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Starting at $1,989
Updated 1 hr ago
Camden Old Creek
1935 Northstar Way
San Marcos, CA
1 Bedroom
$1,989
2 Bedrooms
$2,409
3 Bedrooms
$3,179
Just south of San Elijo Road, close to Ranch Santa Fe Road. Balcony, walk-in closets and ample storage space at complex with clubhouse, pool and media room. Access to dining and shopping in Carlsbad.
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Starting at $1,790
Updated 2 hrs ago
Marc San Marcos
1045 Armorlite Dr
San Marcos, CA
Studio
$1,790
1 Bedroom
$1,920
2 Bedrooms
$2,220
This community has a coffee bar, clubhouse, 24-hour gym and two pools where residents can relax in private cabanas. Apartments feature hardwood flooring and granite countertops. Located a short walk to Mission Sports Park.
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Starting at $1,770
Updated 1 hr ago
Palomar Station
1257 Armorlite Dr
San Marcos, CA
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1 Bedroom
$1,770
2 Bedrooms
$2,307
1-3 bedrooms available near Palomar College SPRINTER station. All units offer extra storage and patio or balcony view. Clubhouse amenities include well-maintained courtyard, gym and swimming pool. Pets welcome.
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Starting at $1,641
Updated 3 hrs ago
Barham Villas Apartment Homes
570 E Barham Dr
San Marcos, CA
1 Bedroom
$1,641
2 Bedrooms
$1,765
3 Bedrooms
$2,530
Located minutes away from Cal State San Marcos, shopping, dining and entertainment. One, two and three bedroom apartments have upgraded kitchens and bathrooms. Community has a heated pool, BBQ grills and relaxing spa.
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Starting at $1,610
Updated 14 hrs ago
eaves San Marcos
823 Nordahl Rd
San Marcos, CA
1 Bedroom
$1,610
2 Bedrooms
$2,010
3 Bedrooms
$2,297
Conveniently located close to Highways 15 and 78 and beautiful beaches. Community has a tennis court, 24-hour gym, pool and hot tub. Recently renovated units have washer/dryer, walk-in closets and ceiling fans.
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Starting at $1,921
Updated 3 hrs ago
Crest 850
850 Village Dr
San Marcos, CA
1 Bedroom
$1,921
2 Bedrooms
$2,487
Near Cal State San Marcos, public parks and transportation. One and 2-bedroom units, all with in-unit laundry facilities, hardwood flooring and extra storage. Community facilities include a pool, 24-hour gym and a clubhouse.
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Starting at $1,706
Updated 3 hrs ago
Block C
250 North City Dr
San Marcos, CA
Studio
$1,706
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$2,312
Pet-friendly community with a pool and sundeck. Minutes from shopping and the area's restaurants. Pet grooming station, fitness club and lounge area. Spacious interiors with updated features.
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Starting at $1,930
Updated 3 hrs ago
Whispering Oaks
468 N Twin Oaks Valley Rd
San Marcos, CA
2 Bedrooms
$1,930
3 Bedrooms
$2,240
Pet-friendly apartments. On-site amenities include a dog park and hot tub. Close to a variety of restaurants and Ronald Packard Parkway. Apartments feature a microwave, dishwasher, in-unit laundry, and oven range.
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Starting at $1,500
Updated 1 hr ago
Elan Northwoods
420 Smilax Road
San Marcos, CA
1 Bedroom
$1,500
2 Bedrooms
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A quiet community spread over 15 acres of land with walking trails. On-site amenities include a pool, two spas, basketball courts and picnic areas. Apartments include vaulted ceilings, gas kitchens, and a washer and dryer.
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Starting at $2,450
Updated 1 hr ago
1167 Elfin Forest Rd
1167 Elfin Forest Rd
San Marcos, CA
2 Bedrooms
$2,450
Starting at $2,695
Updated 17 hrs ago
1358 Dandelion Way
1358 Dandelion Way
San Marcos, CA
3 Bedrooms
$2,695
Starting at $2,700
Updated 2 days ago
1912 San Pablo Dr
1912 San Pablo Dr
San Marcos, CA
2 Bedrooms
$2,700
Starting at $2,995
Updated 3 days ago
1240 Calle Fantasia
1240 Calle Fantasia
San Marcos, CA
4 Bedrooms
$2,995
Starting at $1,950
Updated 4 days ago
1630 Grandon Ave
1630 Grandon Ave
San Marcos, CA
2 Bedrooms
$1,950
Starting at $2,250
Updated 4 days ago
472 Almond Rd.
472 Almond Rd.
San Marcos, CA
2 Bedrooms
$2,250
Starting at $2,950
Updated 4 days ago
1592 Loma Alta Drive
1592 Loma Alta Drive
San Marcos, CA
3 Bedrooms
$2,950
Starting at $2,795
Updated 4 days ago
1425 Clearview Way
1425 Clearview Way
San Marcos, CA
3 Bedrooms
$2,795
Starting at $2,500
Updated 4 days ago
2506 Antlers Way
2506 Antlers Way
San Marcos, CA
2 Bedrooms
$2,500
Starting at $2,850
Updated 5 days ago
1386 DANDELION WAY
1386 DANDELION WAY
San Marcos, CA
3 Bedrooms
$2,850
Starting at $1,950
Updated 6 days ago
340 Borden Rd
340 Borden Rd
San Marcos, CA
2 Bedrooms
$1,950
Starting at $2,800
Updated 6 days ago
2032 Silverado Street
2032 Silverado Street
San Marcos, CA
3 Bedrooms
$2,800
Starting at $2,495
Updated 6 days ago
2130 Cosmo Way
2130 Cosmo Way
San Marcos, CA
3 Bedrooms
$2,495
Starting at $3,000
Updated 7 days ago
1017 Honeysuckle Dr
1017 Honeysuckle Dr
San Marcos, CA
4 Bedrooms
$3,000
Starting at $3,300
Updated 8 days ago
3705 Twin Oaks Crest Dr
3705 Twin Oaks Crest Dr
San Marcos, CA
3 Bedrooms
$3,300

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City GuideSan Marcos

Greetings, one and all, and welcome to your San Marcos, California apartment hunting headquarters! Situated in north San Diego County between Escondido and Oceanside and boasting a moderate year-round climate that makes the rest of the Golden State green with envy, San Marcos is undoubtedly one of SoCal’s most attractive communities. Sound like a good fit for you? Then stick with us, ladies and gents, hombres and chicas, because an apartment with your name on it (well, an apartment that’s soon to have your name on it) is a hop, skip, jump, and click or two away …

A Feast of Plenty

Only one in three residents in San Marcos rents rather than owns, but that doesn’t mean apartments are difficult to come by. The city’s population has spiked nearly 50 percent in the past decade and plenty of new apartments, lofts, and condos have been erected to keep pace. You’ll find that your options are plentiful. Waiting lists are rare and move-in specials do pop up, so scour the market thoroughly to make sure you get the best bang for your buck and pow for your dinero.

Get Out!

If you’re the hermitic type who doesn’t like to venture outside the comfort of your humble abode unless absolutely necessary, we hate to tell you that you’ll be missing out on the best of San Marcos. The city is dotted with parks, hiking and biking trails, and golf courses that can be enjoyed year-round; a 15-minute drive can put you on the majestic Pacific shoreline, while San Diego’s numerous outdoors attractions are only a 30-minute trek away. The city also features monthly concerts in Woodland Park from May through September, several annual festivals and celebrations, and tons of wildlife-viewing hotspots.

Night owls, meanwhile, aren’t likely to be disappointed by the various live music venues, vino bars, and sports pubs that keep things hopping after the sun’s gone down. But whether you prefer to get your kicks under the sun or moon, be sure to bring a hearty appetite along, as the city’s well-known Old California Restaurant Row features quality cuisines from all over the globe that are sure to keep your taste buds watering.

Getting Around

The best way to bum around San Marcos is obviously via your own set of wheels, but foot soldiers will be glad to know the city is served by an above average bus system with an above average name (there are certainly worse things in the world than riding the “Breeze” to work each morning). The Sprinter light rail, which runs from Oceanside to Escondido, stops in San Marcos as well and is a viable option for commuters living in one of the apartment complexes situated nearby.

Tips for Apartment Scavengers

A few quick things to keep in mind before signing your John Hancock on the dotted line of an apartment lease:

Most leases in San Marcos are good for a full year, although a limited number of properties offer short-term and month-to-month leases as well (usually at a slightly steeper price). Nearly all landlords charge an initial security/good faith deposit (which is often refundable if you keep your digs in tip-top shape) and some charge additional (dare we say “mystery?”) move-in fees.

It’s typical for landlords to run a credit and background check on tenants before extending a leasing offer to make sure they don’t have a history of being deadbeat renters. Obviously, if you’re credit/renter’s history is questionable or nonexistent you’ll likely need a co-signer to score your dream dwellings in San Marcos.

Some larger complexes use showrooms/prototype apartments when showing off their property, but if at all possible, ask to see the actual unit you’ll be renting. Sometimes this isn’t an option (especially if the previous tenants haven’t moved out or the apartment hasn’t been properly cleaned or fixed up yet), but it’s worth a shot. Either way, when it’s time to fill out your move-in checklist, mark down even the most seemingly insignificant and minor blemishes and give your new place a thorough inspection to make sure everything is up to par as promised.

And now for the fun part: scouring paradise for the lodgings of your lives! Welcome to North County, bienvenido a San Marcos, and happy hunting!

June 2018 San Marcos Rent Report

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

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