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287 Cheap Apartments for rent in Lake Forest, CA

Finding cheap apartments in Lake Forest takes some ingenuity and effort, as well as quick action. Before you head out on your search, bring along pay stubs, bank statements, ... Read Guide >
Spring Lakes Apartment Homes Photo Gallery 1
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Verified
5 Units Available
1 Bedroom
$2,300
525 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,070
960 sqft
Nestled against the hills of Lake Forest, California you will find Spring Lakes Apartment Homes just off the 5 Freeway and 241 Toll Road. Our residents appreciate being just a few minutes away from all that South Orange County has to offer such as a wide selection of shopping centers like Foothill Town Centre, Laguna Hills Mall and The Irvine Spectrum. At Spring Lakes Apartment Homes, we offer beautiful one and two bedroom apartment homes that have been uniquely designed with you in mind. Choose from four different floor plans with newly upgraded interiors that include designer carpeting and custom white cabinetry. Come home to Spring Lakes Apartment Homes today! Floor plan availability and pricing subject to change. Square footage and/or room dimensions are approximations and may vary between individual apartment units.
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Forest Glen Photo Gallery 1
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Verified
3 Units Available
1 Bedroom
$2,345
713 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,815
1050 sqft
Near convenient transportation routes, including S18. All units are spacious and feature amenities such as walk-in closets and fireplaces. Community is pet-friendly and has a car wash area and clubhouse.
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eaves Lake Forest Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$2,365
726 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,249
1100 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$4,100
1234 sqft
Minutes away from interstates 405 and 5, this Orange County community offers furnished units and hardwood floors. Nearby upscale dining and shopping, in addition to an on-site swimming pool, fitness center and carport.
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21181 Gladiolos Way Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$2,100
789 sqft
HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER FLOOR PLAN WITH NO ONE ABOVE OR BELOW AND ATTACHED GARAGE WITH DIRECT ACCESS! Large living and dining room with high ceilings and lots of windows to bring in plenty of natural light and designer accented fireplace. Large kitchen with designer stone counter top, lots of cabinets, upgraded lighting and upgraded appliances. Spacious bedroom with double doors, two closets with mirrored closet doors and large bathroom featuring upgraded vanity with stone counter top, designer tile surround at tub/shower with glass enclosure and upgraded fixtures. Upgraded flooring and baseboards, designer light fixtures and central air conditioning. Private balcony and attached garage with direct access, storage shelving and full size washer and dryer area. Resort style community pool and spa, and amazing neighborhood parks and recreation. Excellent proximity to nearby shopping center, easy freeway (via Bake PKWY) and toll road (241) access, and nearby Irvine Spectrum shops, restaurants, theaters and nearby hiking, biking and nature trails!
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Results within 1 mile of Lake Forest
Vista Del Lago Photo Gallery 1
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Verified
16 Units Available
1 Bedroom
$2,371
692 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,803
970 sqft
Nestled in a lush setting just minutes from award-winning schools Del Lago Elementary, Los Alisos Intermediate, and Trabuco High. Units features include laundry, hardwood floors, and dishwasher. Residents enjoy community with pool, tennis, and clubhouse.
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Los Alisos at Mission Viejo Photo Gallery 1
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Studio
$2,416
568 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,419
631 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,986
971 sqft
Situated in desirable Mission Viejo. Luxury apartments with double-paned windows, garden soaking tubs, hardwood-style floors and Smart Panel internet connectivity. Community offers easy access to local shops via a pedestrian bridge.
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Saddleback Ranch Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$2,175
670 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,070
995 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$3,635
1025 sqft
You can have it all at Saddleback Ranch Apartments...after all, you deserve it! Nestled between the beauty of the lush Aliso Creek Corridor and majestic, secluded hills, Saddleback Ranch Apartments in Mission Viejo, CA is truly an exceptional apartment living experience and can be yours to enjoy! Our 38-acre community offers many unique amenities including running creeks, walking trails, numerous park and picnic areas and a bicycle trail which continues to Laguna Beach. With its close proximity to freeways, schools, and shopping, Saddleback Ranch Apartments has something to offer for every lifestyle. Our community offers spacious one and two bedroom apartment homes filled with features that will leave you with more time to relax. Ceiling fans, private patios or balconies, spacious walk-in closets, dishwashers and custom window coverings are just a few of the standard features you will find. These custom-quality residences are sure to please and inspire! Become a resident and gain access to all the wonderful community amenities and services we offer. Community features include 2 sparkling swimming pools, fitness center, tennis court, professional management, and more! Come home to Saddleback Ranch today!
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Sycamore Lane Photo Gallery 1
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Studio
$2,285
500 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,515
720 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,847
950 sqft
This gated community has a two-story fitness center, pool and cabana-equipped spa. It's just steps away from the Shops at Dos Lagos and the Crossings at Corona. Units feature walk-in closets and stainless steel appliances.
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525 CALLE ARAGON Photo Gallery 1
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2 Bedrooms
$2,150
1040 sqft
119 Via Estrada Photo Gallery 1
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2 Bedrooms
$2,250
1040 sqft
Age 55 and older ONLY Senior/Retirement community of Laguna Woods FULLY FURNISHED- UPSTAIRS UNIT (No pets). Beach close fully furnished upstairs vacation rental includes basic cable and wifi, available for 1-10 months. Cape cod style upper end unit with 1 flight of stairs (16 steps), unit is furnished with dishes, lines, inside stackable laundry, 2 king sized beds and everything you need! Beautiful upper corner location tastefully decorated offering 2 bedrooms and 2 baths with a spacious patio conveniently located near Paseo de Valencia and Via Estrada inside guard gate 2. Unit comes with 1 car carport space which is conveniently just steps away! This bright lovely manor is in a quiet location with newer windows and sliders. Living room offers beautiful parquet wood floors, tall ceilings, leather couch/sofa sleeper, 2 leather recliners, TV, wall A/c- heat pump and sliding glass doors to a large balcony. Adjoining formal dining area has a large storage wall unit with an array of books to enjoy. Bright white kitchen offering tiled floors, skylight, all appliances, including a microwave, dishwasher, toaster oven, coffee maker, fridge, stove and conventional oven and more. Carpeted hall and in both bedrooms. Bedroom #1 offers a king sized bed and plenty of closet space. Middle bath has a long vanity with cabinets below, grab bars and a shower. Master bedroom includes windows on 2 sides, wall A/C and heating unit, new carpet, stackable washer/dryer in one of the 3 closets, tiled floors in vanity area and full bathroom with a window and tub/shower. Resort style retirement living with Laguna Woods 27 hole championship golf course, 7 clubhouses, 5 pools, 3 fitness centers, wood and metal shops, arts and crafts, tennis, pickleball courts, stables and over 250 clubs plus transportation system. MUST BE AT LEAST 55 YEARS OLD TO OCCUPY. Tenant to pay Laguna Woods application fees.
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657 AVENIDA SEVILLA Photo Gallery 1
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2 Bedrooms
$2,400
1057 sqft
THIS CUTE 2 BEDROOM, 2 BATHS COOP IS FURNISHED WITH ALL THE THING TO ENJOY THIS COMMUNITY AND MORE. LAGUNA BEACH IS CLOSE BY AND THE ACTIVES THIS COMMUNITY HAS TO OFFER CAN KEEP YOU BUSY FOR YEARS. THIS HOME HAS 9 STEPS TO THE FRONT DOOR AND IS LIGHT & BRIGHT. LOCAL BUS SYSTEM FOR THE LOCAL RESIDENTS. ACTIVITY GALORE IN THIS COMMUNITY.
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Vista Del Lago Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$2,436
2 Bedrooms
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961 Calle Aragon Photo Gallery 1
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2 Bedrooms
$2,200
980 sqft
Amazing 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom townhouse in Laguna Woods. No one above or below. Amenities included: dishwasher, hardwood floors, pool, stainless steel appliance, updated kitchen, updated bathroom, and washer dryer. Utilities included: water. Is not pet friendly. Date Available: Aug 15th 2022. $2,200/month rent. $2,200 security deposit required. Contact Mark at 916-397-4086. Great Opportunity!! Great rent value. Won’t last!!
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971 Calle Aragon Photo Gallery 1
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2 Bedrooms
$2,200
980 sqft
Amazing 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom townhouse in Laguna Woods. Amenities included: dishwasher, hardwood floors, pool, stainless steel appliance, updated kitchen, updated bathroom, and washer dryer. Furnished Unit. No Utilities included. Is not pet friendly. Date Available: Jul 26th 2022. $2,200/month rent. $2,200 security deposit required. Please contact Mark at 916-397-4086 to learn more. Amazing 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom townhouse in Laguna Woods. Amenities included: dishwasher, hardwood floors, pool, stainless steel appliance, updated kitchen, updated bathroom, and washer dryer. Utilities included: water. Is not pet friendly. Date Available: Jul 26th 2022. $2,200/month rent. $2,200 security deposit required. Please submit the form on this page or contact Mark at 916-397-4086 to learn more. This property is managed by a responsible landlord using Avail landlord software.
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Results within 5 miles of Lake Forest
Mosaic Apartment Homes Photo Gallery 1
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Studio
$2,215
525 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,395
700 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,855
960 sqft
Community residents enjoy an on-site fitness center, garage parking, clubhouse, and resort-style pool. Apartments include a breakfast bar, plush carpeting, and granite countertops. Just minutes from The Shops at Mission Viejo and Cordova Park.
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Villas Antonio Apartment Homes Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$2,280
672 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,885
998 sqft
PLEASE CALL TO SCHEDULE YOUR IN-PERSON OR VIRTUAL TOUR! Welcome home to Villas Antonio Apartment Homes! Our beautiful community is situated in Rancho Santa Margarita, California. Our ideal location places you near the 241 Toll Road, the 5 Freeway and within minutes of the Town Center, Antonio Plaza Shopping Center and the Tijeras Creek Golf Course. At Villas Antonio Apartment Homes we offer seven spectacular and stylish one and two bedroom apartment homes complete with interiors meticulously designed with all the conveniences usually reserved for a single-family home. Villas Antonio introduces the new American dream creating the perfect urban escape with never ending outdoor activities and a strong sense of community. *Floor plan availability and pricing subject to change. Square footage and/or room dimensions are approximations and may vary between individual apartment units. Western National Property Management; CalDRE LIC #00838846
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Broadstone Cavora Photo Gallery 1
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Studio
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1 Bedroom
$2,338
718 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,848
1152 sqft
Tailored homes with custom cabinetry, USB charging stations and stainless steel appliances. Community includes a cinema, sky bar entertainment plaza and dog washing station. Close to I-5 and Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo Metrolink station.
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Idyllwillow Resort Apartment Homes Photo Gallery 1
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Studio
$2,129
525 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,256
650 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,800
960 sqft
Great location for commuters, on Marguerite Parkway, close to I-5. Units have laundry, Nest technology, and patio or balcony. Community features pool, playground and parking.
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Eaves Mission Viejo Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$2,275
600 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,793
850 sqft
Just blocks from Oso Viejo Community Park in Mission Viejo. Spacious units have patios and balconies. Tenants have use of a swimming pool, hot tub, tennis court and grill.
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Aliso Creek Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$2,366
795 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,417
1200 sqft
One-bedroom apartments and two-bedroom townhomes are pet friendly with modern kitchens, hardwood floors, wood-burning fireplace, master suites, in-unit laundry, walk-in closets. Enjoy fitness center, pool, spa. Walk to Aliso-Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. Access to US-73.
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Avila at Rancho Santa Margarita Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$2,382
805 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,754
1100 sqft
1-2 bedroom apartments are pet friendly with modern kitchens, crown molding, in-unit laundry, garage. Enjoy mountain views, pool, hot tub, fitness center. Easy access to Antonio Parkway, Highway 241, shopping, dining and Orange County attractions.
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24276 El Pilar Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$2,350
683 sqft
Very cute condo, located in gated community, lower level with nice size patio area overlooking park, complex belongs to the gated park area with tennis courts, and you also have community pool. New wood looking water proof vinyl flooring throughout the property, newer granite counters in kitchen and bar area and bathroom counter with new vanity, new fan, and newer stove, new dishwasher. Newer paint beige with white trim this unit shows great! Washer and dryer stacked unit for Tenants use. Brand new plank tiled shower with new doors. End unit seems very private no person on your left of the condo. Bedroom is nice size with walk in closet. Over looks from patio gated park and tennis area, great view and excellent end unit location.
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16 Via Terrano Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$2,100
560 sqft
Charming 1 br 1 bath in the heart of RSM. Brand new carpet, paint, and numerous kitchen and bathroom fittings have been freshly replaced. This is a very clean condo with a large greenbelt right in front. Living room, dining area, and a good size closet in the bedroom. Enjoy the pool, parks, beach club, and RSM Lake close-by. Call Stacy Feltman at 949-306-4879 for availability.
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6 Abrigo Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$2,400
640 sqft
Here is a chance to live in your own private and secluded retreat amongst O'Neil Wilderness Park. In addition this property has access to all of RSM's 5 pools and Lagoon. Super cute condo that has been extraordinarily maintained and upgraded including laminate flooring throughout, inside double stacked Laundry and nice size kitchen. End unit with no one above or below, direct 1 car garage access under the condo. Relax on your own upstairs private patio with forever views of the Canyon and Hills!
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How much is rent in Lake Forest?

Cheap apartments in Lake Forest start at $2,100 per month.
City Guide for Lake Forest, CA

"Leave it all the fights and all / Summers getting colder / Drive all night to hold you tight / Back to California." (- Sugarcult, "Back to California")

Lake Forest, or El Toro as it was originally known, is one of the few eco-friendly cities in the US. Packed with green parks, woodlands and its two man-made lakes, this city is a model on how to live in harmony with the environment. Lake Forest has managed, on its own, to bunch up about 78,439 people in the city, making it the 99th most populated area in California. Initially started as a gardening area and stagecoach stop between LA and San Diego, this city is home to the famous historical house, Serrano Adobe. With parks, history, and the California sunshine, Lake Forest is beckoning to you. See more

What to keep in mind when looking for cheap apartments in Lake Forest, CA

Finding cheap apartments in Lake Forest takes some ingenuity and effort, as well as quick action. Before you head out on your search, bring along pay stubs, bank statements, letters of recommendations from landlords or employers, and identification. The more proactive you are about your search, the easier it will be to score a deal.

Look for cheap apartments in Lake Forest by regularly scouring listings and looking during slower renting seasons, like winter. You can still find a deal if you move during the summer months when apartment hunting is more competitive.

You may be able to find cheap apartments in Lake Forest in neighborhoods that are located away from attractions, restaurants, and entertainment. You may need to look farther out than you would prefer, but access to highways or public transportation can get you into the heart of Lake Forest.

The building you choose can also make a difference in finding a cheap apartment in Lake Forest. Older buildings that need some updating are more likely to have better deals. Walk-up apartments without elevators, on-street parking and few amenities like on-site fitness centers can also signal affordable rents in Lake Forest.