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146 Apartments for rent in Laguna Beach, CA

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Last updated September 22 at 2:51AM
31897 Circle Drive
South Laguna Bluffs
Laguna Beach, CA
Updated August 28 at 2:54AM
4 Bedrooms
$12,995
31716 Coast
South Laguna Village
Laguna Beach, CA
Updated August 28 at 2:50AM
1 Bedroom
$2,595
1515 Morningside Drive
Rancho Laguna
Laguna Beach, CA
Updated September 21 at 7:47PM
3 Bedrooms
$8,000
100 Cliff Drive
Main Beach
Laguna Beach, CA
Updated September 15 at 4:28AM
1 Bedroom
$2,495
934 Emerald Bay
Laguna Beach
Laguna Beach, CA
Updated September 22 at 2:51AM
4 Bedrooms
$9,000
22 N. Vista De Catalina
Three Arch Bay
Laguna Beach, CA
Updated September 22 at 2:51AM
4 Bedrooms
$8,750
31792 Florence Avenue
South Laguna Village
Laguna Beach, CA
Updated September 19 at 6:57PM
3 Bedrooms
$5,500
5 Stickley Drive
Montage
Laguna Beach, CA
Updated September 16 at 6:45PM
3 Bedrooms
$20,000
412 3rd Street
Main Beach
Laguna Beach, CA
Updated September 16 at 6:46PM
1 Bedroom
$3,795
239 Chiquita Street
North Laguna
Laguna Beach, CA
Updated September 20 at 3:08AM
3 Bedrooms
$7,500
1525 Arroyo Drive
Laguna Canyon
Laguna Beach, CA
Updated September 21 at 3:08AM
2 Bedrooms
$3,750
2780 Queda Way
Alta Vista
Laguna Beach, CA
Updated September 21 at 4:21PM
3 Bedrooms
$5,000
604 Alta Vista Way
Alta Vista
Laguna Beach, CA
Updated September 22 at 2:51AM
3 Bedrooms
$5,400
527 Brooks Street
The Village
Laguna Beach, CA
Updated September 8 at 11:48AM
3 Bedrooms
$4,500
1166 Gaviota Drive
The Village
Laguna Beach, CA
Updated September 22 at 2:50AM
1 Bedroom
$3,100
15 Blue Lagoon
Montage
Laguna Beach, CA
Updated September 20 at 3:18AM
2 Bedrooms
$5,500
273 Lower Cliff
Main Beach
Laguna Beach, CA
Updated August 28 at 2:49AM
1 Bedroom
$2,750
530 Emerald Bay
Laguna Beach
Laguna Beach, CA
Updated September 22 at 2:49AM
4 Bedrooms
$12,000
1326 Skyline Drive
Mystic Hills
Laguna Beach, CA
Updated September 21 at 4:23PM
5 Bedrooms
$9,500
259 Lower Cliff Drive
Main Beach
Laguna Beach, CA
Updated September 21 at 3:07AM
3 Bedrooms
$5,995
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City Guide
Laguna Beach

We’re going to start out being real: Laguna Beach is many things, but it is in no way, shape, or form an affordable place to live. The city regularly ranks as having one of the highest costs of living in Orange County, the state, and the nation. I mean, you’re living in paradise, so you have to expect to pay paradise prices. A “cheap apartment” in this city could probably buy you a decent-sized Midwestern town.

Another gripe that Laguna Beach residents tend to have is that traffic is a nightmare. Because mountains and ocean enclose the area, there aren’t many roads into and out of town. During the summer tourist season, both traffic and parking near the beaches and downtown commercial area is a straight up nightmare.

Without exception, pretty much every neighborhood in Laguna Beach is safe and desirable. You basically just need to decide which side of paradise you prefer. Ask yourself questions like, “Do I want to be able to walk to shopping and the beach,” or, “Would I prefer a quiet mountainside community with amazing views?” We know. These are such tough questions to answer!

Let’s start in north Laguna and make our way down. Beachside north Laguna tends to be quieter than the adjacent region, as there are lots of settled families in this area. Here you can find apartments, and occasionally, houses for rent.

Moving south along the beach you’ll hit the city center, Laguna Village, and the Top of the World. Many younger and newer Laguna Beach residents will settle in the Laguna Village area, as it puts them closer to the shops and attractions of the city center. There are tons of upscale apartment complexes with everything from studio apartments to two bedrooms, frequently offering amenities such as a gym, swimming pool, and clubhouse. At the Top of the World, you'll find a neighborhood that's far more settled and family oriented.

South Laguna Beach is a pleasant gay enclave that bleeds into several beachside and mountaintop gated communities. Here, you’ll find some very expensive posh rentals.

Regardless of where you decide to settle, you’re going to find an amazing rental. Apartments and houses for rent are so varied throughout all the neighborhoods that prices aren’t really standardized. Occasionally, you can find a small bungalow rented for $1,900 with a $5,000 rental just next door. However, because of the large tourist population, you can frequently secure a short-term lease with ease.

Pet friendly rentals are hit or miss. Many apartment complexes have weight limitations, so if you’re relocating with a four-legged friend allow yourself plenty of time to find an apartment.

These small hassles aside, congratulations are in order. Enjoy all that Laguna Beach has to offer!

Rent Report
Laguna Beach

September 2017 Laguna Beach Rent Report

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

Laguna Beach rents increase sharply over the past month

Laguna Beach rents have increased 0.9% over the past month, and are up moderately by 2.2% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Laguna Beach stand at $2,120 for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,720 for a two-bedroom. This is the second straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in June. Laguna Beach's year-over-year rent growth lags 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 Laguna Beach, 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 Laguna Beach

Rent growth in Laguna Beach 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, Laguna Beach is less affordable for renters.

  • Other cities across the state have seen rents increase, 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.
  • Laguna Beach's median two-bedroom rent of $2,720 is above the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 3.0% over the past year compared to the 2.2% rise in Laguna Beach.
  • While rents in Laguna Beach remained moderately stable this year, similar cities saw increases, including Seattle (+5.4%), Phoenix (+4.9%), and San Diego (+4.6%); note that median 2BR rents in these cities go for $1,710, $1,020, and $2,020 respectively.
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Laguna Beach than most large cities. For example, Houston has a median 2BR rent of $990, where Laguna Beach 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.