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297 Apartments for rent in Seal Beach, CA

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Last updated December 12 at 5:43pm UTC
College Park East
Seal Beach, CA
Updated November 2 at 12:06pm UTC
4 Bedrooms
126 10th Street
Old Town
Seal Beach, CA
Updated December 1 at 3:58am UTC
2 Bedrooms
211 17th Street
Old Town
Seal Beach, CA
Updated December 12 at 5:42pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
245 Surf Place
The Hill
Seal Beach, CA
Updated December 7 at 10:10am UTC
5 Bedrooms
12526 Montecito Rd.
Old Ranch
Seal Beach, CA
Updated December 9 at 10:56am UTC
2 Bedrooms
3989 Warner Avenue
Huntington Harbour
Huntington Beach, CA
Updated November 23 at 8:05pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
3894 Howard Avenue
Apartment Row
Los Alamitos, CA
Updated November 21 at 10:18am UTC
2 Bedrooms
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16328 Pacific Avenue
Sunset Beach
Huntington Beach, CA
Updated December 2 at 9:33am UTC
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3365 Bandit Circle
Huntington Harbour
Huntington Beach, CA
Updated December 7 at 1:56am UTC
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University Park Estates
Long Beach, CA
Updated December 9 at 10:53am UTC
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12712 Taylor Street
West Garden Grove
Garden Grove, CA
Updated December 12 at 5:43pm UTC
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3342 Bradbury Road
Old Ranch
Los Alamitos, CA
Updated December 12 at 9:47am UTC
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11730 Cozumel Street
Cypress, CA
Updated December 11 at 2:04am UTC
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1 62nd Place #201
Long Beach, CA
Updated November 10 at 11:19am UTC
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17042 Pacific Coast
Sunset Beach
Huntington Beach, CA
Updated November 28 at 7:51pm UTC
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16225 Whitecap Lane
Huntington Harbour
Huntington Beach, CA
Updated December 2 at 9:32am UTC
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6601 E Seaside Walk
Long Beach, CA
Updated December 7 at 10:10am UTC
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604 Ocean Avenue
Old Town
Seal Beach, CA
Updated November 4 at 2:30am UTC
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6070 Lido Lane
Long Beach, CA
Updated November 9 at 5:26pm UTC
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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 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.