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122 Apartments for rent in Santa Ana, CA

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Last updated December 17 at 11:56am UTC
California Palms
901 S Harbor Blvd
Santa Ana, CA
Updated December 6 at 10:49pm UTC
Studio
$1,445
1 Bedroom
$1,595
Park Plaza
805 W Stevens Ave
Santa Ana, CA
Updated December 6 at 10:51pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
$1,945
3 Bedrooms
$2,555
Artists Village
300 West 2nd Street
Santa Ana, CA
Updated December 6 at 10:51pm UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,735
2 Bedrooms
$2,060
Washington Place
1311 East Washington Avenue
Santa Ana, CA
Updated December 6 at 10:49pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
$2,175
302 S. Broadway E
Heninger Park
Santa Ana, CA
Updated December 17 at 11:56am UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,385
2110 Plumwood Ln
Cabrillo Park
Santa Ana, CA
Updated December 17 at 9:39am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$3,495
502 E.pine St
Eastside
Santa Ana, CA
Updated December 17 at 9:39am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$1,595
2223 Ponderosa Street
Cabrillo Park
Santa Ana, CA
Updated December 17 at 9:05am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$2,850
1107 Memory Lane Unit 9C
Morrison - Eldridge Park
Santa Ana, CA
Updated December 16 at 10:23am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$2,000
2418 W. Occidental Street
Centennial Park
Santa Ana, CA
Updated December 15 at 10:23am UTC
5 Bedrooms
$3,500
6600 Warner Avenue
Bristol Warner
Santa Ana, CA
Updated December 17 at 9:06am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$1,800
2650 W Segerstrom Avenue
Armstrong
Santa Ana, CA
Updated December 17 at 9:05am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$2,700
1310 N. Spurgeon D
French Court
Santa Ana, CA
Updated December 14 at 10:19am UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,485
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 2018 Santa Ana Rent Report

Welcome to the December 2018 Santa Ana Rent Report. Santa Ana rents declined 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 declined significantly over the past month

Santa Ana rents have declined 0.5% over the past month, and have decreased slightly by 0.2% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Santa Ana stand at $1,440 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,860 for a two-bedroom. This is the second straight month that the city has seen rent decreases after an increase in September. Santa Ana'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

While rent prices have decreased in Santa Ana over the past year, the rest of the metro is seeing the opposite trend. Rents have risen in 7 of the largest 10 cities in the Los Angeles metro for which we have data. 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 Santa Ana

As rents have fallen slightly in Santa Ana, many large cities nationwide have seen prices increase, in some cases substantially. Compared to most large cities across the country, Santa Ana is less affordable for renters.

  • Other cities across the state have seen rents moderately increase, 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.
  • Santa Ana's median two-bedroom rent of $1,860 is above the national average of $1,180. Nationwide, rents have grown by 1.3% over the past year compared to the 0.2% decline in Santa Ana.
  • While rents in Santa Ana fell slightly over the past year, many cities nationwide saw increases, including Phoenix (+3.2%), Austin (+3.1%), and New York (+2.3%).
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Santa Ana than most large cities. For example, Houston has a median 2BR rent of $1,030, 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 $1,370 $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%
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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’s satisfaction with their cities and states
Here's how Santa Ana ranks on:
D Overall satisfaction
C Safety and crime rate
F Jobs and career opportunities
C+ Recreational activities
F Affordability
B Quality of schools
C Social Life
B Weather
F Commute time
D State and local taxes
D Public transit
C Pet-friendliness
Best Worst
Full data available when viewing on a non-mobile device.
Overview of Findings

Apartment List has released Santa Ana’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.

"Santa Ana renters expressed general dissatisfaction with the city overall," according to Apartment List. "Interestingly, ratings for Santa Ana vary widely across categories such as weather and affordability."

Key findings in Santa Ana include the following:

  • Santa Ana renters gave their city a D overall.
  • The highest-rated categories for Santa Ana were weather and quality of local schools, which both received B grades.
  • The areas of concern to Santa Ana renters are affordability, commute time and jobs and career opportunities, which all received F grades.
  • Santa Ana did relatively poorly compared to other cities in California, including San Diego (A-), San Francisco, CA (B+) and Los Angeles (C+).
  • Santa Ana did relatively poorly compared to similar cities nationwide, including Austin, TX (A-), Seattle, WA (B+) and Denver, CO (B+).
  • 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:

  • "Love the culture, restaurants and people. I hate the poor job opportunities and annual rent increases in a bad neighborhood." – Christie B.
  • "I love living in the middle of everything. But the downside is that crime has increased and so have the number of homeless people." – Rio D.
  • "The city is great because it’s centrally located and easy to commute, but I dislike the amount of crime." – Gissel C.
  • "I love the weather, living close to the beach, and being able to go on walks or runs through the city or parks." – Kaylyn M.

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.