256 Apartments for rent in Palm Desert, CA

Last updated November 25 at 2:16am UTC
189 Seville Circle
Palm Desert
Palm Desert, CA
Updated October 26 at 10:21am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$4,000
194 Firestone Drive
Desert Falls
Palm Desert, CA
Updated November 23 at 7:31pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
$1,600
41820 Woodhaven Drive East
Woodhaven Country Club
Palm Desert, CA
Updated October 26 at 10:21am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$2,850
73455 Boxthorn Lane
Palm Desert
Palm Desert, CA
Updated November 16 at 9:25am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$4,500
43768 La Carmela Drive
Palm Desert
Palm Desert, CA
Updated November 10 at 9:09am UTC
4 Bedrooms
$5,000
23 Camino Arroyo North
Palm Desert
Palm Desert, CA
Updated August 1 at 2:51am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$3,500
665 Vista Lago Circle
Desert Falls
Palm Desert, CA
Updated November 2 at 5:48pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
$4,500
261 Santa Barbara Circle
Palm Desert
Palm Desert, CA
Updated November 16 at 9:30am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$4,200
78938 Waterford Lane
Sun City Palm Desert
Palm Desert, CA
Updated November 23 at 9:38am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$3,300
78786 Gorham Lane
Sun City Palm Desert
Palm Desert, CA
Updated October 12 at 9:28am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$2,000
39335 Manorgate Road
Sun City Palm Desert
Palm Desert, CA
Updated November 23 at 1:32am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$4,250
458 South Sierra Madre
Palm Desert
Palm Desert, CA
Updated November 9 at 9:40am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$3,500
229 Las Lomas
Palm Desert
Palm Desert, CA
Updated May 7 at 5:29am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$3,700
461 Desert Holly Drive
Indian Ridge Cpountry Club
Palm Desert, CA
Updated November 7 at 1:31am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$6,000
303 San Vicente Circle
Palm Desert
Palm Desert, CA
Updated March 4 at 3:02pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
$4,500
662 Mesa Grande Drive
Indian Ridge Cpountry Club
Palm Desert, CA
Updated April 22 at 2:46pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
$8,000
304 Castellana
Palm Desert
Palm Desert, CA
Updated September 21 at 6:53pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
$3,700
336 Paseo Primavera
Palm Desert
Palm Desert, CA
Updated December 19 at 8:32pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
$3,900
271 San Remo Street
Palm Desert
Palm Desert, CA
Updated September 2 at 1:25am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$4,100
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City Guide
Palm Desert
Palm Desert, CA

In search of rolling horizons with pink sunsets and palm trees waving in the breeze? Need some respite from the cold, snowy north? Or maybe you already live in Palm Desert, CA and just want to find a nicer apartment. Whatever your situation, we’re certain the answer to a better living place lies within our apartment and rental house listings. From cool, modern apartment complexes with high-rise balconies, wi-fi, terraces and posh fitness centers to older homes for rent with lots of character that offer features like fireplaces and hardwood floors, you're sure to find a perfect fit here in Palm Desert. So let's get started!

Palm Desert is a sunny community in southern California famous for seasonal residents, retirees and “snowbirds” dodging the cold winters. It’s loaded with golf courses, spas, country clubs and other recreational outlets. The best part? You won’t find a soul complaining about the weather. Other compelling attractions include the world-class shopping found at El Paseo, the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert and McCallum Theater. Rest assured, you'll have plenty of options to fill your time outside of the house.

One thing to note about renting in Palm Desert is that, like much of California, apartments are pricey. Prepare your bank account for impact, as you’ll likely pay at least $1000 in rent and in addition to a significant deposit. The upside is you’ll get way more in amenities than you would in many other places. Almost all apartments are considered “luxury,” and it’s hard to find a place without a swimming pool, hot tub and upscale clubhouse. Typical rent hovers around $1000 to $1100 for a smaller one-bedroom apartments and about $2100 to $2200 for three-bedrooms.

Places such as the Regent Palm Desert are a little more affordable, with one bedrooms starting at $825, however two-bedrooms there are $1450 and your deposit will be about $500. For cheaper options, the Desert Fountains complex is perhaps the cheapest in town, offering one-bedrooms in the $725 range. Whatever you choose, you’ll have plenty in the way of creature comforts. Most apartments will have things like concierges, high-speed Internet, saunas, Jacuzzis, covered parking and inside amenities like air conditioning, balconies, ceiling fans, oversized closets, dishwashers and washer-dryers.

Oddly enough, condominiums and houses for rent can sometimes be more affordable than apartments in Palm Desert, CA. You can easily find a two-bedroom condo with about 1000 square feet for $700 or $800 a month. If that sounds like your cup of tea, check around Country Club Drive or Harris Lane. In this neighborhood you’ll find a lot of upscale features, and most places lie within gated communities, so security is a non-issue. One thing to keep in mind, however, is that many houses for rent in Palm Desert are vacation homes or short-term properties, so be sure to clarify you are looking for something to rent year-round.

Whatever you’re looking for, we’re sure you’ll find lots of amenities and sunny landscapes in Palm Desert. Good luck out there and enjoy your hunt!

Rent Report
Palm Desert

November 2017 Palm Desert Rent Report

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

Palm Desert rents increased significantly over the past month

Palm Desert rents have increased 0.4% over the past month, and have increased marginally by 0.8% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Palm Desert stand at $960 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,190 for a two-bedroom. This is the third straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in July. Palm Desert's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 4.3%, as well as the national average of 2.7%.

Rents rising across the Riverside Metro

Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Palm Desert, but across the entire metro. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in the Riverside metro, all of them have seen prices rise. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

  • Moreno Valley has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 6.8%. The median two-bedroom there costs $1,690, while one-bedrooms go for $1,350.
  • Over the past month, Ontario has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with a decline of 0.7%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $1,450, while one-bedrooms go for $1,160.
  • Corona has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the Riverside metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,140; rents were up 0.6% over the past month and 6.2% over the past year.
  • San Bernardino has the least expensive rents in the Riverside metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,040; rents increased 0.7% over the past month and 3.9% over the past year.

Palm Desert rents more affordable than many large cities nationwide

As rents have increased marginally in Palm Desert, a few large cities nationwide have seen rents grow more quickly. Palm Desert is still more affordable than most large cities across the country.

  • 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, 3.9% in Los Angeles, and 3.0% in San Jose.
  • Palm Desert's median two-bedroom rent of $1,190 is slightly above the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.7% over the past year compared to the 0.8% increase in Palm Desert.
  • While Palm Desert's rents rose marginally over the past year, many cities nationwide saw more substantial increases, including Jacksonville (+4.2%), Seattle (+4.2%), and Phoenix (+4.1%).
  • Renters will find more reasonable prices in Palm Desert than most large cities. For example, San Jose has a median 2BR rent of $2,570, which is more than twice the price in Palm Desert.

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
Riverside $1,030 $1,290 0.6% 4.4%
San Bernardino $830 $1,040 0.7% 3.9%
Fontana $1,040 $1,300 2.0% 3.6%
Moreno Valley $1,350 $1,690 1.0% 6.8%
Rancho Cucamonga $1,350 $1,690 0.0% 4.8%
Ontario $1,160 $1,450 -0.7% 5.4%
Corona $1,710 $2,140 0.6% 6.2%
Murrieta $1,390 $1,730 -0.2% 5.5%
Indio $960 $1,210 0.8% 3.5%
Chino Hills $1,520 $1,930 -0.6% 4.8%
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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.