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830 Sunset Dr
Vista, CA
Updated August 10 at 10:45AM
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232 Hill Dr
Vista, CA
Updated August 17 at 1:39AM
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1061 Lime Pl.
Vista, CA
Updated August 17 at 11:01AM
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291 Durian St
Vista, CA
Updated August 17 at 10:59AM
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326 Hillside Terrace
Vista, CA
Updated August 17 at 1:52AM
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959 Marlin Drive
Vista, CA
Updated August 17 at 11:00AM
3 Bedrooms
1790 Coyote Ct
Vista, CA
Updated August 17 at 11:32AM
3 Bedrooms
1902 Corre Camino
Vista, CA
Updated August 17 at 10:48AM
3 Bedrooms
1577 Dawson Dr
Vista, CA
Updated August 17 at 11:27AM
3 Bedrooms
1277 Capistrano Lane
Vista, CA
Updated August 18 at 10:36AM
4 Bedrooms
Vista, CA
Updated August 18 at 10:55AM
3 Bedrooms
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2494 San Clemente Ave.
Vista, CA
Updated August 17 at 11:01AM
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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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

August 2017 Vista Rent Report

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

Vista rents declined marginally over the past month

Vista rents have declined 0.2% over the past month, but have increased significantly by 4.7% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Vista stand at $1,380 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,790 for a two-bedroom. This is the second straight month that the city has seen rent decreases after an increase in May. Vista's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 4.2%, as well as the national average of 2.9%.

Rents rising across cities in California

Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Vista, but across the entire state. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in California, all of them have seen prices rise. California as a whole has logged a 4.2% year-over-year growth. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the state.

  • Looking throughout the rest of the state, San Francisco is the most expensive of all California's major cities outside the San Diego metro, with a median two-bedroom rent of $3,060; of the 10 largest cities in the state that we have data for, San Francisco, is the only major city to see rents fall year-over-year (-0.0%).
  • Sacramento, Santa Ana, and Fresno have all experienced year-over-year growth above the state average (8.9%, 6.2%, and 6.1%, respectively).

Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Vista

As rents have increased in Vista, a few 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.

  • Vista's median two-bedroom rent of $1,790 is above the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.9% over the past year.
  • While Vista's rents rose over the past year, some cities nationwide saw decreases, including Miami (-0.8%) and DC (-0.4%).
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Vista than most large cities. Comparably, Phoenix has a median 2BR rent of $1,020, 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 $1,550 $2,010 0.7% 4.1%
Chula Vista $1,610 $2,090 0.2% 6.6%
Oceanside $1,750 $2,270 -0.0% 5.5%
Escondido $1,400 $1,810 1.0% 2.8%
Carlsbad $1,840 $2,390 0.1% 3.1%
El Cajon $1,260 $1,630 1.2% 8.4%
Vista $1,380 $1,790 -0.2% 4.7%
Encinitas $1,800 $2,330 -0.4% -2.2%
La Mesa $1,400 $1,820 1.0% 6.3%

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.