When looking for rentals, we have found that Craigslist is your best option. 85% to 95% of all rentals leased in San Diego County are found using Craigslist. It is used to advertise rentals by owners, property management companies and agents alike.
Start by putting your preferred zip code in the search box (Coastal Oceanside is 92054) and then enter the rest of your requirements, including the check boxes for pets if needed. Check often and call/e-mail right away as many rentals move quickly. You can sort the listings on a map to see what is available between the 5 Fwy and the water.
There are currently 3 2BR listings ranging from $2.095 (furnished) and $1,295. There are approximately 15 1 BR units for rent.
Lastly, beware of rental scam listings and ads that "look too good to be trueâ€. Make sure you talk to the person managing the property and meet them to see it. Scams usually involve people asking for a deposit prior to seeing the property or filling out a rental application. The "owner" usually states they live out of state or out of the country. Other scams involve people stealing pictures from home listings with a low rental rate.
Best of luck to you,
Mark & Kari Shea
Shea Real Estate
National Association of Realtors
CA DRE License 01713506