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1210 Apartments for rent in Los Angeles, CA

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City Guide
Los Angeles
Tips for Renting in Los Angeles

- Consider your commute. The most important factor when deciding on a pad in Los Angeles is your proximity to the workplace. You generally want to live as close to that location as you can. Nothing affects the quality of life more in LA than the length of your commute, which, as you have probably heard, is infamous for its congestion. Test-drive the length of your commute before you sign a lease to get a real idea of what your time in the car will be like.

  • Have a car. Moving to Los Angeles with no vehicle is like moving to Mars without a rover. While public transportation exists, the system is nothing like what you would find in New York, Boston or Paris. Los Angeles is not a walkable city – hell, we drive our cars to the corner coffee shop – and if you don’t have wheels, your options become extremely limited.
  • Drive around. Many landlords, especially those with only one or two units, will never list their properties online. The only way to find out about these smaller and more unique spaces is to drive around the neighborhood that you want to live in and look for “For Rent” signs in windows. This is easiest to do with a friend, who can write down phone numbers and addresses while you drive.
  • Call before you visit the apartment. Whether you are searching for apartments online or in the newspaper, always call first to find out more information before making the trek to see the place in person. A phone call can often weed out many of your options, and you don’t want to be running all over LA for no reason.

- Set your budget, then search slightly above it. Some rental properties in LA include cable service, Internet connection, water, wastewater and utilities, and some include none of these. A $1000 rental that includes all of the above is a much better deal than a place for $900 that includes nothing – even if it’s a hundred or so over budget. Trust us, you’ll be wishing you took the all-inclusive when that first bill comes in.

  • Think about parking! When you move to LA, you will have to devote a much larger space in your brain to parking, so you might as well start now. Does your apartment come with a parking space? If you will have street parking, check signs for the street cleaning schedule and for any other times (like rush hour) your car would have to be parked somewhere else. A parking spot that you can call your own is worth quite a bit in LA.
  • Get a Thomas Guide. This is the map that Angelenos swear by, and you will likely find one in almost every home and car. Thick, heavy and hundreds of pages of long, the Thomas Guide is the recognized source for street information that the city relies on. Not big on maps? Make sure you have a working GPS to find your way around the city.
Where to live?

If you don’t already have opportunities lined up in a particular area of Los Angeles, then your options are pretty open. Talking to locals is always the best way to figure out a new neighborhood.

Whichever side you happen to choose will most likely be where you spend the great majority of your time. Commuting back and forth across the city can, and probably will, drain your time, money, and sanity. Living somewhere on the west side – say, Venice or Santa Monica – will be more conducive to relaxing on the beach on your off days whereas east-siders will only see the beach if absolutely necessary. We really mean it when we say the traffic is that bad in LA. Furthermore, the geographical reality of Los Angeles makes your choice of a neighborhood very important; when people ask you where you’re from, you don’t just say “LA” but rather: Silver Lake, K-Town, Venice Beach or Hollywood!

Los Angeles Neighborhoods:

Santa Monica: A polished seaside city with a famous pier, Santa Monica is the epitome of the west LA. Shops and gourmet restaurants make Santa Monica a place of ease. Santa Monica is a very livable neighborhood, with the farmer’s market on Main Street every Sunday morning.

Venice Beach: If you are determined to live by the beach, Venice might be a good option.

Westwood/Century City: Century City is a business center that turns into a practical ghost town at night. Westwood is next door, and has plenty of restaurants and bars.

Culver City: Long known as a movie and TV production Mecca. You can find an apartment here for a decent price.

Beverly Hills: A separate city from Los Angeles altogether. With shopping along Rodeo Drive.

West Hollywood: West Hollywood (or We-Ho) is one of the cleanest and most stylish areas in Los Angeles. West Hollywood is full of clothing shops, and new eateries.

Hollywood: Hollywood is where many people first land when they arrive in LA. You'll be living in the thick of things.

Silver Lake: This neighborhood is full of organic cafes, eclectic boutiques, dive bars, and chilled-out coffee shops. Located between Echo Park and Glendale, Silver Lake has a central location, just 10-15 minutes to downtown or Hollywood. Finding an affordable apartment here isn’t easy, but with enough legwork it can be done.

Echo Park: Echo Park has cute little shops, and vegan cafe.. Echo Park Lake is quite beautiful during the day, Dodger Stadium is around the corner, and the Echo and the Echoplex venues both see a lot of hot musical action all throughout the year.

Los Feliz: This pretty area is a relatively chill place to come home to from the madness of LA. It features quick access to neighboring Griffith Park and some particularly gorgeous homes, that is, if you can afford to live in one.

Wilshire/Midtown: Centered on Wilshire Blvd. It’s also home to Koreatown (or K-town), where you can find an apartment in any price range.

Downtown: Downtown Los Angeles is the heart of the city. You can rent a chic new loft with a killer view for an amazing price..

Now that you’ve been outfitted with the proper tools, tip, and tricks, we’re confident that finding the LA apartment of your dreams is definitely within reach. LA is a big place gleaming with opportunity, and it’s up to you to grab it, like life, by the horns. Now go forth, dear apartment hunter, and claim your piece of this angelic city.

Rent Report
Los Angeles

September 2017 Los Angeles Rent Report

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

Los Angeles rents increased significantly over the past month

Los Angeles rents have increased 0.5% over the past month, and are up significantly by 5.0% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Los Angeles stand at $1,350 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,740 for a two-bedroom. This is the seventh straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in January. Los Angeles' 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 Los Angeles, 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.

Similar cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Los Angeles

As rents have increased in Los Angeles, similar cities nationwide have seen rents grow more modestly, or in some cases, even decline. Compared to most comparable cities across the country, Los Angeles 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.
  • Los Angeles' median two-bedroom rent of $1,740 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 Los Angeles.
  • While Los Angeles' 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 Los Angeles than most other large cities. For example, Houston has a median 2BR rent of $990, where Los Angeles 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 $1,740 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.

Los Angeles Renter Confidence Survey
National study of renter confidence in the economy, homeownership, and cities
Here's how Los Angeles ranks on:
C Overall satisfaction
C- Safety and crime rate
C+ Jobs and career opportunities
C- Recreational activities
D Affordability
D Quality of schools
A- Weather
C- Commute time
C- State and local taxes
C+ Public transit
C Pet-friendliness
Best Worst
Full data available when viewing on a non-mobile device.
Overview of Findings

Apartment List has released results for Los Angeles 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.

“Los Angeles renters are generally dissatisfied with the city overall, with most renters giving below average or significantly below average scores across the board,” says Andrew Woo, Director of Data Science at Apartment List. “With rents rising significantly in coastal cities especially, it comes as no surprise that cost of living is a source of dissatisfaction here.”

Key findings in Los Angeles include the following:

  • Los Angeles renters give their city a C overall for satisfaction.
  • The highest-rated category for the City of Angels was weather (A-).
  • Renters here are somewhat satisfied with local jobs and career opportunities (C+), access to public transit (C+), and safety (C-).
  • The largest causes for dissatisfaction are the quality of local schools (D) and affordability/cost of living (D).
  • Compared to renters who are parents, millennials are more satisfied with Los Angeles, giving the city a C. Renters who are parents gave the city an F.
  • Los Angeles did better than some California cities such as Sacramento (C-) and San Jose (C-), but paled in comparison to others like San Diego (A-) and San Francisco (A-).
  • 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 that there's so much to do here. The beach is very close; mountains are close as well. The nightlife is great.” —Anon.
  • “Infrastructure wasn't made to accommodate the millions of people living here now, so roads are clogged, affordable apartments are hard to find, and parking is an unholy nightmare. The kind of people that live here, though, are so much friendlier than where I grew up. The weather is amazing, and there's always so much to do! I love LA, even if it's got some major issues.” —Jennifer H.
  • “The traffic really sucks, but it's only this way because everyone wants to live here, so I've come to terms with it.” —Bethany
  • “I love the city because the weather is perfect and there is so much to do. I however do not like my current neighborhood because of crime and feeling unsafe.” —Shannon S.