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178 Apartments for rent in Mission Viejo, CA

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Last updated April 22 at 7:56pm UTC
24282 Augustin Street
Mission Viejo
Mission Viejo, CA
Updated April 22 at 2:54pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
21301 Cythera
Mission Viejo, CA
Updated April 22 at 2:54pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
24952 Via Marfil
Mission Viejo
Mission Viejo, CA
Updated April 22 at 2:54pm UTC
4 Bedrooms
Casta del Sol
Mission Viejo, CA
Updated April 22 at 2:54pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
26775 Ashford
Auburn Ridge
Mission Viejo, CA
Updated April 22 at 2:53pm UTC
4 Bedrooms
28121 Alava
Casta del Sol
Mission Viejo, CA
Updated April 21 at 12:45pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
27737 Rubidoux
Mission Viejo, CA
Updated April 20 at 1:17am UTC
2 Bedrooms
Mission Viejo
Mission Viejo, CA
Updated April 19 at 12:44pm UTC
4 Bedrooms
26731 Rabida Circle
Mission Viejo
Mission Viejo, CA
Updated April 21 at 8:52pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
31 Calle Alamitos
Mission Viejo, CA
Updated April 21 at 10:03am UTC
4 Bedrooms
22811 Tindaya
Mission Viejo
Mission Viejo, CA
Updated April 21 at 8:37am UTC
5 Bedrooms
26501 Via Conchita
Mission Viejo
Mission Viejo, CA
Updated April 21 at 3:25am UTC
3 Bedrooms
27462 SERENO
Mission Viejo
Mission Viejo, CA
Updated April 20 at 2:45pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
26061 Via Concha
Mission Viejo
Mission Viejo, CA
Updated April 20 at 1:13am UTC
3 Bedrooms
23911 Via El Rocio
Mission Viejo
Mission Viejo, CA
Updated April 20 at 11:11pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
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City Guide
Mission Viejo
By ‘Old’, they meant ‘New’.

Some amazing things happen accidentally, like penicillin and cheese whiz, but Mission Viejo, California (‘Old Mission’ in Spanish) is not one of them. This Orange County city of 94,000 owes its masterful city planning and uniform Spanish architecture to their, er, city father --by which we mean developer--Donald Bren. Back in the historic old days of 1960, Bren decided to develop the “undevelopable” ranch land into a precisely and minutely planned community. Residents are consistently in a delirious haze of happiness so we’re taking that as a sizable indicator as to the quality of life here in the not-so-old Old Mission.

Are we a neighborhood yet?

As is common in Southern California, the term “neighborhood” is used loosely and typically, it more accurately means “sub-division”. When sub-divisions get large enough they become communities and after they have at least four Jamba Juices, they incorporate into a city, so the entire area enjoys a pretty fluid identity between what is a neighborhood and what is an adjacent city. The historic districts in Mission Viejo sadly only imply that the houses may be as old as 1970. Development gets newer moving south and if you simply can’t bear the thought of a home built before last week, the adjacent city of Ladera Ranch is currently attempting to outdo Mission Viejo in the new-and-shiny category.

Though much of Mission Viejo consists of single-family homes, apartment complexes are widely available and largely concentrated along Marguerite Parkway that runs through the city. Typical of this region in California, most complexes are new, Spanish-styled and come with resort amenities like gyms, pools, tennis courts and clubhouses. One-bedrooms don’t seem to fall lower than $1200 and 2BR options will start around $1400 with 3BR around $2300 (at which point you may be better off renting a house instead).

Traffic in southern California has a mostly well-deserved reputation as a nightmare for commuters. Home choices are often based at least in part on their projected commute times, so if you know you’ll be commuting – as most people do here – you should definitely take that into account and maybe invest in some books on tape or language learning cds. Public transit is also a growing option as there is a commuter rail that runs from Mission Viejo into LA, Riverside, Oceanside and San Bernadino daily. Locally, Mission Viejo does a great job of providing walking and biking trails and is in some parts quite walkable. The Orange County Transportation Authority operates a limited bus line for the local area, as well.

Reviews of the Vista Del Lago Apartments in Mission Viejo, California show that residents are thrilled with the private balconies / patios and indoor fireplaces.

Rent Report
Mission Viejo

April 2018 Mission Viejo Rent Report

Welcome to the April 2018 Mission Viejo Rent Report. Mission Viejo rents increased over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Mission Viejo rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

Mission Viejo rents increase sharply over the past month

Mission Viejo rents have increased 0.8% over the past month, and have increased moderately by 3.9% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Mission Viejo stand at $2,090 for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,680 for a two-bedroom. This is the third straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in December of last year. Mission Viejo's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 2.9%, as well as the national average of 2.0%.

Rents rising across the Los Angeles Metro

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

  • Irvine has seen rents fall by 0.3% over the past month, the biggest drop in the metro. It's also the most expensive city in the Los Angeles metro with a two-bedroom median of $2,680.
  • Garden Grove has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 8.5%. The median two-bedroom there costs $2,100, while one-bedrooms go for $1,630.
  • Los Angeles proper has the least expensive rents in the Los Angeles metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,740; rents rose 3.1% over the past year but remained flat month-over-month.

Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Mission Viejo

As rents have increased moderately in Mission Viejo, a few large cities nationwide have also seen rents grow modestly. Compared to most large cities across the country, Mission Viejo is less affordable for renters.

  • Rents increased significantly in other cities across the state, with California as a whole logging rent growth of 2.9% over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 3.1% in San Jose, 2.8% in San Diego, and 1.4% in San Francisco.
  • Mission Viejo's median two-bedroom rent of $2,680 is above the national average of $1,170. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.0% over the past year compared to the 3.9% increase in Mission Viejo.
  • While Mission Viejo's rents rose moderately over the past year, many cities nationwide also saw increases, including Phoenix (+2.9%), Houston (+2.8%), and Boston (+2.1%).
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Mission Viejo than most large cities. For example, Houston has a median 2BR rent of $1,020, where Mission Viejo 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 0.3% 3.1%
Long Beach $1,370 $1,770 0.3% 3.1%
Anaheim $1,640 $2,110 0.5% 6.0%
Santa Ana $1,460 $1,870 0.3% 4.3%
Irvine $2,090 $2,680 -0.3% 4.1%
Glendale $1,370 $1,760 -0.3% -1.4%
Huntington Beach $1,870 $2,400 0.8% 1.7%
Santa Clarita $1,960 $2,520 1.1% 6.3%
Garden Grove $1,630 $2,100 0.2% 8.5%
Lancaster $1,350 $1,740 0.2% 7.0%
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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.


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.