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Last updated August 24 2019 at 4:39 PM

213 Apartments for rent in San Marcos, CA

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Village O
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Last updated August 24 at 03:21pm
3 Units Available
Whispering Oaks
468 N Twin Oaks Valley Rd, San Marcos, CA
2 Bedrooms
$2,064
950 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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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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Last updated August 24 at 03:21pm
3 Units Available
Block C
250 North City Dr, San Marcos, CA
Studio
$1,706
512 sqft
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$2,412
829 sqft
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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Last updated August 24 at 11:51am
8 Units Available
eaves San Marcos
823 Nordahl Rd, San Marcos, CA
1 Bedroom
$1,730
675 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,095
885 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$2,600
1099 sqft
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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Last updated August 24 at 04:34pm
La Costa Oaks North
18 Units Available
Camden Old Creek
1935 Northstar Way, San Marcos, CA
1 Bedroom
$2,209
770 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,399
1031 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$3,069
1401 sqft
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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Last updated August 24 at 12:16pm
3 Units Available
Anden
152 N Twin Oaks Valley Rd, San Marcos, CA
2 Bedrooms
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3 Bedrooms
$2,850
1422 sqft
Fresh, open floor plans ranging from 1,235 to 1,486 square feet of interior living space.
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Last updated August 24 at 03:21pm
Village O
5 Units Available
Crest 850
850 Village Dr, San Marcos, CA
1 Bedroom
$2,136
636 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,506
1119 sqft
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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Last updated August 24 at 12:20pm
4 Units Available
Elan Northwoods
420 Smilax Road, San Marcos, CA
1 Bedroom
$1,695
750 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,900
975 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$2,645
1258 sqft
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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Last updated August 24 at 04:34pm
36 Units Available
Palomar Station
1257 Armorlite Dr, San Marcos, CA
Studio
$1,785
591 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,835
758 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,311
1354 sqft
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.
Last updated August 24 at 10:17am
1 Unit Available
1279 Avenida Fragata
1279 Avenida Fragata, San Marcos, CA
3 Bedrooms
$2,850
1652 sqft
1279 Avenida Fragata Available 09/01/19 Wonderful View Home with Open Floorplan in Santa Fe Hills! - Highly desirable home located near the top of Santa Fe Hills.
Last updated August 24 at 10:17am
Village O
1 Unit Available
751 Almond Rd
751 Almond Road, San Marcos, CA
2 Bedrooms
$2,395
1209 sqft
751 Almond Rd Available 10/01/19 Two Bedroom Townhome available for rent in San Marcos! - Beautiful two bedroom townhome with an attached two car garage available for rent! The unit will be available September 16th for move in.
Last updated August 24 at 10:17am
Lake San Marcos
1 Unit Available
1607 Brighton Glen Rd
1607 Brighton Glen Road, San Marcos, CA
4 Bedrooms
$4,250
3150 sqft
1607 Brighton Glen Rd Available 09/01/19 Luxurious Single Level 4 Bedroom Home in San Marcos - Welcome Home!! Location is everything in this beautiful single level home located near the border of Carlsbad & San Marcos and close to award-winning
Last updated August 24 at 10:17am
1 Unit Available
Village Square at San Elijo Hills
1261 San Elijo Road, San Marcos, CA
3 Bedrooms
$3,195
1647 sqft
Available 08/28/19 This is an absolutely beautiful 2 bedroom + street front office live/work town home located in San Elijo Hills.
Last updated August 24 at 10:17am
1 Unit Available
935 Wild Iris Ct
935 Wild Iris Court, San Marcos, CA
5 Bedrooms
$4,800
4237 sqft
Pristine 5BD San Elijo Hills Home! - PROPERTY INFORMATION: Pristine San Elijo Hills home on a cul-de-sac with a private yard in a quiet neighborhood! The spacious and flexible floorplan includes a private office/den off the entry hall, a ground
Last updated August 24 at 10:17am
1 Unit Available
3359 Elmwood Street
3359 Elmwood St, San Marcos, CA
3 Bedrooms
$3,000
1399 sqft
Beautiful 1399 Sq. Ft., 3 bed, 2.5 Bath Single-Family Home in a quiet San Marcos neighborhood. - Beautiful 1399 Sq. Ft., 3 bed, 2.5 Bath Single-Family Home in a quiet San Marcos neighborhood.
Last updated August 24 at 10:17am
Village O
1 Unit Available
230 Aurora Ave.
230 Aurora Avenue, San Marcos, CA
2 Bedrooms
$2,195
1027 sqft
2BD/2BA Townhouse in San Marcos in Gorgeous Gated Community! - This 2bd/2ba townhouse is 1,027 sq. ft. and is 2-story.
Last updated August 24 at 10:17am
1 Unit Available
149 Johnston Lane
149 Johnston Lane, San Marcos, CA
2 Bedrooms
$2,000
864 sqft
$2,000 - 2 Bed 1 Bath Remodeled House in San Marcos - Newly Remodeled 2 Bedroom 1 Bathroom House is located in a quiet neighborhood in San Marcos.
Last updated August 24 at 10:16am
1 Unit Available
341 Mission Villas Rd
341 Mission Villas Rd, San Marcos, CA
3 Bedrooms
$2,850
1648 sqft
3 bd., 3 ba Condo for Rent in San Marcos - Property Id: 133180 Premium corner unit with view. Includes 1,648 sq. ft. of living space with 3 bd, 3 ba & 2 car garage.
Last updated August 24 at 10:16am
1 Unit Available
1333 Granite Rd. 1Bdrm Attached
1333 Granite Road, San Marcos, CA
1 Bedroom
$1,295
Move in Special!! Private Apartment, Utilities Included, Extra Storage - 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom Extra Storage in Attic Assigned Parking Spot Country Atmosphere with this 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom apartment.
Last updated August 24 at 10:16am
1 Unit Available
760 Santa Barbara
760 Santa Barbara Drive, San Marcos, CA
3 Bedrooms
$2,800
1487 sqft
Beautiful 3 Bedroom Home in Discovery Meadows - This 3 bedroom 2 bath home is located in the desirable Discovery Meadows community and is walking distance to Discovery Lake, parks, jogging trails, and schools.
Last updated August 24 at 10:16am
San Elijo Hills
1 Unit Available
871 Antilla Way
871 Antilla Way, San Marcos, CA
5 Bedrooms
$4,200
3607 sqft
871 Antilla Way Available 09/16/19 Gorgeous Home in San Elijo Hills with Casita!!! - You will be wowed the moment you step in to this warm and inviting home.
Last updated August 24 at 10:16am
Village O
1 Unit Available
888 Custer Avenue
888 Custer Avenue, San Marcos, CA
3 Bedrooms
$2,650
1450 sqft
Beautiful 3 Bedroom 2.5 Bath Located Minutes from CSUSM - Address: 888 Custer Avenue San Marcos, CA 92078 Appointment: Chris 760-992-3350 Gated Savona! Close to CSUSM-private and quiet near mountain. Master Suite plus 2 bedrooms. 2.5 baths.
Last updated August 24 at 10:16am
1 Unit Available
840 El Toro Ln
840 El Toro Lane, San Marcos, CA
4 Bedrooms
$2,975
1747 sqft
840 El Toro Ln Available 09/09/19 San Marcos Home- Close to CSU San Marcos, shopping and dining! - Spacious single family home in San Marcos with four bedrooms + one optional bedroom and two bathrooms.
Last updated August 24 at 10:16am
1 Unit Available
1532 Loma Alta
1532 Loma Alta, San Marcos, CA
4 Bedrooms
$3,250
2030 sqft
Upgraded Single Story Home in Santa Fe Hills with Ocean Views! - This highly upgraded single level executive home sits atop Santa Fe Hills and is located in one of North County's most desired neighborhoods.
Last updated August 24 at 10:16am
Village O
1 Unit Available
459 Almond Rd
459 Almond Road, San Marcos, CA
2 Bedrooms
$2,150
1051 sqft
459 Almond Rd Available 09/07/19 Well-kept Townhouse in Portarosa near CSUSM - To inquire PLEASE EMAIL dave.advent@yahoo.com Available mid-September Spacious townhouse with 2 bedrooms and 2.

Average Rent in San Marcos

Last updated Aug. 2019
The average rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in San Marcos is $1,544, while the average rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $2,003.
Studio
$1,394
1 Bed
$1,544
2 Beds
$2,003
3+ Beds
$2,884
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 soo...
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!

August 2019 San Marcos Rent Report

Welcome to the August 2019 San Marcos Rent Report. San Marcos rents declined 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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August 2019 San Marcos Rent Report

Welcome to the August 2019 San Marcos Rent Report. San Marcos rents declined 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.

San Marcos rents declined moderately over the past month

San Marcos rents have declined 0.3% over the past month, but have increased marginally by 0.7% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in San Marcos stand at $1,553 for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,014 for a two-bedroom. San Marcos' year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 1.1%, as well as the national average of 1.6%.

    Rents rising across the San Diego Metro

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

    • Chula Vista has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 1.8%. The median two-bedroom there costs $2,166, while one-bedrooms go for $1,670.
    • Over the past month, Encinitas has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with a decline of 1.9%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $2,447, while one-bedrooms go for $1,886.
    • National City has the least expensive rents in the San Diego metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,349; rents increased 1.1% over the past month but remained flat year-over-year.
    • Carlsbad has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the San Diego metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,486; rents went down 0.9% over the past month but rose 1.7% over the past year.

    Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to San Marcos

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

    • Rents increased slightly in other cities across the state, with California as a whole logging rent growth of 1.1% over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 1.5% in San Jose, 1.2% in San Francisco, and 0.5% in Los Angeles.
    • San Marcos' median two-bedroom rent of $2,014 is above the national average of $1,191. Nationwide, rents have grown by 1.6% over the past year compared to the 0.7% increase in San Marcos.
    • While San Marcos' rents rose marginally over the past year, many cities nationwide also saw increases, including Phoenix (+3.7%), Austin (+3.3%), and Dallas (+2.1%).
    • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in San Marcos than most large cities. For example, Phoenix has a median 2BR rent of $1,085, where San Marcos is more than one-and-a-half times 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
    $1,570
    $2,040
    0.3%
    0.5%
    Chula Vista
    $1,670
    $2,170
    -0.2%
    1.8%
    Oceanside
    $1,780
    $2,310
    -0.3%
    1.2%
    Escondido
    $1,440
    $1,870
    -0.8%
    1%
    Carlsbad
    $1,920
    $2,490
    -0.9%
    1.7%
    El Cajon
    $1,280
    $1,670
    1.4%
    1.2%
    Vista
    $1,440
    $1,870
    0
    1.1%
    San Marcos
    $1,550
    $2,010
    -0.3%
    0.7%
    Encinitas
    $1,890
    $2,450
    -1.9%
    0.7%
    National City
    $1,040
    $1,350
    1.1%
    0.4%
    La Mesa
    $1,440
    $1,860
    0.4%
    0.9%
    Spring Valley
    $1,380
    $1,780
    1.3%
    1.2%
    Coronado
    $2,930
    $3,800
    -0.1%
    0.4%
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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.

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