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Average Rent in Pasadena, CA

Avg. RentAnnual Change
Pasadena Studio - $1,695-4%
Pasadena 1 Bed - $1,925-31%
Pasadena 2 Beds - $2,750-21%

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See what Pasadena, CA has to offer.

Local Reviews

Walkable and a great entertainment district with theatre, music venue, parks all within walking distance. Good access to restaurants and medical services all within walking distance.

The beautiful trees on a serene street, the mountains are very close and it is very very quiet especially at night.

Demographics

Education

High School

11%

Associate's

23%

Bachelor's

37%

Master's

23%

Doctorate

7%

Family Size

2 people

61%

3 people

25%

4 people

10%

5 people

3%

6+ people

1%

Household Income

0-50k

35%

50-100k

27%

100-150k

19%

150-200k

8%

200k+

11%

Age

0-10

8%

10-20

5%

20-45

53%

45-65

20%

65+

14%

Affordability

Percentage: 2/52/5

Renters gave this area a 2 out of 5 for affordability

*The rent information included in this summary is based on a median calculation of multifamily rental property inventory on Apartment Guide and Rent.com over the past 12-months and is for illustrative purposes only. This information does not constitute a pricing guarantee or financial advice related to the rental market.

Rent Trends

Average rent in Downtown, Pasadena, CA

In Pasadena, CA, as of 2024, the average rent for apartments ranges from $1,695 to $2,750. Specifically, the average rent for a studio apartment in Downtown, Pasadena, CA is $1,695. For those seeking a 1-bedroom apartments, the average rent is $1,925. And for a 2-bedroom apartment, renters can expect to pay an average of $2,750.

Annual Rent Change Over the Past 12 Months

Studio

-4%

Changed from $1,766 to $1,695
1 Bed

-31%

Changed from $2,790 to $1,925
2 Beds

-21%

Changed from $3,481 to $2,750

Cost of Living

Compared to State Average

10.9%

Compared to National Average

19.6%

The cost of living in Downtown, Pasadena, CA is 10.9% lower than the state average and 19.6% higher than the national average. Downtown, Pasadena, CA housing is 42.1% more expensive than the U.S average, while utilities are about 11.7% more pricey. When it comes to basic necessities such as food and clothing, groceries are around 8.3% more in Downtown, Pasadena, CA than in the rest of the country.

Healthcare services such as doctor check-ups and dentistry cost 13.8% more here compared to the U.S. average.
Cost of Living in Downtown, Pasadena, CACompared to State AverageCompared to National Average
Housing
31.5%
42.1%
Utilities
13.2%
11.7%
Food
4.7%
8.3%
Transportation
6.3%
21.9%
Healthcare
1.1%
13.8%

Compare Other Cities

CityStudio Avg RentAnnual Change
Culver City$3,506+1%
Irvine$3,150+3%
Laguna Beach$2,850+43%
Lake Forest$2,819-4%
Santa Monica$2,719-1%
West Hollywood$2,712+3%
Hollywood$2,520+10%
Marina Del Rey$2,419-1%
Thousand Oaks$2,400--
Rancho Cucamonga$2,240+9%
Huntington Beach$2,187+4%
Los Angeles$2,180-9%
Costa Mesa$2,170+3%
Burbank$2,082+6%
Northridge$2,067+30%
Anaheim$1,875+2%
Beverly Hills$1,725-21%
Long Beach$1,720-49%
Pasadena$1,695-4%
Riverside$1,562-8%
Lancaster$1,200--
Corona$1,150--
City1 Bed Avg RentAnnual Change
Irvine$3,5250%
Santa Monica$3,495-2%
West Hollywood$3,277-10%
Laguna Beach$3,195-3%
Beverly Hills$3,190+16%
Marina Del Rey$3,071-6%
Lake Forest$2,852+16%
Thousand Oaks$2,722-15%
Hollywood$2,708-14%
Los Angeles$2,653-8%
Costa Mesa$2,600+3%
Huntington Beach$2,4340%
Burbank$2,406-6%
West Los Angeles$2,400--
Northridge$2,366+3%
Rancho Cucamonga$2,342+13%
Long Beach$2,307-32%
Lancaster$2,218-1%
Anaheim$2,062+2%
Pasadena$1,925-31%
Corona$1,919-21%
Riverside$1,900+2%
City2 Beds Avg RentAnnual Change
Laguna Beach$5,500-4%
Culver City$4,732+11%
Irvine$4,327-1%
Hollywood$4,103-10%
Marina Del Rey$4,057-2%
Santa Monica$4,040-21%
Beverly Hills$3,998-26%
Los Angeles$3,737-4%
Lake Forest$3,725+17%
West Hollywood$3,710-33%
Burbank$3,469-2%
Costa Mesa$3,422+11%
Thousand Oaks$3,254-23%
Long Beach$3,117-32%
Rancho Cucamonga$3,0070%
Huntington Beach$2,9390%
Northridge$2,8520%
Pasadena$2,750-21%
Anaheim$2,550+4%
Lancaster$2,414+14%
Corona$2,346-17%
Riverside$2,272+3%

Compare Neighborhoods

Southeast Pasadena

$1,650

1 Bed Avg. Rent

Northwest Pasadena

$1,700

1 Bed Avg. Rent

South Lake

$1,795

1 Bed Avg. Rent

What are the most affordable neighborhoods in Pasadena, CA?

For renters in Pasadena seeking more affordable options, the neighborhoods to watch are Southeast Pasadena, Northwest Pasadena, and South Lake, where average rents for 1-bedroom apartments stand at $1,650, $1,700, and $1,795 respectively. Additional areas offering value are Grant Park and Northeast Pasadena, where the rents are $1,795 and $1,892, a favorable comparison to Pasadena's overall 1-bedroom average of $1,925.

What are the most expensive neighborhoods in Pasadena, CA?

In Pasadena, the neighborhoods commanding the highest rents are West Pasadena, Madison Heights, and Playhouse District. A 1-bedroom apartment in West Pasadena averages at $2,895, in Madison Heights it averages $2,600, and in Playhouse District, the average is $2,200. For additional high-end living options, Catalina Villas offers 1-bedroom apartments at $2,200, and Villa Parke at $2,200. These rates compare to the overall average rent of $1,925 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Pasadena, highlighting the premium nature of these specific neighborhoods.

What are the most popular neighborhoods in Pasadena, CA?

In Pasadena, the most sought-after neighborhoods for renters include West Pasadena, Madison Heights, and South Lake. In West Pasadena, the average rent for a 1-bedroom apartment is $2,895. Madison Heights sees average rents of $2,600 for a 1-bedroom unit. South Lake offers similar appeal with 1-bedroom apartments averaging $1,795. For those seeking other popular areas, Playhouse District presents 1-bedroom apartments at $2,200, and Southeast Pasadena at $1,650. These prices are set against the backdrop of the city-wide average of $1,925 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Pasadena, underscoring the popularity of these particular neighborhoods.

NeighborhoodStudio Avg RentAnnual Change
Northwest Pasadena$1,695+21%
The Oaks$1,695--
Northeast Pasadena$1,666-6%
Bungalow Heaven$1,666-6%
Villa Parke$1,650--
Lamanda Park$1,550--
Southeast Pasadena$1,450+7%
Neighborhood1 Bed Avg RentAnnual Change
Madison Heights$2,600--
Playhouse District$2,200+5%
Catalina Villas$2,200-7%
Villa Parke$2,200+29%
Garfield Heights$2,100--
Lamanda Park$1,950--
The Oaks$1,925--
Marceline$1,900--
Northeast Pasadena$1,8920%
Bungalow Heaven$1,8920%
South Lake$1,795--
Grant Park$1,795--
Northwest Pasadena$1,700+3%
Southeast Pasadena$1,650+6%
Neighborhood2 Beds Avg RentAnnual Change
Playhouse District$3,915+70%
Madison Heights$3,600+11%
South Lake$3,250--
Marceline$2,990--
Catalina Villas$2,819+2%
Northeast Pasadena$2,819+1%
Northwest Pasadena$2,800-36%
Villa Parke$2,583--
The Oaks$2,450--
Southeast Pasadena$1,850+3%

Transportation

Commute Time

0-15 Mins

22%

15-30 Mins

32%

30-40 Mins

16%

40-60 Mins

17%

60+ Mins

13%

Transportation Scores

Percentage: 9090

Walk Score®

Walkable

Yes

Say 2 of 2 renters

Has Sidewalks

Yes

Say 1 of 2 renters

Percentage: 7979

Bike Score®

Bike Friendly

Yes

Say 1 of 2 renters

Area Amenities

Top Score

Health and Fitness

4.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Pumped and lifting a solid 4.5 stars for fitness.

  1. A high number of gyms per resident
  2. 98% more gyms than average
  3. 67% more gyms than areas of a similar size

Hospitals

4/5 stars based on undefined reviews

You'll see so many hospitals here, you'll get sick of them here.

  1. Few hospitals per resident
  2. An average number of hospitals
  3. A standard number of hospitals compared to areas of a similar size

Medical Care

3.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

You won't get sick of medical care here.

  1. A high number of medical facilities per resident
  2. 95% more medical facilities than average
  3. 15% more medical facilities than areas of a similar size

Nightlife

3/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Happy hour starts at six around here.

  1. A high number of bars and clubs per resident
  2. 94% more bars and clubs than average
  3. 42% fewer bars and clubs than areas of a similar size

Theaters

3/5 stars based on undefined reviews

It's a pretty good scene for movie buffs and theater lovers.

  1. A high number of theaters per resident
  2. 97% more theaters than average
  3. 53% more theaters than areas of a similar size

Grocery Stores

2.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Not bad on the supermarket score. Downtown Pasadena gets an average rating.

  1. A high number of grocery stores per resident
  2. 91% more grocery stores than average
  3. 20% fewer grocery stores than areas of a similar size

Restaurants

2.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

An average foodie scene: not too cold and not too hot.

  1. A high number of restaurants per resident
  2. 96% more restaurants than average
  3. 15% more restaurants than areas of a similar size

Coffee

2.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Not too cold, not too hot. An average town for coffee.

  1. A high number of coffee shops per resident
  2. 98% more coffee shops than average
  3. 47% more coffee shops than areas of a similar size

Parks

2.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

There's fresh air to be had here.

  1. A high number of parks per resident
  2. 95% more parks than average
  3. 13% fewer parks than areas of a similar size

Retail Shops

2.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

The shopping scene here is a size medium.

  1. Few shops per resident
  2. 70% more shops than average
  3. Far fewer shops than areas of a similar size

Pet Services

2.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Who's an ok boy? Downtown Pasadena doesn't deserve many treats.

  1. A high number of pet facilities per resident
  2. 88% more pet facilities than average
  3. Far fewer pet facilities than areas of a similar size

Fine Arts

2.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

It's just about fine for fine art. An average score.

  1. A high number of fine art centers per resident
  2. 97% more fine art centers than average
  3. A standard number of fine art centers compared to areas of a similar size

Amusement Parks

2.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Not exactly a Tilt-a-Whirl, but there's fun to be had.

  1. A high number of amusement parks per resident
  2. 96% more amusement parks than average
  3. 18% more amusement parks than areas of a similar size

Gas Stations

2.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

The road is less traveled for filling the tank up in Downtown Pasadena.

  1. A high number of gas stations per resident
  2. 90% more gas stations than average
  3. 89% fewer gas stations than areas of a similar size

Childcare

2/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Downtown Pasadena is low on childcare options so get on the waiting list early.

  1. Few daycares per resident
  2. 20% more daycares than average
  3. Far fewer daycares than areas of a similar size

Schools

Percentage: 2/52/5

School Score

How satisfied do renters feel with the schools in this area.

Top Schools in Downtown Pasadena

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Find Apartments in Nearby Cities

City1 Bed Price2 Beds Price
Pasadena, CA 0.2 miles$1,925$2,750
Los Angeles, CA 8.6 miles$2,653$3,737
West Los Angeles, CA 18.7 miles$2,400---
Alhambra, CA 3.5 miles$4,649$5,758
Burbank, CA 9.8 miles$2,406$3,469
Long Beach, CA 26.3 miles$2,307$3,117
Hollywood, CA 11 miles$2,708$4,103
Beverly Hills, CA 15.5 miles$3,190$3,998
Santa Monica, CA 21.7 miles$3,495$4,040
Los Feliz, CA 8.5 miles------

Find Apartments in Nearby Neighborhoods

Neighborhood1 Bed Price2 Beds Price
Playhouse District 0.3 miles$2,200$3,915
Northwest Pasadena 1.8 miles$1,700$2,800
Southeast Pasadena 1.4 miles$1,650$1,850
Catalina Villas 1 miles$2,200$2,819
The Oaks 0.8 miles$1,925$2,450
South Lake 0.9 miles$1,795$3,250
Grant Park 0.8 miles$1,795---
Villa Parke 0.8 miles$2,200$2,583
Garfield Heights 1.4 miles$2,100---
West Pasadena 1.6 miles$2,895$5,995