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The Southside neighborhood lies right alongside the Berkeley Campus of the University of California. As a result, many residents in this neighborhood are students pursuing their higher education degrees. The planned real estate development across the 94704 region exhibits a phenomenal layout filled with upscale single-family homes. For rejuvenating outdoor retreats, residents can travel eastward to the Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve. The botanical garden on the university campus also offers immense opportunities to enjoy nature and relax in quiet solitude.

Our team at Utopia Management always focuses on improving the performance of commercial and residential rentals under our care. You can acquire our personalized management services to enjoy maximized revenues and minimized expenses from all your investment properties. With our custom service plans, you will enjoy:

Tenant Acquisition: Our team utilizes proven marketing techniques to fill all rental vacancies with ideal tenants within 30 days. We post our informative ads on leading websites and local platforms to inspire prospective tenants to apply. We thoroughly screen every applicant by closely reviewing their income, rental history and background info. Our screening methods reduce your risk of late payments, evictions and other issues.

Management Support: Our team utilizes over two decades of experience to provide your rentals and tenants with our complete support. We handle all day-to-day management and upkeep tasks to keep your rentals performing beyond your expectations. We keep your upkeep expenses minimized at all times by dispatching our in-house licensed (Lic. #792427) team to handle routine and emergency repairs. By taking this approach, you can enjoy minimized tenant turnover rates and maximized revenues across the board.

Accounting Services: Our dedicating accounting team creates comprehensive performance reports for every rental under our care. You can access your rental reports by reviewing your secure online portal on your phone, tablet or computer. We create these reports on a monthly basis to help you analyze the overall financial health of your investments across the 94704 region and beyond.

We invite you to contact Utopia Management today to acquire our personalized management services. We will always provide you and your tenants with the best quality of service and support.

Property Management Office Serving Southside, 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 Southside located?

Berkeley, California's Southside area is often referred to by the earlier terms South of Campus or South Campus. The University of California, Berkeley campus is situated directly south of Southside, which is also close by.

What is the history of Southside?

The College of California, which would ultimately become the university, first started working on a real estate project on Southside in the 1860s. After the university relocated to Berkeley in 1873, it progressively expanded, gaining a bustling business area and a growing urban neighborhood. The university's continuing growth resulted in the construction of new campus facilities and student housing, which raised some debate, particularly in the 1960s with People's Park.

Is it easy to get to work in Southside?

Many locals find their commute from Southside to be convenient. A sizeable percentage (43.6%) prefers to take a quick stroll to work, while others decide to drive alone (16.3%) or ride in a carpool (9.3%). It has one of the shortest commutes in America, with the majority of working inhabitants (40.5%) taking less than 15 minutes to commute one way. Walking to work is particularly common in this area since it provides exercise, financial savings, an opportunity to socialize with neighbors, and less pollution. Walking to work is anticipated to increase in popularity in Southside as more people want to minimize their dependency on cars.

How much are homes in Southside?

The typical home price in Southside is $1,414,682, making it more costly than 86.8% of Californian communities and 97.1% of American areas. According to an exclusive analysis by NeighborhoodScout, the current average rental cost in Southside is $2,983. Currently, this neighborhood's rents are less expensive than 55.6% of California neighborhoods.

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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