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Carmel Terrace
11540 Windcrest Ln
San Diego, CA
Updated February 20 at 12:50am
1 Bedroom
$1,825
2 Bedrooms
$2,010
Just off the Ted Williams Pkwy, I-15 and I-56. Updated interiors with hardwood floors, fireplaces and stainless steel appliances. Pet-friendly community. On-site amenities include a clubhouse, business center, pool and sauna.
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Balboa Plaza
6699 Beadnell Way
San Diego, CA
Updated February 20 at 12:41am
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$1,800
Close to I-805 and Lindbergh Neighborhood Park. Smoke-free community features a hot tub, BBQ grill, and pool. Cat-friendly, smoke-free apartments with ceiling fans, a range oven, and bathtubs.
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Domain San Diego
8798 Spectrum Center Blvd
San Diego, CA
Updated February 20 at 12:29am
Studio
$1,816
1 Bedroom
$1,975
2 Bedrooms
$2,389
Convenient to the Vista Balboa Center and Centrum Park, this lovely property offers an outdoor fireplace, elevator access, fitness center and playground. Apartments are pet-friendly and have in-unit laundry, hardwood-style flooring and high ceilings.
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Shift Apartments
1501 Island Ave
San Diego, CA
Updated February 20 at 12:28am
Studio
$1,946
1 Bedroom
$2,400
2 Bedrooms
$3,125
With a rooftop pool and sundeck, a sky terrace, a fitness/yoga studio and a dog park, high-rise living in East Village has a new address. Interiors feature hardwood floors, granite counters and smartphone-controlled lighting.
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The Heritage
1471 8th Ave
San Diego, CA
Updated February 20 at 12:28am
1 Bedroom
$1,815
2 Bedrooms
$3,785
Newly renovated 1-2 bedroom apartments in north San Diego, with great transport links to Downtown and the Gaslamp Quarter. The pet-friendly community has a gym, pool and hot tub.
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Hanover Mission Gorge
4440 Twain Ave
San Diego, CA
Updated February 20 at 12:26am
Studio
$1,812
1 Bedroom
$1,912
2 Bedrooms
$2,460
Great location, close to airport and Grantville Trolley Station. Luxurious homes have 9-foot ceilings, hardwood-style floors and quartz countertops. Community includes state-of-the-art fitness club, pool and cabanas.
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Broadstone Little Italy
1980 Kettner Blvd
San Diego, CA
Updated February 19 at 11:40pm
Studio
$2,296
1 Bedroom
$2,610
2 Bedrooms
$3,137
Luxury units include granite counters, garbage disposal and laundry. Community features pool, yoga, clubhouse and car charging. Great location for commuters, minutes from I-5 and North Harbor Drive.
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Bella Posta Apts
10343 10343 San Diego Mission Rd.
San Diego, CA
Updated February 19 at 11:39pm
1 Bedroom
$1,688
2 Bedrooms
$1,983
Excellent location for commuters, off I-805 and I-8. Units feature 1- or 2-bedroom floor plans with flexible lease options. Community includes pools, cabanas, spas, and a state-of-the-art fitness center.
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Broadstone Makers Quarter
1601 Broadway
San Diego, CA
Updated February 19 at 11:39pm
Studio
$2,240
1 Bedroom
$2,532
2 Bedrooms
$3,249
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SOFI Westview
11760 Westview Pkwy
San Diego, CA
Updated February 19 at 11:39pm
2 Bedrooms
$2,218
3 Bedrooms
$2,848
Located in Mira Mesa, close to grocery shopping and fine dining. One-, two- and three-bedroom apartments with grand entryways and lots of natural sunlight. Courtyard and picnic areas.
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SOFI Highlands
11600 Compass Point Dr N
San Diego, CA
Updated February 19 at 11:39pm
2 Bedrooms
$2,346
3 Bedrooms
$3,185
Modern apartments with gas fireplaces, designer finishes and built-in media niche. Located close to Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve, as well as other recreational activities. Units have washer/dryers and walk-in closets.
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Sola
13385 Highlands Place
San Diego, CA
Updated February 19 at 11:39pm
1 Bedroom
$2,250
2 Bedrooms
$3,100
3 Bedrooms
$3,750
Built around the Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch, with dining and shopping just steps away. Spacious units with gourmet kitchens, contemporary bathrooms, wood-style plank flooring and upgraded stainless steel appliances.
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Royal Village Apartments
1435 Elder Ave
San Diego, CA
Updated February 19 at 11:39pm
1 Bedroom
$1,314
2 Bedrooms
$1,702
Luxury gated community has two pool areas, laundry facilities and cable pre-wiring. Apartments include patio or balcony, microwave, and dishwasher. Located close to beaches, entertainment and medical facilities.
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Aquatera Apartment Homes
5777 Mission Center Rd
San Diego, CA
Updated February 19 at 10:51pm
1 Bedroom
$2,035
2 Bedrooms
$2,640
3 Bedrooms
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Axiom La Jolla
3950 Mahaila Ave
San Diego, CA
Updated February 19 at 11:39pm
1 Bedroom
$2,000
2 Bedrooms
$2,375
Shopping and dining are just minutes away thanks to the Costa Verde Center. The community offers a clubhouse, hot tub, pool and gym. Inside the apartments, residents have stainless steel appliances and a fireplace.
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Park 12 -- The Collection
100 Park Plaza
San Diego, CA
Updated February 20 at 12:29am
Studio
$2,400
1 Bedroom
$2,730
2 Bedrooms
$3,497
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Park Genesee
5550 Genesee Ct E
San Diego, CA
Updated February 20 at 12:28am
1 Bedroom
$1,558
Living here means living in the heart of the best of San Diego. Spacious, airy floor plans create a tranquil atmosphere. Sundeck, clubhouse and fitness center provide the best amenities for SoCal living.
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Agave Ridge Townhomes
7901 Harmarsh St
San Diego, CA
Updated February 20 at 12:28am
2 Bedrooms
$1,812
3 Bedrooms
$2,149
Spacious two- and three-bedroom townhouses with upgraded interiors and plenty of extra storage. Sun-filled and quiet. Community has five swimming pools, outdoor BBQs and fitness center. Close to 163 and 805 freeways.
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KOLL Center
904 State Street
San Diego, CA
Updated February 20 at 12:28am
Studio
$1,500
1 Bedroom
$1,800
2 Bedrooms
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Just minutes from Castleton Square Mall, I-465, and I-69. Spacious units with eat-in kitchens, private patios/balconies, bonus storage, and oversized living rooms. Wheelchair accessible rooms available.
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Avana La Jolla
7039 Charmant Dr
San Diego, CA
Updated February 20 at 12:28am
1 Bedroom
$1,914
2 Bedrooms
$2,324
Apartments with high-end amenities such as dark cherry kitchen cabinets, brushed nickel hardware and wood plank vinyl flooring. Located just 12 miles from downtown San Diego and close to Interstate 5.
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Vantage Pointe
1281 9th Ave
San Diego, CA
Updated February 20 at 12:50am
1 Bedroom
$2,055
2 Bedrooms
$2,225
Located downtown San Diego, these high-rise apartments offer modern interiors with panoramic views. Residents love the open kitchen layout, wood cabinetry and high-end features. The community's rooftop terrace includes an outdoor fireplace for entertaining.
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Broadstone Balboa Park
3288 5th Ave
San Diego, CA
Updated February 19 at 11:40pm
Studio
$2,225
1 Bedroom
$2,885
2 Bedrooms
$3,575
Within walking distance of Balboa Park, home to the zoo, museums, and other attractions. Unique luxury apartments with high ceilings, spacious decks/patios, wood plank flooring, under-counter wine coolers, quartz or granite counters, and panoramic views.
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Alexan ALX
300 14th St
San Diego, CA
Updated February 19 at 11:40pm
Studio
$2,110
1 Bedroom
$2,499
2 Bedrooms
$3,199
Modern homes with bay windows, tiled bathrooms, hardwood flooring and quartz countertops. Residents have access to a rooftop swimming pool, a game room and a beer garden. Minutes away from Gaslamp District.
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Valentia
5305 Toscana Way
San Diego, CA
Updated February 19 at 11:39pm
1 Bedroom
$2,225
2 Bedrooms
$2,585
3 Bedrooms
$3,268
Unit amenities include air conditioning, bathtub, dishwasher and fireplace. Community features racquetball court, sauna and elevator. Convenient location, close to Nobel Athletic Fields and Recreation Center.
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The Promenade Rio Vista
2185 Station Village Way
San Diego, CA
Updated February 19 at 11:39pm
1 Bedroom
$1,866
2 Bedrooms
$2,323
Luxury accommodations near I-8 and I-805. Recently renovated with hardwood floors, fireplaces, master suites with walk-in closets, and modern decor. On-site amenities include yoga, sauna, pool, media room, garages and hot tub. Pet-friendly.
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Greenfield Village
5540 Ocean Gate Ln
San Diego, CA
Updated February 19 at 11:39pm
1 Bedroom
$1,556
2 Bedrooms
$1,756
3 Bedrooms
$2,349
Luxurious units include ice maker, extra storage and walk-in closets. Community features BBQ grill, clubhouse, concierge and pool. Convenient location for commuters just steps from Otay Mesa Freeway.
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Mira Bella Apartments
3455 Kearny Villa Rd
San Diego, CA
Updated February 19 at 11:39pm
1 Bedroom
$1,970
2 Bedrooms
$2,390
3 Bedrooms
$2,750
1-3 bedroom apartments with air conditioning, granite worktops and walk-in closets. The pet friendly community has a gym with yoga studio and pool. Cabrillo Heights Park is on one side, I-805 the other.
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The Casas
10802-B Camino Ruiz
San Diego, CA
Updated February 19 at 11:39pm
1 Bedroom
$1,715
2 Bedrooms
$2,089
The Mira Mesa Park and huge shopping center along Camino Ruiz and Mira Mesa Boulevard are both convenient to this property. The pet-friendly community has a pool and hot tub. Units have hardwood flooring.
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Casoleil
1100 Dennery Rd
San Diego, CA
Updated February 19 at 11:39pm
1 Bedroom
$1,638
2 Bedrooms
$1,966
3 Bedrooms
$2,549
Stunning community in the heart of San Diego, minutes from I-805. On-site pool, playground, business center and dog park. Updated interiors with a fireplace, extra storage, and patio or balcony.
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The Village at Del Mar Heights
13138 Kellam Ct
San Diego, CA
Updated February 20 at 12:50am
1 Bedroom
$2,135
2 Bedrooms
$2,555
Stunning, resort-like setting near Solana Highlands Park. On-site amenities include sauna, pool, gym and hot tub. Green community and pet-friendly. Updated suites with granite countertops, hardwood floors and lush landscaping.
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EV
688 13th St
San Diego, CA
Updated February 19 at 06:40pm
Studio
$2,047
1 Bedroom
$2,033
2 Bedrooms
$2,717
Located in the East Village Arts District, these luxury units offer a variety of floor plans, complete with amenities like quartz countertops, dual color kitchens, roll-up louver doors and European-style cabinets.
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Village Glen Apartments
3454 Ruffin Road
San Diego, CA
Updated February 19 at 06:30pm
1 Bedroom
$1,525
2 Bedrooms
$1,650
3 Bedrooms
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Luxurious apartments with large picture windows, wall-to-wall closets and abundant cabinet space. Community amenities include five pools, picnic areas and six clothes care centers. Located within minutes of Fashion Valley Mall and Mission Valley Mall.
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Barclay Square
6363 Beadnell Way
San Diego, CA
Updated February 19 at 06:30pm
1 Bedroom
$1,755
2 Bedrooms
$1,720
3 Bedrooms
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Apartments feature ceiling fans and plush carpeting. Community features multiple swimming pools, a laundry facility, and green space. Get all your errands done and enjoy a meal at Balboa Mesa Shopping Center. By I-805.
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IMT Sorrento Valley
11102 Caminito Alvarez
San Diego, CA
Updated February 19 at 06:30pm
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$2,005
2 Bedrooms
$2,165
This community features five pools along with spas and hot tubs. Units include washer/dryer hookups and walk-in closets. It's located off Mira Mesa Boulevard and is only moments from Sorrento Mesa.
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Prado Apartment Homes
6304 Rancho Mission Rd
San Diego, CA
Updated February 19 at 06:30pm
1 Bedroom
$1,685
2 Bedrooms
$1,920
Pet-friendly apartment community situated in a peaceful courtyard setting close to Old Town and Downtown San Diego. Tenants have access to a fitness center, picnic area and two swimming pools.
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City GuideSan Diego
Whhhoooooooooossshhhh…. Hear that? It’s the cool, mountain breeze rushing toward the sea, ruffling the truffula—er, palm—trees here in sunny San Diego.

OK, wake up. You’re not living the dream just yet. In fact, you likely have some serious footwork to do in order to make it come true. That’s why you’re here. (Right? Right.) Let’s be honest: Craigslist doesn’t service half the info you need to make an informed decision. Well, that’s why we’ve crafted the guide you see before you. As Mr. T might say (in soulful exclamation…), “You betta brief yo self, fool!”

Having trouble with Craigslist San Diego? Can't find that special apartment for rent on Apartment Finder or Zillow? Apartment List is here to help!

Biking at Coronado Beach

San Diego Zoo, one of the best in the country

Old Point Loma lighthouse

Must-know Tips on the Rental Market in SD

Come prepared… The SD market isn’t cutthroat like the Bay Area or NYC, but it’s still what you would expect from a growing SoCal metropolis. That said, approach hunting like a job interview: do your homework on neighborhoods and complexes you like, bring the necessary documentation (proof of income, driver’s license, checkbook for a deposit, etc.), and—most importantly—be flexible. There may be features you won’t budge on (proximity to the beach, say), but keep those to a minimum and you’ll have an easier go of it.

Types of apartments. Apartment living in SD comes in three forms: your larger, clean and contemporary buildings (expect efficiency but not personality), your smallish, mom-n-pop complexes (think The Big Lebowski), and the classic California cottage (tiny and moldy, but perfect for the Kerouac in all of us). A subcategory might be the “resort-style” or “gated” complex, but these are mainly gobbled up by the retired vacation home demographic in SD.

Cottages ($$$$) are the most expensive and deal mainly in the quaintness department. The floor plans are almost exclusively 1BR/1BA, and you’ll have to elbow out the vacation rental crowd to secure a permanent spot in these babies, but it’s well worth it.

Important perks large complexes ($$$) boast are garage parking and a recreational pool that isn't filled with water from old dog bowls. They also offer sundry floor plans: studio, 1BR/1BA, 2BR/1BA, 2BR/2BA, and so on. Typically built in the 90s and 2000s, such behemoths are found nearest large shopping complexes and commercial strips—busy places, in other words. That thick concrete will keep the noise down to a minimum, but you should love the action if you choose to live here.

The motel-like mom-n-pop joints ($$) consist of mainly budget 1BR/1BA and 2BR/1BA options—but don’t overlook them. On the off chance the owners have actually renovated the place since the 80s, you can find a pretty rockin’ unit for half the price of the flashy alternative. Plus, you’re more likely to get not only a bed, but also a community (and sometimes, a commune…) out of these arrangements! If you're after an inexpensive apartment in San Diego, start here.

Lease logistics. Seasonal economic shifts in SD means lots of complexes offer month-to-month leasing options. This is fabulous news for you, dear renter! But there are heaps of other details you’ll need to be privy to. For instance, in most cases, the deposit required depends on your credit report (yes, credit reports are inevitable). An average Joe with good credit typically puts $500 down on an apartment in America’s Finest City; if you’re nervous about credit, don’t turn tail yet—you just may have to pay a higher deposit. Finally, most leases have utilities included (sans gas and electric) and accept pets (either with a flat pet deposit—say, $300—or monthly pet rent, such as $40/month).

Neighborhoods

Picking a neighborhood in SD is like participating in an NFL draft. Weigh your options: if you use that early-round selection, make sure it’s for something that can deliver. Alternatively, hold out for something still available in a later round—something less flashy, but nevertheless team-oriented and solid beneath the surface.

Downtown. This is your star wide receiver. He’s consistently a first-round pick. He’ll make some beautiful catches—but he’s fragile, high-maintenance, and pricey. We reckon you’ll be hard-pressed (and that doesn’t have to do with wine… or olives) to find a studio in the Gaslamp District for less than $2000/month.

Hillcrest. The market hits the national average in this area. Think of Hillcrest as the first-string center. He’s well built. He’s got the quarterback’s back if poop hits the fan. But no one notices him until the dog pile clears. If you can manage being more than fifteen blocks from the water, consider a 1BR for $850/month or a 2BR for $1250/month overlooking Balboa Park.

Point Loma. A running back is your most diverse player in football; quick to adapt to new circumstances, he can ensure success—but he takes a serious beating along the way. That’s Point Loma. From the yachts of Harbor Island to the strip of Midway, this place has extremities in spades. Dig diversity? Move here. 1BR/1BAs start at $1000/month, 2BR/1BAs at $1500/month. Oh, and you’d better board that Pomeranian.

Mission Bay and Beaches. Every team has its special element. The fireworks component, let’s call it. In football, that means the kicker. These guys send up that gorgeous arc to score the final meager—but crucial!— field goal. You get the analogy, right? Mission Bay and Pacific Beach bring the funky boardwalk culture to SD. It’s not necessarily an all-the-time kinda sector (well, unless you’re a street mime), but it would be sweet to say you live two blocks from Shamu. Studios can be found for under $1000/month, but you’re more likely to see 1BR/1BA condos ($1400/month) and 2 and 3BR beach houses ($1800/month and $2100/month, respectively).

Old Town. Aha! Finally. The quarterback. Where all (offensive) plays begin and end. Old Town claims SDSU, Qualcomm Stadium, major shopping complexes, and historic architecture. Downtown has glitz; Old Town has all-around charm. The lack of oceanfront real estate makes this central sector of town a bit less expensive: expect studios and 1BRs for under $1000/month and 2BR/1BAs for around $1500/month.

La Jolla. Yeah, yeah—we know we gots to say something about La Jolla, but what? Hmm, let’s see. There’s some beaches there? UCSD? What do you want, people? La Jolla is your second-string kicker, alright?! More of the same funky beach stuff. (But without Shamu; drat!) The market’s gutted here because everyone and their mom think LJ is synonymous with SD. The students help, though: one can find some decent 1BR condos around the university for under $1000/month, but head toward the water and you’ll easily double that.

Got your pick? Terrific. Now pick garage parking or street. Then upstairs or ground level. Then full bath or 1 1/2. Keep going and you’ll have your fantasy league in no time. Just remember to bring your sunscreen. Congratulations, Herr Captain!

February 2019 San Diego Rent Report

Welcome to the February 2019 San Diego Rent Report. San Diego rents remained steady over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the San Diego rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

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February 2019 San Diego Rent Report

Welcome to the February 2019 San Diego Rent Report. San Diego rents remained steady over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the San Diego rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

San Diego rents held steady over the past month

San Diego rents have remained flat over the past month, however, they are up slightly by 1.6% year-over-year. Currently, median rents in San Diego stand at $1,560 for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,020 for a two-bedroom. San Diego's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 0.3%, as well as the national average of 1.0%.

    Rents rising across the San Diego Metro

    Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of San Diego, but across the entire metro. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in the San Diego metro, 7 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 the least expensive rents in the San Diego metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,340; the city has also seen rents fall by 11.1% over the past year, the biggest drop in the metro.
    • Chula Vista has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 2.7%. The median two-bedroom there costs $2,130, while one-bedrooms go for $1,640.

    Other large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to San Diego

    As rents have increased slightly in San Diego, a few other large cities nationwide have also seen rents grow modestly. Compared to most similar cities across the country, San Diego is less affordable for renters.

    • Rents increased slightly in other cities across the state, with California as a whole logging rent growth of 0.3% over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 3.8% in San Jose, 2.7% in San Francisco, and 1.4% in Los Angeles.
    • San Diego's median two-bedroom rent of $2,020 is above the national average of $1,170. Nationwide, rents have grown by 1.0% over the past year compared to the 1.6% rise in San Diego.
    • While San Diego's rents rose slightly over the past year, many cities nationwide also saw increases, including Phoenix (+3.6%), Austin (+3.3%), and Denver (+2.5%).
    • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in San Diego than most other large cities. For example, Phoenix has a median 2BR rent of $1,060, where San Diego is nearly 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
    $2,020
    0
    1.6%
    Chula Vista
    $1,640
    $2,130
    -0.5%
    2.7%
    Oceanside
    $1,770
    $2,300
    -0.2%
    1.4%
    Escondido
    $1,430
    $1,860
    -0.5%
    -0.4%
    Carlsbad
    $1,890
    $2,460
    -0.7%
    1.5%
    El Cajon
    $1,270
    $1,640
    1.1%
    1.3%
    Vista
    $1,430
    $1,850
    -0.2%
    1.5%
    San Marcos
    $1,540
    $1,990
    -0.3%
    1.9%
    Encinitas
    $1,900
    $2,460
    -1.5%
    -1.1%
    National City
    $1,030
    $1,340
    0.4%
    -11.1%
    La Mesa
    $1,420
    $1,840
    0.3%
    2.3%
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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.

    Renter Confidence Survey

    Apartment List has released San Diego’s results from the third annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. This survey, which drew on responses from over 45,000 renters, provides insight on what states and cities must do to meet the needs of 111 million American renters nationwide.

    "San Diego renters expressed general satisfaction with the city overall," according to Apartment List....

    View full San Diego Renter Survey

    Here’s how San Diego ranks on:

    A-
    Overall satisfaction
    A-
    Safety and crime rate
    C+
    Jobs and career opportunities
    A-
    Recreational activities
    D
    Affordability
    B+
    Quality of schools
    B+
    Social Life
    A+
    Weather
    B-
    Commute time
    C
    State and local taxes
    C+
    Public transit
    B-
    Pet-friendliness

    Overview of Findings

    Apartment List has released San Diego’s results from the third annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. This survey, which drew on responses from over 45,000 renters, provides insight on what states and cities must do to meet the needs of 111 million American renters nationwide.

    "San Diego renters expressed general satisfaction with the city overall," according to Apartment List. "With expensive rents in coastal cities, it comes as no surprise that cost of living is a source of dissatisfaction in San Diego."

    Key findings in San Diego include the following:

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    • San Diego renters gave their city an A- overall.
    • The highest-rated categories for San Diego were weather (A+), safety and low crime rate and recreational opportunities (which both received an A-).
    • The areas of concern to San Diego renters are cost of living (D), public transit and jobs and career opportunities (which both received a C+).
    • Millennial renters are very satisfied (A-), as are renters who are parents (A).
    • San Diego did relatively well compared to other cities in California, including San Francisco (B+), Los Angeles (C+), and San Jose (C ).
    • San Diego earned similar scores to other cities like Boston, MA (A), Washington, DC (A-) and Austin, TX (A-).
    • The top rated cities nationwide for renter satisfaction include Scottsdale, AZ, Irvine, CA, Boulder, CO and Ann Arbor, MI. The lowest rated cities include Tallahassee, FL, Stockton, CA, Dayton, OH, Detroit, MI and Newark, NJ.

    Renters say:

    • "Great bars, restaurants and other businesses to patronize. Love the weather and the proximity to the ocean. Amazing beaches. Also people are very relaxed and friendly here." – Stacy H.
    • "Love that it’s so close to the beach. Hate that it’s so expensive." – Anon.
    • "I love how close it is to everything. The weather is always perfect, sunny and 75. There’s nothing I hate about San Diego!" – Callie B.
    • "I love the weather, nightlife, and opportunities to meet people. Don’t like that the homelessness problem seems to be getting worse." – Bill K.

    For more information on the survey methodology and findings or to speak to one of our researchers, please contact our team at rentonomics@apartmentlist.com.

    View our national survey results here