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Vista Apartments
Last updated February 6 2023 at 3:35 PM

658 Apartments in Vista, California

Vista Apartment Renter's Guide

Overview


Population: 101,638
Population Density: 5,421.4 people/sq mile
Median Age: 34
Percentage of Family Households: 68%
Median Annual Income: $84,262 / year
Median Rent: $1,896 / month

What locals are saying

While Vista may just be a road sign for commuters between L.A. and San Diego, the few and the smart have chosen to make this city their permanent home. Not ready for the commitment? That's o.k. That's what apartments are for... and duplexes, and fourplexes, and rental homes, and garage apartments. There are tons of rental options in a variety of locations with their own unique characteristics.

Transportation

While Vista may just be a road sign for commuters between L.A. and San Diego, the few and the smart have chosen to make this city their permanent home. Not ready for the commitment? That's o.k. That's what apartments are for... and duplexes, and fourplexes, and rental homes, and garage apartments. There are tons of rental options in a variety of locations with their own unique characteristics.

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Apartment Hunting Tips

Transportation. Vista has public transportation, but no one uses it. A ten minute drive to the beach takes at least an hour by bus. You could get there quicker on a bike. In fact, Vista is such a small city, you can get just about anywhere on a bicycle. So, save your bus fare money and hop on your bicycle. It's always a nice ride in this sunny southern California weather.

Neighborhood Breakdown

North

Look for apartments in the northern neighborhoods if you’re a fan of camping, fishing and horseback riding at the nearby Guajome County Park. It's a large, beautiful park with marshes and lakes, campsites, and green, grassy hills for day time picnics. There is also a bit of a night life at the neighborhood bars. You can shoot some pool at Jim's Vista Lounge, or try some handcrafted brews at the Prohibition Brewing Company.

Central

Here you can spend your days watching live theater under the stars, enjoying the Wave Waterpark, meandering through the shops and eateries of the city center, and enjoying a relaxing walk through one of the neighborhood parks. Enlighten your body with yoga and dance classes by day, and then hop between karaoke bars and brewpubs by night. For bowling, dancing, laser light shows, arcade games, beers, and cocktails, check out the Vista Entertainment Center.

South

On the south side, you can find the big and beautiful Buena Vista Park, as well as a country club, a shopping center, and tons of live music just a little farther south in the City of San Marcos.

East

There are few apartments on the east side of Vista. It's a very suburban area, with a few gated communities, a country club to the north, and tons of open space. Look for rental homes in these neighborhoods, and be sure to take frequent visits farther east to Dixon Dam, Hellhole Canyon Preserve, and way out to the Palomar Mountain State Park.

West

Live on the west side for a location near the San-Shi Judo classes, and the live music and beaches in nearby Oceanside, Carlsbad, and Encinitas. Not feeling the Zen lifestyle? Well, head south to Majestic Farms for some horseback riding.

Whether you are moving from across town, the state, the country, or the border, there are plenty of apartments ready and waiting to be your new home.

-By Katy Comal

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Vista Demographics


How diverse is Vista?

The representation of ethnic minorities in Vista is higher than the national average. The eight main ethnic groups that make up the population of Vista are Hispanic Or Latino (53.1%), White (31.9%), Asian (6.1%), Two Or More (5.1%), Black Or African American (2.8%), Other (0.3%), American Indian Or Alaska Native (0.3%), and Native Hawaiian Or Other Pacific Islander (0.3%).

What does the age breakdown look like for Vista residents?

The median age in Vista is 34 while the most populous age group of residents is the under 20 group.

How diverse is Vista?

The representation of ethnic minorities in Vista is higher than the national average. The eight main ethnic groups that make up the population of Vista are Hispanic Or Latino (53.1%), White (31.9%), Asian (6.1%), Two Or More (5.1%), Black Or African American (2.8%), Other (0.3%), American Indian Or Alaska Native (0.3%), and Native Hawaiian Or Other Pacific Islander (0.3%).

What does the age breakdown look like for Vista residents?

The median age in Vista is 34 while the most populous age group of residents is the under 20 group.

Vista Crime


Overall Crime

Below Average
Overall crime in Vista is below average in comparison to the national average.

Violent Crime

Below Average
The level of violent crime in Vista is below average compared to the national average violent crime rate.

Property Crime

Below Average
The level of property crime in Vista is below average compared to the national average property crime rate.

Top Schools in Vista


Elementary Schools

8 /10
Casita Center For Science/Math/Technology
Public
K-5
Public
K-5
588 Students
9 Reviews
588
Students
9 Reviews
8 /10
Breeze Hill Elementary School
Public
K-5
Public
K-5
811 Students
18 Reviews
811
Students
18 Reviews
6 /10
Guajome Park Academy Charter
Charter
K-12
Charter
K-12
1,416 Students
26 Reviews
1,416
Students
26 Reviews

Middle Schools

7 /10
Vista Magnet Middle School Of Technology, Science, And Math
Public
6-8
Public
6-8
837 Students
10 Reviews
837
Students
10 Reviews
6 /10
Guajome Park Academy Charter
Charter
K-12
Charter
K-12
1,416 Students
26 Reviews
1,416
Students
26 Reviews
6 /10
Vista Innovation and Design Academy
Public
6-8
Public
6-8
807 Students
1 Reviews
807
Students
1 Reviews

High Schools

7 /10
Rancho Buena Vista High School
Public
9-12
Public
9-12
2,101 Students
17 Reviews
2,101
Students
17 Reviews
6 /10
Guajome Park Academy Charter
Charter
K-12
Charter
K-12
1,416 Students
26 Reviews
1,416
Students
26 Reviews
4 /10
Vista High School
Public
9-12
Public
9-12
2,360 Students
9 Reviews
2,360
Students
9 Reviews

What Renters Say about Vista


Apartment List has released the results for Vista from the third annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. This survey, which drew on responses from over 45,000 renters nationwide, provides insight on what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the country’s 111 million renters.
86%
Weather
68%
Parks and Outdoor Activities
65%
Pet Friendliness
56%
Social Life
46%
Jobs and Career Opportunities
46%
Public Transit
44%
Safety and Crime Rate
39%
Quality of Schools
36%
Commute Time
19%
State and Local Taxes
11%
Affordability
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Check out 658 verified apartments for rent in Vista, CA with rents starting as low as $1,600. Some apartments for rent in Vista might offer rent specials. Look out for the
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Sofi Shadowridge Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$2,781
669 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,486
1086 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$3,963
1432 sqft
Energy-efficient appliances and windows. High ceilings, private balconies and large walk-in closets. Residential amenities feature resort-style swimming pool and spa, playground, and business center. Pet-friendly.
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Bella Terra Photo Gallery 1
1 of 35
1 Bedroom
$2,106
700 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,407
922 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$3,356
1160 sqft
Just minutes from Route 8. On-site amenities offer everything needed, including a pool, playground, media room and gym. Patio and balcony options available. On-site laundry, garage parking and grilling area. Pet-friendly.
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Shadowridge Woodbend Photo Gallery 1
1 of 32
1 Bedroom
$2,228
800 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,622
1000 sqft
Shadowridge Woodbend Apartment Homes is located in North San Diego County, just minutes from the Tri-Cities. Units offer hardwood floors, extra storage, fireplaces, and stainless steel appliances.
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Softwind Point Photo Gallery 1
1 of 26
Studio
$1,883
500 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,042
720 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,675
850 sqft
Communal amenities include gym, pool and parking. Residents enjoy units with air conditioning, ceiling fans, dishwashers, extra storage, bathtubs and more. Located close to major freeways, convenient for commuters.
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Average rent in Vista, California

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The average rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in Vista is $2,532, while the average rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $2,861. Rent rates updated 4 days ago
* Averages are based on the rental prices of properties listed on Apartment List
Persea Photo Gallery 1
1 of 13
Studio
$2,458
656 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,499
761 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,082
1046 sqft
Persea isn’t just a place to lay your head at night. It’s Vista’s new home for makers and dreamers and doers and creators. In the heart of a walkable bike-friendly neighborhood, we invite you to explore a specially curated resident experience that captures the essence of North County living. It’s edgy, fun, inspiring, a little bit quirky, and above all else, it’s home. Tap into a spacious new studio, 1- or 2-bedroom apartment floor plan and let your creativity flow.
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Waterleaf Apartment Homes Photo Gallery 1
1 of 21
1 Bedroom
$2,292
740 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,378
890 sqft
Located close to the 78 freeway and College Blvd and minutes away from shopping, dining and entertainment. Community has pool and spa. Units feature A/C, extra storage and private patio/balcony.
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Skye Apartments Photo Gallery 1
1 of 30
1 Bedroom
$2,555
791 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,020
1082 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$4,205
1244 sqft
Numerous recreation opportunities at the nearby Vista Sports Park. Smoke-free units have laundry machines and dishwashers. Enjoy use of a basketball court and a 24-hour gym.
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Sycamore Greens Photo Gallery 1
1 of 32
1 Bedroom
$2,449
715 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,730
900 sqft
Upscale apartments with built-in microwaves, central air, and custom finishes. Community includes a coffee bar, fitness center, and pool. Close to LEGOLAND California and California State University San Marcos. By Ronald Packard Parkway.
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Preserve at Melrose Photo Gallery 1
1 of 32
1 Bedroom
$2,592
761 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,792
1128 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$3,305
1358 sqft
Near Vista Sports Park. Apartments feature living areas with hardwood-style floors, bathrooms with soaking tubs and kitchens with Whirlpool appliances. On-site community garden, swimming pool, spa, clubhouse and 24-hour fitness center.
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Las Ventanas Photo Gallery 1
1 of 15
2 Bedrooms
$2,480
1029 sqft
Large apartment homes with washer/dryer in unit, private patio/balcony with a view, hardwood floors and ceiling fans. Community has a swimming pool, media room, playground and open BBQ/grill areas for entertaining.
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Taylor Brooke Photo Gallery 1
1 of 22
1 Bedroom
$2,216
720 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,681
900 sqft
Located just minutes from local shopping and dining, this development offers amenities like private patios and balconies, gas stoves, garages, hardwood floors, garbage disposals and in-unit ceiling fans.
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Elán Shadowridge Meadows Apartments Photo Gallery 1
1 of 36
2 Bedrooms
$2,525
900 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$2,995
1369 sqft
Excellent location close to major retailers, restaurants, and schools. Residents enjoy communal pool, spa, and basketball courts. Homes include fireplaces, private balconies and patios, and more.
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Avalon Vista Photo Gallery 1
1 of 39
1 Bedroom
$2,630
589 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,430
1248 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$4,135
1437 sqft
Kitchens have granite counters, garbage disposal and space-saving, built-in microwaves. Recreational amenities include shuffleboard, a pool table, a hot tub and a swimming pool. Located within walking distance of Breeze Hill Park.
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363 N Melrose Photo Gallery 1
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3 Bedrooms
$3,500
1298 sqft
VERY SPACIOUS ground floor corner unit 3 Bed 2 Bath condominium featuring approx 1298 sqft with detached 1 car garage, with storage cabinet, plus 1 assigned spot. Located just a few blocks from downtown Vista and just minutes from the California 78 Freeway. Generous kitchen with breakfast bar, granite tops, gas oven and range, microwave, dishwasher, and refrigerator. There are plenty of cabinets for storage. Washer and dryer located in the hallway, between the bedrooms and guest bathroom. All bedrooms are equipped with ceiling fan with lamp and remote. Two bedrooms are 10' x 10' and feature reach-in closets. 15.5' x 10.5' master space is relaxing with its natural tones and modern touch. Gorgeous remodeled master bathroom with over-sized tub offers a comfortable shower space HUGE walk-in closet with built-in shelving and drawers. Roomy patio includes storage closet. Access to two pools and a tennis court. Finishing touches to remodel are wrapping up and this place is ready for a new tenant!
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823 Silver Dr Photo Gallery 1
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3 Bedrooms
$3,350
1674 sqft
This 3 bedroom, 2.5 baths single-family house is a must to see. High ceilings with open floor plan, spacious living room, bright and airy. The family room with fireplace is open to the Well-maintained kitchen/dining area. Fenced backyard with great view, covered patio for your outdoor enjoyment. Carpet and wood flooring attached 2 car garage, laundry room is next to the garage. Lots of storage /cabinets space. All 3 bedrooms are in 2nd floor, the master bedroom has two mirrored walk-in closet, Master bath has dual sinks and soaking tub. House is currently furnished as showing in the photos, tenants may choose furnished or unfurnished as desired. Close to Hwy /Hwy 78 an Hwy5, ten mins drive to the beach, Costco, hospital and restaurants are minutes away.
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1470 S Santa Fe Photo Gallery 1
1 of 19
2 Bedrooms
$3,495
1680 sqft
BRAND NEW CONSTRUCTION! NEW YEARS SPECIAL! (thru Jan 31st) 1 Month Free (13 month lease) + FREE Pet Rent! These luxury residence townhomes are situated just a short drive from downtown Vista (1470 S Santa Fe Ave, Vista, CA, 92084). Currently more than 10 units available, each are two story with attached 2 car garage (Electrical Vehicle outlet available in the garage). They are bright and airy with high ceilings and a "great room" style. First floor features a fully equipped and modern kitchen, luxury hard surface flooring, and a spacious living area for entertaining guests. The second floor boasts two beautiful spacious bedrooms that includes a very large primary bedroom with dual walk-in closets and private primary bathroom. This extra large bedroom can actually be fitted into two separate bedrooms if you’re in need of 3 separate bedrooms. *Rental Prices range from $3350-$3595 DEPENDING ON UNIT ** Ask about MOVE IN SPECIALS **Refrigerator, stove, dishwasher, microwave, washer/dryer (full closet (not stacked), central air conditioning, AT&T Fiber Available! **Clubhouse, Playground, Outdoor entertainment space, BBQ & Electric Car charging in unit!
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220 Lyon Circle Photo Gallery 1
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3 Bedrooms
$3,895
1903 sqft
Check out this recently updated, large, 3 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath home on a private lot. Located at the end of a Cul-de-sac and close to downtown Vista, you can enjoy easy access to shopping, movie theaters, restaurants, schools, and a Starbucks a block away! This home is truly a hidden treasure. This recently updated home has a nicely appointed kitchen with stainless steel appliances a gas range, a brand new over-the-range microwave, a quiet dishwasher, and a large center island with plenty of room for 4-5 bar stools. The kitchen is adjacent to the family room which has a cozy fireplace and you can access the huge deck. Also on the first level is the large master suite which also has access to the expansive deck. Additional features of the master suite are a spa-like master bath that features both a soaker tub, plus a custom shower with multiple shower heads, two vanities, and a large walk-in closet. Additional features found on the main floor are the formal dining room/living room combo, the inside laundry room, and a half bath. Downstairs you will find two additional bedrooms and a second family room that could be utilized as an entertainment room, stay-at-home office, or den. The two additional bedrooms are also downstairs as is a large storage closet and a second full bath. This home sits on an oversized 9000 sq/ft lot with a built-in BBQ. Call for easy access and details about the application.
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935 Alta Vista Drive, Unit 6 Photo Gallery 1
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Studio
$1,625
350 sqft
Great studio unit with a small patio and separate kitchen/ dining area. Has large closet, skylights, and parking directly in front. The property is very private and includes the use of a washer/ dryer. Also includes utilities Available now. The location is above the Civic Center in nice residential neighborhood. Pease complete the free questionnaire. Copy and paste this link: https://forms.gle/rs6Dbd7nnPGt1Hum8 Thank you Great studio unit with a small patio and separate kitchen/ dining area. Has large closet, skylights, and parking directly in front. The property is very private and includes the use of a washer/ dryer. Also includes utilities. The location is above the Civic Center in nice residential neighborhood. Pease complete the online questionnaire. Copy and paste this link: https://forms.gle/3LtpTVhL1euQjmqRA Thank you
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944 Lupine Hills Drive - 116 Photo Gallery 1
1 of 5
2 Bedrooms
$3,150
1077 sqft
Newly renovated 2-Bed, 2-Bath upstairs unit available soon! Close to markets, schools, outdoor dining, and easy access to highways. The apartment has a large Living Room, a spacious Kitchen with Stainless Steel Appliances, Dishwasher, Oven, Microwave, Laundry, Ceiling Fans, Private Balcony, and Garage. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact our office. Newly renovated 2-Bed, 2-Bath upstairs unit available soon! Close to markets, schools, outdoor dining, and easy access to highways. The apartment has a large Living Room, a spacious Kitchen with Stainless Steel Appliances, Dishwasher, Oven, Microwave, Laundry, Ceiling Fans, Private Balcony, and Garage. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact our office.
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1214 Cielita Linda Drive Photo Gallery 1
1 of 9
3 Bedrooms
$3,300
1266 sqft
3 Bed/2 Bath - great location Across from Park - 3 bed/ 2 bath/ 2 car garage in great condition across from park in great community. Nice Air Conditioning, and rear cover patio. wahser/dyer hook-ups. Located on a quiet street with easy access to the 78. Available 02/01/23. Call Jackie @ 760-331-3561 for more information or appointment for a tour of the property. (RLNE7889513)
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1762 Spyglass Cir Photo Gallery 1
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3 Bedrooms
$4,000
1835 sqft
Beautiful home on Golf Course in ShadowRidge with AC - Beautiful 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath townhome with 2 car garage in the desirable Shadowridge area. Gorgeous fairway and pond views of the golf course. The home is light and bright with a feeling of openness. The living room has vaulted ceilings, fireplace, and sliding door to patio. Kitchen is equipped with stainless steel appliances, gas stove, microwave and dishwasher, lots of cabinets for storage and a breakfast counter. There are three bedrooms upstairs with the primary offering large closets, en-suite, and views of the golf course. The home is equipped with central air and heat. Community pool and spa, close to shopping, dining and entertainment. Only minutes to the coast! Non aggressive breed pets will be considered on a case by case basis with increase to the deposit and pet screening profile. Renter's liability insurance required to keep current throughout tenancy. Fridge/washer/dryer included. All utilities are tenant responsibility. 1 year lease. McLain Properties CalDRE#01970594 * Offered by McLain Properties * ?www.mclainproperties.com?? (760) 434-6161 * Once approved, a monthly Resident Benefit Package Fee of $30.00 will apply. * We do full background checks * Approved pets include additional fees? The property is being rented as is, unless otherwise stated by the property manager. If there are any requests for changes to the property, they must be received before applying, any modifications will need to be approved by the owner.? **Price, terms, offerings, availability subject to change. All information deemed reliable, tenant to verify all. Though a pet policy may state no pets, all service animals and assisted animals will be accepted provided they have been verified through Petscreening.com. Please see our summary of rental qualifications and application process, and pet policy for further details.** (RLNE7889223)
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The average rent in Vista is $2,071 for a studio, $2,532 for a one-bedroom apartment, and $2,861 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

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How much is rent in Vista?

In Vista, the average rent is $2,071 for a studio, $2,532 for a 1-bedroom, $2,861 for a 2-bedroom, and $3,788 for a 3-bedroom. For more information on rental trends in Vista, check out our monthly Vista Rent Report.

How can I find a cheap apartment in Vista?

You can find the lowest-priced apartments in Vista by using the cheap apartments filter or you can search by apartments that are offering move-in specials.

How can I find a pet-friendly apartment in Vista?

You can use the pet-friendly filter to find Vista apartments that allow pets.

How can I tour apartments during the COVID-19 pandemic?

While some Vista 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 Vista?

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 Vista.

How can I find off-campus housing in Vista?

You can use the off-campus housing filters to find apartments near colleges located in or around Vista. Some of the colleges and universities in the area include San Diego City College, Vanguard University of Southern California, Orange Coast College, Chapman University, and University of San Diego.

Average rent in Vista, California

City Guide
The average rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in Vista is $2,532, while the average rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $2,861. Rent rates updated 4 days ago
* Averages are based on the rental prices of properties listed on Apartment List