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287 Apartments for rent in Imperial Beach, CA

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Last updated September 18 at 7:56pm UTC
243 Ebony 8
Imperial Beach
Imperial Beach, CA
Updated September 18 at 1:08pm UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,450
919 Florence St
Imperial Beach
Imperial Beach, CA
Updated September 17 at 2:20pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
$1,895
457 Bonito Avenue
Imperial Beach
Imperial Beach, CA
Updated September 15 at 12:59pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
$2,200
1007 8th Street
Imperial Beach
Imperial Beach, CA
Updated September 15 at 12:59pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
$2,395
518 8th Street
Imperial Beach
Imperial Beach, CA
Updated September 13 at 3:29pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
$1,700
243 Ebony Avenue # 7
Imperial Beach
Imperial Beach, CA
Updated September 13 at 3:28pm UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,700
239 Ebony
Imperial Beach
Imperial Beach, CA
Updated September 13 at 3:09am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$4,500
514 Dahlia Ave
Imperial Beach
Imperial Beach, CA
Updated September 12 at 2:59am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$2,800
147 Elm Ave
Imperial Beach
Imperial Beach, CA
Updated September 12 at 2:59am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$3,050
1365 Hemlock Avenue
Imperial Beach
Imperial Beach, CA
Updated September 1 at 9:59am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$2,300
1810 Thelborn Way
Egger Highlands
San Diego, CA
Updated September 14 at 1:41am UTC
4 Bedrooms
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Villa Parq Apartment Homes
56 4th Ave
Chula Vista, CA
Updated September 18 at 7:56pm UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,495
2 Bedrooms
$1,625
Results within 1 miles of Imperial Beach, CA
1316 Iris Ave
Imperial Beach
Imperial Beach, CA
Updated September 15 at 12:59pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
$2,250
Results within 5 miles of Imperial Beach, CA
1214 Delaware
Imperial Beach
Imperial Beach, CA
Updated September 11 at 3:03am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$2,950
1382 Seacoast Dr
Imperial Beach
Imperial Beach, CA
Updated September 5 at 3:15am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$3,500
565 Emory
Imperial Beach
Imperial Beach, CA
Updated August 25 at 3:12am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$2,650
2010 Ilex Avenue
Nestor
San Diego, CA
Updated September 1 at 10:40pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
$2,800
134 Elder Ave
Imperial Beach
Imperial Beach, CA
Updated September 14 at 10:35am UTC
1 Bedroom
$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.

September 2018 Imperial Beach Rent Report

Welcome to the September 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

September 2018 Imperial Beach Rent Report

Welcome to the September 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, and are down moderately by 0.8% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Imperial Beach stand at $1,280 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,660 for a two-bedroom. This is the third straight month that the city has seen rent decreases after an increase in May. Imperial Beach's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 1.4%, as well as the national average of 1.0%.

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.

  • National City has the least expensive rents in the San Diego metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,530; the city has also experienced the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 3.0%.
  • Over the past month, Encinitas has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with a decline of 1.5%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $2,390, while one-bedrooms go for $1,850.
  • Carlsbad has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the San Diego metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,430; rents went down 0.6% over the past month but rose 1.6% 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 moderately increase, with California as a whole logging rent growth of 1.4% over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 2.4% in San Jose, 1.1% in San Francisco, and 1.1% in Los Angeles.
  • Imperial Beach's median two-bedroom rent of $1,660 is above the national average of $1,180. Nationwide, rents have grown by 1.0% 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 (+2.5%), Austin (+0.8%), and New York (+0.6%).
  • 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% 0.7%
Chula Vista $1,640 $2,130 -0.4% 1.3%
Oceanside $1,760 $2,280 -0.4% 0.3%
Escondido $1,420 $1,840 -0.8% 0.3%
Carlsbad $1,870 $2,430 -0.6% 1.6%
El Cajon $1,280 $1,670 1.2% 0.9%
Vista $1,420 $1,850 0.0% 2.8%
San Marcos $1,540 $2,000 0.1% 2.9%
Encinitas $1,850 $2,390 -1.5% 2.3%
National City $1,180 $1,530 0.1% 3.0%
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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.

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.