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    • Bedrooms:3 Bed
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    Friars+Rd,San+Diego,CA,92108

    3 bedrooms Apartment in Quiet Building - San Diego

    Enjoy our 1, 2, or 3 bedroom luxurious rentals with fully-equipped gourmet kitchens featuring granite countertops. Two tone paint, breakfast bars and pecan cabinetry. Avalon Fashion Valley is a…

    Friars Rd, San Diego, CA 92108

    • Available:Now
    • Rent:$1,270/mo
    • Bedrooms:Studio
    • Bathrooms:1 Bath
    • Pets:Call
    • Area:220

    1 bathroom 220 sq. ft. Apartment - ready to move in

    Call or come by Vantaggio Suites today for a personal tour of our spacious floorplans. We look forward to making us your new home. On-Site computer lounge with PC and laptop hookups, Minutes from…

    State St, San Diego, CA 92101

    • Available:04/08/2016
    • Rent:$1,295/mo
    • Bedrooms:1 Bed
    • Bathrooms:1 Bath
    • Pets:Pet OK
    • Area:550
    Genesee+Ct+E,San+Diego,CA,92111

    1 bedroom - Welcome to Park Genesee Apartments Where Quality

    Comfort and Convenience Meet Nestled in the lush, wooded hillside of Clairemont Mesa you'll find Park Genesee. We feature lovely one bedroom apartment homes complete with gas and electricity…

    Genesee Ct E, San Diego, CA 92111

    • Available:03/19/2016
    • Rent:$1,325/mo
    • Bedrooms:Studio
    • Bathrooms:1 Bath
    • Pets:Pet OK
    • Area:480
    Genesee+Ave,San+Diego,CA,92121

    Lovely San Diego, Studio, 1 bath. Pet OK

    Canyon Park Apartments are located only a few minutes from 's beautiful beaches. We are close to Interstate 5 and Interstate 805. We are close to the UTC Mall and UCSD college, Scripps Hospital &…

    Genesee Ave, San Diego, CA 92121

    • Available:02/17/2016
    • Rent:$1,400/mo
    • Bedrooms:Studio
    • Bathrooms:1 Bath
    • Pets:Pet OK
    • Area:570

    AVA is a new kind of living space

    Our apartments in on Ninth between Ash and "A" provide you with everything you need. This is a choice neighborhood where pizzas meet tacos, double espressos meet mango gelato and shopping depends on…

    Ninth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

    • Available:03/22/2016
    • Rent:$1,479/mo
    • Bedrooms:1 Bed
    • Bathrooms:1 Bath
    • Pets:Pet OK
    • Area:629

    Welcome to Legacy Apartment Homes located in sunny, California

    You will find our beautiful community centrally located just one block from the freeway, and within walking distance to a shopping center hosting theaters, restaurants. We are an easy commute to…

    Hillery Dr, San Diego, CA 92126

    • Available:03/17/2016
    • Rent:$1,500/mo
    • Bedrooms:2 Bed
    • Bathrooms:1 Bath
    • Pets:Call
    • Area:847
    Eastman+St,San+Diego,CA,92111

    Great Central Location 2 bedroom, 1 bath

    Village Apartments offers one of the best locations you'll find anywhere right in the heart of. The area holds multiple shopping centers, easy freeway access, cultural events, a the choice of several…

    Eastman St, San Diego, CA 92111

    • Available:Now
    • Rent:$1,500/mo
    • Bedrooms:1 Bed
    • Bathrooms:1 Bath
    • Pets:Will Consider
    • Area:780

    Save Money with your new Home - San Diego. Parking Available

    Rent range: $1500 - $1700. Although situated well within the boundaries of the city, San Carlos Townhomes afford you access to all the outdoor and recreational pursuits of a country-like setting.…

    Golfcrest Dr, San Diego, CA 92119

    • Available:Now
    • Rent:$1,526/mo
    • Bedrooms:Studio
    • Bathrooms:1 Bath
    • Pets:No Pets
    • Area:400
    Friars+Rd,San+Diego,CA,92108

    Studio in San Diego. Parking Available

    It is amazing! Upgraded,: Courtyard. CentrePointe: Find yourself in the center of it all Dive into city living at CentrePointe Apartments in. Our gorgeous, modern apartment homes are outfitted with…

    Friars Rd, San Diego, CA 92108

    • Available:03/31/2016
    • Rent:$1,540/mo
    • Bedrooms:Studio
    • Bathrooms:1 Bath
    • Pets:Pet OK
    • Area:405

    Studio - AVA Pacific Beach is a newly renovated living space steps from the bay. Parking Available

    The beach and everything in between. Where bottomless brunches converge with fish tacos, where surfing meets sunning and beach bars meet boutiques. Oh yeah, and we're just minutes from downtown with…

    Ingraham St, San Diego, CA 92109

Things to Consider when Renting an Apartment

Be prepared.  While the San Diego apartment market isn't quite as vicious and cut-throat as other major cities, it's still quite competitive, so come prepared.  Think of apartment hunting in San Diego the way you would think of preparing for a job interview.  Do your homework, bring all the necessary documentation with you (proof of income, identification or drivers license, checkbook, you know — the basics!), and be prepared to be flexible.  Landlords in San Diego have prospective tenants by the score. If you come in unprepared, or with a list of demands, they may pass on you, and move on to the easier work.  Overall, stay flexible.  There may be features you won't budge on, but keeping those to a minimum will serve you well.

Choose the right type of apartment for you.  Size matters in San Diego apartments.  Apartment living in San Diego consists of three basic groups:  the large, clean, modern buildings with lots of efficiency but not much personality, the California cottage with personality — and molding — to spare, and the small motel-like «mom & pop» fare for the ultimate in budget living, if you're not too picky about the amenities.  Let's take a look at these categories and break them down by budget:

Cottages (most expensive) are all about character.  These rentals are all the rage with the vacation renter crowd, so you'll have to compete with them for the long-term deal.  The floor plans are almost always 1BR/1BA, and afford a level of privacy you can't get in the other options.  If you're a Jack Kerouac fan, a California cottage will warm your heart.

Complexes (middle of the road) generally boast the standard amenities: parking garages, pools, clean living, modern buildings.  They're available in a wide array of floor plans (studio, 1BR/1BA, 2BR/1BA, 2BR/2BA, etc.) and are typically found near commercial centers with shopping, food, and other conveniences within walking distance — or nearly so.  If you like being close to the action and don't mind cookie-cutter living, these concrete towers could hold your future home.

Motel efficiencies (least expensive) may seem like a hellish option, but don't be so quick to judge.  Many of these 1-2BR apartments, if they've been renovated in the last 30 years, can actually be a pretty sweet pad for half the price of a flashier spot.  To be fair, in these units you're not getting much more than a bed and the basics, but you also frequently find yourself immersed in a unique and vibrant community (sometimes bordering on commune) in these vintage digs.  If you're on a budget and looking for some great stories to tell, start here.