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198 Apartments for rent in Vista, CA

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Last updated October 21 at 2:55PM
1201 Sunset Drive
Vista
Vista, CA
Updated October 20 at 10:35AM UTC
2 Bedrooms
$1,700
214 Paseo Marguerita
Vista
Vista, CA
Updated October 19 at 1:59PM UTC
3 Bedrooms
$2,400
544 N. Melrose
Vista
Vista, CA
Updated October 18 at 10:42AM UTC
3 Bedrooms
$1,995
1443 OLIVE AVENUE
Vista
Vista, CA
Updated October 18 at 10:31AM UTC
3 Bedrooms
$2,150
730 Breeze Hill Rd. 270
Vista
Vista, CA
Updated October 21 at 11:37AM UTC
2 Bedrooms
$1,825
1160 Larkhill Drive
Vista
Vista, CA
Updated October 20 at 10:18AM UTC
2 Bedrooms
$1,895
610 Sunrise Drive
Vista
Vista, CA
Updated October 20 at 10:30AM UTC
3 Bedrooms
$2,895
959 Marlin Drive
Vista
Vista, CA
Updated October 20 at 10:24AM UTC
3 Bedrooms
$2,300
229 Yacon Street
Vista
Vista, CA
Updated October 5 at 11:43AM UTC
3 Bedrooms
$2,100
1235 Melrose Way
Vista
Vista, CA
Updated October 19 at 1:54PM UTC
5 Bedrooms
$3,200
2494 San Clemente Ave.
Vista
Vista, CA
Updated October 20 at 10:22AM UTC
3 Bedrooms
$2,195
1271 Navel Pl
Vista
Vista, CA
Updated October 21 at 10:26AM UTC
4 Bedrooms
$4,995
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City Guide
Vista
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

Rent Report
Vista

October 2017 Vista Rent Report

Welcome to the October 2017 Vista Rent Report. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Vista rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

Vista rents increase sharply over the past month

Vista rents have increased 0.7% over the past month, and have increased sharply by 6.1% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Vista stand at $1,400 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,810 for a two-bedroom. This is the second straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in July. Vista's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 4.3%, as well as the national average of 2.8%.

Rents rising across the San Diego Metro

Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Vista, but across the entire metro. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in the San Diego metro, 9 of them have seen prices rise. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

  • El Cajon has the least expensive rents in the San Diego metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,660; the city has also experienced the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 9.4%.
  • Over the past year, Encinitas is the only city in the metro that has seen rents fall, with a decline of 0.3%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $2,360, while one-bedrooms go for $1,820.
  • Coronado has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the San Diego metro, with a two-bedroom median of $3,830; rents jumped up 2.0% over the past year.

Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Vista

As rents have increased sharply in Vista, large cities nationwide have seen rents grow more modestly, or in some cases, even decline. Compared to most large cities across the country, Vista is less affordable for renters.

  • Rents also increased significantly in other cities across the state, with California as a whole logging rent growth of 4.3% over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 4.5% in Los Angeles, 2.5% in San Jose, and 1.6% in San Francisco.
  • Vista's median two-bedroom rent of $1,810 is above the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.8% over the past year compared to the 6.1% increase in Vista.
  • While Vista's rents rose sharply over the past year, some cities nationwide saw decreases, including DC (-0.8%) and New York (-0.1%).
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Vista than most large cities. For example, Phoenix has a median 2BR rent of $1,030, where Vista is more than one-and-a-half times 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
San Diego $1,560 $2,020 -0.1% 4.4%
Chula Vista $1,610 $2,090 -0.2% 6.7%
Oceanside $1,750 $2,270 -0.2% 4.8%
Escondido $1,420 $1,840 0.3% 3.7%
Carlsbad $1,850 $2,410 0.6% 2.9%
El Cajon $1,280 $1,660 0.3% 9.4%
Vista $1,400 $1,810 0.7% 6.1%
Encinitas $1,820 $2,360 0.6% -0.3%
La Mesa $1,410 $1,820 -0.1% 6.1%
Coronado $2,950 $3,830 2.0%

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.

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 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.