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68 Apartments for rent in Petaluma, CA

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Last updated November 17 at 10:57pm UTC
Addison Ranch
200 Greenbriar Cir
Petaluma, CA
Updated November 17 at 10:13pm UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,802
2 Bedrooms
$2,254
Altura Apartments
1113 Baywood Drive
Petaluma, CA
Updated November 17 at 6:37pm UTC
1 Bedroom
$766
2 Bedrooms
$873
1735 Zinfandel Drive
Petaluma
Petaluma, CA
Updated November 17 at 10:57pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
$3,100
1284 Saint Francis Drive
Petaluma
Petaluma, CA
Updated November 17 at 10:57pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
$2,500
638 Albert Way
Petaluma
Petaluma, CA
Updated November 15 at 12:01pm UTC
4 Bedrooms
$2,940
1503 Spring Hill Road
Petaluma
Petaluma, CA
Updated November 15 at 12:00pm UTC
4 Bedrooms
$4,500
112 Bodega Avenue
Petaluma
Petaluma, CA
Updated November 15 at 11:59am UTC
1 Bedroom
$2,300
448 Lindberg Circle
Petaluma
Petaluma, CA
Updated November 15 at 11:52am UTC
4 Bedrooms
$2,900
1321 Magnolia Avenue
Petaluma
Petaluma, CA
Updated November 15 at 11:51am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$3,000
822 Winton Drive
Petaluma
Petaluma, CA
Updated November 17 at 9:40am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$3,500
19390 Wyatt Road
Sonoma
Sonoma, CA
Updated November 17 at 11:39am UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,800
Results within 5 miles of Petaluma, CA
19392 Wyatt Road
Sonoma
Sonoma, CA
Updated November 17 at 11:39am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$6,500
7849 BEVERLY DRIVE
Rohnert Park
Rohnert Park, CA
Updated November 17 at 11:35am UTC
4 Bedrooms
$2,550
1309 Parkway Drive
Rohnert Park
Rohnert Park, CA
Updated November 17 at 10:57pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
$2,200
8 Bodega Avenue
Petaluma
Petaluma, CA
Updated November 15 at 11:53am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$2,750
8703 Lombard Street
Rohnert Park
Rohnert Park, CA
Updated November 17 at 9:41am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$5,400
6248 Lombard St.
Rohnert Park
Rohnert Park, CA
Updated November 17 at 9:41am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$5,500
19300 Brooklime
Sonoma
Sonoma, CA
Updated November 16 at 11:44am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$6,500
552 Santa Alicia Drive
Rohnert Park
Rohnert Park, CA
Updated November 15 at 12:02pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
$2,725
8023 Mainsail Dr
Rohnert Park
Rohnert Park, CA
Updated November 15 at 12:00pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
$2,895
6413 Meadow Pines Drive
Rohnert Park
Rohnert Park, CA
Updated November 16 at 9:55am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$2,350
City Guide
Petaluma
Finding an Apartment in Petaluma

Even though the cost of living is less than San Francisco and other neighboring large cities, serenity comes with a price tag. Tony Bennett may have left his heart in San Francisco, but he likely left it there because of the high cost of living. Today, a lot of people are following his lead and leaving the big California cities for more rural areas where they can stretch their dollars. Keep these tips in mind when you are searching for your apartment, and you will be home before you know it!

How Much Will It Cost?

You should be sitting down before you read this. No, really, take a seat. With so many families moving out of the San Francisco and San Jose areas due to high rent and housing shortages, you will have to dig deep into your pockets to rent in certain areas of Petaluma. The good news is that, although Petaluma can be expensive, it's still cheaper than the large cities around it. You may be dipping into the piggy bank, but it will go a lot farther in Petaluma!

The Best Time to Rent

Summer is always a great time to find rental discounts and incentives in the Petaluma area. This is when many people are transitioning from local cities after graduating college. Lots of families move into new apartments at the beginning of the year when they receive income-tax refunds, so checking for vacancies and specials around February and March is also a good idea.

What You'll Need

As a general rule, you will need pay stubs for proof of income and employment. Also, if you have a pet, you may need to provide vaccination records, and be prepared to pay a non-refundable security deposit for your beloved furball. You may love Fido, but the person that you are renting from probably sees Fido as the enemy.

The Best Neighborhoods in Petaluma

Because urban growth limits were imposed a few years ago, there are no bad neighborhoods in Petaluma. Whether you are interested in country living or prefer a riverfront cityscape, the options are plentiful.

Historic Riverfront Downtown and the Westside:Once neglected and not considered a good residential location, the historic riverfront area of Petaluma was revitalized in the late '70s and early '80s. The Victorian architecture, waterfront access, and local businesses make a great location for young hipsters and families alike. Whether you are looking for a nightcap or want to spend time with your children at the local park, everything downtown is within walking distance.$$$

Outside the City Limits:Just a short distance out of the city are wonderful greenbelts for those who prefer country living. Wine country is beautiful, and Sonoma County is not without its share of aesthetic presence. Honestly, some of us prefer to live quietly without the drama of the big city to the south. Fresh air does come at a price, though. Be prepared to smash your piggy bank for country living.$$$$$

The Eastside:Petaluma is separated into the Eastside and Westside. The Eastside has a retro feel with lots of homes and apartments from the '60s and '70s. Its like strolling through history until you see a Starbucks or sushi bar. Whether you are single or have a family, there are always lots of things going on to keep you from being bored.$$$$

Life in Petaluma

Life in Petaluma is definitely lived at a slower pace than in the larger cities nearby. Even though most residents rely on personal automobiles for their travel needs, mass transit is readily available, and many travelers take advantage of affordable monthly passes.

There is never a shortage of things to do in Petaluma. For the history geek, Petaluma has a number of buildings on the National Historic Register. Petaluma was fortunate to escape the earthquake that devastated San Francisco in 1906. You could spend days or even weeks looking at all things yesteryear. For greenies, the outdoor space is endless. If hiking trails and state parks are your thing, you will not be disappointed. If you aren't interested in history or hiking, perhaps you prefer to eat, drink, and be merry. The city doesnt fall short here either.

The crime rate in Petaluma is very low. Not having to worry about your children playing in the backyard while you cook dinner is a huge plus. The city is very family friendly and has lots of young families.

The city is divided into two cool and diverse sides, separated by the Petaluma River. How cool is that? You are probably thinking, way cool! The Eastside is full of family housing and a suburban vibe, whereas the Westside is filled with history and has a very energetic nightlife. Petaluma is not a big city, but drive a short distance in any direction, and you'll be in one. Being centrally located to everything is a big plus. Living in a small town may be great, but we all need to get away sometimes and see what is going on outside the bubble. San Francisco is only 40 miles south, and Sacramento is a little more than an hour east.

The cost of living may be a bit high, but the suburban utopia of Petaluma is well worth the money. It is a great city with a thriving downtown and waterfront access. You will not regret choosing one of the best small cities in California to live in.

November 2018 Petaluma Rent Report

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

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Rent Report
Petaluma

November 2018 Petaluma Rent Report

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

Petaluma rents decline sharply over the past month

Petaluma rents have declined 1.3% over the past month, but have increased slightly by 1.0% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Petaluma stand at $2,110 for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,700 for a two-bedroom. Petaluma's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 1.3%, as well as the national average of 1.1%.

Rents rising across cities in California

Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Petaluma, but across the entire state. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in California, all of them have seen prices rise. The state as a whole logged rent growth of 1.3% over the past year. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the state.

  • Looking throughout the state, San Francisco is the most expensive of all California's major cities, with a median two-bedroom rent of $3,100; of the 10 largest California cities that we have data for, all have seen rents rise year-over-year, with San Jose experiencing the fastest growth (+2.7%).
  • Anaheim, Oakland, and Sacramento have all experienced year-over-year growth above the state average (2.2%, 1.9%, and 1.8%, respectively).

Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Petaluma

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

  • Petaluma's median two-bedroom rent of $2,700 is above the national average of $1,180. Nationwide, rents have grown by 1.1% over the past year compared to the 1.0% increase in Petaluma.
  • While Petaluma's rents rose marginally over the past year, the city of Seattle saw a decrease of 1.3%.
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Petaluma than most large cities. For example, Detroit has a median 2BR rent of $890, where Petaluma is more than three 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.

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.