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Last updated August 17 at 1:40AM
1905 Via Las Palmas unit 10A
National City
National City, CA
Updated August 17 at 1:26AM
2 Bedrooms
$1,620
Del Oro on Broadway
986 Broadway
Chula Vista, CA
Updated August 17 at 12:01AM
1 Bedroom
$1,721
2 Bedrooms
$2,114
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481 Hidden Vista Drive
Terra Nova
Chula Vista, CA
Updated August 15 at 4:10AM
3 Bedrooms
$2,250
23 Buccaneer Way
Coronado
Coronado, CA
Updated August 15 at 4:07AM
4 Bedrooms
$10,000
330 G St
Central Chula Vista
Chula Vista, CA
Updated July 31 at 9:37AM
2 Bedrooms
$1,700
40 MONTEGO CT
Coronado
Coronado, CA
Updated August 15 at 4:03AM
2 Bedrooms
$6,500
3449 Wallace Dr.
La Presa
Bonita, CA
Updated August 15 at 4:09AM
4 Bedrooms
$3,850
625 Windsor Circle
Hilltop
Chula Vista, CA
Updated August 12 at 10:53AM
3 Bedrooms
$2,400
324 Willie James Jones
Lincoln Park
San Diego, CA
Updated August 10 at 10:40AM
3 Bedrooms
$1,950
211 Madrona
Central Chula Vista
Chula Vista, CA
Updated August 15 at 4:09AM
1 Bedroom
$1,275
72 Cook Court
Hilltop
Chula Vista, CA
Updated August 15 at 4:08AM
5 Bedrooms
$5,250
6 Green Turtle
Coronado
Coronado, CA
Updated August 15 at 4:10AM
4 Bedrooms
$20,000
415 SANIBELLE
Terra Nova
Chula Vista, CA
Updated August 15 at 4:08AM
3 Bedrooms
$2,450
2980 Alta View Drive i203
Bay Terraces
San Diego, CA
Updated August 17 at 1:40AM
2 Bedrooms
$1,500
573 Emory Street
Imperial Beach
Imperial Beach, CA
Updated August 15 at 4:10AM
2 Bedrooms
$1,950
801 National City Blvd #1008
National City
National City, CA
Updated July 13 at 10:40AM
2 Bedrooms
$1,575
620 S 31st St
Logan Heights
San Diego, CA
Updated August 1 at 9:40AM
2 Bedrooms
$1,595
4300 Newton Ave Unit 108
Mountain View
San Diego, CA
Updated August 1 at 9:32AM
2 Bedrooms
$1,950
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City Guide
National City
Searching for Rentals in National City

Only about 31% of National City residents can afford to own a home here, so if you plan to rent, you'll be joining the majority, since 61% of the homes here are rentals. The vacancy rate is about 8%, which means you should give yourself a head start of at least two months if you want to be sure to find a place before you have to move.

What will a rental run you in this city?

The cost of living is a little higher here than the national average, but that's par for the course in Southern California, especially when you're this close to the Pacific Ocean. In fact, once you get a look at the cost of living in more affluent cities nearby, you'll rush back to National City, eager to pay the comparatively lower rent!

How should you prepare to find a rental?

Just make sure your credit score and rental history are both decent enough for any sane landlord to want to take a chance on you, especially if you want a nice place. The better you look on paper, the faster you'll find a spacious two-bedroom apartment or house rental that has been well taken care of. Of course, having the means to put down a deposit right away can also help during your search for an apartment or rental house.

Where to Live in National City

You won't exactly find beachfront neighborhoods here like you might in other San Diego suburbs, but you'll still enjoy that casual Southern California vibe anywhere you go in this city. So if you're a fan of the laid-back, fun-loving feel of this region, you'll be happy in any of National City's neighborhoods. Plus, you'll be saving money by choosing this area over the beach cities! Here's an overview of some of the most well-known parts of this town.

City Center: As you might guess, this is an urban area toward the center of the city. As such, it is easily walkable and features lots of rental properties, including high-rise apartments and single-family homes. The population here is diverse and includes people of all ages, and it's conveniently located next to the all-important freeway in SoCal Interstate 5. $$

Lincoln Acres: Another urban area is Lincoln Acres, which is near where State Route 54 intersects with Interstate 805. This community features mostly small apartment complexes, single-family homes, and some mobile homes. It's within a short distance of National City Golf Course and Las Palmas Park. Plus, there's National City Municipal Pool nearby, and it's perfect for those days that you have your swimsuit and towel all ready to go but don't want to drive the extra few minutes to get to the beach! $

Stockman and Sweetwater: Just south of Lincoln Acres is a rather expensive area that's technically the farthest southeast you can go without leaving National City. This area is urban, like most of the city, but the homes here are larger and mostly owner-occupied. It encompasses Sweetwater Heights Park and is right next to Chula Vista Municipal Golf Course in the neighboring city of you guessed it Chula Vista. $$$$

Plaza and Euclid: This is another affluent neighborhood in National City. Located at the northeastern edge, it is near Paradise Valley Hospital, which also happens to be this city's largest employer. This area is also close to Paradise Valley Park and Recreation Center, several shopping centers, and naval housing. $$$$

National City Blvd and Civic Center:You cant miss this part of town because it's closest to the bay, and set up along some of the busiest roads in this city, giving it an urban feel. If you want to live rather close to the coast in National City, this is where you need to look for properties, most of which are rentals that are on the small side. This is another area that's near I-5, and it's also fairly close to Naval Base San Diego. Plus, it encompasses Pepper Park and is conveniently nearby lots of shopping plazas. $$

Life in National City

The average commute time here is 26 minutes, which is a little less than the state's average. That's pretty good for a Southern California area, so maybe those traffic horror stories you hear don't apply to National City! Then again, it helps that more residents than average carpool in this city.

Plus, the percentages of people who walk to work, work from home, and use public transportation are higher than both the state and national average here. Your public transportation options include the San Diego Trolley, which can take you all around San Diego and its many suburbs. In particular, the Blue Line of the trolley serves this area. National City is also served by about 10 city bus routes and two Amtrak stations that are within a few miles of this area.

As for things to do in this city, shopping is a big one. Westfield Plaza Bonita is a mall with several department stores, eateries, and a movie theater. And have you ever heard of the Mile of Cars? No, that's not a nickname for rush hour in Southern California! It's the mile of new car dealerships lining National Blvd. -- with more than 20 dealerships to choose from, you should be able to find your dream car here, and you're going to need it as a resident of the sprawling San Diego area!

If you've been looking for affordable housing in the San Diego area and are about to give up on what seems like a pipe dream, make sure you take a look at National City before you leave. Remember that if it was good enough for the sequel to _Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, _it's probably good enough for most people.