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Santee is a suburban city in San Diego County, California with an estimated population in 2011 of 53,400 residents. Although it is a part of the East County region, Santee is located just 18 miles from the Pacific Ocean. The city is connected to the coastline by State Route 52, a six-lane freeway that runs from Interstate 5 in La Jolla to State Route 67 in El Cajon. The city of Santee is bisected by the San Diego River, a linear greenbelt that includes parks, trails and more than 1,100 acres of natural habitats. Santee has grown and matured since its incorporation in 1980.  Santee now boasts major commercial centers in its downtown, a business community which employs over 17,000 people, an abundance of housing opportunities, and significant recreational opportunities. The city of Santee is home to a variety of award-winning micro-breweries. Its desert-like climate is ideal for hiking, mountain biking or picnicking in a local park. Santee takes pride in its past and looks forward to its future! 

Utopia Management is one of largest companies to provide property management services in Santee. We are a locally owned family company that strives to provide quality service to all of our clients. Our company has been providing property management services in Santee and all of San Diego County since 1994. Utopia Management is equipped to manage single-family homes, condos, apartments, office and commercial centers. If you are interested in utilizing our property management services, we encourage you to contact our office to schedule a free consultation. 

As your premier Santee property management company, you can rest assured that we will get the job done! Property management in Santee, or in general, can be a tedious and stressful endeavor. It will often require the knowledge and experience of people like the staff at Utopia Management.  The extensive property management services that we provide to our Santee clients is valuable and unparalleled in the industry. We have a very driven property management team with an entrepreneurial spirit that benefits our clients.  Utopia Management’s professional staff will guide Santee property management clients through the ups and downs that come with being a landlord.  Our property management teais trained to identify creative and cost-effective solutions to the daily property management hurdles. 

Utopia Management has a variety of in-house services that are also available to both our property management clients as well as our tenants. We have a fully staffed maintenance department that is capable of assisting our Santee property management clients and tenants with all of their maintenance needs.  We also work with a wide range of licensed and bonded contractors who provide their services at a discounted rate which we pass on to our property management clientsSantee property management clients and tenants can also take advantage of our real estate sales and our insurance services.  With all these services made available to our Santee and San Diego county clients you can sit back and enjoy life while we take on and simplify the day to day challenges of property management. 

If you are interested in hearing more about the services we provide in Santee, please call us to schedule a free, no obligation, in home consultation.  We look forward to meeting you!

Property Management Office Serving Santee, 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 Santee situated?

The suburb of Santee in California is only 18 miles from the Pacific Ocean and is situated in San Diego County. State Route 52, a six-lane expressway connecting La Jolla to El Cajon, connects it to the seaside. The San Diego River cuts through the city, creating a linear greenbelt with parks, pathways, and more than 1,100 acres of riparian habitat in its natural state.

How is the economy in Santee?

The principal entry point for female offenders in San Diego County, the 15-acre Las Colinas Detention Facility, makes a sizeable contribution to the local economy of Santee. It began as a juvenile facility in 1967 and became a facility for adult women in 1979. According to information on the City of Santee website, the city also supports a varied business environment by providing a number of business assistance programs and encouraging companies to interact with the local government and community through the Business Visitation Program.

What are some recreational activities in Santee?

There are many different leisure opportunities in Santee. Softball, soccer, and batting cages are available at Sportsplex USA Santee, a 15-acre sports complex located inside Town Center Community Park. There is also a café with a sports theme. The 50K racewalk US Olympic Trials were held in the city. There are numerous mountain biking paths nearby, and the well-known Santee Boulders serve as a recognized rock climbing location for outdoor enthusiasts. The 190-acre Santee Lakes Regional Park and Campground is ideal for picnicking, camping, bird watching, and fishing. A sports complex and an aquatics center are featured in the Town Center Community Park, which is located alongside the San Diego River. Additionally, a riverfront trail network connecting to adjacent neighborhoods is now being developed. The resort and golf course at Carlton Oaks, built in 1958, are also available to golf aficionados.

What are the educational options in Santee?

One of the many academic choices in Santee is San Diego Christian College, which relocated there from El Cajon in 2013. Santee School District and Grossmont Union High School District are the two school districts that provide services to the neighborhood. In the Grossmont Union High School District, Santee is home to West Hills High School and Santana High School. The majority of the city's primary and middle schools, which serve kids in kindergarten through eighth grade and include Cajon Park School, Carlton Hills School, and others, are run by the Santee School District. This promotes a unique educational philosophy.

What are the transportation options in Santee?

The expansion of State Route 52 that connects Santee to State Route 67 is only one of the city's many accessible transportation alternatives. Mast Boulevard and Mission Gorge Road are two of the city's four main thoroughfares, which facilitate east-west and north-south mobility. The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System's (MTS) Green Line trolley system, which connects East County with downtown San Diego, has Santee as its eastern terminus. Additionally, MTS offers complete bus services. Along Santee's southern boundary, Gillespie Field, one of San Diego County's major airports for commercial aircraft, is also located, facilitating local commerce and interstate travel.

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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