California is one of those places people (at least the ones who didn't grow up there) dream about moving to some day. Between the glamour of Hollywood, the laid back vibes and the beautiful beaches, it's definitely a desirable destination. But have you ever wondered what living on the California coast really looks like? We combed through rental listings to find apartments, condos and houses in cities up and down the coastline, so you can see for yourself.
All of these apartments are right at (or just below, in some cases) the $2,000 a month mark, so you can see the difference in what you can get from city to city.
San Francisco: A 315-Square-Foot Studio
Size: 315 square feet
This San Francisco studio boasts hardwood floors, brand new appliances, en suite laundry, and a location that is "stumbling distance from the city's best bars, restaurants, and clubs."
San Jose: A 450-Square-Foot One-Room Guest House
Size: 450 square feet
In San Jose, you can have a little house—featuring a washer/dryer and a shared patio, fireplace, and barbecue (not to mention a "friendly yellow lab" who hangs out in the yard, too)—all to yourself.
Santa Barbara: A 620 Square Foot, One Bed Condo
Type: 1 Bedroom/Condo
Size: 620 square feet
This one bedroom condo in Santa Barbara is fully renovated with new cabinets in both the kitchen and bathroom, new tile and new appliances (including a dishwasher and garbage disposal).
Los Angeles: A 750-Square-Foot One-Bedroom
Type: 1 Bedroom/Apartment
Size: 750 square feet
Apartments at The Blackstone (originally built in 1918 and was once the tallest building in Downtown Los Angeles) boast 15 foot ceilings, 10 foot windows, walk-in closets and more. There are currently multiple one bedroom apartments available for $2,000.
San Diego: Two Bedrooms and 820 Square Feet
Type: 2 Bedroom/Condo
Size: 820 square feet
With two bedrooms and two bathrooms, this San Diego condo appears to get the most bang for your buck. It comes with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops, in-unit laundry, a community BBQ and jacuzzi, and an exercise room.