Apartments for Rent in San Diego
Moving to San Diego? There's a lot to love about this Southern California city. With a near perfect location near Mexico for a weekend getaway, and the ideal climate of 72 degrees year-round, San Diego is one of the most popular large cities for living and working in today. However, that means that finding the right apartment in San Diego can be a difficult task. With competitive rents in a large variety of neighborhoods, there are a lot of things to consider when searching for an apartment in San Diego. Use this simple guide to help you along your way, and keep these items in mind when searching for the perfect apartment in San Diego.
Life in San Diego
Life in San Diego can be pretty sweet. With weather that stays close to 72 degrees year-round, the climate is ideal no matter what your preferred daily activity. Second, wherever you choose your apartment, you're going to be close to the beach, Mexico, and some of the best things about Southern California living. From the historic downtown to the premier zoo in the U.S. — the San Diego Zoo — great attractions like Sea World, and a myriad of gardens, parks, museums, and more, San Diego living can be a varied and exciting prospect.
It's recommended to have a car in San Diego, but in certain neighborhoods they're less important than others. Large commercial centers like Balboa Park feature most everything you'll need within walking distance, or a short public transport ride away, at least.
Of course, we'd be remiss if we didn't mention the miles of beautiful beaches to be found in San Diego. Surfers, swimmers, and others who love the water won't have to travel far to relax on the Pacific coast.
When it comes to eating and drinking in San Diego, many of the more prominent restaurants are in the downtown area where they are frequented by locals and tourists alike. Many feature water views or waterside dining, which is always relaxing at the end of a work day. Bars and clubs in Pacific Beach offer the opportunity for club-goers to go straight from the beach to the bars, and the vibrant, diverse Gaslamp area features establishments from five-star dining to some of the best «dives» you'll ever eat in. Night life in San Diego is as varied as its neighborhoods, but you won't have to go far to find the place that speaks to you.
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Things to Consider when Renting an Apartment
Be prepared. While the San Diego apartment market isn't quite as vicious and cut-throat as other major cities, it's still quite competitive, so come prepared. Think of apartment hunting in San Diego the way you would think of preparing for a job interview. Do your homework, bring all the necessary documentation with you (proof of income, identification or drivers license, checkbook, you know — the basics!), and be prepared to be flexible. Landlords in San Diego have prospective tenants by the score. If you come in unprepared, or with a list of demands, they may pass on you, and move on to the easier work. Overall, stay flexible. There may be features you won't budge on, but keeping those to a minimum will serve you well.
Choose the right type of apartment for you. Size matters in San Diego apartments. Apartment living in San Diego consists of three basic groups: the large, clean, modern buildings with lots of efficiency but not much personality, the California cottage with personality — and molding — to spare, and the small motel-like «mom & pop» fare for the ultimate in budget living, if you're not too picky about the amenities. Let's take a look at these categories and break them down by budget:
Cottages (most expensive) are all about character. These rentals are all the rage with the vacation renter crowd, so you'll have to compete with them for the long-term deal. The floor plans are almost always 1BR/1BA, and afford a level of privacy you can't get in the other options. If you're a Jack Kerouac fan, a California cottage will warm your heart.
Complexes (middle of the road) generally boast the standard amenities: parking garages, pools, clean living, modern buildings. They're available in a wide array of floor plans (studio, 1BR/1BA, 2BR/1BA, 2BR/2BA, etc.) and are typically found near commercial centers with shopping, food, and other conveniences within walking distance — or nearly so. If you like being close to the action and don't mind cookie-cutter living, these concrete towers could hold your future home.
Motel efficiencies (least expensive) may seem like a hellish option, but don't be so quick to judge. Many of these 1-2BR apartments, if they've been renovated in the last 30 years, can actually be a pretty sweet pad for half the price of a flashier spot. To be fair, in these units you're not getting much more than a bed and the basics, but you also frequently find yourself immersed in a unique and vibrant community (sometimes bordering on commune) in these vintage digs. If you're on a budget and looking for some great stories to tell, start here.