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The San Diego County community of Lakeside is an equestrian’s dream. This area is known for its rodeo affiliations, large tracts of horse properties, and abundant opportunities for outdoor activities. Lakeside, as its name implies, sits adjacent to three popular bodies of water – Lake Jennings, the San Vicente Reservoir, and the El Capitan Reservoir. Prolific hiking trails, mountain biking areas, and fishing opportunities abound in this mountainous area. If you’re looking for Lakeside property management services, it is important to partner with a management company that has years of experience in this unique part of San Diego.

At Utopia Property Management, we’re proud to say that we’ve been serving this area with top quality property management services for over twenty years. Founded in 1994 and family owned and operated, Utopia Property Management delivers a client experience that is unheard of in the contemporary property management world. We offer a comprehensive suite of Lakeside rental services that will allow you to actually enjoy the process of being a rental property owner. Some of our important activities include:

Marketing and advertising your rental: Our deep network of affiliates often allows us to find a prospective tenant before the first advertisement lands. If not, we post your rental property on the most high performance websites, and we’ll conduct more traditional marketing methods like signage and local ads. Our goal is to have a renter in your property within 30 days.

Tenant screening services: You want the right person in your property. A problematic tenant can be a bigger headache than you can ever imagine, so we go to great lengths to thoroughly screen and vet all qualified applicants. From background checks and credit reports, to income, employment, and identity verification – we have systems in place to ensure you find the perfect match for your property.

Management services: From helping you prep and stage the property for showing to gathering local market data to help set rent amounts, our market managers are the reason we’re so successful. A razor-sharp insight in terms of local trends sets them apart, and will help you maximize your rental income potential.

Maintenance issues: There is no reason that you should have to worry about the maintenance issues at your rental property. If you have multiple properties on the rental market, it may be impossible to manage all of them simultaneously. We offer comprehensive repair and maintenance services, and we operate under a general contractor’s license (Lic. #792427) to ensure work is done professionally and affordably.

Financial Analysis: Each month you’ll receive a professional accounting of all of the revenue and expense items related to your property. This helps keep the entire process transparent, and we’ll send these electronic reports directly to your Utopia web portal. You’ll know exactly where you stand each month.

We’re excited at the opportunity to serve you, and look forward to viewing your property to begin the process of managing your important investment. As the largest property management company in Southern California, we’re committed to perpetuating the legacy that we’ve created over the past twenty years – one client at a time. Contact us today to see just how easy it is to begin earning significant rental income – without any of the hassles!

Property Management Office Serving Lakeside, CA

  • Property Management Company
  • Rental Management
  • Property Investment Company
  • Property Maintenance
  • Real Estate Consultants
  • Apartment Rental Agency
  • Commercial Real Estate Agency
  • Industrial Real Estate Agency
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Finding excellent tenants starts with making sure your property is visible and attractive. We install professional signage, create quality listings, describing your property thoroughly, and take beautiful photographs that showcase your properties highlights. We then list your property on all of the highly trafficked rental websites, including  Our dominant position in the marketing place and years managing rental properties has allowed us to develop a sizable referral database. This positive reputation for being fair and responsive means many potential renters check with us first to find their rental home. We are able to consistently rent properties priced at current rates to qualified tenants. Our responsive property managers complete the marketing optimization by being available and knowledgeable, with phones and emails always answered swiftly.

  • Advertising on most popular rental websites
  • Quality listings including photos and video
  • Showings 7 days a week by appointment
  • Utopia referral base increases visibility beyond competition

Apartment Management Services

Owning an apartment complex brings a unique set of challenges. Utopia has spent years developing skills and systems to  make your investment as profitable as possible. We manage apartment communities of all sizes, providing quality management services to suit the diverse needs of each apartment community. We provide comprehensive rental management, including scheduled property maintenance and rent-ready repairs, online rent collection, marketing and attracting quality tenants, lease execution, rent setting, and tenant retention programs. Our responsive managers help tenants feel welcomed and appreciated. Our experience leads to decreased vacancy rates and increased ROI.  And our expertise and professionalism translates to profitable and headache-free investments for our clients. For an affordable quote and to discuss your needs, contact Utopia today.

  • Online rent collection and direct deposit
  • Extensive experience across a wide spectrum of multi-family properties
  • High visibility marketing and promotion of your property
  • Tenant retention strategies
  • Responsive communication with calls and emails answered swiftly
  • 24-7 emergency response
  • Full monthly accounting and financial tracking via online portal

Commercial Property Management

When it comes to commercial property investments, Utopia’s property managers are professional and think like entrepreneurs. Investors have trusted Utopia for years for all types of commercial property: medical buildings, industrial and office complexes, mixed use, and retail storefronts.  We offer extremely competitive management fees, customized to the size and complexity of your property and portfolio.

  • Comprehensive Management Services: building maintenance, marketing to target audience, lease administration, inspections, evictions and collections
  • Monthly Financial Accounting Statements
  • Tenant Retention Programs
  • Vendor Management
  • Contract Administration
  • REO Management and Disposition
  • CAM & Operating Expense Reconciliation
  • Customized Asset Management Strategies


Utopia represents a large network of single family homes of all sizes and values. Our residential professional management services both attract and keep tenants happy while keeping owners expenses and vacancy rates down.  Our goal is to free you from the day-to-day management tasks, from showing properties to collecting rent in our online portal, while maximizing your ROI.

With 25 years experience, you can rest assured your property is in good hands. Our years in the industry mean we’ve seen it all, and developed smart systems to screen tenants, manage expenses, communicate with tenants, and maintain properties efficiently. We understand local law and legal aspects of rental management so we shield our owners from unnecessary liabilities.

For residential properties, we offer a competitive management fee, which is one of the lowest in the industry.  Unlike some competitors, we do not add on hidden charges or leasing or set-up fees.


Placing the right tenant is the single most important step in rental management. Our applicant screening includes income, rental history, employment, and eviction search to evaluate for potential delinquency issues. We verify identification, social security cards and pay stubs, along with contacting prior landlords for recommendations, keeping the delinquency rate to a minimum. Our thorough screening process for potential tenants has consistently kept our eviction rate at less than one percent.

Utopia also provides our owners with the optional “Utopia® Eviction Protection Program” for further peace of mind.  As a management company, we have many procedures in place to assist in the elimination of potential liabilities.

  • Exceptional property protection options for owners.
  • Preparation, delivery, and execution of legal documentation for evictions.
  • Optional “Utopia Eviction Protection Program” for additional peace of mind.

Quality Maintenance & Repairs

Maintaining your rental property, as well as being available to deal with emergency repairs, can be a source of frustration for landlords. At Utopia, we have a staff of in-house technicians available for most work, under general contractors license (#792427), meaning we can complete work as quickly as possible and pass the savings on to our clients.  When necessary, we also have a network of trusted vendors for specialized work, some of which we have been using for over fifteen years. This relationship translates to purchasing power to help Utopia’s clients get a better than market price.

  • Maintenance & Rent Ready Repairs
  • Technicians on Staff or Preferred Vendors
  • 24 Hour Emergency Maintenance
  • Move-in and Move-out Inspections
  • Licensed and Insured Vendors

All Financials Tracked & Reported

Managing both expenses and income is all handled by our accounting department with use of your owner web portal. Tenants appreciate the ability to pay rent online, which also decreases delinquency.  All expenses and receipts are tracked online and available to you at any time. A monthly statement includes all financial activity and copies of the bills we paid on your behalf. Your December statement has all of your annual figures for tax purposes. If you ever have questions regarding your statement, you can contact one of our helpful accounting staff members.

  • Custom Web Portal
  • Accounting staff make financial management easy
  • Rent and security deposit collection online
  • Bills and year end figures available any time

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Lakeside located?

In the East County area of San Diego County, California, United States lies Lakeside, which is a census-designated place (CDP). In the western Cuyamaca Mountains' foothills is Lakeside. The entire area of Lakeside is 7.3 square miles, according to the United States Census Bureau. Its area is made up of 6.9 square miles of land and 0.4 square miles (5.22%) of water.

What are the educational opportunities in Lakeside?

There are several different educational opportunities at Lakeside. El Capitan High School is a prestigious public choice that is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, while Foothills Christian Schools offers a private elementary campus. Along with a number of primary schools, public middle schools include Tierra Del Sol and Lakeside Middle School. Famous people associated with Lakeside include basketball player T.J., singer Doug Ingle, and animal rights activist Joan Embery. among others, Leaf and astronaut Frederick W. Sturckow.

What is the average temperature in Lakeside?

The summers in Lakeside are brief and hot, with arid weather and clear skies, while the winters are long, chilly, and partially cloudy. With only very few excursions below 34°F or above 99°F, the average annual temperature is between 40°F and 90°F. The warm season lasts for about 2.8 months, reaching its peak in August with an average high of 89°F. With an average low temperature of 41°F and high temperature of 69°F, December is the coldest month of the colder season, which lasts for about 4.2 months.

How much is the cost of living in Lakeside?

The cost of living in Lakeside, California is 23% more than the national average. The typical pay in the area, your career, and the local real estate market can all affect how much it costs to live there. Housing costs in Lakeside are 50% more expensive than the national average, and utility costs are 13% more expensive. Gas prices and other transportation costs are 32% more than the national average. The cost of groceries is 12% more expensive in Lakeside than it is nationwide. The cost of healthcare is 4% higher in Lakeside than it is nationwide.

Elly Johnson stands at the forefront of content research and online branding at Utopia Management. As the Content Marketing Manager, she delves deep into understanding local real estate and rental markets, fueled by her passion for travel and keen research skills. Elly is dedicated to empowering individuals with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions about where to reside. A proud alumna of the University of South Florida, located in the vibrant heart of Tampa Bay, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Her academic background and extensive travel experiences uniquely position her to provide insights that resonate with diverse audiences.

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