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San Diego Apartments for rent - City Guide
If you are looking to call a city home that will strike envy into just about anyone that’s never been to California, then this is your best bet. With amazing beaches and a “winter” that averages in the 60s, the city’s most defining, and possibly most sought after, characteristic is its location.

San Deigo ApartmentsFor a younger atmosphere, Pacific Beach might be your best bet. As far as the beach goes, it’s perfect for surfers looking for waves on the mellower side, though be warned: there’s always a lot of people. Also, the pet-friendly Ocean Front Walk, P.B’s boardwalk, extends for about three miles alongside the beach for those that like long walks alongside the beach with their pups along with the option of stopping at a restaurant for sunset drink. Most notable of Pacific Beach is its large concentration of students from both UCSD and SD State University that call Pacific Beach “home” for the time that they are there. What results is a wild nightlife scene (heavily concentrated on Garnet Avenue) as well as a heavy amount of tourism during school breaks (*cough* Spring Break *cough*). Living in Pacific Beach consists of many houses and apartments for rent. If you are lucky, you can find apartments with all utilities included to save on costs, however, rental prices have been going up in recent years with Pacific Beach’s rising popularity. If you’re focused on pet friendly apartments in San Diego, we’ve got you covered.

Just Downtown alone would be California’s eight largest city with a population of over 28,000 and is the city’s financial center and central business district. With many business opportunities, close proximity to major schools, and central location, downtown appeals to many different groups of people. Living in downtown affords residents with amenities such as the shopping at Westfield Horton Plaza, the various restaurants, bars and clubs of the Gaslamp Quarter, and, typical of the area, easy access to the beach. Searching in downtown will land you with studio options and high-rise luxury apartments especially as you head towards East Village which has seen a lot of upscale redevelopment within the last couple years. Also, the Padre’s home stadium, PETCO Park, resides in East Village, thus great for the finders out there looking to follow their team.

Also, the city is great for those that like eating food and drinking beer. Go figure. With a heavy ethnic and cultural mix as well as being right on the coast, there is a huge variety of cuisine options. Some will argue that the best Mexican food in all of California is here, but there is also a large presence of Southeast Asian and Mediterranean eateries in the city as well. Also, there are more than 70 local brew pubs and microbreweries and the city has been reviewed as “America’s Craft Beer Capitol.” Check out areas such as the Gaslamp Quarter, Little Italy, La Jolla and Old Town to be immersed in the local cuisine culture.

However, there is more to the neighborhoods than just the beach. Families and those that like a sense of community should consider checking out Kensington. The community has a small-town, neighbor-friendly feel to it that is exemplified by its Memorial Day Parade, Fourth of July block party, and other neighborhood get togethers. Because Kensington is not very large, getting around on foot and heading to its village center with its own set of local theaters, restaurants and boutiques is a breeze. If you are looking to stay here long-term, try finding a rental home in Kensington before making the judgment call to buy a property. More than likely, you’ll find Kensington’s relaxed and communal atmosphere very appealing for making a long-term decision. Also, if the rental prices of Kensington are too pricey, check out its neighbors, Normal Heights and College West, for cheaper apartments with all bills paid.

Bankers Hill, located north of Little Italy and eat of Balboa Park, is another neighborhood worth mentioning. Named for its history of affluent residents, many of Bankers Hill’s homes date back to the late 19th century while luxury apartments and condominiums make up many of its living options today. Thus, the neighborhood has many upscale amenities such as Croce’s Park West where you can be sure to find live music and jazz. Also, with Balboa Park right next door, residents can check out one of its many cultural museums, visit the highly-rated Zoo, see a performing arts show, or just meander through the various greenbelts. While living in this area is in high demand, using an apartment guide to find a new place will provide much better results than waiting to respond to a Craigslist ad.

Average Apartment Rental Prices Nearby

Studio $1,695
1 Bedroom $1,874
2 Bedroom $2,522
3 Bedroom $3,591

Average rent on Backpage and Craigslist San Diego, California: $2,070

User reviews for apartments in San Diego, California
Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars, 8 reviews
unknown user
Awesome view
This place has an awesome view, and hidden access to the 5 and 52. Best location I lived in during my 9 years in san diego
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Naval Academy, UVA
Great place!
Coronado Island is truly a small paradise. With the best beach in the country and a great variety of bars and restaurants, it is one of the best places to live in southern CA!
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Stanford, Claremont Colleges, Accenture, Pomona College
East Village rocks
Lower East Village is awesome -- cheaper, quieter than Gaslamp while still being extremely walkable and within range of everything good. Stay south of Broadway or even E/F for the nicer parts of town, and west of 11th. There are good places outside that range, but also a lot of low-income housing.
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North Park has it all!
The neighborhood is quiet, diverse, and full of charming craftsman style homes. Yet, despite the residential area's modest appeal, North Park is also home to some of the finest bars and restaurants in San Diego. The area is rapidly becoming a hub for slow food, craft beer, and new music. There's always something new brewing in North Park, but my guess is the warm, eclectic atmosphere will never change.
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Great place to live if you don't mind the bustle
This is the heart of the downtown scene. It's walking distance to anything you could need, whether it be groceries, shopping, restaurants, bars, or just a quiet park to hang out. the weekends can be a bit noisy, and traffic can get a backed up when big events are in town (eg Comic-Con), but all-in-all, it's invigorating to live where everyone else comes to play!
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UVA, Bain & Company, Stanford
beautiful homes and feels like a slice of utopia. living near the water gives great views of the San Diego skyline. only negative is average age on the island is probably 70, so it gets quiet here early.
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North PB
Good spot if you want access to PB amenities without the craziness. Walking distance to Garnet / Grand area and the beach, but far enough away that you can find parking and don't have to deal with all the drunks!
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UVA, Bain & Company, Stanford
Little Italy
Tons of amazing restaurants in the area. Short walk to Gaslamp but not touristy itself. Right off the 5 makes commuting easy. All Around great place to live.
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