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82 Apartments for rent in Santa Ana, CA

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Last updated December 13 at 2:14am UTC
1112 S Mantle Lane
Lyon Street
Santa Ana, CA
Updated December 8 at 10:20am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$1,700
1010 W Macarthur Boulevard
South Coast
Santa Ana, CA
Updated November 23 at 11:17am UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,700
1906 W Meadowbrook
Armstrong
Santa Ana, CA
Updated December 1 at 12:01pm UTC
4 Bedrooms
$5,995
2859 S Fairview Street
Santa Ana
Santa Ana, CA
Updated November 30 at 2:24am UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,700
950 W Bishop Street
Pico-Lowell
Santa Ana, CA
Updated November 19 at 1:35am UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,425
3130 S Rene Drive
Republic Homes
Santa Ana, CA
Updated December 13 at 1:39am UTC
4 Bedrooms
$3,200
18581 Vanderlip Ave.
Santa Ana
Santa Ana, CA
Updated December 8 at 12:06pm UTC
4 Bedrooms
$3,395
1345 Cabrillo Park Drive
Cabrillo Park
Santa Ana, CA
Updated December 7 at 10:14am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$1,900
1101 W Macarthur Boulevard
South Coast
Santa Ana, CA
Updated October 23 at 9:37am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$1,875
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City Guide
Santa Ana
Some Santa Ana Neighborhoods:

Downtown:

If you’re the creative type, or you just have a taste for fiery food and people, travel straight to the heart of Santa Ana. Next to the city’s courthouse and town hall you’ll find a proud Spanish-speaking community and burgeoning art scene. Santa Ana’s version of Greenwich is called Artist Village and it’s full of galleries, concerts, art walks, and festivals. Lofts and smaller apartments here are affordable for the starving artist, but you won’t be hungry (or bored) long with food and fun just around the block.

Midtown:

North of downtown, you can stop and sniff up the beauty in Midtown’s Floral and West Floral Parks. Beautiful homes built in the fifties and sixties still bloom in vintage, classic style. Midtown is pricier and lacks the ever-present entertainment of the downtown district, but it’s beautiful and well suited for living a quiet lifestyle (although West Floral Park is known to get a little rowdy around the 4th of July).

The kids won’t get too bored, though: there’s family fun right around the corner. Only a few blocks away are the Bowers Museum (which features classes, exhibitions, and lectures on art from all over the world), Main Place Mall, Santa Ana Zoo, and the Discovery Science Center. Midtown is a bit pricier than Downtown, but if you’re looking to rear some kiddos, this is a better choice for you.

South Coast Metro:

Right up against the Costa Mesa border is the South Coast Metro district of the city. This is the poshest, fanciest, and newest part of Santa Ana.

South Coast Metro is the home to most of Orange County’s Fortune 500 and Forbes 1000 businesses. For the business elite, high quality, luxury apartments, condos, and tract homes have been erected just minutes from Santa Ana’s John Wayne airport.

This section of the city also has the South Coast Plaza, a massive mall full of designer boutiques. In fact, it’s fair to say this neighborhood was built around the plaza and Orange County’s upscale corporate offices.

But, like downtown, “SCM” has its own space for the creatively inclined – specifically the Segerstrom Center for the Arts and the South Coast Repertory theatre. The area is perhaps one of the most contemporary and artfully designed sections of Santa Ana, due mostly to the expansion and renovation of the Repertory building by renowned architect, Cesar Pelli. The city is currently planning to move the main Orange County Museum of Art from Newport Beach to this area of the city.

What does this all mean? SCM is very upscale. If you’re a patron of the arts this may be the place for you, but if you’re an artist yourself (and you have the bank account to prove it) we suggest you look elsewhere.

Travelin' around So-Cal:

One thing you should know about Southern California is that traffic is always a problem. Make sure you find a home close to work to avoid often-congested freeways and road-rage induced panic attacks.

Even then, Santa Ana is surely better than most other Southern California cities (we’re looking at you LA) when it comes to the public transportation. Santa Ana has Metrolink commuter railways that connect the city to the rest of Orange Country. If you want to venture further than the county lines, take Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner, which connects Santa Ana to San Diego, Los Angeles, and Paso Robles.

If your destination requires air travel, the nearby John Wayne Airport (SNA) has got your back. No need to worry about your domestic travel needs here, but if you’re looking to go international, Los Angeles’ LAX is your closest option. No matter where the wind decides to take you – you’ll get there easy enough in Santa Ana; just make sure you plan accordingly.

What Makes the OC So Special?

Orange County is more than the location of a surprisingly good, but horribly addictive primetime soap from the early 2000s. It has amazing proximity to a great variety of attractions: hiking in the Santa Ana Mountains, lounging on the beach, or screaming like a baby on Disneyland’s Space Mountain and Knott’s Berry Farms Coasters just a few miles up the highway. Whatever California dream you may have, Santa Ana is sure to accommodate.

Wrappin' it up (and general advice):

Santa Ana has a home for everyone but, like most So Cal locations, it can be a pricey place to live. Make sure you can afford to live here before breaking the bank and making the move (The average monthly rent for Santa Ana ranges from $900 to $2000 and up).

Though the city is diverse, the neighborhoods sometimes aren’t. Like living anywhere, make sure you find a neighborhood where you feel comfortable before you settle down and plant the roots. The closer you get towards downtown, the more heavily Spanish-speaking the populace becomes. Similarly, if you’re not raking in that much dough, you should steer clear of the South Coast Metro area. No matter what, we’re confident that you’ll find something to fit the bill.

Now go forth, you person, you. Listen to those winds and find your home. Drive in the sun - look out for number one - California, here you come.

Rent Report
Santa Ana

December 2017 Santa Ana Rent Report

Welcome to the December 2017 Santa Ana Rent Report. Santa Ana rents increased over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Santa Ana rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

Santa Ana rents increased significantly over the past month

Santa Ana rents have increased 0.5% over the past month, and have increased sharply by 6.7% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Santa Ana stand at $1,450 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,860 for a two-bedroom. This is the fourth straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in July. Santa Ana's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 4.3%, as well as the national average of 2.7%.

Rents rising across the Los Angeles Metro

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

  • Garden Grove has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 10.7%. The median two-bedroom there costs $2,120, while one-bedrooms go for $1,650.
  • Irvine has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the Los Angeles metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,700; rents decreased 0.1% over the past month but were up 5.5% over the past year.
  • Los Angeles proper has the least expensive rents in the Los Angeles metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,730; rents fell 0.3% over the past month but rose 3.8% over the past year.

Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Santa Ana

As rents have increased sharply in Santa Ana, large cities nationwide have seen rents grow more modestly, or in some cases, even decline. Compared to most large cities across the country, Santa Ana is less affordable for renters.

  • Rents increased significantly in other cities across the state, with California as a whole logging rent growth of 4.3% over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 3.9% in San Diego, 3.0% in San Jose, and 1.3% in San Francisco.
  • Santa Ana's median two-bedroom rent of $1,860 is above the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.7% over the past year compared to the 6.7% increase in Santa Ana.
  • While Santa Ana's rents rose sharply over the past year, some cities nationwide saw decreases, including DC (-0.4%) and New York (-0.1%).
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Santa Ana than most large cities. For example, Houston has a median 2BR rent of $1,020, where Santa Ana is more than one-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 $1,350 $1,730 -0.3% 3.8%
Long Beach $1,360 $1,750 0.3% 4.8%
Anaheim $1,620 $2,090 0.5% 5.7%
Santa Ana $1,450 $1,860 0.5% 6.7%
Irvine $2,100 $2,700 -0.1% 5.5%
Glendale $1,380 $1,780 0.8% 1.5%
Huntington Beach $1,840 $2,370 -1.1% 1.7%
Santa Clarita $1,940 $2,500 -0.4% 7.0%
Garden Grove $1,650 $2,120 0.7% 10.7%
Pasadena $1,620 $2,080 0.8% 0.9%
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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.

Santa Ana Renter Confidence Survey
National study of renter confidence in the economy, homeownership, and cities
Here's how Santa Ana ranks on:
C Overall satisfaction
C+ Safety and crime rate
B- Jobs and career opportunities
B- Recreational activities
C+ Affordability
C+ Quality of schools
A Weather
A- Commute time
C 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 Santa Ana 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.

“According to our results, Santa Ana renters are somewhat dissatisfied with their city,” says Andrew Woo, Director of Data Science at Apartment List. “They rated many categories with below-average scores.”

Key findings in Santa Ana include the following:

  • Santa Ana renters give their city a C overall for satisfaction.
  • The highest-rated category for Santa Ana was the weather, which received an A score.
  • Local career opportunities and access to parks and community events both received near-average scores (B-).
  • Some areas of concern for Santa Ana renters included safety (C+), quality of local schools (C+), and affordability (C+).
  • Compared to other nearby cities like Long Beach (B+) and Irvine (A+), Santa Ana renters seem somewhat less satisfied.
  • 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.