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250 Apartments for rent in Irvine, CA

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Last updated September 24 at 5:08AM
4 GREENLEAF
Woodbridge
Irvine, CA
Updated September 23 at 3:19AM
3 Bedrooms
$2,600
61 Donovan
Woodbury
Irvine, CA
Updated September 21 at 7:46PM
4 Bedrooms
$5,450
32 Santa Victoria Aisle
Westpark
Irvine, CA
Updated August 31 at 1:58PM
4 Bedrooms
$3,600
20 Mineral King
Lower Peters Canyon
Irvine, CA
Updated September 23 at 6:54PM
4 Bedrooms
$3,500
22 Gables
Woodbury
Irvine, CA
Updated September 6 at 11:07AM
4 Bedrooms
$4,000
109 Painted Trellis
Irvine Spectrum
Irvine, CA
Updated September 23 at 11:17AM
3 Bedrooms
$3,200
5 Iceberg Rose
Woodbury
Irvine, CA
Updated September 17 at 2:22AM
2 Bedrooms
$2,750
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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.

Rent Report
Irvine

September 2017 Irvine Rent Report

Welcome to the September 2017 Irvine Rent Report. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Irvine rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

Irvine rents increase sharply over the past month

Irvine rents have increased 1.5% over the past month, and are up significantly by 5.0% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Irvine stand at $2,080 for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,670 for a two-bedroom. This is the third straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in May. Irvine's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 4.5%, as well as the national average of 3.0%.

Rents rising across the Los Angeles Metro

Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Irvine, 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.

  • Pomona has the least expensive rents in the Los Angeles metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,470; the city has also experienced the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 10.5%.
  • Over the past year, Pasadena is the only city in the metro that has seen rents fall, with a decline of 0.5%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $2,040, while one-bedrooms go for $1,590.

Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Irvine

As rents have increased in Irvine, large cities nationwide have seen rents grow more modestly, or in some cases, even decline. Compared to most large cities across the country, Irvine is less affordable for renters.

  • Rents also increased in other cities across the state, with California as a whole logging rent growth of 4.5% over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 4.6% in San Diego, 2.2% in San Jose, and 0.8% in San Francisco.
  • Irvine's median two-bedroom rent of $2,670 is above the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 3.0% over the past year compared to the 5.0% increase in Irvine.
  • While Irvine's rents rose over the past year, some cities nationwide saw decreases, including Houston (-2.4%) and DC (-0.5%).
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Irvine than most large cities. For example, Houston has a median 2BR rent of $990, 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 $1,350 $1,740 0.5% 5.0%
Long Beach $1,350 $1,730 0.3% 3.8%
Anaheim $1,600 $2,050 0.1% 4.6%
Santa Ana $1,430 $1,830 0.3% 6.3%
Irvine $2,080 $2,670 1.5% 5.0%
Glendale $1,370 $1,760 -0.1% 0.8%
Huntington Beach $1,840 $2,360 0.5% 2.6%
Santa Clarita $1,940 $2,490 0.6% 6.6%
Pomona $1,150 $1,470 0.4% 10.5%
Pasadena $1,590 $2,040 0.3% -0.5%
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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.

Irvine Renter Confidence Survey
National study of renter confidence in the economy, homeownership, and cities
Here's how Irvine ranks on:
A+ Overall satisfaction
A+ Safety and crime rate
A Jobs and career opportunities
B+ Recreational activities
C- Affordability
A+ Quality of schools
A+ Weather
A Commute time
C State and local taxes
D Public transit
A+ Pet-friendliness
Best Worst
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Overview of Findings

Apartment List has released results for Irvine from the second annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. The survey, which drew on responses from over 30,000 renters, provides insight into what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the 105 million American renters nationwide.

“According to our results, Irvine renters are very satisfied with their city,” says Andrew Woo, Director of Data Science at Apartment List. “They gave above-average scores to most categories.”

Key findings in Irvine include the following:

  • Irvine renters give their city an A+ overall for satisfaction.
  • The highest-rated categories for Irvine were safety, weather, pet friendliness, and the quality of local schools, which all received an A+ score from renters.
  • Irvine renters also reported satisfaction with local job and career opportunities (A), commute times (A), and access to parks and community events (B+).
  • Categories like affordability (C-) and access to public transit (D) received below-average scores.
  • Renter satisfaction in Irvine was higher than in other nearby cities like Santa Ana (C), Long Beach (B+) and Anaheim (D).
  • The top rated cities nationwide for renter satisfaction included Arlington, VA; Lincoln, NE; Pasadena, CA; Boston, MA; and Madison, WI. The lowest rated cities included Newark, NJ; Bronx, NY; Bridgeport, CT; Baltimore, MD; and Salinas, CA.