selected.
of neighborhoods selected. We’ll search anywhere in .
Start your Rancho Santa Margarita apartment search!
Select how many bedrooms you want.
S
Studio
1
Bed
2
Beds
3+
Beds
What are you looking to pay?
Where are you looking to move?
Please enter a location.
Where do you work or go to school?
We'll show you how far the commute is
to the places you go to the most.
Please enter a location or skip.
I want to live within
How do you get there?
I drive (without traffic)
I drive (in traffic)
I ride public transit
I bike
What do you prefer?
On-site laundry
In-unit laundry
Washer/dryer connections
What about parking?
Garage
Parking
What other features do you want?
Hardwood Floors
Dishwasher
Air Conditioning
Patio/Balcony
Pool
Gym
What pets do you have?
Dog
Cat
I care most about
Getting all my features
Staying in the location I want
Having the cheapest price
Don’t worry, this won’t remove any matches
About when would you like to move in?
1
I’m just looking
2
I want to move, but I’m not in a hurry
3
I need to move, but can be a little flexible
4
I’ve gotta move!
What lease length are you looking to sign?
Are you signing a lease with anyone else?
A cosigner
Roommates, partner, etc.
Me, myself, and I
What's your monthly household income, before taxes?
Be sure to include the total income from all adults.
(We use this to save you time & help you find rents you will qualify for.)
Great! Your income qualifies you for the rent you chose.
So you know, apartments typically require your monthly income to be 2-3x the rent. Exact income requirements may vary, so always double-check with the apartment.
Apartments require 2-3x the rent in monthly income
Your monthly income only qualifies for a max rent of . Do you want to change your max rent?
Yes
Yes. Set my max rent to
No
No, I'll stick with
Did you know apartments require 2-3x the rent in monthly income?
Depending on your exact income you may not qualify for all apartments up to $500.
Have you been evicted?
No
I've never been evicted
Yes
I've been evicted
How did you hear about Apartment List?
Please select all that apply.
TV / Streaming Video
Billboard
Friend or Family
Radio / Streaming Audio
Google
Postcard / Snail Mail
Facebook
Other
Let’s find that perfect home
We’ll get started finding you the best out there. But first, let’s learn a little more about you.
Renters love us!
We’re rated 4.5 out of 5 because renters have so much success finding places they love.
Oops! Please enter an email.
Welcome to Apartment List
Looks like you've been here before. Welcome back.
Please log in to use this email.
Invalid email or password.
We've sent a password reset email with instructions to
You can close this window
Make your results better
Personalize your results by telling us what you think of your first three matches.
Get pre-qualified for top apartments
Apartments typically require your monthly income to be 2-3x the rent. Based on what you’d like to pay, you should make around or more.
Yes
I make about per month
No
I want to adjust my rent

98 Apartments under 2000 for rent in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

Last updated December 18 at 11:41pm UTC
34 Via Cordoba
SAMLARC
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Updated December 18 at 9:38pm UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,775
54 Gavilan
Robinson Ranch
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Updated December 17 at 11:51am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$1,799
Results within 1 miles of Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
265 California Court
California Terrace
Mission Viejo, CA
Updated December 18 at 9:38pm UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,925
Results within 5 miles of Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Saddleback Ranch
23150 Los Alisos Blvd
Mission Viejo, CA
Updated December 18 at 6:55am UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,590
2 Bedrooms
$2,035
2 Via Amistosa
SAMLARC
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Updated December 18 at 9:37am UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,635

December 2018 Rancho Santa Margarita Rent Report

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

View full Rancho Santa Margarita Rent Report
Rent Report
Rancho Santa Margarita

December 2018 Rancho Santa Margarita Rent Report

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

Rancho Santa Margarita rents increase sharply over the past month

Rancho Santa Margarita rents have increased 0.7% over the past month, and are up slightly by 1.2% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Rancho Santa Margarita stand at $1,950 for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,500 for a two-bedroom. This is the second straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in September. Rancho Santa Margarita's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 1.4%, as well as the national average of 1.3%.

Rents rising across the Los Angeles Metro

Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Rancho Santa Margarita, but across the entire metro. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in the Los Angeles metro, 7 of them have seen prices rise. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

  • Santa Clarita has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 4.0%. The median two-bedroom there costs $2,600, while one-bedrooms go for $2,020.
  • Over the past month, Huntington Beach has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with a decline of 1.0%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $2,350, while one-bedrooms go for $1,830.
  • Irvine has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the Los Angeles metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,710; rents remained steady over the past month.
  • Lancaster has the least expensive rents in the Los Angeles metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,750; rents decreased 0.1% over the past month but were up 2.0% over the past year.

Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Rancho Santa Margarita

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

  • Rents increased moderately in other cities across the state, with California as a whole logging rent growth of 1.4% over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 3.2% in San Jose, 1.8% in San Francisco, and 1.0% in San Diego.
  • Rancho Santa Margarita's median two-bedroom rent of $2,500 is above the national average of $1,180. Nationwide, rents have grown by 1.3% over the past year compared to the 1.2% rise in Rancho Santa Margarita.
  • While Rancho Santa Margarita's rents rose slightly over the past year, the city of Seattle saw a decrease of 0.4%.
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Rancho Santa Margarita than most large cities. For example, Houston has a median 2BR rent of $1,030, where Rancho Santa Margarita is nearly 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 price Median 2BR price M/M price change Y/Y price change
Los Angeles $1,370 $1,760 -0.1% 1.5%
Long Beach $1,380 $1,770 -0.1% 0.7%
Anaheim $1,640 $2,110 -0.7% 1.1%
Santa Ana $1,440 $1,860 -0.5% -0.2%
Irvine $2,110 $2,710 -0.0% 0.3%
Glendale $1,410 $1,810 0.5% 1.7%
Huntington Beach $1,830 $2,350 -1.0% -0.7%
Santa Clarita $2,020 $2,600 -0.5% 4.0%
Garden Grove $1,630 $2,090 -0.1% -0.4%
Lancaster $1,360 $1,750 -0.1% 2.0%
See more

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.