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534 Apartments for rent in Santa Monica, CA

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4 Units Available
Citrus Suites
1915 Ocean Way
Santa Monica, CA | Ocean Park
1 Bedroom
$4,197
475 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 05:48 AM
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61 Units Available
Junction Santa Monica
1641 Lincoln Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA | Pico
Studio
$2,275
386 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,900
484 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,875
781 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 04:47 AM
Junction Santa Monica offers spacious and light-filled studio, one, two and three bedroom modern apartment homes with beautiful designer finishes.
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12 Units Available
2300 Wilshire
2300 Wilshire Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA | Mid-City
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$4,980
1363 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 04:47 AM
Self-Guided Onsite Tours Now Available! At this time our team is available to schedule a self-guided onsite tour after a personalized virtual tour has been taken. Please call us for more information!
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37 Units Available
Catherine Santa Monica
800 Colorado Ave
Santa Monica, CA | Pico
Studio
$2,699
428 sqft
1 Bedroom
$3,349
605 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,599
985 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 04:47 AM
UP TO 8 WEEKS FREE!!! Call for Details.TOUR YOUR WAY. Meet your new community, on your terms. Our doors are open by appointment-only for both self-guided tours and virtual tours only. Additionally, virtual tours via video chat are still available.
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28 Units Available
Riva
1410 5th St
Santa Monica, CA | Mid-City
1 Bedroom
$2,499
667 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,599
945 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated December 3 at 04:47 AM
Wonderful neighborhood with excellent schools, retail stores and restaurants. In-unit washer and dryer. Rooftop lounge area. Secure underground parking garage. Charging station for electric vehicles.
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11 Units Available
Bixby
1502 Broadway
Santa Monica, CA | Pico
Studio
$1,899
492 sqft
1 Bedroom
$3,099
789 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Last updated December 3 at 04:47 AM
Convenient location for commuters, close to Google, Sony Studios and St. John's Health Center. Community amenities include bike storage, elevator and controlled access. Apartments have granite countertops, floor-to-ceiling windows and in-unit washers and dryers.
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14 Units Available
Sway
525 Broadway
Santa Monica, CA | Downtown Santa Monica
Studio
$3,293
621 sqft
1 Bedroom
$3,630
866 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,362
1133 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 04:47 AM
Great location, close to the ocean and Third Street Promenade. Luxury community offers residents a pool, pool table and courtyard. Units include laundry, stainless steel appliances and dishwasher.
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65 Units Available
Living at Santa Monica
1519 6th St
Santa Monica, CA | Mid-City
Studio
$1,814
494 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,208
591 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,751
804 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 04:47 AM
Close to Santa Monica Place shopping center. Luxury apartment communities with reserved garage parking and ground-level retail stores. Apartment highlights include air conditioning, oval soaking tubs, gourmet kitchens and balconies.
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8 Units Available
Ocean Palms & Palisades
950 4th St
Santa Monica, CA | Wilshire-Montana
1 Bedroom
$3,200
997 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,100
1296 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 04:47 AM
Walk to Santa Monica Pier, Third Street Promenade, shopping, dining. Pet-friendly one- and two-bedroom apartments are recently renovated and include fireplace, on-site laundry, patio/balcony. Enjoy smoke-free community with fitness center, parking, internet cafe, business center.
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9 Units Available
NMS 1548
1548 6th St
Santa Monica, CA | Mid-City
1 Bedroom
$2,494
737 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,195
882 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 04:47 AM
Located just minutes from downtown Santa Monica. Courtyard and on-site fitness center. Spacious homes featuring granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. Large balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows in each apartment.
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8 Units Available
NMS 1427
1427 7th St
Santa Monica, CA | Mid-City
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$2,445
649 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,445
845 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 04:47 AM
WE OFFER IN-PERSON AND VIRTUAL TOURSNMS 1427 Seventh is a boutique luxury apartment building located in one of the best areas of downtown Santa Monica! You'll love living close to all of the shopping, dining, and entertainment but just off of a
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16 Units Available
NMS 1539
1539 4th St
Santa Monica, CA | Downtown Santa Monica
Studio
$2,095
419 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,395
628 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 04:47 AM
Near downtown Santa Monica and the area's dining and shopping. Each upscale home features wood-like flooring, expansive windows and a modern kitchen. Private balconies available. Lots of natural light.
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2 Units Available
Criterion Promenade
302 Arizona Avenue
Santa Monica, CA | Downtown Santa Monica
Studio
$2,095
352 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,295
536 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 04:46 AM
Criterion Promenade offers unique and renovated apartments housed within a historic façade. Our apartment homes have a modern, clean look that will make you feel right at home in within the gorgeous historical architecture.
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18 Units Available
Sea Castle Apartments
1725 Ocean Front Walk
Santa Monica, CA | Downtown Santa Monica
Studio
$2,365
422 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,485
532 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 04:46 AM
Beachfront living at its best. Located between Shutters Hotel and Santa Monica Pier. Updated interiors with stainless steel appliances, Caesarstone countertops, and floor-to-ceiling windows. Valet parking, fitness center, and rooftop sky lounge.
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2 Units Available
Mayfair Residences at Santa Monica Beach
210 Santa Monica Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA | Downtown Santa Monica
1 Bedroom
$3,195
805 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Last updated December 3 at 04:46 AM
Downtown Santa Monica's newest community, at the world famous Santa Moncia Beach. New boutique style residences of superior quality and design. Conveniently located a block from Santa Monica Beach, Third Street Promenade, and Santa Monica Place.
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11 Units Available
Avalon Santa Monica on Main
2000 Main St
Santa Monica, CA | Ocean Park
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$3,750
772 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,025
1044 sqft
Last updated December 2 at 01:07 PM
Minutes from Santa Monica's glorious beaches. Also close to Main Street with its many boutique shops. Apartments boast contemporary kitchens and bathrooms and private rooftop gardens. Communal media lounge, fitness center and swimming pool.
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1 Unit Available
NMS Avo
1446 Yale Street
Santa Monica, CA | Mid-City
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$6,000
550 sqft
Last updated October 2 at 06:50 PM
Located in a commuter-friendly neighborhood, NMS Avo is conveniently close to cutting-edge businesses, Bergamot Station and the Santa Monica Freeway. No matter where you work in Los Angeles, our location makes it easy to get there.
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7 Units Available
San Vicente Tower
220 San Vicente Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA | North of Montana
1 Bedroom
$3,292
841 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,002
1017 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$9,320
1592 sqft
Last updated December 1 at 09:42 PM
San Vicente Tower is a unique collection of newly renovated one and two bedroom luxury apartments and two-story penthouses with designer selected finishes, hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, in-home washer dryer and private balconies for
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37 Units Available
AO Santa Monica Apartments
2200 Colorado Ave
Santa Monica, CA | Pico
1 Bedroom
$2,224
698 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,486
1129 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$4,613
1555 sqft
Last updated December 1 at 09:42 PM
Conveniently located in the Mid-City neighborhood of Santa Monica. High ceilings and stainless steel appliances in units with ocean and city views. Close to hiking trails and restaurants. Spa, pool, and cardio room available.
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2 Units Available
Chelsea Santa Monica
1318 2nd St
Santa Monica, CA | Downtown Santa Monica
Studio
$2,593
492 sqft
1 Bedroom
$3,847
703 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Last updated December 1 at 09:42 PM
Chelsea Santa Monica is the new jewel of the area! If you have an eye for luxury and a love for modern aesthetics, you will feel right at home at Chelsea Santa Monica. Live Chic. Live Coastal. Live Chelsea.
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1 Unit Available
NMS Swell
1238 10th Street
Santa Monica, CA | Mid-City
Studio
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1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$4,400
561 sqft
Last updated September 29 at 12:45 PM
Recently renovated apartments feature granite counters and air conditioning. On-site parking and garage. Near the Santa Monica College of Performing Arts , Santa Monica Boulevard and Christine Emerson Reed Park.
1 Unit Available
2921 Arizona Avenue
2921 Arizona Avenue
Santa Monica, CA | Mid-City
2 Bedrooms
$2,995
975 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 08:51 AM
MOVE-IN SPECIAL O.A..C.: rent to be $2995 for lease starting November 15th. For lease starting after 11/15/20 the monthly rent would be $3250. BRIGHT, SPACIOUS, +/- 950 sq. ft., upper 2 Bedroom 1.
1 Unit Available
1318 Berkeley St - 1, Unit 5
1318 Berkeley St
Santa Monica, CA | Mid-City
2 Bedrooms
$2,750
995 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 08:34 AM
2 bedroom 1.
1 Unit Available
814 6th St
814 6th Street
Santa Monica, CA | Wilshire-Montana
3 Bedrooms
$3,999
1200 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 08:07 AM
The BEST LOCATION one can dream off - North of Wilshire, next to trendy Montana and just 6th blocks to the Beach. Short Walk to Promenades, Mall. Best schools. Quick and Easy access to freeway and PCH.

Median Rent in Santa Monica

Last updated Nov. 2020
The median rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in Santa Monica is $1,857, while the median rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $2,335.
Studio
$1,499
1 Bed
$1,857
2 Beds
$2,335
3+ Beds
$2,216
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Searching for an apartment for rent in Santa Monica, CA? Look no further! Apartment List will help you find a perfect apartment near you. There are 534 available rental units listed on Apartment List in Santa Monica. Click on listings to see photos, floorplans, amenities, prices and availability, and much more!

The median rent in Santa Monica is $1,499 for a studio, $1,857 for a one-bedroom apartment, and $2,335 for a two-bedroom apartment. If you are looking for a deal, keep an eye out for a red pulsing icon that indicates rent specials.

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Frequently Asked Questions
How much is rent in Santa Monica?
In Santa Monica, the median rent is $1,499 for a studio, $1,857 for a 1-bedroom, $2,335 for a 2-bedroom, and $2,216 for a 3-bedroom. For more information on rental trends in Santa Monica, check out our monthly Santa Monica Rent Report.
How much is rent in Santa Monica?
In Santa Monica, the median rent is $1,499 for a studio, $1,857 for a 1-bedroom, $2,335 for a 2-bedroom, and $2,216 for a 3-bedroom. For more information on rental trends in Santa Monica, check out our monthly Santa Monica Rent Report.
How can I find a cheap apartment in Santa Monica?
You can filter cheap apartments in Santa Monica by price: under $1500, under $1,400, under $1,200, under $1,700, or search by apartments that are offering move-in specials.
How can I find a cheap apartment in Santa Monica?
You can filter cheap apartments in Santa Monica by price: under $1500, under $1,400, under $1,200, under $1,700, or search by apartments that are offering move-in specials.
How can I find a pet-friendly apartment in Santa Monica?
You can use the pet-friendly filter to find Santa Monica apartments that allow pets.
How can I find a pet-friendly apartment in Santa Monica?
You can use the pet-friendly filter to find Santa Monica apartments that allow pets.
How can I tour apartments during the COVID-19 pandemic?
While some Santa Monica properties may not allow visitors at this time, most are open for business by phone or email. Please reach out to them directly for virtual touring options. Additionally, some properties may offer video and 3D tours, which can be found on the listing details page.
How can I tour apartments during the COVID-19 pandemic?
While some Santa Monica properties may not allow visitors at this time, most are open for business by phone or email. Please reach out to them directly for virtual touring options. Additionally, some properties may offer video and 3D tours, which can be found on the listing details page.
How much should I pay for rent in Santa Monica?
The answer to this question depends on your household income and a couple of other factors. You can use our Rent Calculator to figure out how much you should spend on rent in Santa Monica.
How much should I pay for rent in Santa Monica?
The answer to this question depends on your household income and a couple of other factors. You can use our Rent Calculator to figure out how much you should spend on rent in Santa Monica.
How can I find off-campus housing in Santa Monica?
You can use the off-campus housing filters to find apartments near colleges located in or around Santa Monica. Some of the colleges and universities in the area include Los Angeles Trade Technical College, Los Angeles City College, Santa Monica College, University of Southern California, and The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Los Angeles.
How can I find off-campus housing in Santa Monica?
You can use the off-campus housing filters to find apartments near colleges located in or around Santa Monica. Some of the colleges and universities in the area include Los Angeles Trade Technical College, Los Angeles City College, Santa Monica College, University of Southern California, and The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Los Angeles.

Median Rent in Santa Monica

Last updated Nov. 2020
The median rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in Santa Monica is $1,857, while the median rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $2,335.
Studio
$1,499
1 Bed
$1,857
2 Beds
$2,335
3+ Beds
$2,216

City Guide

Santa Monica
Home to 90,000 residents & renowned for its laid-back beachy atmosphere.
Home to 90,000 residents & renowned for its laid-back beachy atmosphere.

So, let’s get you up to speed on SaMo’s various neighborhoods and what they have to offer. Keep in mind that the closer you get to the beach, the more money you’ll pay in rent.

Having trouble with Craigslist Santa Monica? Can't find that special apartment for rent on Apartment Finder or Zillow? Apartment List is here to help!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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City Guide

Santa Monica
Home to 90,000 residents & renowned for its laid-back beachy atmosphere.
Home to 90,000 residents & renowned for its laid-back beachy atmosphere.

So, let’s get you up to speed on SaMo’s various neighborhoods and what they have to offer. Keep in mind that the closer you get to the beach, the more money you’ll pay in rent.

Having trouble with Craigslist Santa Monica? Can't find that special apartment for rent on Apartment Finder or Zillow? Apartment List is here to help!

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 Montana
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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.

North of Wilshire
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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.

Mid-City
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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.

Pico
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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

Ocean Park
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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.

Sunset Park
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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

December 2020 Santa Monica Rent Report

Welcome to the December 2020 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 decline sharply over the past month

Santa Monica rents have declined 0.8% over the past month, and have decreased sharply by 12.5% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Santa Monica stand at $1,857 for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,336 for a two-bedroom. This is the ninth straight month that the city has seen rent decreases after an increase in February. Santa Monica's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of -5.2%, as well as the national average of -1.3%.

    Rents falling across the Los Angeles Metro

    Rent prices have been decreasing not just in Santa Monica over the past year, but across the entire metro. Of the largest 10 cities in the Los Angeles metro for which we have data, 6 of them have seen prices drop. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

    • Over the past year, Los Angeles proper has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with a decline of 8.1%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $1,998, while one-bedrooms go for $1,523.
    • Santa Clarita has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 3.1%. The median two-bedroom there costs $2,416, while one-bedrooms go for $1,933.
    • Irvine has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the Los Angeles metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,735; rents were up 0.4% over the past month but fell 4.2% over the past year.
    • Long Beach has the least expensive rents in the Los Angeles metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,778; rents fell 0.6% over the past month and 0.3% over the past year.

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

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

    • With cities across the state seeing rents both rising and falling, California as a whole has logged -5.2% year-over-year decline. For example, rents have fallen by 0.1% in San Diego.
    • Santa Monica's median two-bedroom rent of $2,336 is above the national average of $1,095. Nationwide, rents have fallen by 1.3% over the past year compared to the 12.5% decline in Santa Monica.
    • While rents in Santa Monica fell sharply over the past year, the city of Phoenix saw an increase of 3.9%.
    • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Santa Monica than most large cities. For example, Houston has a median 2BR rent of $1,073, 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.

    City
    Median 1BR Rent
    Median 2BR Rent
    M/M Rent Growth
    Y/Y Rent Growth
    Los Angeles
    $1,520
    $2,000
    -0.7%
    -8.1%
    Long Beach
    $1,400
    $1,780
    -0.6%
    -0.3%
    Anaheim
    $1,520
    $1,960
    -0.2%
    2.1%
    Santa Ana
    $1,450
    $1,870
    0.5%
    0.3%
    Irvine
    $2,210
    $2,740
    0.4%
    -4.2%
    Glendale
    $1,300
    $1,810
    0.8%
    -6.8%
    Huntington Beach
    $1,850
    $2,070
    0.1%
    -0.1%
    Santa Clarita
    $1,930
    $2,420
    0.6%
    3.1%
    Pasadena
    $1,590
    $2,110
    0
    -6.6%
    Orange
    $1,700
    $2,050
    0
    1.1%
    Fullerton
    $1,620
    $2,020
    1%
    0.7%
    Costa Mesa
    $1,860
    $2,150
    -0.2%
    -0.1%
    West Covina
    $1,740
    $2,310
    -0.1%
    3.7%
    Burbank
    $1,570
    $2,200
    -0.1%
    -10.6%
    Mission Viejo
    $2,040
    $2,510
    0.5%
    0.6%
    Santa Monica
    $1,860
    $2,340
    -0.8%
    -12.5%
    Newport Beach
    $2,240
    $2,820
    0.9%
    2.4%
    Lake Forest
    $2,090
    $2,450
    -0.6%
    0.4%
    Laguna Niguel
    $2,090
    $2,630
    1.4%
    1.9%
    West Hollywood
    $1,850
    $2,380
    2.3%
    -5.1%
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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 about the methodology on our blog.

    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.

    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.

    Read More

    December 2020 Santa Monica Rent Report

    Welcome to the December 2020 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.

    View full Rent Report

    December 2020 Santa Monica Rent Report

    Welcome to the December 2020 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 decline sharply over the past month

    Santa Monica rents have declined 0.8% over the past month, and have decreased sharply by 12.5% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Santa Monica stand at $1,857 for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,336 for a two-bedroom. This is the ninth straight month that the city has seen rent decreases after an increase in February. Santa Monica's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of -5.2%, as well as the national average of -1.3%.

      Rents falling across the Los Angeles Metro

      Rent prices have been decreasing not just in Santa Monica over the past year, but across the entire metro. Of the largest 10 cities in the Los Angeles metro for which we have data, 6 of them have seen prices drop. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

      • Over the past year, Los Angeles proper has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with a decline of 8.1%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $1,998, while one-bedrooms go for $1,523.
      • Santa Clarita has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 3.1%. The median two-bedroom there costs $2,416, while one-bedrooms go for $1,933.
      • Irvine has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the Los Angeles metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,735; rents were up 0.4% over the past month but fell 4.2% over the past year.
      • Long Beach has the least expensive rents in the Los Angeles metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,778; rents fell 0.6% over the past month and 0.3% over the past year.

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

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

      • With cities across the state seeing rents both rising and falling, California as a whole has logged -5.2% year-over-year decline. For example, rents have fallen by 0.1% in San Diego.
      • Santa Monica's median two-bedroom rent of $2,336 is above the national average of $1,095. Nationwide, rents have fallen by 1.3% over the past year compared to the 12.5% decline in Santa Monica.
      • While rents in Santa Monica fell sharply over the past year, the city of Phoenix saw an increase of 3.9%.
      • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Santa Monica than most large cities. For example, Houston has a median 2BR rent of $1,073, 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.

      City
      Median 1BR Rent
      Median 2BR Rent
      M/M Rent Growth
      Y/Y Rent Growth
      Los Angeles
      $1,520
      $2,000
      -0.7%
      -8.1%
      Long Beach
      $1,400
      $1,780
      -0.6%
      -0.3%
      Anaheim
      $1,520
      $1,960
      -0.2%
      2.1%
      Santa Ana
      $1,450
      $1,870
      0.5%
      0.3%
      Irvine
      $2,210
      $2,740
      0.4%
      -4.2%
      Glendale
      $1,300
      $1,810
      0.8%
      -6.8%
      Huntington Beach
      $1,850
      $2,070
      0.1%
      -0.1%
      Santa Clarita
      $1,930
      $2,420
      0.6%
      3.1%
      Pasadena
      $1,590
      $2,110
      0
      -6.6%
      Orange
      $1,700
      $2,050
      0
      1.1%
      Fullerton
      $1,620
      $2,020
      1%
      0.7%
      Costa Mesa
      $1,860
      $2,150
      -0.2%
      -0.1%
      West Covina
      $1,740
      $2,310
      -0.1%
      3.7%
      Burbank
      $1,570
      $2,200
      -0.1%
      -10.6%
      Mission Viejo
      $2,040
      $2,510
      0.5%
      0.6%
      Santa Monica
      $1,860
      $2,340
      -0.8%
      -12.5%
      Newport Beach
      $2,240
      $2,820
      0.9%
      2.4%
      Lake Forest
      $2,090
      $2,450
      -0.6%
      0.4%
      Laguna Niguel
      $2,090
      $2,630
      1.4%
      1.9%
      West Hollywood
      $1,850
      $2,380
      2.3%
      -5.1%
      See More

      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 about the methodology on our blog.

      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.

      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’s satisfaction with their cities and states

      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

      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.
      View our national survey results here.
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      Renter Confidence Survey

      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 W...

      View full Santa Monica Renter Survey

      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

      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.
      View our national survey results here.