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Santa Monica, California, 90405
1 Bedroom$2,855 - $3,730
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Santa Monica, California, 90401
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Santa Monica, California, 90401
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Santa Monica, California, 90401
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Santa Monica Apartment Rental Market
Household Income City State City Compared to State Less than $10,000 10.1% 8.4% +1.7% $10,000 to $14,999 5.5% 5.6% -0.1% $15,000 to $19,999 5.2% 5.6% -0.4% $20,000 to $24,999 4.6% 5.8% -1.2% $25,000 to $29,999 5.0% 5.7% -0.7% $30,000 to $34,999 4.9% 5.7% -0.8% $35,000 to $39,999 4.8% 5.4% -0.6% $40,000 to $44,999 5.3% 5.2% +0.1% $45,000 to $49,999 3.8% 4.6% -0.8% $50,000 to $59,999 7.6% 8.6% -1.0% $60,000 to $74,999 9.3% 10.6% -1.3% $75,000 to $99,999 10.3% 11.5% -1.2% $100,000 to $124,999 7.1% 6.8% +0.3% $125,000 to $149,999 4.1% 3.6% +0.5% $150,000 to $199,999 4.6% 3.3% +1.3% $200,000 or more 7.8% 3.6% +4.2%
Cost of Living
Share of Household Income Spent on Rent City State City Compared to State Less than 10.0% 9.4% 4.8% +4.6% 10.0% to 14.9% 13.3% 9.8% +3.5% 15.0% to 19.9% 14.4% 13.6% +0.8% 20.0% to 24.9% 12.0% 13.1% -1.1% 25.0% to 29.9% 9.7% 11.0% -1.3% 30.0% to 34.9% 6.6% 8.2% -1.6% 35.0% to 39.9% 4.7% 5.9% -1.2% 40.0% to 49.9% 6.5% 8.0% -1.5% 50.0% or more 18.9% 20.2% -1.3% Not computed 4.5% 5.4% -0.9%
Age Demographic of Renters
Age Demographic of Renters City State City Compared to State 15 to 24 years 4.6% 9.6% -5.0% 25 to 34 years 28.0% 29.3% -1.3% 35 to 44 years 26.2% 25.8% +0.4% 45 to 54 years 17.4% 16.5% +0.9% 55 to 64 years 8.8% 8.0% +0.8% 65 to 74 years 6.6% 5.3% +1.3% 75 to 84 years 5.9% 4.0% +1.9% 85 years and over 2.5% 1.6% +0.9%
Travel Time to Work
Travel Time to Work City State City Compared to State Less than 30 minutes 34.5% 30.9% +3.6% 30 to 44 minutes 32.8% 24.5% +8.3% 45 to 59 minutes 14.0% 13.8% +0.2% 60 or more minutes 18.7% 30.8% -12.1%
Source: 2000 Census
Santa Monica, California
Originally developed around 1900 as a seaside resort area, Santa Monica today is a city of just under 100,000. When built, people arrived by railroad from Los Angeles. Now, its city limits are surrounded on three sides by that giant city. With Western frontage on the Pacific and beautiful beaches, it is one of the favorite beach side communities in Southern California.
View of the Pacific
Before the railroad created such popularity, Santa Monica had already been settled, the first pier built and developments were underway. A mansion called the Miramar was built in the 1880s which, today, is the Fairmont Miramar. When starting the search for your Santa Monica apartment, you will likely start the search in Ocean Park or Midtown.
Both neighborhoods are a combination of single-family houses and both low rise and higher rise apartments. Close to the ocean, close to shopping and walkable promenades, you'll find choices ranging from pre-war architecture to some of the most modern in the L.A. area.
Santa Monica is most of all a beach town. Many business and activities are located either on or near the great beaches. The boardwalk at the Santa Monica Pier is famous and fun for both locals and tourists alike. The old fashioned amusement park with its ferris wheel is always popular as is the pier itself for fishing and hanging out. The arts are amply represented with places like the Bergamont Station Arts Center which houses over 30 galleries.
The old main street area lies adjacent to the community of Venice and provides great shopping, dining and a weekly farmer's market. There are a number of activities which center around the beach. Play speed chess, volleyball (it is said to have been developed in Santa Monica in the 1920s), bike, hike, run and swim.
Taco Stands to 5 Star Restaurants
With its large Latino population in the Pico District, there are fabulous taco stands all around. Take out or sidewalk style eating is popular in all of Santa Monica and you'll find plenty of places for coffee outdoors as well as high end restaurants.
There are a number of chef oriented restaurants like Michael's and Melisse which are worth spluring on too. Once in your Santa Monica apartment, you'll find many great places within walking distance.
Dancing Near the Beach
Going out at night is just as easy. There are neighborhood bars, clubs and upscale places all along the beach area. Try Main on Main for music and good drinks, and just next door is O'Briens which always has some live music playing.
The Cock n' Bull pub is quintessentially English so catch some soccer games and English beer there. You Santa Monica apartment will easily be near some great places that you'll want to find on your own.
Average Apartment Rent in Santa Monica, California
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Santa Monica Apartment Rental TrendsApartments in Santa Monica have competitive rents so be sure to use our apartment finder to get the best deal. In February the average rent for a 1 Bedroom Santa Monica apartment cost $2,502. If you need a roommate, try finding a 2 bedroom apartment rental. An average 2 bedroom Santa Monica apartment was $3,227 in February. Start your apartment search by checking out some of the Santa Monica rentals listed below.
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I've got dogs. What are the best places in Santa Monica for being outdoors with pets?
Airport Park, located on Airport Avenue in Santa Monica, is a popular hangout for local pooches and their favorite companions. The park is clean and well-maintained, with water fountains for both the two- and four-legged visitors, and ample parking; it is easy to see why Airport Park is a local favorite for pet owners. Another great spot, Joslyn Dog Park, is situated on Kensington Road. This is a smaller park with a charming landscape, ample seating areas, separate parks for large and small dogs, and friendly, responsible pet owners. Please note- all dogs must have proof of Santa Monica licensing to take advantage of the city's dog parks.
What neighborhoods in Santa Monica are good for eating out?
Bordered by the Pacific Ocean, Downtown Santa Monica is a top-notch entertainment destination. An outdoor collection of restaurants reside in the lovely downtown Third Street Promenade. With gems like Trastevere Trattoria Italiana and Leonidas Chocolate Cafe you will not leave Downtown Santa Monica with an empty stomach. Home to the Santa Monica Pier, Ocean Avenue is an upscale neighborhood recognized for the many world-class restaurants located here. Visit the sophisticated Ocean Avenue Seafood for fresh, top-quality seafood and the best raw bar in town.
Rent in Santamonica. 2 bed room condo. I will be divorced soon and will receive kids from Chicago on an occasional basis. I travel a lot for work and to see kids so the safety is must.
Santa Monica is generally a very safe city, known for being one of the safer areas in the greater LA region. Like all cities, residents are advised to make smart decisions and use common sense when it comes to their safety. Panhandlers can be found closer to the beach and many locals try to avoid Pico Boulevard at night, but overall Santa Monica is a decidedly clean, attractive, and walkable city.
How is the school system in Santa Monica?
Receiving a prestigious score of 8 out of 10 on Greatschools.org for their superb test scores, the Santa Monica school system is highly esteemed. The district consists of nine elementary schools, two middle schools and three high schools. Some of the best include Canyon Elementary, Franklin Elementary, Roosevelt Elementary, Lincoln Middle School, and Santa Monica High School. These top schools are universally recognized for their principal leadership, teacher quality, extra curricular activities, parent involvement, safety, and discipline. Several renowned private schools are also within the community including Carlthorp School, Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences, New Roads School, and Santa Monica Catholic High School.
How far is the airport from downtown Santa Monica and can I get there easily and cheaply?
The major Los Angeles International Airport, LAX, is conveniently located just seven miles from downtown Santa Monica, with a one-way driving cost of less than $1. Bob Hope Airport in Burbank is the next closest major airport, about 15 miles from downtown, or about a $2 one-way drive. John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana is 43 miles from Santa Monica, with an approximate $5 cost of driving. Ten smaller local airports are also located with 25 miles of town including Van Nuys Airport, Clark Regional Airport, and Glendale Airport. For those who would prefer not to drive to the airport, an array of alternative modes of transportation are available including shuttle buses, local taxis, and limousine services.
What would an ideal weekend be like in Santa Monica?
An ideal weekend in Santa Monica would be spent enjoying the beautiful weather and the great outdoors. Santa Monica Beach is a must-see and a favorite among TV and movie producers. After a trip to the beach be sure to check out the Third Street Promenade- a three-block stretch of shops, restaurants, movie theaters, street entertainment and more. The Santa Monica Pier is another must-see, and don't forget to take a ride on the famous wooden rollercoaster. For more outdoor fun head to the South Bay Bicycle Trail or the Santa Monica Mountains. Or for some indoor fun, check out the art galleries at Bergamot Station, the Santa Monica Museum of Art, or the California Heritage Museum.