I understand your frustration - and yes you are right on the East side of Lancaster you can find a 5 BD for $1700 - the only way to find out if the owner will reduce the rent is to ask.
With the pool, school district and area, $1695 is not out of line, but since its been on the market for more than 2 weeks - they may be willing to listen.
If you'd like to see the inside or just want to see what's out there, I'd be happy to assist you with your search.
If you'd like to call the property manager on this one direct, you can reach RPM at 661-266-1400.
Please let me know if I can assist you - -
Tamara Stoebe, REALTOR, GRI, e-PRO, CHS, QSC
DRE License #01827461
Prudential Troth REALTORS
1801 W. Ave. K
Lancaster, CA 93534
Cell: (661) 466-6849
Fax: (661) 422-3006