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255 Apartments for rent in Palm Desert, CA

Last updated January 21 at 8:32am UTC
78334 Brookhaven Lane
Sun City Palm Desert
Palm Desert, CA
Updated January 13 at 1:24am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$3,600
39335 Manorgate Road
Sun City Palm Desert
Palm Desert, CA
Updated January 3 at 11:24am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$4,250
37339 Skycrest Road
Sun City Palm Desert
Palm Desert, CA
Updated January 3 at 11:18am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$3,700
78420 Prairie Flower Drive
Sun City Palm Desert
Palm Desert, CA
Updated January 3 at 11:23am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$2,600
907 Box Canyon
Indian Ridge Cpountry Club
Palm Desert, CA
Updated January 3 at 11:19am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$6,200
73414 BROKEN ARROW Trails
Palm Desert
Palm Desert, CA
Updated January 3 at 11:47am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$6,500
530 Gold Canyon Drive
Indian Ridge Cpountry Club
Palm Desert, CA
Updated January 3 at 11:21am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$9,000
73250 Ironwood St
South Palm Desert
Palm Desert, CA
Updated January 18 at 7:01pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
$7,500
186 Madrid Avenue
Palm Desert
Palm Desert, CA
Updated January 4 at 12:16pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
$4,500
48603 Oakwood Way
Palm Desert
Palm Desert, CA
Updated January 3 at 11:19am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$1,800
752 Mesa Grande Drive
Indian Ridge Cpountry Club
Palm Desert, CA
Updated January 19 at 9:14am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$3,200
38365 NASTURTIUM Way
Palm Valley Country Club
Palm Desert, CA
Updated January 19 at 9:27am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$3,000
73415 Shadow Mountain Drive
South Palm Desert
Palm Desert, CA
Updated January 3 at 11:20am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$2,400
606 Mesa Grande Drive
Indian Ridge Cpountry Club
Palm Desert, CA
Updated January 3 at 11:23am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$6,000
303 Durango
Palm Desert
Palm Desert, CA
Updated January 3 at 11:23am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$3,800
307 Durango
Palm Desert
Palm Desert, CA
Updated January 13 at 1:24am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$4,300
75945 Nelson Lane
Sunterrace
Palm Desert, CA
Updated January 18 at 10:01am UTC
4 Bedrooms
$6,000
183 Bouquet Canyon Drive
The Lakes
Palm Desert, CA
Updated January 18 at 6:57pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
$4,200
47763 Mirage Court
Palm Desert
Palm Desert, CA
Updated January 4 at 1:54am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$1,800
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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

January 2018 Palm Desert Rent Report

Welcome to the January 2018 Palm Desert Rent Report. Palm Desert rents remained steady 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 rent trends were flat over the past month

Palm Desert rents have remained flat over the past month, however, they have increased slightly by 1.0% year-over-year. Currently, median rents in Palm Desert stand at $960 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,200 for a two-bedroom. Palm Desert's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 4.3%, as well as the national average of 2.8%.

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.

  • Temecula has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 7.9%. The median two-bedroom there costs $1,820, while one-bedrooms go for $1,440.
  • Over the past month, Moreno Valley has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with a decline of 0.2%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $1,700, while one-bedrooms go for $1,360.
  • San Bernardino has the least expensive rents in the Riverside metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,050; rents increased 0.5% over the past month and 5.0% over the past year.
  • 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 0.5% over the past month and 5.9% 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 5.4% in Los Angeles, 3.3% in San Diego, and 2.7% in San Jose.
  • Palm Desert's median two-bedroom rent of $1,200 is slightly above the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.8% over the past year compared to the 1.0% increase in Palm Desert.
  • While Palm Desert's rents rose marginally over the past year, many cities nationwide saw more substantial increases, including Jacksonville (+4.5%), Phoenix (+3.8%), and Seattle (+3.0%).
  • Renters will find more reasonable prices in Palm Desert than most large cities. For example, San Jose has a median 2BR rent of $2,530, 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 $1,050 $1,310 0.3% 6.3%
San Bernardino $840 $1,050 0.5% 5.0%
Fontana $1,060 $1,320 1.3% 5.3%
Moreno Valley $1,360 $1,700 -0.2% 6.3%
Rancho Cucamonga $1,370 $1,720 0.8% 5.2%
Ontario $1,170 $1,460 0.3% 5.8%
Corona $1,710 $2,140 0.5% 5.9%
Murrieta $1,380 $1,730 -0.0% 4.6%
Temecula $1,440 $1,820 7.9%
Indio $980 $1,230 0.4% 5.6%
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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.