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45 apartments for rent near Salinas, CA

Pointe at Harden Ranch
2290 N Main St
1 Bed
2 Bed
3 Bed
Cambridge Court
939 Heather Cir
1 Bed
2 Bed
3 Bed
Cypress Creek
162 Casentini St
1 Bed
2 Bed
Sheridan Park Apartments
1450 N 1st St
1 Bed
2 Bed
619 E Romie Ln
1 Bed
317 Paul Avenue
3 Bed
Woodside Park
1040 Riker St
1 Bed
2 Bed
19208 Creekside Lane
3 Bed
1945 Bradbury Street
4 Bed
819 Victor St
3 Bed
425 W. Laurel Dr. #P
2 Bed
Results within 10 miles of Salinas, CA
Monterey Townhouse
825 Casanova Ave
1 Bed
2 Bed
Marina Crescent
3114 Crescent Ave
1 Bed
Shoreline Apartments
3124 Lake Dr
1 Bed
2 Bed
1733 Havana St
Del Monte Heights
3 Bed
Results within 20 miles of Salinas, CA
Pacific Vista
57 Soledad Dr
1 Bed
2 Bed
The Vineyards
7936 Westwood Dr
1 Bed
2 Bed
3 Victoria Rise
New Monterey
4 Bed
9720 Blackfoot Ct
5 Bed
508 Cedar Drive
2 Bed
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City Guide
Apartment Hunting

So now that you’ve got a feel for the city itself, let’s talk about the rental market. You’re lucky in this area, because not only is Salinas a veritable garden of rentals (pun definitely intended), but it’s also decently cheap compared to rental prices for the rest of California. Most places will still be over a thousand dollars per month on average, but may end up being cheaper than similar places nearby. The feel of the city is very suburban, with pockets of neighborhood streets joined together by major artery roads with shopping centers.

Varieties: Based on the needs of the population, many single-family rental houses are available in Salinas. The majority of these are smaller, older bungalows though in some areas (especially around the outskirts of the city) you’re likely to find more new construction and spacious houses or townhouses that will be a bit more expensive. Apartments in Salinas are usually small, low-level complexes nestled in amongst single-family homes. Don’t expect to find a lot of pristine luxury high-rise type digs in this city.

Unique Things and Utilities: A lot of what you’ll find depends on where you’re looking. With any place, you can expect at least a little bit of yard nearby and more than likely somewhere to put your car, whether it be a garage, a car port or a parking lot. More expensive places will be more spacious and may have better quality appliances, but on the whole, rentals in Salinas come equipped with your standard basics for living. Finding utilities included in your rent is easier if you’re looking for an apartment, but it’s not unheard of for the occasional rental house to throw some of those in, as well. Another interesting quirk you may find is that it’s a little easier to find a furnished apartment in Salinas. Of course, these types of places are a little pricier and may require a bit of extra searching, but they do exist.

Extras and Fees: Despite being the cheaper option, you may find renting in Salinas to be a bit trickier than some other places. Many landlords or rental companies require a credit check (which usually means an extra fee tacked on) and can be strict about past rental and financial history. Then again, this can depend on what area of the city you’re actually looking in, as many places may do the exact opposite. One last fee to look out for is the pet fee. A pet deposit and some restrictions are usually required, and you may even be asked to pay a monthly “pet rent” in some buildings.

The Lay of the Land

Salinas doesn’t have any official neighborhood boundaries, per se, but many people refer to the different sides of the city, so we’ll give you a quick overview of them to get you familiar. Salinas is really a mixed bag. Make sure to do plenty of your own research, and always check out the place for yourself before making a decision.

Downtown/ Old Town The center of the city is more a commercial area than anything else. Though there are a lot of rentals here, they tend to be smaller. On the whole, the downtown area is cheaper. A portion of downtown, called Old Town, has restaurants, shopping and the Steinbeck museum, among other things.

East Salinas Especially closer to the outskirts of town, houses get a little larger and may run more expensive.

North Salinas Both the North and East sides are dense with cheap rentals.

South Salinas Many refer to South Salinas as if it were its own little town, separate from the rest of the city, but it's an area of mostly single-family homes.

A Quick Overview

Salinas has a literary history, being the hometown of famous author and Nobel laureate John Steinbeck. Though the city has definitely changed a little since Steinbeck’s last spin around the park, his influence still shows downtown at destinations such as his boyhood home and the Steinbeck Center. Salinas is also a major stop on the national rodeo circuit. At least you know you’ll have some variety, so here are a few things to keep in mind when you’re checking the place out for living potential. 


Like much of California, beautiful scenery isn’t far from reach. One side of Salinas is bordered by snow-capped mountains, yet if you head just eight miles in the other direction you’re bound for the sandy coast. Nearby Monterey Bay lets cool ocean air into Salinas Valley, making for a moderate climate. Summers are milder and wetter (also foggier!) than surrounding areas.

Transport Thyself

Salinas and its rentals are quite car-friendly. Interstates to nearby cities run right through downtown, making commuting by car one of the easiest ways to get around. It isn’t a big city for walking, though there are bike lanes and bike trails if that’s your preferred commute style. Monterey-Salinas Transit also operates a bus system that includes routes through Salinas, as well as through neighboring cities.

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

Apartment List has released results for Salinas 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.

“Salinas renters are highly dissatisfied with their city overall” says Andrew Woo, Director of Data Science at Apartment List. “Most categories received below-average ratings.”

Key findings in Salinas include the following:

  • Salinas renters gave their city an F overall in satisfaction.
  • The highest-rated categories for Salinas were quality of local schools (A-) and access to public transit (B-).
  • Renters were most dissatisfied with commute times (D), affordability (D), and safety (F).
  • Salinas renters are far less satisfied with their city than renters in other California cities like San Francisco (A-), San Jose (C-), and Sacramento (C).
  • 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.