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Malibu is an affluent coastal city in Los Angeles County, known for its warm, sandy beaches, its saturation of celebrity residents, and its upscale neighborhoods. Most Malibu residents live just a stone’s throw from the ocean and the iconic Pacific Coast Highway. It’s a beach-lover’s paradise, and residents enjoy mild, sunny weather year-round. Average home prices in Malibu are well over $1,000,000 and rents average around $2,000 per month. Your unique Malibu property deserves a property management company that can meticulously manage every detail of your management needs.

Utopia Property Management was founded in 1994 in San Diego as a humble, family-run operation. Over the years, we’ve grown into the largest and most respected property management company in Southern California. Our premium services include:

Advertising and marketing campaigns: Leverage our connections and contacts to quickly and easily find a tenant for your 90263 to 90265 properties. We make use of a variety of traditional and high-tech marketing strategies. We start by posting your listing on an array of top-performing websites to spotlight your unique listing. Then, we’ll conduct local advertising and marketing efforts to attract prospects within the community. Our goal is to find a qualified tenant for your property and go to contract within thirty days.

Tenant screening: Finding a tenant is one thing, but renting to one that meets our high expectations is another. We complete an extensive background and credit screening process that eliminates those who don’t demonstrate the character that we expect of a Utopia tenant. Employment, income, and identity verification are also vital to finding the right individuals for your unique Malibu property.

Management Consulting: We’ll draw upon our collective experiences in Malibu and beyond to help you with all of your questions and concerns. From staging your property and setting rental rates, to making improvements and collecting payment, our local market managers will work with you every step of the way.

Maintenance: The last thing you need is to waste your personal time scheduling needed repairs or maintenance tasks – we’ll take care of everything! We operate under a general contractor’s license (Lic. #792427) that permits us to take care of most maintenance tasks and repairs ourselves. Our skilled team of professionals can handle almost any job, and we have an approved third-party vendor list to draw upon should the task prove beyond our capabilities.

Accounting services: In order to make your budgeting and tax preparation easier, our financial experts will compile and deliver a customized monthly report to your Utopia web portal each month. This report shows all of the revenue and expense items for the month, including any bills we had to pay. It’s never been easier to gauge the financial performance of your investment property.

Your unique Malibu property deserves the best and we’re excited to partner with you to make your investment successful. With twenty years of experience in the Southern California property management field and a proven track record of success, Utopia Property Management should be your choice for unparalleled service and value. Contact us today to learn more.

Property Management Office Serving Malibu, 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
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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
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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.

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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.
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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
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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 Malibu situated?

About thirty miles west of Downtown Los Angeles, in the Santa Monica Mountains of Los Angeles County, California, sits the seaside city of Malibu. The town of Topanga borders Malibu's easternmost point, dividing it from the city of Los Angeles. Over 99% of the city's area, or 19.8 square miles, is land, according to the US Census Bureau.

What is the average weather in Malibu?

Malibu, which faces the Pacific Ocean, has a Mediterranean climate with warm, dry summers that are kept at a comfortable temperature by the ocean's influence. Snowfall events that are uncommon, as those that occurred in January 2007 and 2021, emphasize the city's attractive coastal setting. The highest recorded temperature of 104 °F (40 °C) was in September 2010, while the lowest recorded temperature was 26 °F (–3 °C) in January 2007. The range of average temperatures is 66.2 °F (19.0 °C) to 73.7 °F (23.2 °C) for highs and 44.0 °F (6.7 °C) to 58.4 °F (14.7 °C) for lows. 12.53 inches (318 mm) of precipitation fall on the city each year, mostly in the winter.

What are some popular attractions in Malibu?

With attractions like the Getty Villa, which features artifacts and antiquities from ancient Greece, Rome, and Etruria, Malibu has a thriving cultural environment. The state museum, Adamson House, is a historic home and gardens of the Rindge Family from the 19th century. Malibu High School presents concerts and seasonal plays, while the Malibu Art Association supports local artists with exhibitions and workshops. With a variety of shows, Pepperdine University's Smothers Theatre enriches the cultural fabric. Entertainment is available all year long thanks to annual events including the Nautica Triathlon, Polar Plunge, Chili Cookoff, International Film Festival, and Malibu Arts Festival. Naturalists can engage in a variety of outdoor pursuits in California State Parkland, such as hiking and horseback riding, and can experience a mix of parkland and community areas in the Malibu Bluffs Recreation Area. With its famous point break and extensive surfing heritage, Surfrider Beach, designated as the first World Surfing Reserve, entices surfers.

What are the educational options in Malibu?

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, which includes Malibu Elementary School and John L. Webster Elementary School for grades K–5, oversees the educational environment in Malibu. Calmont, Colin McEwen High School, Our Lady of Malibu (Catholic), New Roads, and St. Aidan's School are among the private schools available. Northwestern Malibu is home to Malibu High School, which serves students in grades 6–8 for middle school and grades 9–12 for high school. In addition, there is the private Pepperdine University in central Malibu, and a community institution called Santa Monica institution that covers the southern part of the city.

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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