Anonymous asked in TravelUnited StatesSan Diego · 1 decade ago

Where can I find excellent cheap home rentals in around San Diego areas in the best areas and how much, help?

I am thinking of moving to California, preferrably San Diego because I hear the weather is great year around there, but I also heard that it is too expensive to live in San Diego. I have never been to California so I don't know any of the areas there but again I have heard all my life that San Diego has the best weather. You see right now I live in Phoenix Arizona where 6 months of the year it is blazing hot and I hate it. I am originally from New York where the weather was terrible but everything was conveniently located and you didn't even need a car to get around. In Arizona you need a car to get around to anywhere. Everything isn't within walking distance and you can't walk in Arizona. It is just too hot. Anyways that is why I was thinking of moving to San Diego. I prefer where all the shopping and stores are within walking distance. Is it possible to live without a car in San Diego or any other part around San Diego or is a car absolutely necessary in San Diego. You see I don't drive. I hate driving. How is the public transportation in San Diego? Now if San Diego is expensive, what other areas in or around San Diego is cheaper but have the same weather as San Diego. I love states where it is mostly sunny all the time but not in Arizona where the Sun is too hot. Which areas of San Diego are the best and safest areas with the cheapest rents and how much would that be and for how many bedrooms. Also I prefer spacious houses and also I prefer newer build homes or apartments. I hate houses or homes with stairs because in Arizona most of the houses are one level. Are there areas in San Diego where lets say the supermarkets and shops are within walking distance to one's home? Which areas would that be? I am not so much into being close to the oceans as in Arizona there are no oceans and I don't mind, but it is very important that the areas in San Diego be crime free safe and loaded with shops close by. Another bad thing about Arizona is that everything closes by 9 pm. That is too early. Are there areas in San Diego where the shops stay open longer. That is what I love about Vegas but Vegas is hot in the summer too. Let me know all the details. Thanks

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  • <R>
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago
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    University Heights. West of Park, North of Madison are prime.


    --Inexpensive. A 2br is only about $1100. A house would be $1600-1700 to start. UH is probably the best bargain for what you get in San Diego.

    -----Note: There are quite a few places that rent for under $1000 here. My experience is that in San Diego $1000 is a magic number. If you are looking at a place for $995, just skip it because its probably in a not so great part of town. But anything over $1000, even $1050 is usually in a much nicer part of town. I guess its that way because the bargain hunters just enter "under $1000" when they search for apts.

    --Safe. Very low crime rates. Great sense of community. Homes sell for about $800,000.

    --Walkable. Its like a little village. Restaurants, grocery store, library all nearby.

    --Easy access. If you do drive, the freeway is pretty close.

    --Very close to beautiful Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo.

    --Plenty of first floor apartments.

    Cons (for you):

    --Just about all apartments are older. Mostly 70's-80's design. Don't let this be a dealbreaker. This is the oldest neighborhood in San Diego. Many of the houses are beautiful and historic.

    Pacific Beach isn't bad but the rent is very high for San Diego and there are huge problems with traffic, noise, homeless, etc.

    You can walk a bit there but if you need to drive, its like being on an island with only one way out. Forget about it in the summer.

    University Heights is the perfect mix, I think. It's got everything one needs but its easy to go someplace else to get it. Its also great for bike riding.

    I've used the SDPD crime statistics to develop a report card of crime on each neighborhood in SD. I've weighted the violent crime since that is usually more severe than property crime.


    Sabre Springs

    Rancho Penasquitos


    Miramar Ranch North


    Carmel Valley

    Paradise Hills


    Torrey Pines

    Clairemont Mesa West


    Black Mountain

    Bay Ho

    Rancho Bernardo

    Mira Mesa



    San Carlos

    Bay Terraces

    Allied Gardens

    Emerald Hills

    Del Mar Heights

    Linda Vista

    North Clairemont


    Carmel Mountain

    University Heights


    Otay Mesa West

    Broadway Heights


    Lake Murray


    Valencia Park


    Serra Mesa


    University City

    College West

    Roseville/Fleet Ridge

    Del Cerro

    South Park

    Clairemont Mesa East



    Fairmount Park

    La Playa

    Sherman Heights

    North City

    Barrio Logan

    Swan Canyon




    Bay Park



    Egger Highlands

    Sunset Cliffs

    Golden Hill

    Loma Portal


    Oak Park

    La Jolla Village

    Point Loma Height

    Fairmount Village

    Ocean Crest

    Little Italy

    Park West

    La Jolla

    Chollas View

    Lincoln Park

    Mountain View

    Normal Heights

    Palm City

    College East

    Torrey Highlands

    Colina Del Sol

    Cherokee Point





    North Park

    Logan Heights

    Chollas Creek

    Mission Hills

    Grant Hill



    Teralta East (City Heights)

    Fox Canyon



    Pacific Beach


    Teralta West (City Heights)

    Mt. Hope






    Midway District

    Ocean Beach

    San Ysidro

    El Cerrito


    East Village


    Horton Plaza



    Mission Beach

    Rancho Encantada

    Sorrento Valley



    Mission Valley East

    Balboa Park

    San Pasqual

    Tijuana River Val

    Old Town

    Kearny Mesa

    Otay Mesa

    Mission Bay Park


    Mission Valley West

  • 1 decade ago

    Here are the crime stats for most of the communities that makeup San Diego.

    The ones with the higher crime rates will be where you will find cheap home rentals as a general rule. There's a reason the rents are cheap.

    San Diego has a defined downtown area with stores and restaurants, Petco Park and City/Federal offices. The suburbs mainly have shopping centers with limited restaurants, hair & nail places and an anchor like Vons.

    The best place to live if you can afford it is Pacific Beach. PB has that walkability aura to it. Lots of small shops, restaurants, clothing stores and markets. The cost of a two bedroom apartment will run around $1600 per month +/- $200. Check zip code 92109 for more details and housing rental costs at yahoo's real estate site.

    In the 92117 zip code you will find a lot of decent duplex rentals near the Clairemont Square shopping center.

    Do you need a car? Yes and No. If you like riding buses for several hours to get from one side of town to the other, then you don't need a car.

    San Diego is Soooo spreadout. Since you are currently in Phoenix think of San Diego as being the area from Scottsdale to Buckeye and Chandler to Surprise. That should give you a good visual.

    You like spacious houses like Phoenix? Well you better have a wad of money for that in San Diego. A four year old 2,200 sf house in Arizona is about $850-$1200 per month. In San Diego be prepared to pay $3,000-5,000 depending on location.

    In the family suburbs it's usually lights out for businesses at 9pm. In the more active areas, like Pacific Beach and the Gaslamp, bars and restaurants will be open later.


    Close to the ocean costs more.

    Close to the ocean and safe costs much more.

    Away from the ocean with stores close by costs less.

    Away from the ocean with no stores close by costs much less

    Source(s): Both a Phoenix and San Diego resident who was born in NYC.
  • 5 years ago


    Source(s): Rent-To-Own Home :
  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    San Diego has more variety of neighborhoods than probably anywhere in the country. If you can't find the perfect place, you are not looking hard enough. You are not going to be able to feel the mood without being here, however, so take a trip before you put any money down. And don't say price is no issue for rents, most places in Rancho Santa Fe, for example, you could buy a little home in the South for 2 months rent. We have everything from brand new gated communities, to the 2nd richest zip code in the country, to near ghettos, to homes on a golf course, to trailer parks, to 80% Somali places, and everything in between. You WILL be able to find anything you are after.

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  • 1 decade ago

    You are asking a lot. A room in the cheapest part of town that isn't the pitts will be about $500 plus your share of the utilities. Public transportation isn't that great but is do able. You could always craiglist the words "near trolley" when looking for a place.

  • 1 decade ago

    "cheap" and "best" never go together when talking about real estate. I really can't think of anywhere in San Diego that matches your requirements (and I've lived here more than 30 years).

  • Jen
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    I know that the closer to the beach, the more expensive it will be, so i know you wanna look in SD but try Temecula, good weather and very cheap, new homes right now.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Yeah, I live in a place like that.

    Decent place to rent 2200 a month (decent not great)

    Nice place 3000 plus a month

    Its called pacific beach.

    I have a nice place but its costing me 4800 a month.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    so far i've found real good deals in la mesa and santee....i didn't do that much shopping around before hand though....i currently live in santee and i pay 950 a month for a 3 bedroom 2 bath....

  • 5 years ago
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