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I posted about moving in the past and Bogleheads were very helpful. It's becoming more real now and we very likely want to move to San Diego. My wife has been there twice, I've visited once, and I'm planning a visit in a couple weeks. The purpose of upcoming visit is to look at a few neighborhoods and see how they feel in person.

Here's a little about us:
Age: 38 / 37 / 10-months
Household Income: ~310k
Networth: $1.5M
Current home: We rent in Fremont, CA
Jobs: Both in Tech fields, can work remotely
How much we're looking to spend: Somewhere around $950k - 1.1M

I'd like some advice from you folks about:
- What I should do or look for in these areas while I'm there
- What you know about these specific neighborhoods

Areas we're looking at (basically pockets where there are very good schools)
- Poway
- East part of San Diego north of La Mesa (Allied Gardens/Del Cerro/San Carlos areas)
- Miramar area (Just north of the little airport, west of hwy15) - This area looks a little more blue collar and smaller homes but more affordable and still have good schools
- Rancho Penasquitos - This area looks perfect, but will put us at the top of our budget almost certainly
- Rancho Bernardo (North of Poway, just east of 15)
- 4S Ranch
- Maybe Carlsbad (schools are good, prices roughly similar to the places listed above)
- Maybe San Marcos (prices/houses look good, schools are 'ok', proximity to airport?)

The trip will only be 3 days and I'll be going alone. I know many people here will say "rent first" or "take a 2-3 week vacation there before buying", but we have a 10 month old baby and plan on having 1 more, so moving twice or taking an extended trip right now is near impossible.

Our requirements:
- Good school system
- 1600 - 2200 sqft (2br 3ba minimum)
- $950k - 1.1M
- Reasonable proximity to airport (Wife will fly to customers twice monthly)
- Having a pool or room for a pool is a huge plus

Any advice you can provide would be greatly appreciated!
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We made the same move a few years ago. Here are my thoughts on the areas:

- Poway -- very white. Gets hot in the summer.
- East part of San Diego north of La Mesa (Allied Gardens/Del Cerro/San Carlos areas) -- A little too far East for my liking. Starting to feel like Santee/Lakeside. Hot.
- Miramar area (Just north of the little airport, west of hwy15) - Feels too industrial to me. Wouldn't want to raise a family here.
- Rancho Penasquitos - PQ is nice. Good diversity. Decent food. Good option to consider. Does get a little hot. Watch out for fire zones.
- Rancho Bernardo (North of Poway, just east of 15) -- same as PQ pretty much. Maybe a little hotter?
- 4S Ranch -- I remember the Mello Roos taxes are pretty high in this area. High fire risk?
- Maybe Carlsbad (schools are good, prices roughly similar to the places listed above) -- Only thing about CB is a little far from airport. Otherwise awesome. Like PQ by the ocean.
- Maybe San Marcos (prices/houses look good, schools are 'ok', proximity to airport?) -- it's like CB except east. So hot. Check the flight path from Palomar airport to make sure you're not under it. Same for Bressi Ranch part of CB.
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supalong52 wrote: Tue Oct 05, 2021 1:55 pm We made the same move a few years ago. Here are my thoughts on the areas:

- Poway -- very white. Gets hot in the summer.
- East part of San Diego north of La Mesa (Allied Gardens/Del Cerro/San Carlos areas) -- A little too far East for my liking. Starting to feel like Santee/Lakeside. Hot.
- Miramar area (Just north of the little airport, west of hwy15) - Feels too industrial to me. Wouldn't want to raise a family here.
- Rancho Penasquitos - PQ is nice. Good diversity. Decent food. Good option to consider. Does get a little hot. Watch out for fire zones.
- Rancho Bernardo (North of Poway, just east of 15) -- same as PQ pretty much. Maybe a little hotter?
- 4S Ranch -- I remember the Mello Roos taxes are pretty high in this area. High fire risk?
- Maybe Carlsbad (schools are good, prices roughly similar to the places listed above) -- Only thing about CB is a little far from airport. Otherwise awesome. Like PQ by the ocean.
- Maybe San Marcos (prices/houses look good, schools are 'ok', proximity to airport?) -- it's like CB except east. So hot. Check the flight path from Palomar airport to make sure you're not under it. Same for Bressi Ranch part of CB.
It's so good to get this info! It'll save me some time when I visit in a couple of weeks.
Extreme heat is something we'll definitely want to avoid. Also I know what you mean about Miramar's industrial feel - we'll scratch that one off the list.
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I can't really answer super specific questions, but you want to be careful re: airports

- SAN is smack in the middle of the city, so avoid that like the plague, especially N/NW or S/SE of the airport where the planes fly very, very low. I know it's not in your list, but it's worth noting. You don't want to live in Balboa Park or Point Loma Heights. They even have a live tracker here or this older noise exposure map.

- In the same vein, Miramar is a lot more than "a little airport". It's an MCAS air base. Sorrento Valley, Mira Mesa and sometimes University District get flown over by military jets (mostly during weekdays), and they also sometimes conduct night-time tests. It's also not a super nice area, as supalong52 noted, kinda industrial.

I used to have family in Clairemont Mesa, it was nice, residential and quiet because they weren't too close to the freeway. No idea about elementary schools but middle school was great (although I'm not sure if it was public).
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cbr shadow wrote: Tue Oct 05, 2021 2:00 pm
supalong52 wrote: Tue Oct 05, 2021 1:55 pm We made the same move a few years ago. Here are my thoughts on the areas:

- Poway -- very white. Gets hot in the summer.
- East part of San Diego north of La Mesa (Allied Gardens/Del Cerro/San Carlos areas) -- A little too far East for my liking. Starting to feel like Santee/Lakeside. Hot.
- Miramar area (Just north of the little airport, west of hwy15) - Feels too industrial to me. Wouldn't want to raise a family here.
- Rancho Penasquitos - PQ is nice. Good diversity. Decent food. Good option to consider. Does get a little hot. Watch out for fire zones.
- Rancho Bernardo (North of Poway, just east of 15) -- same as PQ pretty much. Maybe a little hotter?
- 4S Ranch -- I remember the Mello Roos taxes are pretty high in this area. High fire risk?
- Maybe Carlsbad (schools are good, prices roughly similar to the places listed above) -- Only thing about CB is a little far from airport. Otherwise awesome. Like PQ by the ocean.
- Maybe San Marcos (prices/houses look good, schools are 'ok', proximity to airport?) -- it's like CB except east. So hot. Check the flight path from Palomar airport to make sure you're not under it. Same for Bressi Ranch part of CB.
It's so good to get this info! It'll save me some time when I visit in a couple of weeks.
Extreme heat is something we'll definitely want to avoid. Also I know what you mean about Miramar's industrial feel - we'll scratch that one off the list.
Where do you come from? San Diego is a little bit like LA - the farther East you go, the hotter (and less airy) it gets. The ocean gives most of the city / county great weather, but that this effect doesn't go too far East. Once the ocean's influence starts waning, you start feeling the influence of the deserts sitting on the other side of the Laguna Mountains.
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Bwwaahhaaa "just north of the little airport..." That little airport is Miramar Air Station. The Marines fly out of there on a daily basis in both jets and Ospreys. You will probably be fine just west of the 15, I assume you mean Mira Mesa, the next exit up, or the area in between, near Gold Coast Dr, but at least from Camino Santa Fe and west, they will interrupt any meetings you take from home. On the other hand, there can easily be a 10-15 degree difference between the 805 end of Mira Mesa/ Mira Mar and the 15 end of them in the hotter weather.

Look at the Torrey Pines High School district and the Del Mar Heights residential neighborhoods. They generally get sea breezes due to geography, but the prices can be more like the inland neighborhoods because the people with money want to be west of the 5.

If you aren't commuting, it might be worth looking further and further north, as well. Just depends on what the draw is to San Diego.
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cbr shadow wrote: Tue Oct 05, 2021 2:00 pm It's so good to get this info! It'll save me some time when I visit in a couple of weeks.
Extreme heat is something we'll definitely want to avoid. Also I know what you mean about Miramar's industrial feel - we'll scratch that one off the list.
Northern (newer) part of Mira Mesa is more residential and might be closer to your price range, I would not exclude it given some of your other preferences. North of Mira Mesa Blvd and south of Penasquitos Canyon specifically. It is distant from the older industrial areas of Miramar.

Your price range is a condo/townhouse in some of your neighborhoods. Very few single family homes under 2000 square feet have been built since the 1980s, most newer homes are larger due to high costs of land and construction. Houses from 80s and earlier are now 30+ years old and some will need updating if that is important to you. If you hire someone to do work that's $100-250K plus.

I'd add Carmel Mountain Ranch, Scripps Ranch, Tierrasanta, University City to your list.
There will be pockets of Oceanside and Escondido that could work, will vary neighborhood by neighborhood.

Vista and San Marcos are a long way from the airport and downtown San Diego.

You'll have more single family home options in your price range in South County or East County (e.g. Chula Vista, La Mesa, Santee) but it is hotter.

Expecting to buy a home with a 3 day visit may not be reasonable. Just about any desirable house is going to sell within days with multiple offers. San Diego is a large geographic area and although realtors may say they work the entire city in fact there are neighborhood specialists that you'd want to work with. For example if you want to target I-15 corridor between Tierrasanta and Rancho Bernardo that could work.
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sailaway wrote: Tue Oct 05, 2021 2:18 pm Look at the Torrey Pines High School district and the Del Mar Heights residential neighborhoods. They generally get sea breezes due to geography, but the prices can be more like the inland neighborhoods because the people with money want to be west of the 5.
I don't think Carmel Valley/Del Mar Heights area is generally in their price range, even for a condo/townhouse but if they go a little higher it could work. They may find something and get lucky winning a bidding war.

Public schools in Carmel Valley and Del Mar Highlands area have all the classic high income suburban neighborhood issues: across the spectrum from a lot of very competitive smart kids to rich kids behaving poorly.
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pasadena wrote: Tue Oct 05, 2021 2:14 pm
cbr shadow wrote: Tue Oct 05, 2021 2:00 pm
supalong52 wrote: Tue Oct 05, 2021 1:55 pm We made the same move a few years ago. Here are my thoughts on the areas:

- Poway -- very white. Gets hot in the summer.
- East part of San Diego north of La Mesa (Allied Gardens/Del Cerro/San Carlos areas) -- A little too far East for my liking. Starting to feel like Santee/Lakeside. Hot.
- Miramar area (Just north of the little airport, west of hwy15) - Feels too industrial to me. Wouldn't want to raise a family here.
- Rancho Penasquitos - PQ is nice. Good diversity. Decent food. Good option to consider. Does get a little hot. Watch out for fire zones.
- Rancho Bernardo (North of Poway, just east of 15) -- same as PQ pretty much. Maybe a little hotter?
- 4S Ranch -- I remember the Mello Roos taxes are pretty high in this area. High fire risk?
- Maybe Carlsbad (schools are good, prices roughly similar to the places listed above) -- Only thing about CB is a little far from airport. Otherwise awesome. Like PQ by the ocean.
- Maybe San Marcos (prices/houses look good, schools are 'ok', proximity to airport?) -- it's like CB except east. So hot. Check the flight path from Palomar airport to make sure you're not under it. Same for Bressi Ranch part of CB.
It's so good to get this info! It'll save me some time when I visit in a couple of weeks.
Extreme heat is something we'll definitely want to avoid. Also I know what you mean about Miramar's industrial feel - we'll scratch that one off the list.
Where do you come from? San Diego is a little bit like LA - the farther East you go, the hotter (and less airy) it gets. The ocean gives most of the city / county great weather, but that this effect doesn't go too far East. Once the ocean's influence starts waning, you start feeling the influence of the deserts sitting on the other side of the Laguna Mountains.
We're from Chicago originally, but lived in Melbourne Australia for a couple years and are now in the SF Bay Area. Prices are too high here for us to buy. We're just looking for what we would consider the ideal place to raise a family, great weather, great schools etc.
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stan1 wrote: Tue Oct 05, 2021 2:19 pm
cbr shadow wrote: Tue Oct 05, 2021 2:00 pm It's so good to get this info! It'll save me some time when I visit in a couple of weeks.
Extreme heat is something we'll definitely want to avoid. Also I know what you mean about Miramar's industrial feel - we'll scratch that one off the list.
Expecting to buy a home with a 3 day visit may not be reasonable. Just about any desirable house is going to sell within days with multiple offers. San Diego is a large geographic area and although realtors may say they work the entire city in fact there are neighborhood specialists that you'd want to work with. For example if you want to target I-15 corridor between Tierrasanta and Rancho Bernardo that could work.
I totally get that. The purpose of the visit is to just look at neighborhoods, not specific houses which are for sale.
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Before you make that last and final decision on where to live, pull up the local crime statistics and maps.

When you finally get down to a specific house, you should take a look at the California Sex Offender Registry.

Where I live, the local city government website also lists the local gangs, which always amazes me, because I've never seen or experienced any gang activity, but I am aware of it.

You can also widen your search to include local traffic patterns.

I did all of these types of searches when I bought rental properties. Megans Law was especially valuable when I was considering one specific piece of property.

This may sound awfully pessimistic, buy you just never know what lies under the covers.
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supalong52 wrote: Tue Oct 05, 2021 1:55 pm We made the same move a few years ago. Here are my thoughts on the areas:

- Poway -- very white. Gets hot in the summer.
- East part of San Diego north of La Mesa (Allied Gardens/Del Cerro/San Carlos areas) -- A little too far East for my liking. Starting to feel like Santee/Lakeside. Hot.
- Miramar area (Just north of the little airport, west of hwy15) - Feels too industrial to me. Wouldn't want to raise a family here.
- Rancho Penasquitos - PQ is nice. Good diversity. Decent food. Good option to consider. Does get a little hot. Watch out for fire zones.
- Rancho Bernardo (North of Poway, just east of 15) -- same as PQ pretty much. Maybe a little hotter?
- 4S Ranch -- I remember the Mello Roos taxes are pretty high in this area. High fire risk?
- Maybe Carlsbad (schools are good, prices roughly similar to the places listed above) -- Only thing about CB is a little far from airport. Otherwise awesome. Like PQ by the ocean.
- Maybe San Marcos (prices/houses look good, schools are 'ok', proximity to airport?) -- it's like CB except east. So hot. Check the flight path from Palomar airport to make sure you're not under it. Same for Bressi Ranch part of CB.
+1 , areas surrounding poway / black mountain road are good .
Thanks!
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I would definitely consider Carlsbad. Can be 30 minutes to SAN if no traffic or an hour or maybe more in rush hour. But for twice a month I would think that’s feasible.
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pasadena wrote: Tue Oct 05, 2021 2:08 pm I can't really answer super specific questions, but you want to be careful re: airports

- SAN is smack in the middle of the city, so avoid that like the plague, especially N/NW or S/SE of the airport where the planes fly very, very low. I know it's not in your list, but it's worth noting. You don't want to live in Balboa Park or Point Loma Heights. They even have a live tracker here or this older noise exposure map.

- In the same vein, Miramar is a lot more than "a little airport". It's an MCAS air base. Sorrento Valley, Mira Mesa and sometimes University District get flown over by military jets (mostly during weekdays), and they also sometimes conduct night-time tests. It's also not a super nice area, as supalong52 noted, kinda industrial.

I used to have family in Clairemont Mesa, it was nice, residential and quiet because they weren't too close to the freeway. No idea about elementary schools but middle school was great (although I'm not sure if it was public).
I grew up in University City and put myself through college (and some) by selling real estate in the early 80s. It's hard to find a place in San Diego which is not affected by airplane and/or freeway noise. At the time I grew up there was no secondary schooling in U.C. therefore I went to Marston and Clairemont High. I think I got some of the best public schooling I could ask for. Clairemont was a lot more diverse than U.C. I still love the Bay Park area and recommended it to the OP in a prior thread. Love the location and many of these older homes have great views of the bay or are on finger canyons. We owned a home in the Fire Mtn area of Oceanside and a condo in La Jolla Shores. We sold them because we decided we weren't going to move back to San Diego. I hate the traffic and it's getting too hot. I wish the OP good luck in his search!
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I will just note that many SF and Silicon Valley techies who are leaving the area due to the cost of living are leaving CA altogether. SS may be cheaper than SF but if you look at housing and overall costs and taxes in other states it is amazing how much more you can get for your money.
Provided you are willing to leave CA.
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The city-data forums are another great resource for this kind of info.
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afan wrote: Tue Oct 05, 2021 4:29 pm I will just note that many SF and Silicon Valley techies who are leaving the area due to the cost of living are leaving CA altogether. SS may be cheaper than SF but if you look at housing and overall costs and taxes in other states it is amazing how much more you can get for your money.
Provided you are willing to leave CA.
I hear you on that for sure, but I can't find another city/state that has weather like California.
- No mosquitos
- No Snow (or even 'cold' weather)
- Always sunny, no dreary depressing weather
- Access to the beach, mountains, etc

Cost is a huge factor though. Denver for example you can get into great schools, low cost home (2,000sqft for $500k), super low property taxes, low energy cost, mountains nearby, etc. The snow kills it though.

We keep looking at other places and other cities (Phoenix, Austin, Reno, Portland, Seattle) but always end up back to California.
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lostinjersey wrote: Tue Oct 05, 2021 4:44 pm The city-data forums are another great resource for this kind of info.
Thanks for bringing that up - I'll check them out!
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When I enter all your requirements into Zillow there are only 26 single-family homes available in the entire area that includes San Diego all the way up to Carlsbad. I would include this availability to decide which neighborhoods to visit for my 3-day visit.

I lived in San Diego for several years and cannot imagine to live there anywehre that is not west of or near I-5. It just gets too hot and now the fires as well. I liked the University City area.
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afan wrote: Tue Oct 05, 2021 4:29 pm I will just note that many SF and Silicon Valley techies who are leaving the area due to the cost of living are leaving CA altogether. SS may be cheaper than SF but if you look at housing and overall costs and taxes in other states it is amazing how much more you can get for your money.
Provided you are willing to leave CA.
70% of people leaving the Bay Area are moving to other parts of California. But "everybody's leaving California" makes a better narrative for the media, of course.

Anyway, OP, do you have a job lined up? The main tech job areas are Sorrento Valley and Rancho Bernardo, plus a few jobs in the Palomar Airport Road and Liberty Station areas. If you're working in one of those areas, I would suggest someplace close to work. Those are all fine places to live with good schools.

An alternative to flying out of San Diego is to fly out of Carlsbad. You'll take a commuter flight to a larger airport (usually LAX), but it's a great airport to fly in and out of.

I find North County (all the places you listed except for the East County places) too suburban and prefer something more urban. We live near Balboa Park and prefer that. More walkable, more urban amenities, but still a nice place to live.

In general, unless you prefer hot weather in the summer, closer to the coast is more desirable. I wouldn't even consider anything east of I-15. Those places are not why people move to San Diego.
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cbr shadow wrote: Tue Oct 05, 2021 4:50 pm
afan wrote: Tue Oct 05, 2021 4:29 pm I will just note that many SF and Silicon Valley techies who are leaving the area due to the cost of living are leaving CA altogether. SS may be cheaper than SF but if you look at housing and overall costs and taxes in other states it is amazing how much more you can get for your money.
Provided you are willing to leave CA.
I hear you on that for sure, but I can't find another city/state that has weather like California.
- No mosquitos
- No Snow (or even 'cold' weather)
- Always sunny, no dreary depressing weather
- Access to the beach, mountains, etc

Cost is a huge factor though. Denver for example you can get into great schools, low cost home (2,000sqft for $500k), super low property taxes, low energy cost, mountains nearby, etc. The snow kills it though.

We keep looking at other places and other cities (Phoenix, Austin, Reno, Portland, Seattle) but always end up back to California.

The most recent stats I found indicate that in August 2021, the average closing price of Denver homes was $688,000. So $500k is definitely on the low side.

San Diego Weather is fantastic. Best of luck with your search.
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quantAndHold wrote: Tue Oct 05, 2021 5:19 pm
afan wrote: Tue Oct 05, 2021 4:29 pm I will just note that many SF and Silicon Valley techies who are leaving the area due to the cost of living are leaving CA altogether. SS may be cheaper than SF but if you look at housing and overall costs and taxes in other states it is amazing how much more you can get for your money.
Provided you are willing to leave CA.
70% of people leaving the Bay Area are moving to other parts of California. But "everybody's leaving California" makes a better narrative for the media, of course.

Anyway, OP, do you have a job lined up? The main tech job areas are Sorrento Valley and Rancho Bernardo, plus a few jobs in the Palomar Airport Road and Liberty Station areas. If you're working in one of those areas, I would suggest someplace close to work. Those are all fine places to live with good schools.

An alternative to flying out of San Diego is to fly out of Carlsbad. You'll take a commuter flight to a larger airport (usually LAX), but it's a great airport to fly in and out of.

I find North County (all the places you listed except for the East County places) too suburban and prefer something more urban. We live near Balboa Park and prefer that. More walkable, more urban amenities, but still a nice place to live.

In general, unless you prefer hot weather in the summer, closer to the coast is more desirable. I wouldn't even consider anything east of I-15. Those places are not why people move to San Diego.
Lots of good points here. Thanks for that!
You mention 'those places are not why people move to San Diego'. What would you say are the places people move to San Diego for? I'm curious from your perspective considering you already live there and know it well.
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cbr shadow wrote: Tue Oct 05, 2021 1:38 pm
Our requirements:
- Good school system
- 1600 - 2200 sqft (2br 3ba minimum)
- $950k - 1.1M
- Reasonable proximity to airport (Wife will fly to customers twice monthly)
- Having a pool or room for a pool is a huge plus
I have never been to San Diego, so can't offer specific advice on neighborhoods. However, given that you have one child already with one more potentially down the road, you might want to consider a 3BR minimum. I would consider even pushing it to a 4BR if you can swing it. Since you are working from home, having a bedroom that you can use as an office would be a good idea.
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supalong52 wrote: Tue Oct 05, 2021 1:55 pm We made the same move a few years ago. Here are my thoughts on the areas:

- Poway -- very white. Gets hot in the summer.
- East part of San Diego north of La Mesa (Allied Gardens/Del Cerro/San Carlos areas) -- A little too far East for my liking. Starting to feel like Santee/Lakeside. Hot.
- Miramar area (Just north of the little airport, west of hwy15) - Feels too industrial to me. Wouldn't want to raise a family here.
- Rancho Penasquitos - PQ is nice. Good diversity. Decent food. Good option to consider. Does get a little hot. Watch out for fire zones.
- Rancho Bernardo (North of Poway, just east of 15) -- same as PQ pretty much. Maybe a little hotter?
- 4S Ranch -- I remember the Mello Roos taxes are pretty high in this area. High fire risk?
- Maybe Carlsbad (schools are good, prices roughly similar to the places listed above) -- Only thing about CB is a little far from airport. Otherwise awesome. Like PQ by the ocean.
- Maybe San Marcos (prices/houses look good, schools are 'ok', proximity to airport?) -- it's like CB except east. So hot. Check the flight path from Palomar airport to make sure you're not under it. Same for Bressi Ranch part of CB.
I do not agree with most of above....
- We live in Scripps Ranch near Poway and love it. Good schools, great community. Great diversity in our neighborhood so that Poway comment makes no sense. I think you get your most house for the money in Scripps. Feel free to PM me as we had a great realtor that found us our house. Close enough to SD so getting there and back is easy.
4S is a nice community - pricier than Scripps.
Carlsbad/San Marcos gets more north but nice places to live as well.

Basically, if west of 15 add about 500K-800K to the price.
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People I used to work with like Temecula which is halfway between SD and LA. Good schools and you would get more house per $$ than nearer SD.
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cbr shadow wrote: Tue Oct 05, 2021 5:28 pm
quantAndHold wrote: Tue Oct 05, 2021 5:19 pm
afan wrote: Tue Oct 05, 2021 4:29 pm I will just note that many SF and Silicon Valley techies who are leaving the area due to the cost of living are leaving CA altogether. SS may be cheaper than SF but if you look at housing and overall costs and taxes in other states it is amazing how much more you can get for your money.
Provided you are willing to leave CA.
70% of people leaving the Bay Area are moving to other parts of California. But "everybody's leaving California" makes a better narrative for the media, of course.

Anyway, OP, do you have a job lined up? The main tech job areas are Sorrento Valley and Rancho Bernardo, plus a few jobs in the Palomar Airport Road and Liberty Station areas. If you're working in one of those areas, I would suggest someplace close to work. Those are all fine places to live with good schools.

An alternative to flying out of San Diego is to fly out of Carlsbad. You'll take a commuter flight to a larger airport (usually LAX), but it's a great airport to fly in and out of.

I find North County (all the places you listed except for the East County places) too suburban and prefer something more urban. We live near Balboa Park and prefer that. More walkable, more urban amenities, but still a nice place to live.

In general, unless you prefer hot weather in the summer, closer to the coast is more desirable. I wouldn't even consider anything east of I-15. Those places are not why people move to San Diego.
Lots of good points here. Thanks for that!
You mention 'those places are not why people move to San Diego'. What would you say are the places people move to San Diego for? I'm curious from your perspective considering you already live there and know it well.
San Diego has microclimates just like the Bay Area does. In general, the further east you go, the hotter it gets in the summer. It's common for East County locations to have 100 degree weather when it's 70 or 75 on the coast. Because of topography, I would put Scripps Ranch in a different category. It isn't as hot, and it's closer to tech employers. It's probably the only place east of the 15 that I would consider.

Except for Poway and Scripps Ranch, most places in the East County are also a difficult commute to the places where tech workers work, so you won't find many techies living there. I mean, don't get me wrong, there are some very nice areas east of I-15. Poway and La Mesa have good areas, and if you want to have a horse farm, you're gonna be out there just because of affordability. The other thing is, that as a gross generalization, the further east you go, it becomes more working class and conservative.

And some others alluded to it, but pay attention to fire danger. A home in a residential neighborhood away from open space is probably perfectly fine. But a view home on a canyon will have special needs as far as keeping the trees trimmed and brush under control, and you may have issues getting affordable homeowners insurance. Even the urban parts of San Diego are cut through with canyons, so it's something to look for in every neighborhood. But in the suburban parts of the county, fire safety is something to really pay attention to. For example a large part of Scripps Ranch burned to the ground in 2003(?).
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quantAndHold wrote: Tue Oct 05, 2021 6:07 pm
cbr shadow wrote: Tue Oct 05, 2021 5:28 pm
quantAndHold wrote: Tue Oct 05, 2021 5:19 pm
afan wrote: Tue Oct 05, 2021 4:29 pm I will just note that many SF and Silicon Valley techies who are leaving the area due to the cost of living are leaving CA altogether. SS may be cheaper than SF but if you look at housing and overall costs and taxes in other states it is amazing how much more you can get for your money.
Provided you are willing to leave CA.
70% of people leaving the Bay Area are moving to other parts of California. But "everybody's leaving California" makes a better narrative for the media, of course.

Anyway, OP, do you have a job lined up? The main tech job areas are Sorrento Valley and Rancho Bernardo, plus a few jobs in the Palomar Airport Road and Liberty Station areas. If you're working in one of those areas, I would suggest someplace close to work. Those are all fine places to live with good schools.

An alternative to flying out of San Diego is to fly out of Carlsbad. You'll take a commuter flight to a larger airport (usually LAX), but it's a great airport to fly in and out of.

I find North County (all the places you listed except for the East County places) too suburban and prefer something more urban. We live near Balboa Park and prefer that. More walkable, more urban amenities, but still a nice place to live.

In general, unless you prefer hot weather in the summer, closer to the coast is more desirable. I wouldn't even consider anything east of I-15. Those places are not why people move to San Diego.
Lots of good points here. Thanks for that!
You mention 'those places are not why people move to San Diego'. What would you say are the places people move to San Diego for? I'm curious from your perspective considering you already live there and know it well.
San Diego has microclimates just like the Bay Area does. In general, the further east you go, the hotter it gets in the summer. It's common for East County locations to have 100 degree weather when it's 70 or 75 on the coast. Because of topography, I would put Scripps Ranch in a different category. It isn't as hot, and it's closer to tech employers. It's probably the only place east of the 15 that I would consider.

Except for Poway and Scripps Ranch, most places in the East County are also a difficult commute to the places where tech workers work, so you won't find many techies living there. I mean, don't get me wrong, there are some very nice areas east of I-15. Poway and La Mesa have good areas, and if you want to have a horse farm, you're gonna be out there just because of affordability. The other thing is, that as a gross generalization, the further east you go, it becomes more working class and conservative.

And some others alluded to it, but pay attention to fire danger. A home in a residential neighborhood away from open space is probably perfectly fine. But a view home on a canyon will have special needs as far as keeping the trees trimmed and brush under control, and you may have issues getting affordable homeowners insurance. Even the urban parts of San Diego are cut through with canyons, so it's something to look for in every neighborhood. But in the suburban parts of the county, fire safety is something to really pay attention to. For example a large part of Scripps Ranch burned to the ground in 2003(?).
I'll add to your comment about micro climates. The house I grew up in was on the east side of a finger canyon. Generally around 4pm the winds would whip up enough that it was uncomfortable to be out there. By contrast we have friends who live in Birdland (near Sharp Hospital) same west facing location and it's really pleasant. My father lived in Valley Center on a hill and while the days could get pretty warm you could count on that 4pm breeze to cool things down. If the OP does decide to buy east of I-15 I recommend spending the extra money to be located on a west facing hill.
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It's somewhat hard to determine what works for you specifically when it comes to areas. It would sort of like asking what area of the SF bay area you should move because all areas typically have some compromises.

Like most of SoCal, moving a little inland is always hotter than the actual coast. That's sometimes not that much of a negative because the actual coast can have what is termed "late night and early morning clouds/June Gloom" which means the actual coast can stay a bit foggy/overcast. It's often not until past the 4th of July when that pattern ends. It's hardly brutally hot in places like Rancho Bernardo/Penesquitos, etc and the beach is a short drive away anyway. If your putting in a pool, a little heat is actually nice unless you plan on constantly heating the pool.

Good luck on the move, of all of CA, San Diego is a great place to live and none of the areas of you note are hardly all that negative. Getting to the airport is not all that horrible and probably easy for the spouse to avoid the busiest times anyhow. When it comes to military bases/planes, just be sure you're okay with any associated noise. That is the sound of freedom.
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I live in 92120 (Allied Gardens / Del Cerro) in a house that fits your criteria. 4BR + pool. Probably top end of your price range due to recent market movement.

I don't think anyone has mentioned Tierrasanta. That's the other place I would add to your list. Some nice homes, not much neighborhood thru-traffic. Near lots of outdoor recreation.

Scripps Ranch and anywhere around there is nice too, assuming you don't need to commute anywhere.
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cbr shadow wrote: Tue Oct 05, 2021 1:38 pm Our requirements:
- Good school system
- 1600 - 2200 sqft (2br 3ba minimum)
- $950k - 1.1M
- Reasonable proximity to airport (Wife will fly to customers twice monthly)
- Having a pool or room for a pool is a huge plus
In the summer DW and I sometimes try to guess how much the temperature drops when driving the 8ish miles along the 56 from the 15 to the 5.
Usually it's 15-25 degrees. When people think about San Diego weather they are thinking about the coastal strip, which is relatively cool in the summer and warm in the winter due to the La Jolla Trench heat sink.

You should look for a condo as close as possible to 5 (east of 5, of course, and forget about proximity to the airport and a private pool). All school districts in these areas are good except perhaps for Oceanside's, but I don't really know about this.

I also looked at Zillow and there seem to be some 1600 sqft / $1.1M units available - even in Carmel Valley.

If you have low expectations of what you'll be buying for your money (think Cali, not Texas) I think you'll have a reasonable shot of finding something acceptable.

Best of luck. We've all been there at some point in our lives.....
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I grew u in LA and since 1997 live near RB.

Lots of good schools whether you choose inland or coastal. Many other suggestions above are good.

If I was deciding where to live again, I would choose the climate first. If you can deal with warm summers then you have unlimited options for more affordable housing and good schools. If you prefer coastal summers, then you are somewhat limited especially on the cost side. Outside of 2-3 summer months people dream of being here. You probably also want to consider traffic to work and commute.

Had to laugh at Poway and white comment. Not sure I agree. Overall SD is pretty diverse. Maybe not like SF or NY, but pretty diverse.
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Haven’t seen mention of Pacific Highlands Ranch yet, I think you should consider having a look. Newer area further east out Del Mar Heights Road. My daughter went to CCA High School and enjoyed her time there. Solid schools, shopping, access to SR-56….and a Trader Joe’s!!!
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We made a similar move to SD from the Bay Area about 2 years ago for the same reasons.

For schools - I would suggest looking at data points beyond “X out of 10” such as the niche.com rankings and word of mouth.

Finding a top-notch school district makes a tremendous difference: from the obvious (i.e., teachers) to the subtle (i.e., integrated after school care programs, on-site enrichment classes, STEAM labs, wholesome school lunches, Covid-safety protocols based on scientific facts, etc etc). On that note, we couldn’t be happier with the Solana Beach School District which ticks all of those boxes. The neighborhoods in that district (Solana Beach and part of Carmel Valley) are on the pricier side but a townhome should be doable at your budget.
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I lived in the North County (Carlsbad) for twenty years and the drive to SAN airport (Airline Pilot) become unbearable as the years went by. Sold my home in Carlsbad, which BTW is a great town and bought a much smaller home in Coronado. Looking back now 22 years later (newly Retired), it was the BEST financial and quality of life decision I ever made. Buy CORONADO…you’ll never regret it!
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DelMar wrote: Wed Oct 06, 2021 12:09 am Haven’t seen mention of Pacific Highlands Ranch yet, I think you should consider having a look. Newer area further east out Del Mar Heights Road. My daughter went to CCA High School and enjoyed her time there. Solid schools, shopping, access to SR-56….and a Trader Joe’s!!!
Doubt that you can find anything with minimum qualifications requested by OP (2bd/3BA 1600 Sq Feet) in Pacific Highlands Ranch. Maybe a condo for < 1300 Sq feet.

Someone above mentioned University City, that is a nice little gem of a neighborhood, pretty central location, good schools, close to job centers near La Jolla/Torrey Mesa/Sorrento Valley and 20 min from airport. Wouldn't have to deal with much traffic for commuting whichever direction you'd go because it would be opposite commute. Low crime and great weather.

Traffic flows generally towards La Jolla/UCSD/Sorrento Valley area in the morning and away from them in the evenings. So anything north of Del Mar Heights Rd on I5 will have AM traffic commute southbound; south of I8 will have AM traffic northbound on I5 and I805 (reverse it in the evening). East to West traffic is also heavy in the morning, generally starting east of 805.

If can work remotely, haven't really mentioned the South Bay which has nice suburban neighborhoods in Bonita and East Chula Vista or Eastlake within your price range. Schools are pretty good, close to airport, house with pool may be possible. But if have to commute, the traffic is a turn-off.

Poway and 4S ranch have great schools; great for families, youth sports, etc but about 10-15 degrees warmer than being closer to the coast in the Summer.
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cbr shadow wrote: Tue Oct 05, 2021 1:38 pm
Areas we're looking at (basically pockets where there are very good schools)
- Poway
- East part of San Diego north of La Mesa (Allied Gardens/Del Cerro/San Carlos areas)
- Miramar area (Just north of the little airport, west of hwy15) - This area looks a little more blue collar and smaller homes but more affordable and still have good schools
- Rancho Penasquitos - This area looks perfect, but will put us at the top of our budget almost certainly
- Rancho Bernardo (North of Poway, just east of 15)
- 4S Ranch
- Maybe Carlsbad (schools are good, prices roughly similar to the places listed above)
- Maybe San Marcos (prices/houses look good, schools are 'ok', proximity to airport?)
Poway: In 2019, their water became contaminated. They blamed everyone else, but it was their own incompetence. Now they are building an entirely new system. Guess who is paying? Not part of San Diego city, they seemed to make-up their own screwy COVID-19 rules. The mayor is a singing cowboy who spends too much time on the local news. It's nice and clean, really hot in the summer, but, to me, it gives off a stale, boring vibe.

Miramar is centered on the marine corps air station. Very industrial and dirty. Air show every year.

Rancho Penasquitos (little cliffs) is very open and home to little Black Mountain. Lot's of outdoor things. Better than Poway. Good place for a family. But it does get hot in August and September. Running an air conditioner will cost you a small fortune.

Rancho Bernardo is a minor business hub. Very busy during the week.

Carlsbad is the best of your list. Cool, clean and beach access. North County is nice but very expensive.

Come down to Mission Valley, centrally located with new homes: www.civitalife.com. Look for resales at www.sdlookup.com under 92108. Maybe rent here first to get a sense of the city, then move.

San Diego traffic usually jams in one direction, so locate your home so you are always traveling the fast direction. During the Great Recession, I could get home from work in 20 minutes cruising at 80 mph. Now, it's 45 minutes and half way down I slow to 5 mph. To counter, I altered departure from 5 pm to 6:30 pm and worked 4 days a week instead of 5.
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Following this thread.

I was surprised by the increase in temperature as you move inland.

Good info. Thanks everyone!
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If it weren't for the airport commute consideration would say Scripps Ranch is a good family 'value' but at the top of your range price wise - temperate microclimate, stable community relatively new. Anything along the i-15 corridor do homework on fire insurance cost and factor in your monthlies, as well as cost to run the A/C.

Also second taking a look at the new home communities in Mission Valley. Close to airport, good climate. There's also this small neighborhood of homes in Serra Mesa - quiet, well kept, central location

https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2740 ... 1507_zpid/

Chula Vista gets a bad rap but it really depends on the neighborhood. Wouldn't rule some parts out - esp with your price range. It's really convenient to the airport. Great climate. Do some homework on school options there. Maybe even consider saving on home cost and doing private school.

The hard part of this is your wife commuting 2x monthly or more to the airport. Doesn't sound like a 1 hour drive would be a grind at 2x a month, but if it gets to be weekly or more that can have a quality of life impact with small kids in the mix.

One advantage of Oceanside / Carlsbad is John Wayne airport in Orange County is a 2nd option - almost an hour drive depending on traffic - but you're gaining flexibility by sacrificing being really close to San Diego airport.
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I was going to recommend University City but that price range for houses will not get you a single family home. I did find this one though if you can go up more.

https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2615 ... 0972_zpid/
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I live in Scripps. I can get to the airport in 20-25 mins unless rush hour.
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Going to take a contrarian view here and suggest you consider renting right now, for the objective data points below, from
https://calculatedrisk.substack.com/p/e ... tm_source=

Quoting from Bill McBride:
https://imgur.com/a/cfLdc7Y
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WWJBDo wrote: Thu Oct 07, 2021 3:18 pm Going to take a contrarian view here and suggest you consider renting right now, for the objective data points below, from
https://calculatedrisk.substack.com/p/e ... tm_source=

Quoting from Bill McBride:
https://imgur.com/a/cfLdc7Y
That only matters if you believe prices will somehow revert to a historical mean. Not only does real estate tend to be less volatile than stocks, but most home buyers aren't diversifying broadly across the national or even small regional markets. Real estate is extremely local by nature. A region being at all-time high prices says very little about whether or not OP should buy the specific home that's right for his family at the time they need it. The home they want may never get cheaper even if other homes do. In many coastal urban areas, the market for single family homes is extremely competitive with little new inventory being built. It doesn't make a whole lot of sense to follow trends on condo pricing, for instance, if someone wants to buy a house on a lot with a yard and a fence. Then there's the whole issue of interest rates. Because most people borrow to buy a home, total cost of ownership is often more influenced by interest rates than sale prices. It's really not so straightforward to say whether one should buy or rent in any given market. The reasons for doing one vs. the other are numerous and complex.
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I love the ocean and off-shore fishing so those are the only 2 reasons why I would make a move to SD. Many other cities are much nicer then SD but most will not have the almost perfect weather like SD. Look in Temecula or Murrieta, they were ranked as one of the safest cities in California and they both have excellent schools and you will get more house for the money comparing to SD.
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We live in Rancho Penasquitos and love it. Schools are great and there's a very nice community vibe that I've never experienced elsewhere. It's very suburban, but aside from that the climate is good (even when it's hot in the summer, there's a pretty good breeze most of the time) and you're 20 minutes from mountains, deserts, and beaches, and downtown. There are plenty of homes in the 1500-2000 sqft range that are going for around $1M these days, though most of them were built in the 70s and you probably won't find one with a pool in that price-range. You can get a place that's twice as big for that money if you go to Poway, but it's got a different cultural feel, for sure, and is a little hotter. PM me if you have any specific questions
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I live in San Diego and thought I’d give you you my two cents for what they’re worth.

North Poway - it’s a cheaper Rancho Santa Fe.
Rural Escondido - good value, up & coming.
Ramona - East of Poway, rural feel, affordable.
Clairemont - centrally located in SD, food mecca, affordable.
Carmel Mountain Ranch - central, Poway schools.
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hicabob wrote: Tue Oct 05, 2021 5:53 pm People I used to work with like Temecula which is halfway between SD and LA. Good schools and you would get more house per $$ than nearer SD.
Temecula is "half way" if you take the scenic route. Temecula is nowhere near the coast.
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Yes, it would be more accurate to say that Temecula is half way between San Diego and San Bernardino.
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mclvngr wrote: Thu Oct 07, 2021 5:13 pm I live in San Diego and thought I’d give you you my two cents for what they’re worth.

North Poway - it’s a cheaper Rancho Santa Fe.
Rural Escondido - good value, up & coming.
Ramona - East of Poway, rural feel, affordable.
Clairemont - centrally located in SD, food mecca, affordable.
Carmel Mountain Ranch - central, Poway schools.
Clairemont is a food mecca? I’d never heard his before, despite living in the area since the 80’s. Do tell…
cadreamer2015 wrote: Thu Oct 07, 2021 6:59 pm Yes, it would be more accurate to say that Temecula is half way between San Diego and San Bernardino.
Also, Temecula a really poor choice if you need to fly anywhere on a regular basis.
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quantAndHold wrote: Thu Oct 07, 2021 9:40 pm
mclvngr wrote: Thu Oct 07, 2021 5:13 pm I live in San Diego and thought I’d give you you my two cents for what they’re worth.

North Poway - it’s a cheaper Rancho Santa Fe.
Rural Escondido - good value, up & coming.
Ramona - East of Poway, rural feel, affordable.
Clairemont - centrally located in SD, food mecca, affordable.
Carmel Mountain Ranch - central, Poway schools.
Clairemont is a food mecca? I’d never heard his before, despite living in the area since the 80’s. Do tell…
cadreamer2015 wrote: Thu Oct 07, 2021 6:59 pm Yes, it would be more accurate to say that Temecula is half way between San Diego and San Bernardino.
Also, Temecula a really poor choice if you need to fly anywhere on a regular basis.
I think poster means it’s near Convoy street and the international dining / grocery places there
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