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376 Apartments for rent in Irvine, CA

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Last updated November 20 at 10:41pm UTC
Astoria at Central Park West
401 Rockefeller
Irvine, CA
Updated November 20 at 10:05pm UTC
1 Bedroom
Ask
2 Bedrooms
$3,255
3 Bedrooms
$8,945
The Village at Irvine Spectrum
50 Prism
Irvine, CA
Updated November 20 at 10:33am UTC
Studio
$1,890
1 Bedroom
$2,000
2 Bedrooms
$2,510
Park Place
3395 Michelson Drive
Irvine, CA
Updated November 20 at 10:33am UTC
Studio
$1,970
1 Bedroom
$2,170
2 Bedrooms
$2,860
Centerpointe Apartment Homes
7725 Gateway Blvd
Irvine, CA
Updated November 20 at 10:33am UTC
Studio
$2,080
1 Bedroom
$2,180
2 Bedrooms
$2,675
49 Chantilly
Woodbury
Irvine, CA
Updated November 20 at 9:36pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
$2,897
109 Weathervane
Quail Hill
Irvine, CA
Updated November 20 at 9:36pm UTC
4 Bedrooms
$4,600
36 Bamboo
Northwood
Irvine, CA
Updated November 20 at 9:36pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
$3,095
58 Overbrook
Woodbury
Irvine, CA
Updated November 20 at 9:36pm UTC
1 Bedroom
$2,400
174 Milky Way
Portola Springs
Irvine, CA
Updated November 20 at 9:35pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
$3,450
City Guide
Irvine
You're the man with a plan? Well so is Irvine.

Irvine is an entirely planned and incorporated city. It is the economic center of Orange County, which you should never refer to as “the O.C.” as it brings up bitter lamentations of a cheesy television show. O.C. will work just fine.

Because of the master plan, the city is littered with 44 parks, over 300 miles of bike trails (on and off road) and three universities: UCI, Concordia and CSU Fullerton. Because of the jobs and housing in 2008 CNNMoney rated Irvine as the fourth best city in which to live in the US. Times have changed but it's still in the top #25. Yours truly is a transplant which is unfortunate for my spell check. All jokes aside, a shockingly high 98% of their high school graduates attend college.

When you're looking for an apartment in Irvine, here are some helpful hints:

  • The closer to the ocean the more you're gonna pay.

  • Any neighborhood referencing an amphibian will be more reasonably priced (Turtle Ridge).

  • University Hills (with 240 rental units) was specifically designed with the idea of affordable housing in mind.

  • If you want to be close to the “action”, Quail Hill is near the major dining and entertainment district.

  • Northpark is quite upscale, few rentals, with 50% of the population above 40 years old.

  • There are 27 major apartment complexes. The complex is the big thing here so be prepared for reference checks, credit checks, employment checks, Corn Chex and application fees.

  • Don't Panic. There are thousands of places for rent, so you’re bound to find something within your price range either in a complex or a nice neighborhood (as in Irvine they are all pretty much nice neighborhoods).

  • The magic price for studios/1 bedroom apartments hovers between $1300 and $1500.

We're not in Kansas anymore

Ah, the economics of California. Something to keep in mind when budgeting for your apartment is that you will pay more for everything, with one exception. Gas and groceries are well above national averages. Going to the movies and/or out to eat could require sacrificing one of your future children. “What's the exception,” you ask? Your heat/AC bill. The average temperature ranges from 50F-76F so you kiss those high cooling and heating bills goodbye.

So what's in it for me?

Remember all that California dreamin' you were doing? Well even in a fairly milquetoast locale like Irvine you are still only minutes away from swimming, surfing, skiing, beach-life, parks, hiking, biking, LA, Laguna Beach, Disneyland and so much more...but without the rental price ranges of those areas. So even if you're still in your swinging single years, Irvine has much to offer.

Public transportation in Irvine consists of the OCTA-bus, the Metrolink (train) and the iShuttle. While these public transportation options do exist, this is Southern California and most residents get around via car. Lucky for frequent flyers, John Wayne Airport is right here in Irvine, and with many domestic carriers and non-stop destinations throughout the country you might never need to make the not-so-fun trip to LAX. And how cool would it be to say, “I just flew outta John Wayne.”

To get your Irvine apartment search started, check out the reviews of Toscana Apartments, where residents are thrilled with the close proximity to the Pacific Ocean, on-site basketball court, tennis court, state-of-the-art gym, and pool! If that's not your style, take a look at the reviews of Kelvin Court Apartments. Renters are over the moon about the friendly, responsive, and extremely helpful onsite staff. Many folks attribute their residency to the team... and the pet policy!

Best of luck on your Irvine apartment search & enjoy the southern California sunshine.

November 2018 Irvine Rent Report

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

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Rent Report
Irvine

November 2018 Irvine Rent Report

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

Irvine rents held steady over the past month

Irvine rents have increased 0.1% over the past month, but have been relatively flat at 0.2% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Irvine stand at $2,110 for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,710 for a two-bedroom. Irvine'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 Los Angeles Metro

While rents have remained steady in the city of Irvine throughout the past year, cities across the metro have seen a different trend. Rents have risen in 8 of of the largest 10 cities in the Los Angeles metro for which we have data. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

  • Santa Clarita has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 4.1%. The median two-bedroom there costs $2,610, while one-bedrooms go for $2,030.
  • Over the past month, Huntington Beach has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with a decline of 1.4%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $2,370, while one-bedrooms go for $1,850.
  • Lancaster has the least expensive rents in the Los Angeles metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,750; rents went down 0.2% over the past month but rose 2.3% over the past year.
  • Irvine has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the Los Angeles metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,710; rents increased 0.1% over the past month but remained flat year-over-year.

Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Irvine

Rent growth in Irvine has been relatively stable over the past year - some other large cities have seen more substantial increases; in contrast, rents in a few cities have actually declined. Compared to most large cities across the country, Irvine is less affordable for renters.

  • Other cities across the state have seen rents moderately increase, with California as a whole logging rent growth of 1.3% over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 2.7% in San Jose, 1.2% in San Francisco, and 0.9% in San Diego.
  • Irvine's median two-bedroom rent of $2,710 is above the national average of $1,180. Nationwide, rents have grown by 1.1% over the past year compared to the stagnant growth in Irvine.
  • While rents in Irvine remained moderately stable this year, similar cities saw increases, including Phoenix (+3.0%), Austin (+2.3%), and Houston (+1.8%); note that median 2BR rents in these cities go for $1,050, $1,420, and $1,030 respectively.
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Irvine than most large cities. For example, Houston has a median 2BR rent of $1,030, where Irvine 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 $1,370 $1,760 0.0% 1.3%
Long Beach $1,380 $1,780 -0.2% 1.0%
Anaheim $1,650 $2,120 -0.7% 2.2%
Santa Ana $1,450 $1,860 -0.6% 0.4%
Irvine $2,110 $2,710 0.1% 0.2%
Glendale $1,400 $1,800 0.9% 2.0%
Huntington Beach $1,850 $2,370 -1.4% -0.8%
Santa Clarita $2,030 $2,610 0.2% 4.1%
Garden Grove $1,630 $2,100 -0.1% -0.7%
Lancaster $1,360 $1,750 -0.2% 2.3%
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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.

Renter Confidence Survey

Apartment List has released Irvine’s results from the third annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. This survey, which drew on responses from over 45,000 renters nationwide, provides insight on what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the country’s 111 million renters.

"Irvine renters expressed general satisfaction with the city overall," according to Apartment List. "However, ratings varied greatly across different categories, indicating that even though renters lo...

View full Irvine Renter Confidence Survey
Irvine Renter Confidence Survey
National study of renter’s satisfaction with their cities and states
Here's how Irvine ranks on:
A+ Overall satisfaction
A+ Safety and crime rate
A Jobs and career opportunities
A- Recreational activities
F Affordability
A+ Quality of schools
C Social Life
A+ Weather
C+ Commute time
F State and local taxes
F Public transit
A Pet-friendliness
Best Worst
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Overview of Findings

Apartment List has released Irvine’s results from the third annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. This survey, which drew on responses from over 45,000 renters nationwide, provides insight on what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the country’s 111 million renters.

"Irvine renters expressed general satisfaction with the city overall," according to Apartment List. "However, ratings varied greatly across different categories, indicating that even though renters love Irvine, some aspects can be better."

Key Findings in Irvine include the following:

  • Irvine renters gave their city an A+ overall.
  • The highest-rated categories for Irvine were safety and low crime, weather and quality of local schools, which all received grades of A+.
  • The areas of concern to Irvine renters are public transit, affordability and state and local taxes, which all received F scores.
  • Irvine did relatively well compared to other nearby cities like Los Angeles (C+), Long Beach (C+), Anaheim (C) and Santa Ana (D).
  • Irvine did relatively well compared to cities nationwide, including Houston (B+), Tucson (D) and Miami (C+).
  • The top rated cities nationwide for renter satisfaction include Scottsdale, AZ, Irvine, CA, Boulder, CO and Ann Arbor, MI. The lowest rated cities include Tallahassee, FL, Stockton, CA, Dayton, OH, Detroit, MI and Newark, NJ.

Renters say:

  • "I love the friendly neighborhoods. I dislike that there’s not much to do at nights." -Anon.
  • "I love how Irvine is very clean and they constantly improve the roads and shopping plazas. I hate how expensive it is to live here." -Connie
  • "The weather and the community are amazing, but traffic gets out of hand." -Thu N.

For more information on the survey methodology and findings or to speak to one of our researchers, please contact our team at rentonomics@apartmentlist.com.