I would try craigslist or a MLS site where you can find rentals. For example, www.ihousesandiego.com.
In CA, 1 year leases are standard, but lots of portfolio investors like a long term tenant. If a landlord is in default on their mortgage this should be public record. I have a way of looking this up on Realist tax records. I don't know if you would have any access, but you can look it up. http://www.sandicor.com/support/realist-tax/... more
Hi. Whether it is easy to find a home matching your specifications depends on what properties are on the rental market at this time. I would recommend looking on Craigslist, as they often have great rentals on that site, and I have found that they have a much greater selection than the MLS. Many of my clients have found rentals there. Just search under the zip code.
I only found one property on the MLS that is listed for rent in 92008 (well, there are actually two others but the rents are over $10,000 a month). It is on Twain and has 4 bedrooms. The asking price is $4250 a month. It is close to, but not in the immediate vicinity of Carlsbad High.
There are a few other places I would recommend to look for rentals. One is www.LCHomes.com. They have a lot of local rentals. Please do not hesitate to call or email me if I can help you further.
Parts of Oceanside, Vista, and San Marcos will have the combination of open space, good schools, and beach proximity you seek in the under $400,000 price range. You just need to drive the neighborhoods and ask local agents for the good areas.
Carlsbad and further south the prices near the coast go up, so those probably won't work. Rancho Bernardo and Poway may have some options, but they are further from the beach(10-15 miles).
I'm not as knowledgeable about Chula Vista or Allied Gardens for example, but they will put you closer to downtown San Diego and could meet your needs.
We made the move from SF in 2002. There are some good points and bad points no matter where you live, but I'm sure you will find the overall quality of life is better here.... more
Gena: LuxuryHomeDigest.com originates in Carlsbad, CA and has a good grasp of local real estate trends and market conditions. A search of all listed Carlsbad real estate and current market conditions can be done via this link:... more