SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif. — If you live in San Diego, you know there’s a price to living in paradise. Finding out how much is too much depends on location and the length of a commute you're willing to make.
Rent Café, a nationwide apartment search website, analyzed how much space renters can expect to find around San Diego for $1,500.
Spoiler Alert: It's definitely cheaper outside the city.
In San Diego, $1,500 doesn't go far. You're looking at about 500-square-feet for that price. The cheapest place to get the most bang for your buck is Fallbrook, California and that's about a 40-mile commute to downtown San Diego.
CBS 8 checked Apartments.com in Fallbrook and for $1,500 a month and a 40-mile commute, it can get you a whopping 800-square-feet, or a 2 to 3 bedroom apartment when space is what you require on a budget.
Meanwhile, San Diego renters settle for a one bedroom for the same rent.
- The next largest space is Lakeside at 712-square-feet
- National City comes in 3rd at 659-square-feet
- El Cajon and Spring Valley are 4th and 5th consecutively, at 645-square-feet
- Santee comes in 6th with 636-square-feet
- Escondido is 7th at 623-square-feet
- Vista is 8th with 603-square-feet
- Chula Vista is 9th with 598-square-feet
- La Mesa is 10th at 587-square-feet
Rent Cafe says Chula Vista is the 20th city with the least space among the hundred cities analyzed because it only gets you 598-square-feet, or as much as a one bedroom apartment in San Diego.
To put this into context, the average apartment size in San Diego is 860-square-feet.
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