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20 Apartments for rent in Santa Maria, CA

Last updated November 18 at 10:52am UTC
1436 Marilyn Way
Santa Maria
Santa Maria, CA
Updated November 18 at 9:36am UTC
4 Bedrooms
4346 Ridgecrest
Santa Maria
Santa Maria, CA
Updated November 17 at 11:31am UTC
3 Bedrooms
640 Vista Circle
Santa Maria
Santa Maria, CA
Updated November 16 at 11:40am UTC
2 Bedrooms
3031 Caselli Way
Sunrise Hills Estates
Santa Maria, CA
Updated November 16 at 11:36am UTC
3 Bedrooms
2477 Village Green
Country Club Village
Santa Maria, CA
Updated November 15 at 12:02pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
2772 Tienda Place
San Luis Obispo County
San Luis Obispo County, CA
Updated November 18 at 10:52am UTC
2 Bedrooms
913 N. College Dr
Rancho Estates
Santa Maria, CA
Updated November 16 at 11:44am UTC
3 Bedrooms
241 Mooncrest Ln
Santa Maria
Santa Maria, CA
Updated November 15 at 5:40pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
1515 Jeffrey Ct
Santa Maria
Santa Maria, CA
Updated November 15 at 12:00pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
3125 Montano Drive
Waller Park Majestic
Santa Maria, CA
Updated November 15 at 11:59am UTC
4 Bedrooms
1003 Hartley Place
Bradley Square
Santa Maria, CA
Updated November 15 at 11:58am UTC
3 Bedrooms
1148 Via Alta
Santa Maria
Santa Maria, CA
Updated November 15 at 11:56am UTC
3 Bedrooms
2346 Westbury
Somerset Gardens Townhomes
Santa Maria, CA
Updated November 15 at 11:52am UTC
3 Bedrooms
Results within 10 miles of Santa Maria, CA
4387 Valley Dr
Santa Maria
Santa Maria, CA
Updated November 8 at 8:48pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
2772 Tienda Place Unit A
Arroyo Grande
Arroyo Grande, CA
Updated November 15 at 11:51am UTC
2 Bedrooms
City Guide
Santa Maria
Santa Maria, California

What do wine, amazing weather and Zorro have in common? They all reside (or have resided, RIP masked man) in Santa Maria.

Located in Santa Barbara County, Santa Maria is bursting with great apartments to rest your head at night, something you’ll need considering all the wine that flows through this part of California. Known for more than just the hideout of a well-dressed superhero, Santa Maria is adored by locals for its prime location, fantastic weather (think blazers nine months out of the year) and, most importantly for some, its very own specialty cut of meat: the tri-tip. Yes, it’s that serious.


Southwest: The apartments in this end of town are mighty nice, featuring some pretty sweet upgrades for residents (FIOS, balconies, heated pools, granite counters, some paid utilities). Floor plans often consist of condo-style, two floor layouts, studios and lofts…just take your pick. Pricing will range here (lofts at about $950 and a 2bed/2bath for $1600 or so a month). The area is convenient—close to the 135 freeway. You will see a lot of larger homes here (think 5 bedrooms) in this suburban end of town.

Southeast (Orcutt): Located a little closer to the ocean (about 12 miles to be exact), shopping and entertainment, this end of Santa Maria is made up of large, single-family homes and apartments (some studios, but mostly 2 bedrooms and up). “But what’s the beauty of this end of town, aside from proximity to the beach?" Accessibility to the 101, of course! Although 101 can be a real nightmare sometimes, it’s clutch for those who need to commute for work or want to shoot out of the city on a moment’s notice.

The apartment living situation here often includes some luxurious extras such as a business café, washer/dryer in unit, garages and spas. Southeast Santa Maria is also a great area for outdoor lovers, as there are a few parks in the vicinity. Living here isn’t necessarily the cheapest (we blame the beach proximity), but you may be able to score a cozy one bedroom for around $1100. For a few dollars more, you can find 2bed/2bath for around $1400 or so with varying deposit prices based on credit.

Downtown: Smack dab in the middle of Santa Maria. Wineries, hiking trails, bars and performing arts are right in your backyard. Many of the complexes here are upgraded, luxury living types, featuring spacious, condo-style living, fitness centers, gourmet kitchens, private parking, etc, and the pricing for these kind of accommodations isn’t too shabby for the area, either. Here, a 2bed/2bath can run for about $1400. A 3 bedroom will cost you about $1600.

Rental Tips:

There are a few things to know when moving to Santa Maria: 1) Try as you might to avoid traffic, the 101 and the 135 are your friends—though it may seem like quite the opposite. These roads will connect you to other cities and will most likely become your main method of getting from point A to point B in your new hometown. For public transit, rely on the bus system (SMAT), which runs between Santa Maria and neighboring town San Luis Obispo during the week (only about $2 a trip!), and the Amtrak. A main line will take you on long distance travel, while the Pacific Sunliner will bring you to San Diego and Los Angeles (with two trips daily).

Whether you opt for the wine country or the bar scene, there’s rarely a dull moment here. Check out the theatre, hit the putting green or try dining at one of the hundreds of restaurants located here.

While we’re talking about going out, remember to bring a jacket. Santa Maria has what those in the know would call a “coastal climate,” meaning there’s typically a breeze, highs are usually only around the upper 70s and the winters can be chilly (about 40-30 something). Living your days with the windows open is possible, but we don’t advocate sleeping with the windows open. It’s not the 1950s.

Now that you know what’s in store for you here, there is nothing left to do but pack your belongings and head for the hills/valley. On second thought, you might want to check this site for housing first. Just remember the difference between Pinot Noir and Pinot Grigio. Happy hunting!

November 2018 Santa Maria Rent Report

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

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November 2018 Santa Maria Rent Report

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

Santa Maria rents increase sharply over the past month

Santa Maria rents have increased 0.6% over the past month, and are up moderately by 3.0% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Santa Maria stand at $1,360 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,650 for a two-bedroom. Santa Maria's year-over-year rent growth leads 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 Santa Maria, 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 Santa Maria

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

  • Santa Maria's median two-bedroom rent of $1,650 is above the national average of $1,180. Nationwide, rents have grown by 1.1% over the past year compared to the 3.0% rise in Santa Maria.
  • While Santa Maria's rents rose moderately over the past year, the city of Seattle saw a decrease of 1.3%.
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Santa Maria than most large cities. For example, Detroit has a median 2BR rent of $890, where Santa Maria 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.

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.


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.