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126 Apartments for rent in Encinitas, CA

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Elán Pacifico Encinitas
1100 Garden View Rd
Encinitas, CA
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$2,080
1237 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$3,145
1564 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 01:09 AM
Residents who enjoy shopping will love this property's proximity to Encinitas Ranch Town Center. The green community has a clubhouse, hot tub and 24-hour gym. Inside, apartments feature walk-in closets and hardwood flooring.
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5 Units Available
Elán Cardiff by the Sea Apartment Homes
2170 Carol View Dr
Encinitas, CA | Cardiff
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$2,145
1018 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$2,700
1160 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 12:34 AM
A coastal beach town with 28 acres of resort-style living. On-site amenities include two pools and spas, a fitness center, basketball court, and business center. Homes are within walking distance of the beach. Updated interiors.
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2 Units Available
Elan Seacrest Encinitas
117 Rosebay Drive
Encinitas, CA
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$2,050
1000 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 12:04 AM
Newly remodeled apartment homes located 6 miles of the Pacific coastline. Sparkling swimming pool, friendly on-site staff, and full-time maintenance. One and two bedroom floorplans with spacious walk-in closets, breakfast bars and large balconies
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10 Units Available
Mission Ridge Apartments
1320 Via Terrassa
Encinitas, CA
1 Bedroom
$2,250
852 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,500
1050 sqft
Last updated April 10 at 10:04 PM
Great location right on the coast with hilltop views. Six different floor plans to choose from and units feature vaulted ceilings and plenty of space.
1 Unit Available
2166 OXFORD AVENUE
2166 Oxford Avenue
Encinitas, CA | Cardiff
1 Bedroom
$1,995
520 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 12:54 AM
RENOVATED ONE BED ROOM IN CARDIFF BY THE SEA. NEWLY REMODELED INCLUDES, GRANITE COUNTER TOPS, SINK AND MORE. COMMUNITY WASHER AND DRYER IN THE GARAGE. COURTESY REFRIGERATOR IS INCLUDED. CLOSE TO SHOPS AND CARDIFF BEACHES.
1 Unit Available
245 E GLAUCUS
245 East Glaucus Street
Encinitas, CA
1 Bedroom
$1,750
350 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 12:54 AM
CHARMING REMODELED ONE BED ROOM STUDIO WITH ONE CAR GARAGE, FIRE PLACE AND PATIOS. REMODELED, WITH NEW KITCHEN CABINETS, SINK, TOILET, GRANITE COUNTER TOPS, FRESH PAINT, AND DRAPERY. ONLY 4 UNIT IN COMPLEX. COIN LAUNDRY FACILITY IN THE COMMON AREA.
1 Unit Available
245-247 E GLAUCUS STREET
245 E Glaucus St
Encinitas, CA
2 Bedrooms
$2,600
750 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 12:54 AM
CHARMING TWO BED ROOM ONE BATH WITH ONE CARPORT, FIRE PLACE AND PATIOS. LIGHT AND BRIGHT WITH 7 SKYLIGHTS. HIGH CEILING AND COOL ARCHITECTURE DESIGN. ONLY 4 UNIT IN COMPLEX. COIN LAUNDRY FACILITY IN THE COMMON AREA. EXTRA STORAGE ONE IN COMMON AREA.
1 Unit Available
355 3rd Street
355 3rd Street
Encinitas, CA | Cardiff
2 Bedrooms
$3,100
840 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 12:42 AM
2 Bedroom 2 Bath home with beautiful ocean views right on Moonlight Beach in Encintas. Walking distance to Coast highway and Encintas Blvd. Shared detached garage and off street parking. Microwave and refrigerator included in the kitchen.
1 Unit Available
1773 Avenida La Posta
1773 Avenida La Posta
Encinitas, CA
4 Bedrooms
$4,495
2179 sqft
Last updated September 23 at 12:16 PM
Beautiful Encinitas home just steps away from Sun Vista Park, Diequeno Middle & Olivenhain Pioneer Elementary.
1 Unit Available
1205 Blue Sky Drive - 1
1205 Blue Sky Drive
Encinitas, CA
1 Bedroom
$2,200
450 sqft
Last updated September 23 at 12:16 PM
One bedroom, one bath, cute bungalow style unit. Beautiful upgraded kitchen, washer and dryer in the unit. Private fenced in yard with private gated entrance. Close to downtown Cardiff and Encinitas beaches.
1 Unit Available
765 Val Sereno Dr.
765 Val Sereno Drive
Encinitas, CA
4 Bedrooms
$5,295
3600 sqft
Last updated September 23 at 09:56 AM
765 Val Sereno Dr. Available 10/01/20 4 bd. 2.5 bath Dream Home with office! Zen like gardens, indoor/outdoor living design.
1 Unit Available
1335 Caminito Septimo
1335 Caminito Septimo
Encinitas, CA | Cardiff
3 Bedrooms
$3,395
1258 sqft
Last updated September 23 at 09:56 AM
Contemporary Cardiff Rental Condo - Contemporary rental condo located less than two miles to the beach in the Park Place community of Cardiff! This 3 bedroom, 2.
1 Unit Available
893 Channel Island Drive
893 Channel Island Dr
Encinitas, CA
3 Bedrooms
$6,200
1955 sqft
Last updated September 23 at 09:55 AM
Luxurious Furnished Single Story Home in Encinitas! - PROPERTY INFORMATION: Furnished 3yr old 1 story home. Open floor plan, high ceilings in desirable area of Channel Island in Encinitas. This 1,955sqft, 3BD 2.
1 Unit Available
1607 Abington Lane
1607 Abington Lane
Encinitas, CA
2 Bedrooms
$2,195
936 sqft
Last updated September 23 at 09:55 AM
1607 Abington Lane ~ Charming 55+ Community Condo in Desirable Encinitas - This is a light + bright 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom single level condo with 936 square feet of living space! This home features a detached one car garage, washer + dryer in the
1 Unit Available
2170 Carol View Drive
2170 Carol View Drive
Encinitas, CA | Cardiff
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$2,195
1018 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 23 at 08:42 AM
Elan Cardiff by the Sea Apartment Homes for rent in Encinitas, CA is a beautiful coastal beach town community that boasts 28 acres of lush landscaping, warm sunny weather, resort style living, breathtaking views, and lovely residents who take pride
1 Unit Available
1100 Garden View Rd
1100 Garden View Road
Encinitas, CA
2 Bedrooms
$2,695
1 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 23 at 08:42 AM
WELCOME TO PACIFICO ENCINITAS APARTMENT HOMESbr We dont just rent apartments. From the moment you walk through the front door youll feel the comfort and security that makes our residents happy to call us home.
1 Unit Available
1012-1014 Santa Fe - 1012
1012 Santa Fe Drive
Encinitas, CA
2 Bedrooms
$2,495
1000 sqft
Last updated September 18 at 12:07 AM
Pre-Leasing Special Ready to Move-In 10/1/20 Gorgeous 2BR/1BA Single Level (Private Attached Garage Included) Welcome to your oasis near the ocean. This single story condo has it all and is ready to move in.
1 Unit Available
1008 Santa Fe Drive
1008 Santa Fe Dr
Encinitas, CA
3 Bedrooms
$2,595
1000 sqft
Last updated September 17 at 07:11 PM
Pre-Leasing Special ready 10/1/20 Gorgeous 3BR/1BA Single Level Welcome to your oasis near the ocean. This single story home has it all and is ready to move in.
1 Unit Available
505 La Mesa Avenue
505 La Mesa Avenue
Encinitas, CA
2 Bedrooms
$2,800
949 sqft
Last updated June 25 at 05:37 PM
2 Bedroom 1 bathroom home close to the beach in Encinitas! Walking distance to Pannikin Coffee & Tea, less than a mile to Moonlight Beach. Ceiling fans throughout the home. Low maintenance, stamped concrete, covered patio.
1 Unit Available
567 Hygeia Ave Unit B
567 Hygeia Avenue
Encinitas, CA
2 Bedrooms
$3,795
1788 sqft
Last updated May 14 at 09:36 AM
Leucadia Rental Condo with Ocean Views! - West of Interstate-5 in the coastal town of Leucadia (Encinitas), this two master bedroom suite condo has beautiful ocean views from multiple rooms in the property! This tri-level condo features 1,788 SqFt
1 Unit Available
808 Melba Rd (studio)
808 Melba Road
Encinitas, CA
Studio
$1,550
300 sqft
1 Bedroom
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Last updated May 14 at 09:36 AM
Encinitas Cottage Studio - Beautifully remodeled Encinitas cottage home/studio near San Dieguito Academy. Large main room with new paint, flooring, windows with newly remodeled bathroom and kitchen. Utilities (water, trash, G&E) paid.
1 Unit Available
1621 Splitrail
1621 Splitrail Drive
Encinitas, CA
4 Bedrooms
$3,600
1703 sqft
Last updated October 16 at 10:40 PM
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1 Unit Available
506 Dew Point Ave.
506 Dew Point Avenue
Carlsbad, CA | South Beach
3 Bedrooms
$3,850
2031 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 12:54 AM
Enjoy a short walk along the beautiful trails to Ponto Beach & Batiquitos Lagoon. Home is located on corner lot across from nice green space. This home has been meticulously maintained and has a great floor plan.
1 Unit Available
429 S Sierra Ave
429 Sierra Avenue
Solana Beach, CA | Solana Beach
2 Bedrooms
$6,000
1295 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 12:54 AM
Seasonal / Vacation Rental - Beautiful 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath condo located in Solana Beach and Tennis Club. Ocean views from living room, dining room, kitchen and balcony. Skylights and large windows/doors provide natural light throughout.
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How much is rent in Encinitas?
In Encinitas, the median rent is $1,735 for a studio, $1,921 for a 1-bedroom, $2,492 for a 2-bedroom, and $3,589 for a 3-bedroom. For more information on rental trends in Encinitas, check out our monthly Encinitas Rent Report.
How much is rent in Encinitas?
In Encinitas, the median rent is $1,735 for a studio, $1,921 for a 1-bedroom, $2,492 for a 2-bedroom, and $3,589 for a 3-bedroom. For more information on rental trends in Encinitas, check out our monthly Encinitas Rent Report.
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While some Encinitas properties may not allow visitors at this time, most are open for business by phone or email. Please reach out to them directly for virtual touring options. Additionally, some properties may offer video and 3D tours, which can be found on the listing details page.
How much should I pay for rent in Encinitas?
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You can use the off-campus housing filters to find apartments near colleges located in or around Encinitas. Some of the colleges and universities in the area include University of California-Irvine, University of California-San Diego, Concordia University-Irvine, Irvine Valley College, and Saddleback College.
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You can use the off-campus housing filters to find apartments near colleges located in or around Encinitas. Some of the colleges and universities in the area include University of California-Irvine, University of California-San Diego, Concordia University-Irvine, Irvine Valley College, and Saddleback College.

Median Rent in Encinitas

Last updated Sep. 2020
The median rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in Encinitas is $1,921, while the median rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $2,492.
Studio
$1,735
1 Bed
$1,921
2 Beds
$2,492
3+ Beds
$3,589
City GuideEncinitas
At Haggerty's and Swami's, Pacific PalisadesEverybody's gone surfin', Surfin' U.S.A. (Beach Boys, Surfin' U.S.A.)
At Haggerty's and Swami's, Pacific PalisadesEverybody's gone surfin', Surfin' U.S.A. (Beach Boys, Surfin' U.S.A.)

Encinitas is a city along the coast of the North County area of San Diego. Like many coastal cities in California, the atmosphere can be described as beachy, which is code for laidback. There are around 60,000 residents in this city; there's no telling exactly how many are surfers, but you can assume they're out there in droves! Flower fans also love this city, since it's the home of both the San Diego Botanic Garden and the Self-Realization Fellowship Hermitage and Meditation Gardens. Whether you're in search of some gnarly waves, fragrant flowers, or just a fun, relaxed city to call home, Encinitas is worth a look.

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.

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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. $$$$

Where to Live in Encinitas
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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!

Living in Encinitas
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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!

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City GuideEncinitas
At Haggerty's and Swami's, Pacific PalisadesEverybody's gone surfin', Surfin' U.S.A. (Beach Boys, Surfin' U.S.A.)
At Haggerty's and Swami's, Pacific PalisadesEverybody's gone surfin', Surfin' U.S.A. (Beach Boys, Surfin' U.S.A.)

Encinitas is a city along the coast of the North County area of San Diego. Like many coastal cities in California, the atmosphere can be described as beachy, which is code for laidback. There are around 60,000 residents in this city; there's no telling exactly how many are surfers, but you can assume they're out there in droves! Flower fans also love this city, since it's the home of both the San Diego Botanic Garden and the Self-Realization Fellowship Hermitage and Meditation Gardens. Whether you're in search of some gnarly waves, fragrant flowers, or just a fun, relaxed city to call home, Encinitas is worth a look.

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.

Searching for Rentals in Encinitas
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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. $$$$

Where to Live in Encinitas
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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!

Living in Encinitas
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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
Encinitas

September 2020 Encinitas Rent Report

Welcome to the September 2020 Encinitas Rent Report. Encinitas rents remained steady 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 rent trends were flat over the past month

Encinitas rents have remained flat over the past month, however, they have increased moderately by 3.5% year-over-year. Currently, median rents in Encinitas stand at $1,920 for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,491 for a two-bedroom. Encinitas' year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 0.1%, as well as the national average of 0.3%.

    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, 8 of them have seen prices rise. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

    • National City has seen rents fall by 2.9% over the past year, the biggest drop in the metro. It also has the least expensive rents in the San Diego metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,324.
    • Encinitas has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 3.5%. The median two-bedroom there costs $2,491, while one-bedrooms go for $1,920.
    • Carlsbad has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the San Diego metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,542; rents grew 0.1% over the past month and 3.3% over the past year.

    Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Encinitas

    As rents have increased moderately in Encinitas, other 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.

    • Though California's growth as a whole has held steady over the past year, cities across the state have seen both increases and decreases. For example, rents have fallen by 1.2% in Los Angeles.
    • Encinitas' median two-bedroom rent of $2,491 is above the national average of $1,195. Nationwide, rents have held steady over the past year.
    • While Encinitas' rents rose moderately over the past year, the city of Phoenix also saw an increase of 1.7%.
    • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Encinitas than most large cities. For example, Phoenix has a median 2BR rent of $1,107, 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 Rent
    Median 2BR Rent
    M/M Rent Growth
    Y/Y Rent Growth
    San Diego
    $1,570
    $2,040
    0.1%
    0
    Chula Vista
    $1,670
    $2,170
    0.6%
    0.4%
    Oceanside
    $1,820
    $2,360
    0.2%
    2.2%
    Escondido
    $1,450
    $1,880
    -0.1%
    1.2%
    Carlsbad
    $1,960
    $2,540
    0.1%
    3.3%
    El Cajon
    $1,280
    $1,660
    0
    -1.7%
    Vista
    $1,450
    $1,880
    0.4%
    0.6%
    San Marcos
    $1,560
    $2,020
    -0.1%
    1%
    Encinitas
    $1,920
    $2,490
    -0.1%
    3.5%
    National City
    $1,020
    $1,320
    0.2%
    -2.9%
    La Mesa
    $1,450
    $1,880
    0.3%
    0.6%
    Spring Valley
    $1,370
    $1,770
    0.4%
    -1.8%
    Coronado
    $2,980
    $3,860
    0.5%
    1.4%
    Solana Beach
    $2,340
    $3,040
    1.2%
    5.2%
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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.

    Methodology:

    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.

    Read More

    September 2020 Encinitas Rent Report

    Welcome to the September 2020 Encinitas Rent Report. Encinitas rents remained steady 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.

    View full Rent Report

    September 2020 Encinitas Rent Report

    Welcome to the September 2020 Encinitas Rent Report. Encinitas rents remained steady 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 rent trends were flat over the past month

    Encinitas rents have remained flat over the past month, however, they have increased moderately by 3.5% year-over-year. Currently, median rents in Encinitas stand at $1,920 for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,491 for a two-bedroom. Encinitas' year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 0.1%, as well as the national average of 0.3%.

      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, 8 of them have seen prices rise. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

      • National City has seen rents fall by 2.9% over the past year, the biggest drop in the metro. It also has the least expensive rents in the San Diego metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,324.
      • Encinitas has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 3.5%. The median two-bedroom there costs $2,491, while one-bedrooms go for $1,920.
      • Carlsbad has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the San Diego metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,542; rents grew 0.1% over the past month and 3.3% over the past year.

      Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Encinitas

      As rents have increased moderately in Encinitas, other 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.

      • Though California's growth as a whole has held steady over the past year, cities across the state have seen both increases and decreases. For example, rents have fallen by 1.2% in Los Angeles.
      • Encinitas' median two-bedroom rent of $2,491 is above the national average of $1,195. Nationwide, rents have held steady over the past year.
      • While Encinitas' rents rose moderately over the past year, the city of Phoenix also saw an increase of 1.7%.
      • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Encinitas than most large cities. For example, Phoenix has a median 2BR rent of $1,107, 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 Rent
      Median 2BR Rent
      M/M Rent Growth
      Y/Y Rent Growth
      San Diego
      $1,570
      $2,040
      0.1%
      0
      Chula Vista
      $1,670
      $2,170
      0.6%
      0.4%
      Oceanside
      $1,820
      $2,360
      0.2%
      2.2%
      Escondido
      $1,450
      $1,880
      -0.1%
      1.2%
      Carlsbad
      $1,960
      $2,540
      0.1%
      3.3%
      El Cajon
      $1,280
      $1,660
      0
      -1.7%
      Vista
      $1,450
      $1,880
      0.4%
      0.6%
      San Marcos
      $1,560
      $2,020
      -0.1%
      1%
      Encinitas
      $1,920
      $2,490
      -0.1%
      3.5%
      National City
      $1,020
      $1,320
      0.2%
      -2.9%
      La Mesa
      $1,450
      $1,880
      0.3%
      0.6%
      Spring Valley
      $1,370
      $1,770
      0.4%
      -1.8%
      Coronado
      $2,980
      $3,860
      0.5%
      1.4%
      Solana Beach
      $2,340
      $3,040
      1.2%
      5.2%
      See More

      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.

      Methodology:

      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.