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Average Rent in Santa Barbara, CA

Avg. RentAnnual Change
Santa Barbara Studio - $4,089-3%
Santa Barbara 1 Bed - $2,595-9%
Santa Barbara 2 Beds - $4,099-8%
Last updated 6/15/2024

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Local Reviews

Around the holidays they decorate over here. We have a bar right by the house family and friends go to.

It's near restaurants and stores. It's quiet, rarely see people walking outside with me. I like the scenery.

I like our proximity to restaurants and bars, and the fact that I don't have to drive my car that often.

Quite and calm most of the time, nothing too crazy happens here which is nice I feel that it truly is.

Close to beach[ half mile], shopping and recreation. Easy freeway access . Stores and restaurants within one mile

In this neighborhood most of the individuals are friendly and helpful. They try to keep a lookout on your personal things, and share ideas on how to keep your personal thing safe from crime.

Demographics

Education

High School

28%

Associate's

25%

Bachelor's

30%

Master's

13%

Doctorate

4%

Family Size

2 people

47%

3 people

21%

4 people

18%

5 people

9%

6+ people

5%

Household Income

0-50k

32%

50-100k

27%

100-150k

15%

150-200k

9%

200k+

16%

Age

0-10

9%

10-20

11%

20-45

37%

45-65

24%

65+

19%

Affordability

Percentage: 2/52/5

Renters gave this area a 2 out of 5 for affordability

Last updated 6/15/2024

*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 Santa Barbara, CA

In Santa Barbara, CA, as of 2024, the average rent for apartments ranges from $2,595 to $4,099. Specifically, the average rent for a studio apartment in Santa Barbara, CA is $4,089. For those seeking a 1-bedroom apartments, the average rent is $2,595. And for a 2-bedroom apartment, renters can expect to pay an average of $4,099.

Annual Rent Change Over the Past 12 Months

Studio

-3%

Changed from $4,215 to $4,089
1 Bed

-9%

Changed from $2,852 to $2,595
2 Beds

-8%

Changed from $4,455 to $4,099
Last updated 6/15/2024

Rent Ranges

Apartment PricesProportion
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4%
96%

Compare Other Cities

CityStudio Avg RentAnnual Change
Goleta$2,700--
Oxnard$2,250+2%
Ventura$2,200+19%
Port Hueneme$1,795--
Newbury Park$1,777--
Camarillo$1,250--
City1 Bed Avg RentAnnual Change
Camarillo$4,721+74%
Newbury Park$3,719-1%
Montecito$3,600--
Goleta$3,400+9%
Carpinteria$2,800--
Ventura$2,587-3%
Oxnard$2,587+2%
Moorpark$2,300--
Ojai$2,100--
Port Hueneme$1,995--
Lompoc$1,4030%
City2 Beds Avg RentAnnual Change
Newbury Park$4,325-1%
Camarillo$4,251+47%
Solvang$3,200+16%
Oxnard$3,138+1%
Ventura$3,082-12%
Lompoc$2,262+5%
Ojai$2,150--

Compare Neighborhoods

West Beach

$1,500

1 Bed Avg. Rent

Laguna

$2,495

1 Bed Avg. Rent

Eastside

$2,495

1 Bed Avg. Rent

What are the most affordable neighborhoods in Santa Barbara, CA?

For renters in Santa Barbara seeking more affordable options, the neighborhoods to watch are West Beach, Laguna, and Eastside, where average rents for 1-bedroom apartments stand at $1,500, $2,495, and $2,495 respectively. Additional areas offering value are Downtown Santa Barbara and Oak Park, where the rents are $2,595 and $2,595, a favorable comparison to Santa Barbara's overall 1-bedroom average of $2,595.

What are the most expensive neighborhoods in Santa Barbara, CA?

In Santa Barbara, the neighborhoods commanding the highest rents are Upper State, Waterfront, and Downtown Santa Barbara. A 1-bedroom apartment in Upper State averages at $3,645, in Waterfront it averages $3,600, and in Downtown Santa Barbara, the average is $2,595. For additional high-end living options, Oak Park offers 1-bedroom apartments at $2,595, and Laguna at $2,495. These rates compare to the overall average rent of $2,595 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Santa Barbara, highlighting the premium nature of these specific neighborhoods.

What are the most popular neighborhoods in Santa Barbara, CA?

In Santa Barbara, the most sought-after neighborhoods for renters include Oak Park, Downtown Santa Barbara, and Laguna. In Oak Park, the average rent for a 1-bedroom apartment is $2,595. Downtown Santa Barbara sees average rents of $2,595 for a 1-bedroom unit. Laguna offers similar appeal with 1-bedroom apartments averaging $2,495. For those seeking other popular areas, Eastside presents 1-bedroom apartments at $2,495, and West Beach at $1,500. These prices are set against the backdrop of the city-wide average of $2,595 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Santa Barbara, underscoring the popularity of these particular neighborhoods.

NeighborhoodStudio Avg RentAnnual Change
Waterfront$2,595--
West Beach$2,595--
Mesa$2,150--
Lower Riviera$2,095--
Eastside$1,895-5%
Upper State$1,695--
Downtown Santa Barbara$1,500-13%
Upper East$1,500--
Neighborhood1 Bed Avg RentAnnual Change
Upper State$3,645+4%
Waterfront$3,600--
Downtown Santa Barbara$2,595+18%
Oak Park$2,595+18%
Laguna$2,495--
Eastside$2,495+8%
West Beach$1,500--
Neighborhood2 Beds Avg RentAnnual Change
Upper State$4,345-3%
Oak Park$3,800--
Downtown Santa Barbara$3,595--
Eastside$3,495--
Laguna$2,995--
Mesa$2,875--
Lower Riviera$2,695--
Waterfront$1,550--
West Beach$1,550--

Transportation

Commute Time

0-15 Mins

49%

15-30 Mins

40%

30-40 Mins

4%

40-60 Mins

4%

60+ Mins

4%

Transportation Scores

Percentage: 5959

Walk Score®

Walkable

Yes

Say 9 of 18 renters

Has Sidewalks

Yes

Say 16 of 18 renters

Percentage: 6969

Bike Score®

Bike Friendly

Yes

Say 13 of 18 renters

Area Amenities

Top Score

Gas Stations

4/5 stars based on undefined reviews

FIll 'er up! Santa Barbara has plenty of gas stations.

  1. A high number of gas stations per resident
  2. Significantly more gas stations than average
  3. 8% fewer gas stations than areas of a similar size

Retail Shops

3.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

You can shop till you drop in Santa Barbara.

  1. A high number of shops per resident
  2. Significantly more shops than average
  3. 17% fewer shops than areas of a similar size

Restaurants

3/5 stars based on undefined reviews

The restaurant scene here is really cooking with gas.

  1. A high number of restaurants per resident
  2. Significantly more restaurants than average
  3. 7% fewer restaurants than areas of a similar size

Coffee

3/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Things are heating up. Santa Barbara gets a solid score for coffee.

  1. A high number of coffee shops per resident
  2. Significantly more coffee shops than average
  3. A standard number of coffee shops compared to areas of a similar size

Fine Arts

3/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Santa Barbara has the right frame of mind for art.

  1. A high number of fine art centers per resident
  2. Significantly more fine art centers than average
  3. Significantly more fine art centers than areas of a similar size

Grocery Stores

2.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Not bad on the supermarket score. Santa Barbara gets an average rating.

  1. A high number of grocery stores per resident
  2. Significantly more grocery stores than average
  3. 35% fewer grocery stores than areas of a similar size

Nightlife

2.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Nightlife is on the rocks in Santa Barbara.

  1. A high number of bars and clubs per resident
  2. Significantly more bars and clubs than average
  3. 34% more bars and clubs 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. Significantly more parks than average
  3. 61% more parks than areas of a similar size

Health and Fitness

2.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Cardio is hale and hardy in Santa Barbara.

  1. A high number of gyms per resident
  2. Significantly more gyms than average
  3. 36% more gyms than areas of a similar size

Pet Services

2.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Who's an ok boy? Santa Barbara doesn't deserve many treats.

  1. A high number of pet facilities per resident
  2. Significantly more pet facilities than average
  3. 33% more pet facilities than areas of a similar size

Medical Care

2.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Healthcare in Santa Barbara doesn't tip the scales.

  1. A high number of medical facilities per resident
  2. Significantly more medical facilities than average
  3. 26% more medical facilities than areas of a similar size

Area Features

Area Has Litter

No

Say 18 of 18 renters

Good Place To Raise A Family

Yes

Say 18 of 18 renters

Area Has Potholes

No

Say 17 of 18 renters

Safe For Families

Yes

Say 17 of 18 renters

Noise Late At Night

No

Say 15 of 18 renters

Nearby Parks

Yes

Say 15 of 18 renters

Pet Friendly

Yes

Say 14 of 18 renters

Quiet Area

Yes

Say 14 of 18 renters

Near Grocery Stores

Yes

Say 13 of 18 renters

Tree Lined Streets

Yes

Say 13 of 18 renters

Busy Streets

No

Say 12 of 18 renters

Mostly Older Buildings

No

Say 11 of 18 renters

Near Highways

Yes

Say 11 of 18 renters

Area Has Kids Play Outside

Yes

Say 10 of 18 renters

Near Schools

Yes

Say 10 of 18 renters

Nice Views

Yes

Say 10 of 18 renters

Well Lit

Yes

Say 10 of 18 renters

Maintained Yards

No

Say 10 of 18 renters

Near Downtown

No

Say 11 of 18 renters

Mostly Newer Buildings

No

Say 15 of 18 renters

Schools

Percentage: 3/53/5

School Score

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

Top Schools in Santa Barbara

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