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115 Apartments for rent in Palo Alto, CA

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Midtown Palo Alto
Green Acres
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Last updated February 23 at 05:51pm
Midtown Palo Alto
3 Units Available
Southwood
2850 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto, CA
1 Bedroom
$3,234
750 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,067
980 sqft
Near Stanford University, within walking distance of parks, shopping and public transportation. Newly-renovated one- and two-bedroom apartments with hardwood floors, patio/balconies and walk-in-closets. Pool, tennis court and clubhouse. Small pets welcome with fee.
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Last updated February 23 at 07:07pm
Midtown Palo Alto
22 Units Available
Parker Palo Alto
1094 Tanland Dr, Palo Alto, CA
1 Bedroom
$2,843
669 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,313
913 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$4,738
1347 sqft
Recently refurbished apartments with granite counters, hardwood floors and private balconies. Next to Greer Park, with access to the 402 and 101 freeways. Downtown Palo Alto and Stanford Shopping Center offer plenty of shopping options.
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Last updated February 23 at 07:29pm
University South
8 Units Available
The Marc Palo Alto
501 Forest Ave, Palo Alto, CA
1 Bedroom
$4,625
675 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$5,925
945 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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This prestigious downtown community is located near popular University Avenue, restaurants, shopping and vibrant nightlife. Our spacious homes are perfect for every lifestyle & feature gorgeous city views*, fully-equipped kitchens & air conditioning.
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Last updated February 23 at 07:29pm
Downtown North
7 Units Available
Mia
535 Everett Ave, Palo Alto, CA
Studio
$3,350
525 sqft
Mia Live Vibrantly, at the center of it all with Mia Palo Alto. With our finger-on-the-pulse, Mia provides uncomplicated urban living. Check out our brother property, The Marc, also centrally located in Palo Alto at 501 Forest Ave.
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Last updated February 23 at 06:06pm
South of Midtown
12 Units Available
Stanford Villa
3375 Alma St, Palo Alto, CA
Studio
$2,416
590 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,575
695 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,342
1025 sqft
Studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments feature fully appointed kitchens, spacious floor plans and all white appliances. Community has a fitness center, sauna, three swimming pools and laundry on-site.
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Last updated February 23 at 04:23pm
Green Acres
3 Units Available
Tan Plaza Continental
580 Arastradero Rd, Palo Alto, CA
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$5,041
1200 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$6,549
1702 sqft
Modern apartment homes with stainless steel appliances and granite counters. Cats and dogs allowed. Community highlights include bike storage, a barbecue area, and a gym. Close to US 101 and Stanford University.
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Last updated February 23 at 07:29pm
Green Acres
3 Units Available
Palo Alto Place
565 Arastradero Rd, Palo Alto, CA
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$3,400
716 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,550
1419 sqft
Situated conveniently close to Stanford University, this Bay Area apartment complex features gourmet kitchens, private terraces, spacious ceilings and stainless steel appliances. Community benefits include 24-hour maintenance, online portal, clubhouse and pool.
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Last updated February 23 at 07:07pm
Midtown Palo Alto
3 Units Available
Wellsbury
3085 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto, CA
1 Bedroom
$2,995
670 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,195
910 sqft
This recently remodeled series of units boasts a comfortable air for relaxing. Apartments feature spacious, open floor plans, large closets, extra storage and new carpet.
Last updated February 23 at 10:41am
Leland Manor - Embarcadero Oaks - Garland Drive
1 Unit Available
1750 Guinda Street
1750 Guinda Street, Palo Alto, CA
4 Bedrooms
$8,300
1965 sqft
1750 Guinda Street Available 03/07/20 Bright Palo Alto Home with Studio - This dynamic 3 bedroom, 2 bath home with a detached 1 bedroom, 1 bath studio, offers modern living with generous outdoor space perfect for entertaining or just taking in the
Last updated February 23 at 10:41am
Downtown North
1 Unit Available
302 Poe Street
302 Poe Street, Palo Alto, CA
2 Bedrooms
$4,950
1692 sqft
Two Master Suites- Vinyl Plank Hardwood Laminate Floors - New Washer/ Dryer - Downtown Palo Alto - Welcome to this 1,692 square foot townhouse with two master suites, and a half bath down stairs.
Last updated February 23 at 10:41am
University South
1 Unit Available
685 High St #2E
685 High St, Palo Alto, CA
2 Bedrooms
$6,250
1476 sqft
Large 2-Story Loft Overseeing Downtown, Elevator, Fresh Paint, New Carpet, Near Cal-train! - 685 High St #2E, Palo Alto, CA 94301 (High/Forest) Large 2-story loft in the heart of downtown Palo Alto.
Last updated February 23 at 10:41am
South of Midtown
1 Unit Available
3125 Alma St Unit H
3125 Alma Street, Palo Alto, CA
Studio
$2,000
(For interested applicants, please provide a mobile number for listing inquiries.) Discount / Promo: $1000.00 off the first month's rent if you move in on or before 2/29/2020.
Last updated February 23 at 10:40am
Crescent Park
1 Unit Available
766 Hamilton Avenue
766 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, CA
2 Bedrooms
$4,250
810 sqft
Charming Cottage Close to Downtown Palo Alto - (RLNE5485852)
Last updated February 23 at 10:40am
Green Acres
1 Unit Available
4250 El Camino Real #C128
4250 West El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA
2 Bedrooms
$3,750
1140 sqft
Beautiful and Updated South Palo Alto End Unit Condo with 2 Master Suites! - Come see this spacious 2 bedroom and 2 bath condo in the desirable and beautifully landscaped Palo Alto Redwoods community! Condo features updated kitchen countertops,
Last updated February 23 at 10:40am
Downtown North
1 Unit Available
101 Alma St #1005, Palo Alto, CA 94301, USA
101 Alma Street, Palo Alto, CA
3 Bedrooms
$7,000
1479 sqft
Click here to view the property on our page https://sandora.co/propertydetails/5e0696be46e0fb000a845bf4 Desirable Palo Alto downtown high-rise condo on 10th floor with 24/7 on-site security guard. 3 Bedroom, 3 bath condo with 2 master suites.
Last updated February 23 at 10:40am
Community Center
1 Unit Available
1233 Wilson Street
1233 Wilson Street, Palo Alto, CA
2 Bedrooms
$3,900
Unique House. Built 1905 2/1 Two Bedrooms. One Bath. 1233 Wilson Street Palo Alto Quiet. Tree lined Street Fiber Internet by Local Providers 2 Miles to Stanford. 1/2 Mile to 101.
Last updated February 23 at 10:40am
Southgate
1 Unit Available
260 Miramonte Ave
260 Miramonte Avenue, Palo Alto, CA
4 Bedrooms
$8,000
2218 sqft
Large Four Bedroom Home in Prime Location - Located in the highly desirable Southgate neighborhood, this four bedroom home is a true gem. A historical home with modern finishes, this house is a rare find in the Palo Alto area.
Last updated February 23 at 10:40am
Midtown Palo Alto
1 Unit Available
2889 Alma St, Unit 3
2889 Alma Street, Palo Alto, CA
3 Bedrooms
$3,500
955 sqft
Excellent Schools Location - 3 beds and 2 Baths Palo Alto Upstairs Condo - This lovely 3 beds and 2 baths first-floor condo located in Palo Alto and only walking distance to Stanford campus.
Last updated February 23 at 10:40am
College Terrace
1 Unit Available
2254 Oberlin Street
2254 Oberlin Street, Palo Alto, CA
2 Bedrooms
$4,300
980 sqft
2254 Oberlin Street Available 02/24/20 Single Family Home Available in College Terrace - Located in the highly desirable College Terrace neighborhood, this two bedroom home is a true gem.
Last updated February 23 at 10:40am
Duveneck - St. Francis
1 Unit Available
153 Lois Lane
153 Lois Lane, Palo Alto, CA
3 Bedrooms
$8,200
1524 sqft
153 Lois Lane Available 03/01/20 Newly Remodeled Home in Duveneck - St Francis Neighborhood - This beautiful, fully-renovated home is conveniently located in the Duveneck - St Francis Neighborhood of Palo Alto.
Last updated February 23 at 10:40am
Palo Verde
1 Unit Available
1003 Plover Lane
1003 Plover Lane, Palo Alto, CA
3 Bedrooms
$4,795
1218 sqft
1003 Plover Lane Available 03/03/20 Available 3/5! Flexible lease term! Furnished or unfurnished! GREAT location close to Stanford, Google, Facebook. - This beautiful 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom condo was a former model home, built "green" in 2008.
Last updated February 23 at 06:24pm
University South
1 Unit Available
515 Webster ST
515 Webster Street, Palo Alto, CA
3 Bedrooms
$23,995
2501 sqft
Downtown Palo Alto's most exclusive penthouse is now available. High end, new construction in sought after downtown location one parcel off University Avenue.
Last updated February 23 at 06:24pm
University South
1 Unit Available
660 Kingsley AVE
660 Kingsley Avenue, Palo Alto, CA
4 Bedrooms
$9,400
3000 sqft
Located in sought-after Professorville of Palo Alto. 4 beds, 3.5 bath home, aspiring place to live, relax and entertain. Inside each room reveals its own warmth and style while complimenting what proceeds and follows across the open floor plan.
Last updated February 23 at 06:24pm
Ventura
1 Unit Available
2865 PARK BLVD 246
2865 Park Boulevard, Palo Alto, CA
2 Bedrooms
$4,900
987 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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MOVE-IN TO THIS FULLY FURNISHED, 987 sf, STYLISH TURN-KEY 2B/2B! Perfect for relocation or temp housing.

Median Rent in Palo Alto

Last updated Jan. 2020
The median rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in Palo Alto is $2,553, while the median rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $3,202.
Studio
$2,154
1 Bed
$2,553
2 Beds
$3,202
3+ Beds
$4,419
City GuidePalo Alto
"A remarkable thing about the Silicon Valley culture is that its status structure is so based on technical accomplishment and prowess." (-Jaron Lanier)

Once a sleepy college town, Palo Alto has transformed itself into the tech capital of the country. Stanford University is still here, but the big names attracting most people to this city are Facebook, Apple and Paypal. You might have been the smartest person in your class growing up, but in the middle of Silicon Valley you'll probably just blend into the crowd. This city is home to the most educated population of any United States city, and it certainly shows.

Having trouble with Craigslist Palo Alto? Can't find that special apartment for rent on Apartment Finder or Zillow? Apartment List is here to help!

Finding Housing in the Heart of Silicon Valley

Each workday, the population of Palo Alto doubles as commuters come to the city to work. It's not because people in California love to drive; Palo Alto is one of the most expensive cities in the United States.

What it will cost you The average median rental price is approximately - well, HIGH - per month and competition for any apartment rental is high. Even if you're prepared to squeeze into a studio at an apartment complex, you should be prepared to fork out around well over $,1000 for the privilege.

What you'll need Be ready to plunk down a deposit once you've found an apartment for rent that you can afford. Landlords will expect that your annual salary is at least three times the amount of your yearly rent, so be ready with proof of income. For a successful apartment search, you'll also need rental references and good credit.

When to start looking Once you have a job offer or acceptance letter, start your apartment search. Everyone's looking for a deal on an apartment for rent in Palo Alto, including those commuters itching to move into the city limits. If you have limited time to do an apartment search, try an apartment complex for hassle-free rentals. Most complexes welcome residents who are new to the city.

Neighborhoods in Palo Alto

There's no shortage of small, family-friendly neighborhoods in Palo Alto. Most community members prize their ability to walk their kids to school and bike to work. Just like a small town, you'll also be expected to know your neighbors, so choose your community wisely. If you're single, you may want to consider renting a house with roommates instead of looking for an apartment for rent. Being flexible during your apartment search is essential when moving to Palo Alto.

Adobe Meadow/Meadow Park: If you're looking for the reincarnation of Mayberry, consider an apartment rental in the Adobe Meadow and Meadow Park area. You can send your little nippers to school riding their bicycles, but you better brush up on your baking skills. Rumor has it that residents greet new neighbors with cookies, so you better be ready to return the favor once you settle in. $$$

Barron Park: Developed as a 62-lot subdivision in 1925, Barron Park has the variety of homes and architectural styles that you'll find are common in older neighborhoods. You're also close enough to Stanford or downtown to bike over. Be honest though -- you're probably considering Barron Park to be near the Bol Park donkeys. If you do decide to look for an apartment for rent in the area, it's best to make friends with Niner and Perry, who are the neighborhood's real stars.$$$$

Charleston Gardens: Wedged between the busy streets of Middlefield, East Charleston and San Antonio, Charleston Gardens is a tiny island of small town living within the bustling city. Even if you can't tell I.M. Pei from Frank Lloyd Wright, you'll still appreciate the immaculate condition of many of these mid-century modern homes. Don't care about architecture? Charleston Gardens is also close to Highway 101, which makes travel a breeze. $$

Charleston Meadows: Have trouble meeting the neighbors? Charleston Meadows' neighborhood association hosts block parties and ice cream socials to keep its small town atmosphere. Its relatively inexpensive housing also attracts young families. $$

College Terrace: New Stanford grad students and their families often end their apartment search at the appropriately named College Terrace. However, if you're looking for a place to party, try another neighborhood. College Terrace is known for its proximity to public schools and child care, not bars and nightclubs. $$$

Community Center: Sick of trying to entertain your kids? Community Center attracts parents who love that their children can bike to community swimming pools, the library, the children's museum and Eleanor Park without adult supervision. $$$$$

Crescent Park: Stately homes and large trees are the defining characteristics of this pricey neighborhood near Eleanor Pardee Park. If you're a birdwatcher, you may also be drawn to the neighborhood and its many feathered inhabitants. $$$$$

Downtown North: Downtown North used to be the place for young professionals and students living the single lifestyle. Close to Caltrain station and the supermarket, it was perfect if you didn't want to own a car. Recently, traffic-restriction through the neighborhood has made this place a little quieter and has attracted more families. $$$$

Greenmeadow/Greendell/Walnut Grove: Ranch homes may make this neighborhood look more midwestern than Californian, but the average home price is downright reasonable for the area. $$$

Mayfield: Home to the Palo Alto Baking Company, Mayfield was once its own town. Palo Alto annexed it years ago, but Mayfield has managed to keep its mix of diverse backgrounds, income levels and ages. If you need a budget-friendly place within Palo Alto, an apartment complex may be the solution.$

Midtown: During the dot-com boom, residents struggled to keep retail spaces from being priced out of the neighborhood. Their dedication paid off, and the shopping district of this neighborhood still has plenty of places for you to buy a book or a coffee. $$$

Old Palo Alto: Residents say that Old Palo Alto is the crown jewel of the city. Encompassing historic buildings and the Gamble Garden, this neighborhood boasts significant prestige. $$$$$

Professorville: Hundred-year-old Victorians mark this area as Palo Alto's oldest residential neighborhood. It's easy to walk to downtown from Professorville, but don't park here. Due to rude commuters, city streets are often filled with cars. $$$$$

University South: Ready to stroll the eight blocks from your apartment complex to your class at Stanford? If you can afford it, you'll be in one of the most vibrant areas of the city. $$$$$

Thriving in Palo Alto

If you can get a job and an apartment rental in Palo Alto, you already have the envy of your peers. However, if you'd like to enjoy your time here, it's important to know the basics of Silicon Valley living.

Getting Around Did you get that great apartment rental near work? Great. Now all you need is a bicycle for your daily commute. Even if you have the cash to spend on a great car, you're living with a bunch of people who prize the environment. Not convinced? Just consider that Silicon Valley employers will expect you to pull some all-nighters -- so a bike ride to work may be the only exercise you'll get during the week.

Dating Around Many men have complained about the lack of single women in Palo Alto. If you're striking out in the dating department, broaden your search to the nearby city of San Francisco. Even if you're not interested in finding someone new, San Francisco has a vibrant culture that's worth exploring.

Working Life Don't assume everyone's a tech geek. Palo Alto used to be a commuter town and creative haven, and you can still find plenty of artists, writers and musicians who are drawn to the city's progressive values.

If you want to live near some of the richest and smartest people in the country, it's time to move to Palo Alto. You'll pay for the privilege of living in this tech mecca, but the energy of the city may inspire you to greatness.

February 2020 Palo Alto Rent Report

Welcome to the February 2020 Palo Alto Rent Report. Palo Alto rents increased over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Palo Alto rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

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February 2020 Palo Alto Rent Report

Welcome to the February 2020 Palo Alto Rent Report. Palo Alto rents increased over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Palo Alto rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

Palo Alto rents increased significantly over the past month

Palo Alto rents have increased 0.4% over the past month, and have increased moderately by 3.3% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Palo Alto stand at $2,554 for a one-bedroom apartment and $3,203 for a two-bedroom. This is the second straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in November of last year. Palo Alto's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 1.3%, as well as the national average of 1.6%.

    Rents rising across the San Jose Metro

    Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Palo Alto, but across the entire metro. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in the San Jose 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.

    • Cupertino has the most expensive rents in the San Jose metro, with a two-bedroom median of $5,222; the city has also seen rent growth of 1.2% over the past month, the fastest in the metro.
    • Gilroy has the least expensive rents in the San Jose metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,389; rents increased 1.7% over the past year but remained flat month-over-month.

    Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Palo Alto

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

    • Rents increased slightly in other cities across the state, with California as a whole logging rent growth of 1.3% over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 1.3% in San Diego, 0.5% in Los Angeles, and 0.0% in San Francisco.
    • Palo Alto's median two-bedroom rent of $3,203 is above the national average of $1,193. Nationwide, rents have grown by 1.6% over the past year compared to the 3.3% increase in Palo Alto.
    • While Palo Alto's rents rose moderately over the past year, many cities nationwide also saw increases, including Austin (+3.3%), Dallas (+2.4%), and Seattle (+1.8%).
    • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Palo Alto than most large cities. For example, Dallas has a median 2BR rent of $1,137, where Palo Alto 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 Rent
    Median 2BR Rent
    M/M Rent Growth
    Y/Y Rent Growth
    San Jose
    $2,120
    $2,650
    0.2%
    1.3%
    Sunnyvale
    $2,320
    $2,910
    0.3%
    0.2%
    Santa Clara
    $2,250
    $2,820
    0.6%
    1.4%
    Mountain View
    $2,170
    $2,720
    0.2%
    1%
    Milpitas
    $2,420
    $3,040
    0.6%
    2.4%
    Palo Alto
    $2,550
    $3,200
    0.4%
    3.3%
    Cupertino
    $4,170
    $5,220
    1.2%
    0.3%
    Gilroy
    $1,910
    $2,390
    0
    1.7%
    Campbell
    $1,940
    $2,430
    0.2%
    1.1%
    Los Gatos
    $2,090
    $2,630
    0
    3.3%
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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.

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