If you plan to rent in Coronado, youre not alone. About 40 percent of residents here rent, but fortunately the vacancy rate is pretty high compared to the rest of the country. This could be because some visitors are only seasonal, renting a home for summer vacation only. Lucky them! That means you'll find it easiest to search for house rentals and apartments in the fall or winter. Just be prepared to provide proof of income, references, and a deposit.
Oh yeah, and prepare yourself for a big shock when it comes to prices here. You're jaw could possibly skydive to the floor. The cost of living is more than double what you'll find elsewhere. That's right. But you know what they say: Double the trouble, double the fun. Or something. Most 1-bedroom apartments start within reason--sort of--with luxury apartments easily creeping into the "yikes" price range.
Coronado has several neighborhoods with a variety of housing options. Here's an overview of some of the most popular areas, with affordability designated by number of dollar signs.
Bay Front: This area has great views of the bay, the convenience of Ferry Landing Marketplace and Coronado Sharp Hospital nearby. For the hypochondriacs. $$$$
Coronado Cays: You'll find upscale condos, townhomes, and large house rentals in this gated community. $$$$
Village Core: The condos and homes here are in walking distance of Orange Ave and all its businesses. It's the largest neighborhood in Coronado and has several parks, schools, and churches. Great spot for families with young whippersnappers. Whatever those are. $$$
Ocean Front: This area has lots of historic, custom homes and gorgeous views of the ocean. If postcard-worthy scenic vistas are your thing. It is minutes from the Hotel Del Coronado and various shops and places to eat.$$$
Public transportation in the area is decent, with a free shuttle available during the summer.There are also paid shuttles, cabs, and even ferries for those non-landlubbers. The Metropolitan Transit System offers bus routes that can take you around Coronado Island and into San Diego. Despite the many transportation options, more than half of the residents here commute to work, usually about 20 minutes each way. Not too shabby.
So are you ready to move to this fun, famous vacation destination? You're probably at least curious enough to visit and enjoy a drink on the patio of the Hotel Del Coronado, you know, for research purposes.