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97 Apartments for rent in Pasadena, CA

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Last updated November 23 at 5:07am UTC
64 N Arroyo Boulevard
Brookside Park
Pasadena, CA
Updated November 12 at 9:20am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$4,900
131 N Craig Avenue N
Lamanda Park
Pasadena, CA
Updated November 7 at 9:38am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$2,275
1137 CHURCH Street
Annandale
Pasadena, CA
Updated November 22 at 2:25am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$6,000
2905 California Boulevard
Eaton Blanche Park
Pasadena, CA
Updated November 20 at 11:41am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$3,980
125 N Raymond Avenue
Downtown Pasadena
Pasadena, CA
Updated November 20 at 11:38am UTC
1 Bedroom
$2,800
931 E Walnut Street
Downtown Pasadena
Pasadena, CA
Updated November 16 at 10:01am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$2,875
1166 N Raymond Ave
Pasadena
Pasadena, CA
Updated November 21 at 11:47am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$1,850
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City Guide
Pasadena
“Come on Pasadena, do the locomotion …”

Many attractions are within walking distance, and public transportation (Metrolink or the city bus) is available.

Neighborhoods

South Pasadena Anchored by Colorado Boulevard (think of a Bleaker-Beale Street hybrid with a touch of Hollywood Blvd. and a hint of 5th Avenue), South Pasadena boasts the bulk of the city’s entertainment, shopping, and dining options. South Pasadena is the city’s cultural and economic hub and one of SoCal’s most coveted living areas. Studio units in South Pasadena are likely to cost you $1300 or more. Factor in utilities – including air conditioning that you might feel compelled to run nearly year-round – and you’re looking at $1500 minimum for even the most modest living quarters

Plenty of more modestly priced lodgings are available in the city’s northern and eastern districts. If you want to stay close to Pasadena’s southern-based epicenter, you might want to check out the variety of apartments, condos, and homes for rent just north of Highway 210. They are also much more affordable, and renters can often find up-to-date, quality lodgings for $1200 or so.

On the east side, closer to Temple City, apartments and rental homes often pop up for $1200-$1400. Not only are these tree-lined neighborhoods visually appealing but they are often priced to move quickly (sometimes as low as a grand.)

Words to the SoCal Wise

Here a few tricks of the trade that will help you find the perfect place to call home in Pasadena:

Remember that in Pasadena you’re paying not so much for amenities as you are location, location, and more location. So if living in the heart of the city is less important to you than living near the heart of the city, you may want to consider the eastern and northern neighborhoods.

Sometimes crazy-sweet apartment deals do pop up (yes, even in South Pasadena) when landlords need to fill a unit quickly. If you’re interested, don’t hesitate to submit an application, because they won’t be available for long.

We get the feeling that once you get to know Pasadena, you’ll feel the same way.

Hope this helps, and welcome to the City of Roses!

Rent Report
Pasadena

November 2017 Pasadena Rent Report

Welcome to the November 2017 Pasadena Rent Report. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Pasadena rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

Pasadena rents increased moderately over the past month

Pasadena rents have increased 0.4% over the past month, but are down slightly by 0.5% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Pasadena stand at $1,610 for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,070 for a two-bedroom. This is the fifth straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in May. Pasadena'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 Los Angeles Metro

While rent prices have decreased in Pasadena over the past year, the rest of the metro is seeing the opposite trend. Rents have risen in 9 of the largest 10 cities in the Los Angeles metro for which we have data. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

  • Los Angeles proper has the least expensive rents in the Los Angeles metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,730; the city has also seen rents fall by 0.2% over the past month, the biggest drop in the metro.
  • Garden Grove has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 10.9%. The median two-bedroom there costs $2,100, while one-bedrooms go for $1,640.
  • Irvine has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the Los Angeles metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,710; rents increased 0.8% over the past month and 5.4% over the past year.

Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Pasadena

As rents have fallen slightly in Pasadena, many large cities nationwide have seen prices increase, in some cases substantially. Compared to most large cities across the country, Pasadena is less affordable for renters.

  • Other cities across the state have seen rents significantly increase, 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, 3.0% in San Jose, and 1.8% in San Francisco.
  • Pasadena's median two-bedroom rent of $2,070 is above the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.7% over the past year compared to the 0.5% decline in Pasadena.
  • While rents in Pasadena fell slightly over the past year, many cities nationwide saw increases, including Seattle (+4.2%), Phoenix (+4.1%), and Boston (+1.3%).
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Pasadena than most large cities. For example, Houston has a median 2BR rent of $1,010, where Pasadena is more than twice 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 $1,730 -0.2% 3.9%
Long Beach $1,360 $1,740 0.4% 4.4%
Anaheim $1,620 $2,080 0.4% 5.4%
Santa Ana $1,440 $1,860 0.8% 6.5%
Irvine $2,110 $2,710 0.8% 5.4%
Glendale $1,370 $1,770 0.3% 0.8%
Huntington Beach $1,860 $2,390 0.7% 3.0%
Santa Clarita $1,950 $2,510 0.5% 7.1%
Garden Grove $1,640 $2,100 10.9%
Pasadena $1,610 $2,070 0.4% -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.

Pasadena Renter Confidence Survey
National study of renter confidence in the economy, homeownership, and cities
Here's how Pasadena ranks on:
A+ Overall satisfaction
B+ Safety and crime rate
B+ Jobs and career opportunities
B Recreational activities
C- Affordability
B Quality of schools
A Weather
B Commute time
B State and local taxes
B+ Public transit
B- Pet-friendliness
Best Worst
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Overview of Findings

Apartment List has released results for Pasadena 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.

“Pasadena renters expressed great satisfaction with the city overall,” says Andrew Woo, Director of Data Science at Apartment List. “They gave most categories average or above-average scores.”

Key findings in Pasadena include the following:

  • Pasadena renters give their city an A+ overall for satisfaction.
  • The highest-rated category for Pasadena was the weather, which received an A score.
  • Other well-rated categories were safety (B+), access to public transit (B+), and local job and career opportunities (B+).
  • Renters in Pasadena gave average scores to the quality of local schools (B).
  • One area of concern for Pasadena renters was affordability/cost of living, which received a C-.
  • Pasadena ranks high for renter satisfaction, as do nearby cities like Burbank (A+) and Glendale (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.