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198 Apartments for rent in Pasadena, CA

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Last updated June 25 at 7:23pm UTC
Madison Court
530 South Madison Avenue
Pasadena, CA
Updated June 25 at 6:28pm UTC
Studio
$1,575
1 Bedroom
$1,875
2 Bedrooms
$2,200
1631 Walworth Avenue
Normandie Heights
Pasadena, CA
Updated June 25 at 7:23pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
$2,590
1425 Bresee Ave
Altadena
Pasadena, CA
Updated June 25 at 12:51pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
$2,900
1288 North HILL Avenue
Pasadena
Pasadena, CA
Updated June 24 at 7:09pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
$4,300
1165 Tropical Ave
Hastings Ranch
Pasadena, CA
Updated June 24 at 5:20pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
$3,800
3565 Grayburn Road
Chapman
Pasadena, CA
Updated June 23 at 7:08am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$4,600
1220 Brookmere Road
Singer Park
Pasadena, CA
Updated June 23 at 6:58am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$4,000
378 Flower St
La Pintoresca Park
Pasadena, CA
Updated June 23 at 1:47am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$3,300
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!

June 2018 Pasadena Rent Report

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

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Rent Report
Pasadena

June 2018 Pasadena Rent Report

Welcome to the June 2018 Pasadena Rent Report. Pasadena rents increased over the past month. 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 significantly over the past month

Pasadena rents have increased 0.5% over the past month, and have increased slightly by 1.9% 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. Pasadena's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 2.2%, but exceeds the national average of 1.5%.

Rents rising across the Los Angeles Metro

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

  • Lancaster has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 5.4%. The median two-bedroom there costs $1,760, while one-bedrooms go for $1,370.
  • Over the past year, Huntington Beach is the only city in the metro that has seen rents fall, with a decline of 0.7%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $2,350, while one-bedrooms go for $1,830.
  • Los Angeles proper has the least expensive rents in the Los Angeles metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,750; rents were up 0.2% over the past month and 1.9% over the past year.
  • Irvine has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the Los Angeles metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,670; rents were up 2.7% over the past year but remained flat month-over-month.

Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Pasadena

As rents have increased slightly in Pasadena, large cities nationwide have seen rents grow more quickly. Compared to most large cities across the country, Pasadena is less affordable for renters.

  • Rents increased moderately in other cities across the state, with California as a whole logging rent growth of 2.2% over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 2.2% in San Jose, 1.8% in San Diego, and 1.5% in San Francisco.
  • Pasadena's median two-bedroom rent of $2,070 is above the national average of $1,170. Nationwide, rents have grown by 1.5% over the past year compared to the 1.9% increase in Pasadena.
  • While Pasadena's rents rose slightly over the past year, some cities nationwide saw decreases, including Seattle (-0.8%) and DC (-0.1%).
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Pasadena than most large cities. For example, Houston has a median 2BR rent of $1,030, 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 $1,360 $1,750 0.2% 1.9%
Long Beach $1,370 $1,770 0.1% 2.2%
Anaheim $1,630 $2,090 -0.7% 2.2%
Santa Ana $1,440 $1,850 -0.6% 1.2%
Irvine $2,080 $2,670 -0.0% 2.7%
Glendale $1,390 $1,790 1.2% 1.3%
Huntington Beach $1,830 $2,350 -1.0% -0.7%
Santa Clarita $2,000 $2,560 0.6% 4.9%
Garden Grove $1,630 $2,090 -0.1% 3.0%
Lancaster $1,370 $1,760 1.0% 5.4%
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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.

Renter Confidence Survey

Apartment List has released Pasadena’s results from the third annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. This survey, which drew on responses from over 45,000 renters, provides insight on what states and cities must do to meet the needs of 111 million American renters nationwide.

"Pasadena renters expressed general satisfaction with the city overall," according to Apartment List. "However, ratings varied greatly across different categories, indicating that even though renters lo...

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

Apartment List has released Pasadena’s results from the third annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. This survey, which drew on responses from over 45,000 renters, provides insight on what states and cities must do to meet the needs of 111 million American renters nationwide.

"Pasadena renters expressed general satisfaction with the city overall," according to Apartment List. "However, ratings varied greatly across different categories, indicating that even though renters love Pasadena, some aspects can be better."

Key findings in Pasadena include the following:

  • Pasadena renters gave their city an A+ overall.
  • The highest-rated categories for Pasadena were social life, recreational activities and pet-friendliness, which all received A+ grades.
  • The areas of concern to Pasadena renters are affordability and state and local taxes, which both received C grades.
  • Pasadena did relatively well compared to nearby cities, including Los Angeles (C+), Anaheim (C) and Long Beach (C+).
  • Pasadena did relatively well compared to other cities nationwide, including Seattle, WA (B+), Phoenix, AZ (B-) and New York, NY (C+).
  • The top rated cities nationwide for renter satisfaction include Scottsdale, AZ, Irvine, CA, Boulder, CO and Ann Arbor, MI. The lowest rated cities include Tallahassee, FL, Stockton, CA, Dayton, OH, Detroit, MI and Newark, NJ.

Renters say:

  • "I love how walkable the city is. I love the safety and the attitudes of the people. However, not all parts of Pasadena are equally safe." – Shaili K.
  • "It’s a nice suburb, but housing is too expensive." – Namita S.
  • "I love the family-like culture and the community where most people are nice. It is very safe and pet-friendly to live here. But I don’t like the rent prices. They are too high, especially if you are young or in college and working in retail. It’s hard to afford a place by yourself." – Payton A.
  • "I love that I’m local to shops and restaurants. I hate the limitations on street parking, though. You need permits to park anywhere, unless you buy a temporary one and the kiosks aren’t always easy to find." – Marie C.

For more information on the survey methodology and findings or to speak to one of our researchers, please contact our team at rentonomics@apartmentlist.com.