Bedrooms
1125 East Lane
Imperial Beach
Imperial Beach, CA
Updated January 19 at 9:14am UTC
3 Bedrooms
1220 Seacoast Drive Unit 10
Imperial Beach
Imperial Beach, CA
Updated January 18 at 7:58pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
1324 Iris Ave #6
Imperial Beach
Imperial Beach, CA
Updated January 19 at 11:03am UTC
2 Bedrooms
631 7th St
Imperial Beach
Imperial Beach, CA
Updated January 20 at 2:21am UTC
2 Bedrooms
933 Seacoast Dr
Imperial Beach
Imperial Beach, CA
Updated January 22 at 9:54am UTC
1 Bedroom
1214 Florence Street
Imperial Beach
Imperial Beach, CA
Updated January 16 at 11:19am UTC
3 Bedrooms
1514 Seacoast Drive
Imperial Beach
Imperial Beach, CA
Updated January 3 at 11:27am UTC
2 Bedrooms
1192 Seacoast
Imperial Beach
Imperial Beach, CA
Updated January 3 at 3:39pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
933 Seacoast Dr
Imperial Beach
Imperial Beach, CA
Updated January 18 at 2:01pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
456 8th St
Imperial Beach
Imperial Beach, CA
Updated January 21 at 1:58am UTC
5 Bedrooms
1111 Seacoast Drive
Imperial Beach
Imperial Beach, CA
Updated January 3 at 11:28am UTC
2 Bedrooms
239 Ebony
Imperial Beach
Imperial Beach, CA
Updated January 11 at 2:09am UTC
2 Bedrooms
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City Guide
Imperial Beach
Starting the Apartment Search in Imperial Beach

The vacancy rate in this city is about 8%. That means the market for rental homes is fairly competitive since there are far more renters than average in this city.

A one-bedroom apartment in Imperial Beach is likely to cost about $1000, and two-bedroom apartments usually go for $1300 or more. If you are hoping to find a rental here, get started on your search about 3 months ahead of time to make sure that you have a chance.

Exploring Imperial Beach Neighborhoods

Imperial Beach Blvd and Seacoast Dr: This area is urban and runs right along the coast, so this is the spot for you if you want fast access to the beach. You'll find both small apartment complexes and high rises mixed in with houses.

Imperial Beach Blvd and 11th St: This neighborhood is a little more inland and has more houses than apartments. Parks surround this area.

City Center: This urban area is bordered by the bay to the north and has plenty of apartments to choose from. In fact, most residents here are renters and tend to walk around the area rather than drive.

Living in Imperial Beach

The county's Metropolitan Transit System, or MTS, operates trolleys and buses that go through and around this area and other nearby cities. Plus, the weather's always cool enough for you to walk, jog, bike, etc. around Imperial Beach. That means being without a car in this area is doable.

As far as activities in this area, it's just a quick drive to the beach, Tijuana, and downtown San Diego. Trips to the drive-in, local farmer's market, and Coronado Island are additional things to do. And if you love building impressive sand castles, you'll be especially happy to know that for 31 years, Imperial Beach was where the U.S. Open Sand Castle Competition was held every year.

If you like the idea of living in a laid-back, well-known beach town, this city is worth checking out. You'll even find this is one of the more affordable beach cities in Southern California, so it makes sense to give the rentals here a chance.

Rent Report
Imperial Beach

January 2018 Imperial Beach Rent Report

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

Imperial Beach rents declined slightly over the past month

Imperial Beach rents have declined 0.2% over the past month, but are up sharply by 6.6% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Imperial Beach stand at $1,290 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,670 for a two-bedroom. Imperial Beach's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 4.3%, as well as the national average of 2.8%.

Rents rising across the San Diego Metro

Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Imperial Beach, 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 $2,440; the city has also seen rent growth of 1.7% over the past month, the fastest in the metro.
  • Over the past month, El Cajon has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with a decline of 0.9%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $1,610, while one-bedrooms go for $1,240.
  • National City has the least expensive rents in the San Diego metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,500; rents rose 6.7% over the past year but remained flat month-over-month.

Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Imperial Beach

As rents have increased sharply in Imperial Beach, 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, Imperial Beach is less affordable for renters.

  • Rents increased significantly in other cities across the state, with California as a whole logging rent growth of 4.3% over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 5.4% in Los Angeles, 2.7% in San Jose, and 0.5% in San Francisco.
  • Imperial Beach's median two-bedroom rent of $1,670 is above the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.8% over the past year compared to the 6.6% rise in Imperial Beach.
  • While Imperial Beach's rents rose sharply over the past year, the city of DC saw a decrease of 0.3%.
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Imperial Beach than most large cities. For example, Phoenix has a median 2BR rent of $1,020, where Imperial Beach 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
San Diego $1,540 $1,990 -0.6% 3.3%
Chula Vista $1,590 $2,060 0.0% 5.3%
Oceanside $1,740 $2,260 0.5% 6.3%
Escondido $1,450 $1,870 0.8% 7.3%
Carlsbad $1,870 $2,420 0.3% 2.7%
El Cajon $1,240 $1,610 -0.9% 6.2%
Vista $1,400 $1,810 -0.3% 6.3%
San Marcos $1,500 $1,950 0.1% 2.2%
Encinitas $1,880 $2,440 1.7% 4.7%
National City $1,160 $1,500 0.2% 6.7%
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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.