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Apartments for Rent in San Marcos, CA
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    420 Smilax Road, San Marcos, CA 92078
    1 BED $2,295+
    2 BEDS $2,670
    3 BEDS $3,695
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    240 Las Flores Dr., San Marcos, CA 92069
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    468 North Twin Oaks Valley Road, San Marcos, CA 92069
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    3474 Descanso Avenue, San Marcos, CA 92078
    1 BED $2,120+
    2 BEDS $2,460
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    353 West San Marcos Blvd, San Marcos, CA 92069
    1 BED $2,050
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    850 Village Drive, San Marcos, CA 92078
    1 BED $2,400
    2 BEDS $2,900
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    570 East Barham Drive, San Marcos, CA 92078
    1 BED $2,410+
    2 BEDS $2,527+
    3 BEDS $3,621+
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    1045 Armorlite Drive, San Marcos, CA 92069
    Studio $2,465+
    1 BED $2,585+
    2+ BEDS $2,874+
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    250 North City Drive, San Marcos, CA 92078
    Studio $2,187+
    1 BED $2,370+
    2 BEDS $3,099+
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    3470 Linda Vista Drive, San Marcos, CA 92078
    1 BED $550
    3 BEDS $5,250
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    342-358 Pleasant Way, San Marcos, CA 92069
    2 BEDS $2,550
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    233 W. San Marcos Blvd, San Marcos, CA 92069
    1 BED $1,875
    2 BEDS $2,175
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    2152 Silverado St, San Marcos, CA 92078
    3 BEDS $3,800
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    339-340 Marcos Street, San Marcos, CA 92069
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    422 Los Vallecitos, San Marcos, CA 92069
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    340 Marcos Street, San Marcos, CA 92069
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    1820 Melrose Drive, San Marcos, CA 92078
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    432 W. Mission Road -106, San Marcos, CA 92069
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    210 Lobelia Drive, Vista, CA 92083
    1 BED $1,950
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    920 Sycamore Ave., Vista, CA 92081
    2 BEDS $2,650
    3 BEDS $3,000
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    856 Heatherwood Lane, Vista, CA 92081
    1 BED $2,446+
    2 BEDS $2,870+
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    1982 Wellington Lane #80, Vista, CA 92081
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    2 BEDS $2,743+
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    1850 Thibodo Rd, Vista, CA 92081
    1 BED $2,527+
    2 BEDS $3,180+
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    1500 Shadowridge Drive, Vista, CA 92081
    1 BED $2,310+
    2 BEDS $2,662+
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    439 W El Norte Parkway, Ste 102, Escondido, CA 92026
    Studio $1,835+
    1 BED $1,916+
    2 BEDS $2,086+
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Average rent in San Marcos, CA

$2,646/mo San Marcos, CA average rental price, November 2023
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The average monthly rent of apartments in San Marcos, CA is $2,646.

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Frequently asked questions

When were prices and availability in San Marcos, CA last updated?

Prices and availability in San Marcos, CA were last updated on 22 Feb 2024.

What are the best apartments in San Marcos, CA?

The best apartments in San Marcos, CA are: Elan Northwoods, Vista Flores Apartments, Whispering Oaks, Meadow Creek Apartments and Benchmark Apartments.

What is the average rent in San Marcos, CA?

The average rent in San Marcos, CA is $2,646. Start your search for apartments in San Marcos, CA now.

What is the price range for a studio apartment in San Marcos, CA?

The price range for a studio apartment in San Marcos, CA is between $2,187 and $4,835. View all studio apartments in San Marcos, CA.

What is the price range for a 1-bedroom apartment in San Marcos, CA?

The price range for a 1-bedroom apartment in San Marcos, CA is between $550 and $5,000. Browse all available 1-bedroom apartments in San Marcos, CA now.

What is the price range for a 2-bedroom apartment in San Marcos, CA?

The price range for a 2-bedroom apartment in San Marcos, CA is between $2,050 and $5,001. Browse and find a 2-bedroom apartment in San Marcos, CA.

What is the price range for a 3-bedroom apartment in San Marcos, CA?

The price range for a 3-bedroom apartment in San Marcos, CA is between $550 and $7,777. Browse all available 3-bedroom apartments in San Marcos, CA.

What type of rental buildings are in San Marcos, CA?

In San Marcos 37% of the housing is rented out compared to 63% of homes are owned, according to the most recent Census Bureau estimates. 29% of San Marcos’s apartments are found in large buildings of 50 units or more, 44% are located in smaller apartment complexes with less than 50 units, and 21% are single-family rentals.

What do typical apartment communities look like in San Marcos, CA?

The age and size of multifamily buildings are among the most visible characteristics of the rental market in a city.  In this case, the apartment buildings in San Marcos are about 22 years old, on average. Of these, 56% have been built since 2000, representing the newer options on the market and typically offering more amenities. Rental buildings in the city have an average height of 3 stories. About 96% of the rental communities here are low-rise, garden-style communities, 4% are mid-rises, and none are high-rise buildings. These are true especially for large-scale multifamily buildings with over 50 apartments.

What apartment floorplans are common in San Marcos, CA?

Rental apartments in San Marcos come in a range of sizes and floorplans. Studio apartments represent 2% of units for rent, ideal for singles, renters on a budget and people who value central locations more than space. Rentals with 1-bedroom floorplans make up 31% of the total apartments in the city, while 2-bedroom floorplans represent around 52% of all rentals in San Marcos. The rest are larger floorplans with 3 bedrooms or more, typically preferred by families, larger households or roommates sharing space.

Renter's guide to San Marcos, CA

San Marcos, CA is a small city (approximately 24 square miles) in foothills of North County San Diego. It is just 6 miles inland from the coast and approximately 30 miles from downtown San Diego. San Marcos is 98.4 miles from Los Angeles and 27.6 miles from Temecula. It’s known for having a diverse, older community and is one of the more affordable cities in the area.

San Marcos weather, like much of southern California, is sunny and warm for most of the year. The average high in July is 88°F while the coldest temperature in January hovers around 37°F and it never snows. Because of its proximity to the coast, summer heat tends to come in July and last until September, with May and June being more overcast.

Tips for renting in San Marcos, CA

San Marcos rentals are overseen by the Housing and Neighborhood Services Department, which makes sure housing is non-discriminatory and accessible to the disabled. While there is no rent control for San Diego, tenants in a year lease cannot have their rent raised until the term is up. Otherwise, 30 days’ notice must be given before any increase.

San Marcos also has a number of manufactured home communities (formerly known as mobile homes) that do have their own rent control ordinance. In these areas, rents can only be raised in conjunction with the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

Apartments for rent in San Marcos, Ca tend to be very competitive. Therefore, it is always best to show up on time for an appointment with as much of your documentation handy as possible (i.e. paycheck stubs and/or bank account information). And the best way to find a place to live in San Marcos, California is right here on RentCAFE.com – start your search today!

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Living in San Marcos, CA

San Marcos has an excellent public transportation system and you are just minutes from the beach at Carlsbad or Escondido. Because of the coastal fog, it tends to stay a bit cooler than cities more inland. On the downside, there is a bit more violent crime in San Marcos than the national average, traffic and congestion can be an issue, and it’s still expensive to live there—at least compared to cities not in California.

San Marcos, CA is a fairly diverse city, with close to half of the population white, closely followed by the Hispanic community. Other ethnicities representing just over a tenth of the city’s population include Asian, African-American and Pacific Islander.

Things to do in San Marcos, CA

There are a lot of things to do in San Marcos for for families, couples, as well as singles. Golfers will love that there are three courses within the city’s limits. Lake San Marcos offers boating and the brand new Sunset Park has an area for dogs and a majestic ocean view.

Things to do

Old California Restaurant Row in downtown San Marcos is comprised of 18 different eating establishments for every taste and budget. You can bring the family to Acapulco’s or sneak away with your spouse for date night at Katsu Sushi and Teppan Grill.

The City of San Marcos has a wide variety of annual cultural events including San Marcos Summer Music Fest and and Free Concerts in the Gardens. Every spring, San Marcos Alive celebrates local artists with shows and craft fairs, and San Marcos Theater West gives kids 7-17 an opportunity to perform on stage at the community center.

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San Marcos, CA employment & economy

San Marcos CA jobs are primarily centered around education as some of the top employers are its school district and universities. Other major companies in the area include Hunter Industries (responsible for commercial and residential irrigation), followed by UPS and Kaiser Permanente.

There is a strong push by the cities of North County for more businesses to develop and grow here with a program called Innovate 78 (named after highway 78 that runs through the corridor).

Education in San Marcos, CA

Children under 18 are served by the San Marcos Unified School District, one of the largest in San Diego County, which rates favorably with both teachers and parents. Higher education choices are the two-year Palomar College as well as the new California State University San Marcos, which has a beautiful campus and a growing reputation.

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