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155 Apartments for rent in Seal Beach, CA

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Last updated July 16 at 11:52pm UTC
12200 Montecito Road
Old Ranch
Seal Beach, CA
Updated July 16 at 10:57pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
$2,295
134 13th Street
Old Town
Seal Beach, CA
Updated July 3 at 2:16am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$2,650
1414 Stevely Avenue
Atherton South
Long Beach, CA
Updated July 16 at 10:57pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
$3,100
Results within 1 miles of Seal Beach, CA
5583 E Ocean Boulevard
Peninsula
Long Beach, CA
Updated July 16 at 10:55pm UTC
1 Bedroom
$2,000
5662 Spa Drive
McDonnell Center
Huntington Beach, CA
Updated July 15 at 10:33am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$2,850
2045 Shipway Ave
Plaza
Long Beach, CA
Updated July 14 at 9:42am UTC
4 Bedrooms
$3,395
5762 Kylie Ave
Westminster
Westminster, CA
Updated July 13 at 10:02am UTC
4 Bedrooms
$3,500
3310 Tempe Drive
Huntington Harbour
Huntington Beach, CA
Updated July 10 at 3:25am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$4,000
5341 Saint Marys Cir
Westminster
Westminster, CA
Updated July 7 at 4:09pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
$2,900
6312 Bayshore Walk
Peninsula
Long Beach, CA
Updated July 6 at 9:58pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
$6,250
16835 Lynn Lane
Huntington Beach
Huntington Beach, CA
Updated July 4 at 2:28am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$2,150
11801 Kensington Road
Rossmoor
Rossmoor, CA
Updated July 3 at 2:15am UTC
5 Bedrooms
$6,500
5601 Middlecoff Dr.
Huntington Beach
Huntington Beach, CA
Updated June 26 at 11:26am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$3,995
Results within 5 miles of Seal Beach, CA
107 Ocean Avenue
Old Town
Seal Beach, CA
Updated July 11 at 3:10am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$6,250
3571 Running Tide Circle
Huntington Harbour
Huntington Beach, CA
Updated July 3 at 2:15am UTC
5 Bedrooms
$6,500
5727 E The Toledo
Naples
Long Beach, CA
Updated June 26 at 6:58pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
$4,500
16961 south pacific avenue 2
Sunset Beach
Sunset Beach, CA
Updated July 6 at 7:34am UTC
1 Bedroom
$2,500
City Guide
Seal Beach
Getting to Know Seal Beach

Seal Beach is wedged into the northwest corner of Orange County. You can reach it on the coast through Pacific Coast Highway (Highway 1), from north or south on the San Diego Freeway (I-405) or from the east on the Garden Grove Freeway (SR22). Nearly two-thirds of the city consists of the Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station, which houses a classified contingent of heroes. (For security reasons, the government would like you to pretend the base isn't there.) This doesn't leave much room for the city's 24,168 residents.

Rental Tips

When moving to Seal Beach, you want to tip the rental balance in your favor with so few units available. Apartment managers want to know that you make enough to afford the unit, and that you're financially responsible. You prove the first with pay stubs. You reveal the second through a good credit report. To check yours for free, visit AnnualCreditReport.com. Then clean up your credit by paying off as many of your obligations as you can.

The Neighborhoods

There are literally just a couple of apartment complexes within city limits, so many who frequent local streets live in larger adjacent cities, like Long Beach. If you want to lease a home in the city, you're more likely to do it with a rental house or condominium. To make it easier to find these pads, go through a rental or real-estate agent. Otherwise, your residential options include the following:

City Center: You might be surprised to find that the city center is nowhere near the center of the city at all. In fact, it's on the coast, which is the western edge of town. However, whether you're interested in a studio apartment or a two-bedroom, you'll find it here. There are tons of apartments in the area, but they're pricy. You get what you pay for, though, since you'll be closest to all the best amenities, dining, entertainment and more -- right outside of your door! You'll also be able to go to the beach whenever you want. Dreamy.

Eastern Seal Beach: Eastern Seal Beach is the place to look if you're looking for affordable rental apartments. It's far from the epicenter of town, which exists at the beach. But the best part about Eastern Seal Beach is that it has tons of housing options at prices that are budget-friendly. Another great perk of Eastern Seal Beach is that it has tons of regular, suburban businesses - so you can get your errands done, shop and eat right by your home.

Getting Around Seal Beach

The Orange County Transit Authority takes charge of public transit for Seal Beach, which means slow service that's only marginally better than walking (and only if there's a hurricane). Like in the rest of southern California, you need your own wheels to get around.

Fortunately, rentals, private homes, and businesses offer car owners lots of parking spots, carports or garages. Parking is free throughout the city but be sure to pay attention to the signs. Some streets limit your stay to a couple of hours.

Three beach parking lots, at just a few dollars for a couple of hours, offer spaces for those who want to be near the water. That is, unless you have the wheelchair sticker on your license plate. Then it costs nothing.

Traffic is usually manageable except in summer when everyone from Orange County passes through the streets at the same time just to reach the water.

What to Do in Seal Beach

There's one main reason you want an apartment for rent in Seal Beach, so head for the sands. Bring everything you need for the day, because all you'll find near the water are clusters of pine trees, some picnic tables, a volleyball net or two, and the protection of lifeguards.

The Municipal Pier may be a more happening place. It was built in 1906 and is the second-longest wooden pier in southern California (with the first at Oceanside). You can fish, watch the waves or surf near it. Another popular place to hang ten is at the mouth of the San Gabriel River, more locally known as Stingray Bay. The heated water from upstream power plants beckons the stingrays to gather in this area.

More natural wonders show up at the 911 acres of National Wildlife Refuge, which the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service looks after. It shelters three endangered bird species as well as a saltwater marsh. Because the sanctuary sprawls near a military installation, you can only visit during the monthly guided tours, generally held on the last Saturday of each month. You can also volunteer to restore the habitat or pick up trash on the first Wednesday of each month.

There's more nature, of the more manicured kind, at Eisenhower Park, with magnificent ocean views, and Gum Grove Park, with a hiking trail through a eucalyptus forest. Pooches perk up at the dog run of Arbor Park.

Man-made wonders say buy me from over 70 boutiques, antique stores, art galleries and restaurants at Main Street. Because the charming one-story facades of these retailers huddle within a three-block area, you can easily visit them all on two feet.

For more organized diversions, attend one of the annual events. The Classic Car Show closes down Main Street to display over 500 classic cars. The Lion's Club has been holding its International Fish Fry since 1943, making it the community's longest-running extravaganza.