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113 Apartments for rent in Santa Monica, CA

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Last updated September 25 at 12:50PM
2307 Ashland Ave
Sunset Park
Santa Monica, CA
Updated September 19 at 9:52AM
5 Bedrooms
$15,500
3111 4th St
Ocean Park
Santa Monica, CA
Updated September 24 at 1:47AM
1 Bedroom
$2,995
125 PACIFIC Street
Ocean Park
Santa Monica, CA
Updated September 5 at 7:26PM
3 Bedrooms
$17,000
301 OCEAN Avenue
North of Montana
Santa Monica, CA
Updated September 25 at 9:29AM
2 Bedrooms
$9,000
443 PALISADES BEACH Road
North of Montana
Santa Monica, CA
Updated September 6 at 2:58AM
5 Bedrooms
$50,000
1319 YALE Street
Mid-City
Santa Monica, CA
Updated August 24 at 1:35PM
3 Bedrooms
$6,250
1039 26th Street
Northeast Santa Monica
Santa Monica, CA
Updated September 14 at 10:37AM
2 Bedrooms
$6,950
947 4th St
Wilshire-Montana
Santa Monica, CA
Updated September 24 at 10:01AM
3 Bedrooms
$9,500
301 OCEAN Avenue
North of Montana
Santa Monica, CA
Updated September 19 at 2:28AM
2 Bedrooms
$7,500
422 25TH Street
North of Montana
Santa Monica, CA
Updated September 16 at 10:49AM
4 Bedrooms
$11,500
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City Guide
Santa Monica
North of Montana

Oh, heck, be trendy and call it NoMa. Bordered on the east by the city of Brentwood, with Ocean Avenue on the west, and San Vicente to the north, the North of Montana area is a fantastic area. If you want to apartment hunt in the area, the zip code is 90402.

North of Wilshire

That swath of real estate that sits north of Wilshire but south of Montana is known as North of Wilshire. You may also hear it referred to by locals as Wilmot. Confused yet? Mainly a residential area. The area is laid out on a grid with the streets numbered until you get to the College Streets sub-hood where, you guessed it, the streets have names such as Princeton, Stanford and Yale. North of Wilshire features tons of condos – around 3,000 units. North of Wilshire is a nice walk to the 3rd Street Promenade. This ‘hood’s zip is 90403.

Mid-City

A freeway runs through it. That’s how you’ll know you’re in the Mid-City or Midtown neighborhood – the Santa Monica Freeway wends its way through the area on its way to meet up with Highway 1, at the coast. Remember College Streets? They represent the eastern border between North of Wilshire and Mid-City. This is an area where commercial and industrial meet residential, so there’s no shortage of stuff to do. Loads of shopping, tons of restaurants and lots of neighbors – over 17,000 of Santa Monica’s residents live in Mid-City. Zip codes here overlap with other neighborhoods: 90401, 90403 and 90404.

Pico

It runs through this neighborhood too. The Santa Monica Freeway lies smack dab in the middle of the Pico neighborhood, so stop the car and rent a place here if you’re a commuter. If mnemonics are your thing, think “never eat soggy waffles” while I give you the area’s boundaries: Colorado Ave., Centinela Ave., Pico Blvd., and Lincoln Blvd. Look in zip 90404 which is shared with Mid-City so you may have to do some additional hunting to pick out the Pico listings.

Ocean Park

Dude, immerse yourself in the funky, beachy vibe and grab yourself an off the richter crib in Ocean Park. Dewey St. marks the dividing line between Ocean Park and Venice to the south; it’s separated from Sunset Park to the east by Lincoln Blvd. and Pico defines its northern border with Mid-City. Two things to consider if you plan on moving to Ocean Park: the traffic is pretty bad and most of the parking for residents is on-street. Overall, though, Ocean Park is a hip, fun neighborhood. Zip: 90405

Sunset Park

Although you’ll find the occasional modern building in the Sunset Park neighborhood, most of the homes were built in the 1940s when Douglas Aircraft populated the place with 40,000 employees. Sunset Park lies south of Pico Blvd. and north of Dewey, with Lincoln defining its western border and Centinella its eastern. It features tree-lined streets, many with views of the city or greenbelt. You’ll find most of the condos, apartments and townhouses on the areas eastern edge. Use the 90405 zip code when searching for a place in Sunset Park but be careful, because this zip also includes areas west of Lincoln, which is in the Ocean Park neighborhood.

Best of luck finding your Santa Monica apartment, from the looks of it it’d be pretty hard to go wrong.

Rent Report
Santa Monica

September 2017 Santa Monica Rent Report

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

Santa Monica rents declined over the past month

Santa Monica rents have declined 0.7% over the past month, but have increased moderately by 3.7% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Santa Monica stand at $1,670 for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,150 for a two-bedroom. Santa Monica's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 4.5%, but exceeds the national average of 3.0%.

Rents rising across the Los Angeles Metro

Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Santa Monica, but across the entire metro. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in the Los Angeles metro, 9 of them have seen prices rise. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

  • Pomona has the least expensive rents in the Los Angeles metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,470; the city has also experienced the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 10.5%.
  • Over the past year, Pasadena is the only city in the metro that has seen rents fall, with a decline of 0.5%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $2,040, while one-bedrooms go for $1,590.

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

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

  • Rents also increased in other cities across the state, with California as a whole logging rent growth of 4.5% over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 4.6% in San Diego, 2.2% in San Jose, and 0.8% in San Francisco.
  • Santa Monica's median two-bedroom rent of $2,150 is above the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 3.0% over the past year compared to the 3.7% increase in Santa Monica.
  • While Santa Monica's rents rose over the past year, some cities nationwide saw decreases, including Houston (-2.4%) and DC (-0.5%).
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Santa Monica than most large cities. For example, Houston has a median 2BR rent of $990, where Santa Monica is more than twice 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 $1,740 0.5% 5.0%
Long Beach $1,350 $1,730 0.3% 3.8%
Anaheim $1,600 $2,050 0.1% 4.6%
Santa Ana $1,430 $1,830 0.3% 6.3%
Irvine $2,080 $2,670 1.5% 5.0%
Glendale $1,370 $1,760 -0.1% 0.8%
Huntington Beach $1,840 $2,360 0.5% 2.6%
Santa Clarita $1,940 $2,490 0.6% 6.6%
Pomona $1,150 $1,470 0.4% 10.5%
Pasadena $1,590 $2,040 0.3% -0.5%
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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 Monica Renter Confidence Survey
National study of renter confidence in the economy, homeownership, and cities
Here's how Santa Monica ranks on:
A+ Overall satisfaction
A Safety and crime rate
A+ Jobs and career opportunities
A+ Recreational activities
D Affordability
A+ Quality of schools
A+ Weather
B- Commute time
C- State and local taxes
B Public transit
A- Pet-friendliness
Best Worst
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Overview of Findings

Apartment List has released results for Santa Monica 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.

“Renters in Santa Monica expressed great satisfaction with the city overall,” says Andrew Woo, Director of Data Science at Apartment List. “Most categories received above-average scores.”

Key findings in Santa Monica include the following:

  • Santa Monica renters give their city an A+ overall for satisfaction.
  • The highest-rated categories for Santa Monica were its local job and career opportunities, weather, quality of local schools, and access to parks and community events, which all received an A+ score.
  • Safety and low crime rates (A) also received above-average scores from renters.
  • Renters were mostly satisfied with access to public transit (B) and commute times (B-).
  • Santa Monica renters seemed most dissatisfied with affordability and cost of living (D).
  • Santa Monica ranks high for renter satisfaction, as do nearby Irvine (A+) and Glendale (A+). Renters here are more satisfied than in other California cities such as Long Beach (B+) and Inglewood (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.