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140 Apartments for rent in Long Beach, CA

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Last updated November 22 at 5:46pm UTC
3526 Linden Ave #1
California Heights
Long Beach, CA
Updated November 17 at 11:11am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$2,295
707 E Ocean Boulevard 608
Downtown Long Beach
Long Beach, CA
Updated October 24 at 12:17pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
$4,245
1207 Rose Avenue
Central Long Beach
Long Beach, CA
Updated November 16 at 10:54am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$1,700
6601 E Seaside Walk
Peninsula
Long Beach, CA
Updated November 16 at 10:56am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$5,495
1535 e 3rd Street
Franklin School
Long Beach, CA
Updated November 16 at 11:04am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$2,100
448 N Bellflower Boulevard
Alamitos Heights
Long Beach, CA
Updated October 23 at 9:34am UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,675
237 Linden Ave
Downtown Long Beach
Long Beach, CA
Updated October 31 at 1:38am UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,495
5301 E The Toledo
Belmont Shore
Long Beach, CA
Updated November 14 at 11:01am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$2,300
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City Guide
Long Beach
Hip-Hop House Hunting

As we’ve already mentioned, location is very important in Long Beach. The city has five major areas that are vastly different from one another but since Long Beach has such easily accessible freeways, commuting to work isn’t that bad, no matter where you live. As a general rule of thumb, give yourself an hour to get from one end of Long Beach to the other during rush hour; your travel time should only be twenty minutes during off-peak times. Make sure that your work and apartment have designated parking areas though, because finding a street-parking spot anywhere in Long Beach can add hours to your commute, especially in the summer. Also, don’t plan on swimming much in Long Beach. The city is a major port, so the water is a bit grimy. Luckily, Long Beach is a great walking town, so walking along the beach can be a fun part of your workout, with no parking or swimming required.

Long Beach is known for being home to a lot of musicians, be they rappers like Snoop Dogg, or ska-masters like Sublime. Because of the prominent music culture of Long Beach, we’ve named the five major areas of Long Beach after Snoop Dogg and Sublime songs.

Gin and Juice: Eastside

Long Beach has two east side areas that are commonly confused, much like Tanqueray is commonly confused with good gin. Eastside is actually the central portion of the city, whereas East Long Beach is the geographic east side of the city.

The Eastside is located south of Interstate 405, between the Los Angeles River and Ximeno Ave, and includes Downtown. Though the Eastside is generally known to have some problems, certain Eastside neighborhoods are charming as long as you’re city savvy. We recommend Retro Row, a highly walkable historic area filled with vintage clothing, bookstores and antiques; historic and lovely Rose Park; and coastal Bixby Park, a unique, community-minded urban village with a great nightlife and a large LGBTQ population. As a general rule, a 1BR apartment anywhere in the Eastside will be an affordable $800, but if you’re looking to spend more you could sip your gin and juice in a 1BR high-rise apartment in Downtown for $1400, or try nearby Belmont Heights, a parrot-filled, young and highly educated area where you can rent a 1BR house for $1150. The neighborhoods in the Eastside are highly varied, but you can expect that the closer you get to downtown, the less you’ll be seeing nuclear families and the more you’ll be seeing single young people and gay couples. If you must live in the Eastside with your family, consider Bixby Knolls. This educated, diverse and cultured area (read: no Tanqueray) lies just north of the Eastside. Those Mom’s Clubs are going to cost you though: a 2BR house in Bixby Knolls will run $1300+.

What I Got: Southeast Long Beach

Southeast Long Beach is located further east than the Eastside, stretching along the coastline south of Interstate 405. This area tends to be expensive and pedestrian-friendly, but, like much of Long Beach along the coast, this area holds more young single people and gay couples than families. If bootylicious dance moves are what you got, a 1BR in the party-filled area around CSU Long Beach will be your dream for $900. If you’re more of an outdoors-y early riser, you’ll feel at home in gorgeous Belmont Shore where you can stroll to a large variety of water sports and awesome stores every single day. A 2BR house with an ocean view in Belmont Shore will show off that what you got is a lot, and will run you a cool $2000 or more. If you’ve already graduated and are looking to be surrounded by young, fun, highly educated single people, you might want to consider Alamitos Heights where a 1BR apartment will cost you $1100. If you can never be close enough to the beach, a 1BR beachside cottage in gorgeous Peninsula or Naples will cost you $1500, and if you live in Naples, you can take a gondola ride home.

From tha Chuuurch to da Palace: East Long Beach

So you just left the church and you’re looking to grow your family in a palace? This is the place for you. East Long Beach is a mainly suburban area that fills the northeast quadrant of Long Beach (past the Eastside), and is bordered by the airport, the City of Lakewood, Interstate 605, and Interstate 405. This middle-class area tends to be very community-oriented, and the palaces here are pricey. A 3BR in this area will cost about $2000. For a palatial and gorgeous home at about the same price, we recommend the lovely Lakewood Village neighborhood.

Robbin’ the Hood: West Long Beach

The Westside of Long Beach is a working-class neighborhood located west of the Los Angeles River, south of Interstate 405, and north of Anaheim Street.

It’s a Jungle Out There: North Long Beach

Northtown is a working-class neighborhood in the northwest corner of Long Beach, which skims the beautiful Bixby Knolls neighborhood to the south. However, the other side of Northtown borders Lakewood (read: this area is seriously diverse). Just like the Amazon, Northtown is a difficult area to classify (is it dangerous, beautiful, or bizarre?), and the fiercely independent and insular Northtowners don’t help to answer any questions. If you’re an urban explorer and want to challenge yourself by carving out your own path, try Northtown. Rent varies just as much as the people here, but renting a 2BR house for $1000 is something you can count on.

Rent Report
Long Beach

November 2017 Long Beach Rent Report

Welcome to the November 2017 Long Beach Rent Report. Long Beach rents increased over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Long Beach rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

Long Beach rents increased significantly over the past month

Long Beach rents have increased 0.4% over the past month, and have increased significantly by 4.4% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Long Beach stand at $1,360 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,740 for a two-bedroom. This is the fourth straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in June. Long Beach's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 4.3%, as well as the national average of 2.7%.

Rents rising across the Los Angeles Metro

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

  • Los Angeles proper has seen rents fall by 0.2% over the past month, the biggest drop in the metro. It also has the least expensive rents in the Los Angeles metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,730.
  • Garden Grove has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 10.9%. The median two-bedroom there costs $2,100, while one-bedrooms go for $1,640.
  • Irvine has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the Los Angeles metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,710; rents were up 0.8% over the past month and 5.4% over the past year.

Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Long Beach

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

  • Rents increased significantly in other cities across the state, with California as a whole logging rent growth of 4.3% over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 4.0% in San Diego, 3.0% in San Jose, and 1.8% in San Francisco.
  • Long Beach's median two-bedroom rent of $1,740 is above the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.7% over the past year compared to the 4.4% increase in Long Beach.
  • While Long Beach's rents rose significantly over the past year, some cities nationwide saw decreases, including DC (-0.6%) and New York (-0.2%).
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Long Beach than most large cities. For example, Houston has a median 2BR rent of $1,010, where Long 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
Los Angeles $1,350 $1,730 -0.2% 3.9%
Long Beach $1,360 $1,740 0.4% 4.4%
Anaheim $1,620 $2,080 0.4% 5.4%
Santa Ana $1,440 $1,860 0.8% 6.5%
Irvine $2,110 $2,710 0.8% 5.4%
Glendale $1,370 $1,770 0.3% 0.8%
Huntington Beach $1,860 $2,390 0.7% 3.0%
Santa Clarita $1,950 $2,510 0.5% 7.1%
Garden Grove $1,640 $2,100 10.9%
Pasadena $1,610 $2,070 0.4% -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.

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

Apartment List has released results for Long Beach 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.

“Long Beach renters are relatively satisfied with their city overall,” says Andrew Woo, Director of Data Science at Apartment List. “Most categories received average or above average scores.”

Key findings in Long Beach include the following:

  • Long Beach renters give their city a B+ overall for satisfaction.
  • The highest-rated categories for renter satisfaction in Long Beach included access to public transit (A) and access to parks (A-).
  • Renters here are relatively dissatisfied with quality of local schools (C+), affordability/cost of living (C+), local jobs and career opportunities (C), safety (C).
  • Millennial renters seem to be especially satisfied with Long Beach, giving the city an A- overall.
  • Renters in Long Beach are more satisfied with their city than renters in other similarly sized California cities like Fresno (B-) and Sacramento (C-).
  • 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.

Renters say:

  • “I love Long Beach because of the diversity, weather, the night life, and restaurants. It is a great place for tourists and to live. You can walk, ride, or skate anywhere in Long Beach or take an uber. I think it's getting better each year; they've upgraded a lot of buildings, though it's hard to find affordable apartments or condos in the better parts of the city…the east side can be a bit "not too safe," but I guess it just depends on where exactly you'll live in LB. It's a great city, I love it more than anywhere else I've lived, I'm finally settled.” —Anon.
  • “I love that Long Beach has so many different neighborhoods! There is a little bit of everything for everyone. It has a small town feel with big town amenities.” —Sara H.
  • “I love where I live, but it's far from the jobs I want. Also, this state in general is expensive. It's honestly ridiculous.” —Priscilla C.
  • “I love that it's up and coming, but there's still a mixed population here. On one block you have nice apartments and the next block is pretty run down. Depending on where I turn, I no longer feel that safe. I do love that there are some restaurants and bars nearby and that my commute to work is only .5 miles!” —Stacey B.