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246 Apartments for rent in Encinitas, CA

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Last updated December 17 at 3:36pm UTC
1726 Kennington Rd
Encinitas, CA
Updated December 17 at 9:39am UTC
4 Bedrooms
1819 Wilton Rd
Encinitas, CA
Updated December 17 at 9:39am UTC
3 Bedrooms
1724 Kennington Rd
Encinitas, CA
Updated December 17 at 9:39am UTC
3 Bedrooms
4 Bedrooms
1820 Wilton Rd
Encinitas, CA
Updated December 17 at 9:39am UTC
3 Bedrooms
1813 Wilton Rd
Encinitas, CA
Updated December 17 at 9:39am UTC
3 Bedrooms
113 Liszt Avenue
Encinitas, CA
Updated December 17 at 3:36pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
132 Verdi Ave.
Encinitas, CA
Updated December 16 at 10:16am UTC
3 Bedrooms
1617 Neptune Avenue
Encinitas, CA
Updated December 17 at 1:32pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
2145 Manchester Ave
Encinitas, CA
Updated December 14 at 10:16am UTC
3 Bedrooms
687 S Coast Highway 101
Encinitas, CA
Updated December 17 at 1:32pm UTC
1 Bedroom
275 Gloxina St
Encinitas, CA
Updated December 17 at 1:32pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
2731 Mackinnon Ranch Rd
Encinitas, CA
Updated December 12 at 7:39pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
800 Encinitas Blvd
Encinitas, CA
Updated December 17 at 1:32pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
127 W Glaucus St
Encinitas, CA
Updated December 10 at 5:07pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
1313 Caminito Septimo
Encinitas, CA
Updated December 15 at 10:30am UTC
2 Bedrooms
1740 S El Camino Real Unit J106
Encinitas, CA
Updated December 14 at 10:20am UTC
2 Bedrooms
134 3rd Street
Encinitas, CA
Updated December 12 at 7:28pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
1710 S El Camino Real
Encinitas, CA
Updated December 13 at 11:30am UTC
2 Bedrooms
City Guide
Searching for Rentals in Encinitas

About 59% of the homes in this city are occupied by their owners. Around 35% are rental homes, which is slightly higher than the national average. Whether you're looking for a two bedroom house or a tiny studio apartment, you should be able to find what you need here within a few months. And if that's too long to wait and you need to be out of your current home tomorrow, don't be afraid to get out your tent, polish up your bonfire knowledge, and set up camp on the beach while you look for rentals. Hey, you wanted to live by the water, right?

What Will a Rental Cost in Encinitas?

Like so many other coastal cities in Southern California, the cost of living in Encinitas is a bit, well, shocking. In fact, it's almost double the national average, and the housing cost is about quadruple the average for the US. So be prepared to leave the comfort of your reasonable budget, unless of course you're already used to the crazy cost of living that comes with cities on the beach. Just nod, smile, and try to keep it together until you get home; landlords usually frown on potential tenants screaming "Are you kidding me??" when they mention pricing.

How Should You Prepare?

Since the vacancy rate here is a rather low 6%, you'll have some competition when it comes to finding a home. After all, you didn't think you'd be the first person dreaming of living next to the beach, right? Just do everything you can to set yourself apart from the competition. If you can't present a great credit score, rental history, and references, you should at least have a winning smile! Oh, and a deposit. That helps, too.

Where to Live in Encinitas

If you want to live along the beach, the many miles of coastline you'll find in Encinitas may be exciting. Your wallet might not be as thrilled, since you can expect to pay a premium to smell that ocean air on your patio. If you need a little more space and want to save a little cash at the same time, moving to one of the many inland, suburban neighborhoods is a good idea. Here are some examples of what you'll get when you move to this city.

Leucadia: This is one of the more expensive neighborhoods here, and it's easy to see why. It's located right on the coast, with an urban feel and lots of high-rise apartments, studios, and smaller rental homes to choose from. It's conveniently close to the popular Interstate 5, and there are several shops, eateries, and hotels near the homes here. $$$$

Olivenhain: This area is on the east side of the city, which is ideal if you're looking to trade proximity to the beach for a cheaper price. Of course, the coast is still only a few minutes away, but this part of the city offers larger homes for a smaller cost. Plus, it's surrounded by parks and schools. Its vacancy rate is practically zero, though, so start looking fast if you want to live here. $$

Moonlight Beach: This is among the most popular beaches in Encinitas, so it makes sense that the area around it is a fairly expensive place to live. There is a mix of rental homes, apartments, and townhomes, and all tend to be on the small side. This urban area also encompasses the city hall, a hospital, and several parks and shopping centers. $$$$

Piraeus St and La Costa Ave: This area is next to Leucadia, set a little more inland on the other side of the 5 freeway. The atmosphere is a bit more suburban, with larger homes that are slightly more affordable than the ones along the coast. The beautiful Batiquitos Lagoon is just north of the area, reminding residents that the coast is not really far at all. Encinitas Ranch Golf Course is also set here, as are the requisite parks and schools for the many families that call this area home. $$$

Mountain Vista Dr and Village Park Way: This is another inland area toward the east side of the city, but it does retain more of an urban feel. You'll find lots of townhomes and large rental houses, along with some parks and schools. Plus, this area is within walking distance of some restaurants, bars, grocery stores, and major shopping centers. That means you've hit the jackpot if you like the idea of ditching your car every once in a while when you run errands. $$

Cardiff-by-the-Sea: This immensely popular area is on the southern coast of the city. It is especially well loved by surfers, who tend to gather at Cardiff Reef or Pipes for great waves. There are also tidal pools to check out, as well as a variety of rental homes just a few steps from the beach. $$$$

Living in Encinitas

The average commute time in this city is 28 minutes, which is exactly the same as the national average. This is pretty impressive given this city's location in what's practically the bad traffic capital of the country! A small percentage of residents either carpool or work from home, which might help with the traffic here. And not surprisingly, public transportation in this city is not exactly incredible, though the city bus does get some residents where they need to go.

As you might imagine, the main centerpiece of this city is the beach. More specifically, lots of people end up swimming, tanning, and generally relaxing at Moonlight State Beach just off Encinitas Blvd. The surfers seem to prefer Swami's Beach, which is why the Beach Boys included this spot in their song Surfin' U.S.A. Considering that there are 11 beaches here, you can rest assured you'll soon find your own favorite spot to hang out at once you move to Encinitas!

Rent Report

December 2018 Encinitas Rent Report

Welcome to the December 2018 Encinitas Rent Report. Encinitas rents increased over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Encinitas rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

Encinitas rents increase sharply over the past month

Encinitas rents have increased 1.8% over the past month, and are up moderately by 3.0% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Encinitas stand at $1,900 for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,470 for a two-bedroom. This is the second straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in September. Encinitas' year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 1.4%, as well as the national average of 1.3%.

Rents rising across the San Diego Metro

Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Encinitas, but across the entire metro. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in the San Diego metro, all of them have seen prices rise. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

  • Encinitas has the most expensive rents in the San Diego metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,470; the city has also seen rent growth of 1.8% over the past month, the fastest in the metro.
  • Over the past month, El Cajon has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with a decline of 1.1%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $1,640, while one-bedrooms go for $1,260.
  • National City has the least expensive rents in the San Diego metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,530; rents were up 0.3% over the past month and 1.9% over the past year.

Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Encinitas

As rents have increased moderately in Encinitas, a few large cities nationwide have seen rents grow more modestly, or in some cases, even decline. Compared to most large cities across the country, Encinitas is less affordable for renters.

  • Rents increased slightly in other cities across the state, with California as a whole logging rent growth of 1.4% over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 3.2% in San Jose, 1.8% in San Francisco, and 1.5% in Los Angeles.
  • Encinitas' median two-bedroom rent of $2,470 is above the national average of $1,180. Nationwide, rents have grown by 1.3% over the past year compared to the 3.0% rise in Encinitas.
  • While Encinitas' rents rose moderately over the past year, the city of Seattle saw a decrease of 0.4%.
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Encinitas than most large cities. For example, Phoenix has a median 2BR rent of $1,060, where Encinitas is more than twice that price.

For more information check out our national report. You can also access our full data for cities and counties across the U.S. at this link.
City Median 1BR price Median 2BR price M/M price change Y/Y price change
San Diego $1,560 $2,030 -0.3% 1.0%
Chula Vista $1,650 $2,150 0.7% 3.6%
Oceanside $1,770 $2,300 0.4% 2.1%
Escondido $1,430 $1,860 0.8% 0.0%
Carlsbad $1,900 $2,460 0.8% 1.8%
El Cajon $1,260 $1,640 -1.1% 0.7%
Vista $1,430 $1,850 0.1% 2.0%
San Marcos $1,540 $1,990 -0.2% 2.4%
Encinitas $1,900 $2,470 1.8% 3.0%
National City $1,180 $1,530 0.3% 1.9%
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Methodology - Recent Updates:

Data from private listing sites, including our own, tends to skew toward luxury apartments, which introduces sample bias when estimates are calculated directly from these listings. To address these limitations, we’ve recently made major updates to our methodology, which we believe have greatly improved the accuracy and reliability of our estimates.

Read more about our new methodology below, or see a more detailed post here.


Apartment List is committed to making our rent estimates the best and most accurate available. To do this, we start with reliable median rent statistics from the Census Bureau, then extrapolate them forward to the current month using a growth rate calculated from our listing data. In doing so, we use a same-unit analysis similar to Case-Shiller’s approach, comparing only units that are available across both time periods to provide an accurate picture of rent growth in cities across the country.

Our approach corrects for the sample bias inherent in other private sources, producing results that are much closer to statistics published by the Census Bureau and HUD. Our methodology also allows us to construct a picture of rent growth over an extended period of time, with estimates that are updated each month.

Read more about our methodology here.

About Rent Reports:

Apartment List publishes monthly reports on rental trends for hundreds of cities across the U.S. We intend these reports to be a source of reliable information that help renters and policymakers make sound decisions, and we invest significant time and effort in gathering and analyzing rent data. Our work is covered regularly by journalists across the country.

We are continuously working to improve our methodology and data, with the goal of providing renters with the information that they need to make the best decisions.