For rentals under $2,000 unfortunately Westsiderentals is the way to go. It will cost you $60 for the service, however they have most of that inventory. Craigslist is also useful and free while looking in that price range.
Currently the two studios I have available in Santa Monica are about $1,150 per month. You might want to try neighborhoods that border Santa Monica which are close but not as high. Check out Mar Vista, West La, Palms, and Culver City in addition to Santa Monica, Brentwood, and Venice which are on the pricier side.
Jessica Acker Carrillo
Wellman Realty Company
Wellman Property Management, Inc.
(310) 828-3132 Office
1415 Stanford St., Suite #2
Santa Monica, CA 90404
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