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San Diego Rental Properties

Check out our list of Available San Diego Rentals

Find San Diego rentals; homes, apartments, condos, townhouses and more. Good Life Property Management can help you find the rental of your dreams. All of our properties are professionally managed by Good Life’s friendly staff. In order to apply, check out our rental qualifications and application process below.

General Process

01.

Find a Property

  • Check our current property list below.
  • Once you find a place you like, drive the neighborhood during the day and night to make sure you feel safe and like the surrounding areas.

02.

Determine if you qualify

  • Gross household income (before taxes) must be greater than 2.5x monthly rent. We do not accept cosigners.
  • Credit score (per individual above the age of 18) must be higher than 624 and 75% of accounts in that credit report in good standing.
  • You cannot have any legal evictions or housing judgements within the last 7 years.
  • You cannot be in the process of a bankruptcy.
  • You cannot have a pet dog younger than 4 months of age.

03.

View the Property

* If you want to apply without viewing, skip this step

If you find a property you’re interested in on our property’s page, please select the blue ‘Schedule Viewing’ button. Please fill out your information, upload your government-issued photo ID, and schedule a viewing appointment. Most of our properties are self-access showings. We will send you information on how to operate the lockbox. Our self-access showings are available 7 days a week 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM PST.
We offer awesome 3D virtual tours of every property. You can check it out on our property listings below.

04.

Apply for the Property

Before applying through our properties page, get the following documents ready:
  • Proof of Legal Verifiable Income
  • Copy of government-issued ID
  • Rental reference information of previous 3 years
  • Dependent information (optional)
  • Co-applicants: All other occupants above the age of 18 must submit their own separate application (optional)
  • Service Animal information (must be screened through PetScreening – $20 fee per animal. Refundable after verified)
  • Emotional Support Animal information (must be screened through PetScreening – $20 fee per animal. Refundable after verified)
  • Pet information (does not go through PetScreening).
  • Have a photo of your pet ready
  • Dogs only – Proof of breed, age, and weight (examples include a pet license or vet documentation)
There is a $50 application fee. If we process your application, we do not refund the fee upon denial or cancellation. We only refund application fees if we did not process your application.
Note that your lease start date must be within 14 days of applying for the property.

05.

48-Hour Processing Promise

  • We will confirm your application has been received and is being processed. Please wait at least 2 business days from the time you provide us all the documentation to ask us questions on your application. After 48 hours, you will be contacted with an update or decision.
  • Be ready – If you’re approved, you must sign the lease and pay the move-in funds (first full month of rent and security deposit) within 24 hours.

Available Rental Properties

Don't see anything you like?

Follow the tips below

Tip 1: Contact Local Real Estate Agents

Some realtors are willing to help you find a rental property with the good will that you will use them when you're ready to buy. Therefore, we recommend contacting your local realtors to see if they know about available rentals.

Tip 2: Avoid Craigslist, Check Zillow

We strongly advise anyone looking for housing avoids searching for available rentals on Craigslist. Check out other trustworthy sites like Zillow, Trulia, and HotPads, which generally have verified property maangers. Please check out our blog on how to avoid rental scams.

Tip 3: Drive the Neighborhood

If you’re interested in a specific neighborhood, such as Pacific Beach, we recommend you drive the neighborhood at night (to see if you feel safe in the area) and during the day. When driving through during the day, look for “For Rent” signs, or moving trucks. Many for rent by owners properties are only advertised with a sign and not posted online.

How to find what you’re looking for in a San Diego Rental

According to LaJolla.com, San Diego holds the respectable 32nd spot in the list of the World’s 100 Most Popular Cities to live in. Its magnetic appeal owes much to a rich urban culture, an abundance of outdoor amenities, and a vibrant social scene. However, with such popularity comes the inevitable challenge of a fiercely competitive rental market.

To help you conquer this dynamic real estate landscape, we’ve compiled a set of invaluable tips. These will not only guide you through the process but also assist you in finding the perfect rental property tailored to your unique needs and preferences in San Diego.

Decide What You’re Looking for

Before you start your search, take some time to get a clear idea of what you’re looking for in a rental property. Consider factors such as:
  • Your budget, or how much you’re willing to spend on rent. This will help narrow down your options and prevent you from wasting time on properties that are out of your price range.
  • Space requirements, such as the number of bedrooms and bathrooms you need for you and/or your family and/or fellow renters.
  • Your preferred amenities that are non-negotiable for you. This could include a washer and dryer in-unit, a pool, a pet-friendly policy, or proximity to public transportation.
  • Lease Duration. Some properties may offer flexible lease terms, while others may have more rigid contracts.

Determine Your Location Preferences

San Diego is a diverse city with a wide range of neighborhoods that each offer a unique atmosphere and lifestyle. Consider the following factors when choosing your preferred location:
  • Proximity to Work or School: If you have a specific workplace or school you need to commute to, consider neighborhoods that offer convenient access.
  • Amenities and Services: Think about the amenities you’d like to have nearby, such as grocery stores, parks, restaurants, and entertainment options.
  • Safety and Community Vibe: Research the safety of different neighborhoods and consider the type of community atmosphere you prefer, whether it’s lively and bustling or quiet and residential.
  • Public Transportation: If you rely on public transportation, look for neighborhoods with easy access to buses, trolleys, or other transit options.

Search by Property Type

San Diego offers a variety of rental property types, including apartments, condos, townhouses, and single-family homes. Each type comes with its own set of advantages and considerations. Consider the following:
  • Apartments: Often more affordable and come with a range of amenities, but may have limited space compared to other options.
  • Condos: Offer more privacy and sometimes come with additional amenities, but may have higher monthly fees.
  • Townhouses: Provide a balance between apartment living and single-family homes, offering more space and often a small outdoor area.
  • Single-Family Homes: Offer the most space and privacy, but may come with higher rental costs.

Search by Number of Bedrooms

An important consideration for your future home is how many bedrooms the property has. If you’re looking for a rental property for yourself or you and  your significant other, a studio or one-bedroom apartment is probably your best bet. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a rental that can accommodate a small family or a roommate, or has space for an in-home office, then a two-bedroom apartment or condo is a good option. Finally, if you’re looking for a rental property suitable for a larger family, then consider a 3+ bedroom apartment.

Filter San Diego Rental Properties by Amenities

Amenities can greatly enhance your living experience. When searching for rentals, look for properties that offer amenities that align with your preferences. These may include:
  • Fitness centers or gyms
  • Swimming pools or spas
  • Pet-friendly policies
  • Garage parking or designated parking spots
  • Available guest parking spaces
  • In-unit laundry (washer and dryer)
  • Dishwasher

Search for Good School Districts

If you have children, then searching for quality school districts is likely a priority of yours. In this grade school directory by Niche.com, you can find the best school for your child based on his/her academic and career goals. 

Popular Apartment Communities in San Diego

If you’re looking for a social community vibe for your future San Diego rental property, consider an apartment community that offers social activities. Here is a list of some popular apartment communities in San Diego: 
  • Palisade: High-rise luxury apartments near the UTC mall.
  • Lux UTC: High-rise luxury apartment near the UTC mall and Executive Square business center.
  • Vici: Luxury apartments in the heart of Little Italy, San Diego.
  • Diega: High-rise apartment community in downtown San Diego.
  • Strata: High-rise apartment community in downtown San Diego.

How to Determine Your Rental Budget

The average rule of thumb to determine your San Diego rental property budget is allocating 30% of your income to rent. At Good Life Property Management, we require your income is 2.5x higher than the cost of your rental property. 

San Diego Neighborhoods

San Diego is the 2nd largest city in California and the 8th largest city in the United States. With a staggering 1.3 million city residents and over 3 million county residents, San Diego offers a ton of different neighborhoods, communities, and cultures. San Diego County is generally divided into 6 different regions: North County Coastal, North County Inland, Central San Diego, Coastal San Diego, East County, and South County. 

Popular neighborhoods in North County Coastal San Diego include: Carlsbad, Oceanside, Carmel Valley, Del Mar, Solana Beach, and Encinitas. On the other side of the coast, is inland North County. Popular neighborhoods in this area include: Escondido, Scripps Ranch, Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Penasquitos, San Marcos, Vista, and Poway

Moving down the map is central San Diego, which includes neighborhoods like: UTC, Clairemont, Mission Valley, North Park, Mira Mesa, Hillcrest, Normal Heights, University Heights, Kensington, and South Park. Moving west, coastal San Diego neighborhoods include Pacific Beach, La Jolla, Cardiff, Torrey Pines, and Downtown San Diego.

East County San Diego includes the following popular neighborhoods: La Mesa, Lakeside, Santee, Spring Valley, El Cajon, Allied Gardens & San Carlos.  

Finally, South County San Diego includes the neighborhoods: Chula Vista, Otay Ranch, Imperial Beach, Coronado, San Ysidro, and Eastlake