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Apartments for Rent in San Marcos, CA
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    1045 Amorlite Drive, San Marcos, CA 92069
    11 Units available
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    • 1 BED
    • 2 BEDS
    • $2,230+
    • $2,335+
    • $2,883+
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    240 Las Flores Dr., San Marcos, CA 92069
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    • 2 BEDS
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    250 North City Drive, San Marcos, CA 92078
    6 Units available
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    • 1 BED
    • 2 BEDS
    • $2,433+
    • $2,449+
    • $3,018+
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    3474 Descanso Avenue, San Marcos, CA 92078
    2 Units available
    • 1 BED
    • 2 BEDS
    • $1,700
    • $2,055
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    850 Village Dr, San Marcos, CA 92078
    2 Units available
    • 1 BED
    • 2 BEDS
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    • $3,203+
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    570 East Barham Drive, San Marcos, CA 92078
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    • $2,429+
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    422 Los Vallecitos, San Marcos, CA 92069
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    • 2 BEDS
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    339-340 Marcos Street, San Marcos, CA 92069
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    353 West San Marcos Blvd, San Marcos, CA 92069
    2 Units available
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    • $1,980
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    233 W. San Marcos Blvd, San Marcos, CA 92069
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    • 1 BED
    • 2 BEDS
    • $1,450+
    • $1,725+
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    1820 Melrose Drive, San Marcos, CA 92078
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    • $792
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    432 W. Mission Road -106, San Marcos, CA 92069
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    1045 Morning View Drive, Escondido, CA 92026
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    • 2 BEDS
    • $2,032+
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    1982 Wellington Lane #80, Vista, CA 92081
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    • $2,757+
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    915 Brooktree Lane, Vista, CA 92081
    4 Units available
    • 1 BED
    • 2 BEDS
    • $2,299+
    • $2,574+
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    1850 Thibodo Rd, Vista, CA 92081
    16 Units available
    • 1 BED
    • 2 BEDS
    • 3 BEDS
    • $2,460+
    • $3,229+
    • $3,373+
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    439 W El Norte Parkway, Ste 102, Escondido, CA 92026
    9 Units available
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    • 1 BED
    • 2 BEDS
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    • $1,712+
    • $1,992+
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    1361 W 9Th Ave, Escondido, CA 92029
    2 Units available
    • 1 BED
    • 2 BEDS
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    • $2,683+
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    1500 Shadowridge Drive, Vista, CA 92081
    3 Units available
    • 1 BED
    • 2 BEDS
    • $2,366+
    • $2,845+
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    1204 N ESCONDIDO BLVD, ESCONDIDO, CA 92026
    2 Units available
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    • $2,123
    • $2,304
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    1245 Morning View Drive, Escondido, CA 92026
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    660 North Quince Street, Escondido, CA 92025
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    • 1 BED
    • $1,101+
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    2649 Regent Road, Carlsbad, CA 92010
    1 Unit available
    • 2 BEDS
    • $2,500
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    1401 North Melrose Drive, Vista, CA 92083
    19 Units available
    • 1 BED
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    • 3 BEDS
    • $2,291+
    • $2,718+
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    6610 Ambrosia Lane, Carlsbad, CA 92011
    13 Units available
    • 1 BED
    • 2 BEDS
    • 3 BEDS
    • $2,520+
    • $3,045+
    • $4,095+

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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 7 Dec 2021.

What are the best apartments in San Marcos, CA?

The best apartments in San Marcos, CA are: Marc San Marcos, Vista Flores Apartments, Block C Apartments, Meadow Creek Apartments and Crest 850.

What is the average rent in San Marcos, CA?

The average rent in San Marcos, CA is $2,330. 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 $2,021 and $3,197. 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 $792 and $4,487. 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 $792 and $4,956. 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 $792 and $3,595. Browse all available 3-bedroom apartments in San Marcos, CA.

Renter's Guide to San Marcos

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.

San Marcos, CA Demographics

  • Total Population95,355
  • Female 46,896
    Male 48,459
  • Median Age35.5

Cost of Living in San Marcos, CA

San Marcos is served by the North County bus line called BREEZE, which is $1.75 for an adult one-way fare. In addition, there is the Coaster, which travels to downtown San Diego and the Sprinter which connects it to Oceanside and Escondido for $2 each way. There’s also Flex, which gives reservation-based rides and Lift for those with accessibility issues (fares vary depending on distance traveled). Still, most San Marcos residents rely on their cars, and the average commute time is 25.51 minutes, just a smidge above the national average of 25.44.

San Marcos has a variety of different restaurant experiences, from the low cost Pizza Hut to more upscale fare located on its restaurant row, where an average dinner for two will set you back about $60. Utilities for San Marcos (and San Diego County) average $107.58 a month for a 915-square-foot apartment, which includes gas, water, and trash.

Average Rent in San Marcos, CA

  • San Marcos, CA Average Rental Price, November 2021 $2,330 /mo

San Marcos, CA Apartment Rent Ranges

San Marcos, CA Rent Trends

Average Rent Nov / 2018 Mar / 2019 Jul / 2019 Nov / 2019 Mar / 2020 Jul / 2020 Nov / 2020 Mar / 2021 Jul / 2021 Nov / 2021
San Marcos, CA $2,015 $1,998 $2,090 $2,013 $2,035 $2,000 $1,998 $2,038 $2,113 $2,330
National $1,340 $1,344 $1,376 $1,384 $1,387 $1,379 $1,383 $1,393 $1,476 $1,572

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

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.

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.

Employment and 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).

San Marcos, CA Households

  • Total Number of Households29,771
  • Family 21,987
    Non-family 7,784
  • Children 12,046
    No Children 17,725
  • Average People Per Household3.17
  • Median Household Income$78,797
  • Median Housing Costs Per Month$1,914

Education in San Marcos

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.

San Marcos, CA Education Statistics

Tips for Renting in San Marcos

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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