Good areas to rent 3 BR house or condo?

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Submitted by Anonymous on September 15, 2006 - 11:39am

OK, rents are a topic that interests me. I'll seek everyone's suggestions. My wife and I life in West Rancho Bernardo, in a 3 bedroom 2 bath, with a lease that expires in Dec. We are paying $1550/month. 1240 sq ft. No garage but 2 reserved parking spots. No view, bottom floor. We are in the Summit of RB, on 17161 Alva Rd.

So we may be looking for a new rental in a few months.

Any advice on areas & condo complexes where rents are reasonable?

LOCATION: 1st choice is the suburbs in and around RB. 2nd choice...we are open to your ideas.

What do you think about our current rent?

We we OPEN to renting either a SFH, or a condo. Actually, a SFH would be nice because we need a garage to store all my junk.

Where should we look to rent a nice SFH with a garage, and at least 3 BR, 1300 sq ft living space, not including garage. What rent should we expect?

Submitted by sdrealtor on September 15, 2006 - 12:43pm.

Moving is expensive so make sure you factor that cost in. Moving goes far beyond the physical move, dont forget to include changing all your accounts and utilities, disruption in your work/personal lives etc. You may find that you are better off staying put.

Submitted by PerryChase on September 15, 2006 - 12:44pm.

Look at rent near where you work. What area of town do you work in? Living near work will dramatically increase the free time you have available and your quality of life.

Look for properties less than 5 years old if you can find them. A/C and other appliances run better and the insulation is better as well.

You should have plenty of choices in RB. Since you have plenty of time, look on Craigslist and the newspaper and, at your leisure, visit properties and become knowlegeable about what you can get for the money. I believe you'll get a better deal renting from an individual homeowner rather than in rental complex or through a property manager. However, those good deals are harder to come by.

Best of luck to you.

Submitted by Doofrat on September 15, 2006 - 12:46pm.

Depends on where you work. My wife and I used to live in Carlsbad where rents would be about $1800 /mo right now I'd guess. We had to pay trash, water, and sewer there and then drive for almost an hour each way to and from work.
Now we're in Carmel Valley and rent for just over $2000 (3 br, 2.5 bath, 2 car attached) (a larger and nicer neighbors place is renting for $2300 so I'd guess the rent's fair for the area), but we don't pay Water/Trash/Sewer (HOA pays this), so that saves us $80. Also, we figured that we save about $200 a month in gas because we're so close to work (12 minutes with traffic, 10 mins without), so you get what you pay for as far as location goes. I know $2000 sounds like alot more, but when you count in gas, and commute time, that can make the difference up quickly.

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