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324 Apartments for rent in Imperial Beach, CA

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Last updated November 15 at 12:04pm UTC
1240 Seacoast Drive
Imperial Beach
Imperial Beach, CA
Updated November 15 at 12:02pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
$3,500
151 Palm Ave
Imperial Beach
Imperial Beach, CA
Updated November 15 at 12:01pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
$2,200
1146 13th Street #201
Imperial Beach
Imperial Beach, CA
Updated November 15 at 11:59am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$1,695
365 Caspian Way
Imperial Beach
Imperial Beach, CA
Updated November 15 at 11:58am UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,695
319 Imperial Beach Boulevard
Imperial Beach
Imperial Beach, CA
Updated November 15 at 11:58am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$2,140
760 Elm Avenue
Imperial Beach
Imperial Beach, CA
Updated November 15 at 11:57am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$2,200
706 Ocean Lane
Imperial Beach
Imperial Beach, CA
Updated November 15 at 11:55am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$3,200
518 8th Street
Imperial Beach
Imperial Beach, CA
Updated November 15 at 11:54am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$1,700
207 Elkwood Ave. #12
Imperial Beach
Imperial Beach, CA
Updated November 15 at 11:53am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$1,995
1202 Donax Avenue Unit 12
Imperial Beach
Imperial Beach, CA
Updated November 15 at 11:51am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$2,300
1481 Hemlock Avenue
Imperial Beach
Imperial Beach, CA
Updated November 15 at 11:50am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$1,850
311 Elder Avenue
Imperial Beach
Imperial Beach, CA
Updated November 15 at 9:41am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$2,295
214 Elm Ave
Imperial Beach
Imperial Beach, CA
Updated November 15 at 9:41am UTC
1 Bedroom
$2,000
816 Emory St
Imperial Beach
Imperial Beach, CA
Updated November 15 at 8:47am UTC
4 Bedrooms
$3,400
238 Evergreen Ave
Imperial Beach
Imperial Beach, CA
Updated November 14 at 5:49am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$2,000
931 Cypress
Imperial Beach
Imperial Beach, CA
Updated November 9 at 5:41am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$2,700
1442 Seacoast
Imperial Beach
Imperial Beach, CA
Updated November 9 at 5:41am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$3,300
239 Ebony
Imperial Beach
Imperial Beach, CA
Updated November 8 at 5:36am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$4,500
352 Bonito Ave
Imperial Beach
Imperial Beach, CA
Updated November 7 at 9:24pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
$3,300
576 10th
Imperial Beach
Imperial Beach, CA
Updated November 5 at 2:25pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
$2,500
234 Date Ave
Imperial Beach
Imperial Beach, CA
Updated October 30 at 11:38pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
$1,750
127 Daisy Ave
Imperial Beach
Imperial Beach, CA
Updated November 15 at 9:41am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$1,995
284 Imperial Beach Blvd #C
Imperial Beach
Imperial Beach, CA
Updated November 15 at 12:01pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
$1,575
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.

November 2018 Imperial Beach Rent Report

Welcome to the November 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.

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Rent Report
Imperial Beach

November 2018 Imperial Beach Rent Report

Welcome to the November 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 rent trends were flat over the past month

Imperial Beach rents have remained steady over the past month, but have decreased moderately by 0.8% year-over-year. Currently, median rents in Imperial Beach stand at $1,280 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,660 for a two-bedroom. Imperial Beach's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 1.3%, as well as the national average of 1.1%.

Rents rising across the San Diego Metro

While rent prices have decreased in Imperial Beach over the past year, the rest of the metro is seeing the opposite trend. Rents have risen in all of the largest 10 cities in the San Diego metro for which we have data. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

  • San Marcos has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 2.9%. The median two-bedroom there costs $2,000, while one-bedrooms go for $1,540.
  • Over the past month, El Cajon has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with a decline of 1.3%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $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 $1,530; rents were up 0.1% over the past month and 1.9% over the past year.
  • Carlsbad has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the San Diego metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,440; rents increased 1.0% over the past month and 1.5% over the past year.

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

As rents have fallen moderately in Imperial Beach, many large cities nationwide have seen prices increase, in some cases substantially. Compared to most large cities across the country, Imperial Beach is less affordable for renters.

  • Other cities across the state have seen rents slightly increase, with California as a whole logging rent growth of 1.3% over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 2.7% in San Jose, 1.3% in Los Angeles, and 1.2% in San Francisco.
  • Imperial Beach's median two-bedroom rent of $1,660 is above the national average of $1,180. Nationwide, rents have grown by 1.1% over the past year compared to the 0.8% decline in Imperial Beach.
  • While rents in Imperial Beach fell moderately over the past year, many cities nationwide saw increases, including Phoenix (+3.0%), Austin (+2.3%), and New York (+1.5%).
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Imperial Beach than most large cities. For example, Phoenix has a median 2BR rent of $1,050, 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 $1,570 $2,030 -0.3% 0.9%
Chula Vista $1,640 $2,130 0.6% 2.4%
Oceanside $1,760 $2,290 0.7% 1.4%
Escondido $1,420 $1,850 0.9% 0.7%
Carlsbad $1,880 $2,440 1.0% 1.5%
El Cajon $1,280 $1,660 -1.3% 0.7%
Vista $1,430 $1,850 0.2% 2.1%
San Marcos $1,540 $2,000 -0.5% 2.9%
Encinitas $1,870 $2,420 2.4% 1.9%
National City $1,180 $1,530 0.1% 1.9%
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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.

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.