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127 Apartments for rent in Santa Monica, CA

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Last updated December 13 at 10:11pm UTC
MySuite at 1539 4th Street
1539 4th Street
Santa Monica, CA
Updated December 13 at 10:11pm UTC
1 Bedroom
MySuite at 1548 Sixth Street
1548 6th Street
Santa Monica, CA
Updated December 13 at 10:11pm UTC
1 Bedroom
2 Bedrooms
MySuite at Avo
1446 Yale Street
Santa Monica, CA
Updated December 13 at 10:11pm UTC
1 Bedroom
2 Bedrooms
NMS Pacifico
1445 9th Street
Santa Monica, CA
Updated December 13 at 10:10pm UTC
1 Bedroom
2 Bedrooms
MySuite at Pacifico
1445 9th Street
Santa Monica, CA
Updated December 13 at 10:11pm UTC
1 Bedroom
2 Bedrooms
MySuite at 1427 Seventh Street
1427 7th Street
Santa Monica, CA
Updated December 13 at 10:11pm UTC
1 Bedroom
2 Bedrooms
Criterion Promenade
302 Arizona Avenue
Santa Monica, CA
Updated December 13 at 10:10pm UTC
1 Bedroom
828 4th Street
828 4th Ave
Santa Monica, CA
Updated October 11 at 10:42am UTC
1 Bedroom
903 7th St STU
Santa Monica, CA
Updated December 13 at 11:29am UTC
2016 Euclid St Unit 19
Sunset Park
Santa Monica, CA
Updated December 13 at 11:22am UTC
2 Bedrooms
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.


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.


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

December 2018 Santa Monica Rent Report

Welcome to the December 2018 Santa Monica Rent Report. Santa Monica rents increased 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 increase sharply over the past month

Santa Monica rents have increased 1.0% over the past month, and are up marginally by 0.7% 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. This is the second straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in September. Santa Monica'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

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, 7 of them have seen prices rise. 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 Monica

As rents have increased marginally in Santa Monica, a few large cities nationwide have seen rents grow more quickly. Compared to most large cities across the country, Santa Monica is less affordable for renters.

  • Rents increased moderately in other cities across the state, 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 Monica's median two-bedroom rent of $2,150 is above the national average of $1,180. Nationwide, rents have grown by 1.3% over the past year compared to the 0.7% rise in Santa Monica.
  • While Santa Monica's rents rose marginally over the past year, the city of Seattle saw a decrease of 0.4%.
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Santa Monica than most large cities. For example, Houston has a median 2BR rent of $1,030, 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 $1,370 $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.


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’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
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.