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  • Advertising on the most popular rental websites, including
  • Market research on rent values of local competitive properties
  • Quality grade photography and attractive listings
  • Thorough tenant screening
  • Showings 7 days a week
  • Online Rent Collection and direct deposits to owners
  • Professional lease management and enforcement
  • Full service maintenance utilizing our preferred vendors or in-house technicians
  • Move-In and Move-Out inspections
  • Up to date on federal, state and local real estate laws
  • Full accounting and monthly statements
  • Real estate portfolio strategies

Featured Properties

Cardiff by the Sea

2327 San Elijo Avenue

$ 6,500 Per Month
33 2,390 ft2
Shown by Molly

2156 Montgomery Ave

$ 5,900 Per Month
42.5 2,080 ft2
Shown by Molly

1740 S. El Camino Real #J208

$ 1,895 Per Month
22 906 ft2
Shown by Tatiyana

Utopia Management
The Quality Company

Serving All of Cardiff by the Sea

Cardiff-by-the-Sea, known locally as simply “Cardiff,” borders Solana Beach to the south and the city of Encinitas on the east and north. The Pacific Ocean beautifully frames the western border of this quiet beach community, and it is certainly one of the main draws for visitors and residents of this area. The rental market in Cardiff is strong, and you’re certainly going to want to partner with a property management company that can provide the local insights and market trends that will guarantee you the absolute best return on investment.

Utopia is a locally owned company that is one of the largest providers of Cardiff property management services in the area. Founded in 1994, we have operated in the San Diego County area – and beyond, for over two decades. We offer property management services throughout San Diego County, as well as Orange County and the Inland Empire region of California. We can even help remote manage properties that are outside of our local area, using local experts and sophisticated systems that allow for us to deliver unparalleled service and convenience.

Here’s what you’ll get when you partner with Utopia Property Management for your Cardiff rental services:

Advertising: To help drive prospective tenants to your Cardiff property, we’ll utilize a wide variety of listing websites to drive incredible web traffic to your single-family home, condo, or apartment unit. Combine that with abundant physical signage and our highly effective Utopia Marketing Program, and you’ll see why more property owners in Southern California choose us for their property management needs than nearly any other competing organization.

Tenant Screening: We’re not just focused on renting out your Cardiff property to the first person who applies – rather, we’re intent on finding the right person for your rental. This means that we conduct a full and thorough background check and credit check to look for past eviction issues or negative credit issues that may not indicate the type of character we’re looking for in a tenant. We also conduct an employment verification and qualify that the applicant’s income is sufficient to ensure timely rental payments. Lastly, we verify applicant identities through a variety of methods. These checks are part of a combined process that help us keep eviction rates extremely low and rental income flowing consistently.

Management: If you’re ready to list your home, apartment, or commercial property in Cardiff, we’ll work with you to design a comprehensive pricing strategy that is based on local market trends and the condition and features of your property. Our local experts possess in-depth knowledge of Cardiff, and can help you get your property in show-ready condition, as well as ease the overall transition into management with Utopia.

Maintenance: Let’s take one big headache off your mind – maintenance! Our flexible and responsive maintenance teams help to keep repairs and maintenance issues off your plate. Homes, apartments, and commercial sites need periodic maintenance. Utopia Property Management has a general contractor’s license (#792427) that allows us to complete much of the work through our own technicians. Anything that would be better served by an outside vendor is economically outsourced.

Accounting: Our accounting department will complete monthly financial statements that are posted on your own personal and secure web portal. Watch payments come in and any bills or fees post as a debit to your account – all from the comfort of your computer. We make it so easy, you’ll truly feel like you have a trusted friend in the property management business.

Contact us today to see just how simple it can be to partner with the right property management company in Cardiff. Utopia Property Management – Southern California’s largest management company.

Homes & Condos: Residential Rental Management

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 an all inclusive 8% 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.

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.

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


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


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.

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

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