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Btolls, Home Buyer in San Diego, CA

I have a budget of $310K and am moving down to San Diego, what is a safe neighborhood in that price range?

Asked by Btolls, San Diego, CA Sun Feb 13, 2011

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Bad areas in San Diego?? There are only a couple. You should be more interested in moving somewhere that fits your needs like convenience to freeways, schools, etc.

Your budget is pretty typical in San Diego, and you would be surprised what kind of places I could find you. Give me a call and we can talk more about it! Talk to you soon Btolls!

858 344 5731
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Feb 14, 2011
That questions is hard to answer without knowing what you are looking for in a home. Do you want to be in a specific part of town because of work or schools? Do yo need to be close to freeways or public transportation?
One handy tool is the website there you can search for homes and find some that meet your needs. Then you can check a couple of websites like: for crime stats and for sex offender registration. I recommend these sites to all of my clients.
San Diego is not considered a high crime city but there may be areas that are more attractive than others for you. The price range that you are looking should be able to provide you with a lot of options for housing.
Let me know if there is any way that I may be able to help you.
Jerry Heard - Broker
DRE# 00648687
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Your budget is actually pretty average and you will have wide range of options from condos/townhouses to single houses. To give you a better idea of housing since you probably lost in zipcodes and lots of areas your $300k can get you a decent house approx 1500sf somewhere central 10-15 min from downtown either way, or a larger townhouse in the same areas. If you will go to more valuable/reputable areas closer to beaches or upscale inland then it would be a condo but little smaller.
It should take you one FULL day with me to pinpoint the right area for you and completely understand the current market!!
This is the right time to buy and find BEST deal within all bank owned and shortsales!
Looking forward to help you settle in sd!
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Feb 13, 2011
Depending on size and type of home, it's possible to find nice properties in the central areas (such as Serra Mesa, University Heights, Normal Heights, Mira Mesa, etc.) as well as North and East counties (such as Vista, San Marcos, Ramona, Santee, Lakeside, Spring Valley, etc.) ... regardless of the area, I highly recommend that you check to be sure that the neighborhood is safe whenever you find an interesting home for sale. I also offer my clients the benefit of a personalized Client Gateway web site based on specific serach criteria ... not only are you immediately advised of all new listings and price changes, you can sort properties as to preference plus make notes on each listing ... it makes house hunting a much easier and efficient process. If you'd like more information, please feel free to contact me ... .
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Feb 13, 2011
In the North County areas of Oceanside, Vista & San Marcos, you can find many houses in safe neighborhoods in that price range.

In the coastal communities of Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Cardiff & Solana Beach, there are many safe neighborhoods with attached homes in this price range.

The best thing to do is to make a connection with a couple of Realtors, talk with them and find the one you like the best. Use their knowledge as a guide.

Also, different people have different ideas of what "safe" is, so that is another discussion. Crime stats are available online.

Dennis Smith, ABR, SRES, e-PRO, CDPE, Realtor® Lic #00476662
RE/MAX By-the-Sea, Carlsbad CA
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Feb 13, 2011
As it is illigal for an agent to 'steer' toward or away from any area, I really can't answer 'what is safe'. I always refer my clients to or I always consider other questions first when deciding on what area. Such as: where will you be working; are good schools important to you; how much driving time would you allow for; and what hobbies are you interested in.

You can also go to my website for school information.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Feb 19, 2011

We have brand new manufactured homes in Poway for as low as $99,900. Poway is considered to be very safe and has one of the best school districts in the state. We can custom build a home that meets your needs as well.

TLC Manufactured Homes
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Feb 15, 2011

I send my clients to this website all the time, it's very useful . Once you've found an area you like, give me a call @ 619.663.LIST.

Manny Lising Jr

CENTURY 21 Award |
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Feb 14, 2011
There are really only a few neighborhoods in San Diego that aren't safe . . . so your odds are good at finding a safe neighborhood. More importantly, you might want to consider the attributes of the property for their safety. If a condo, does it have secure entrances, secure garage parking and is well lit? If a house, does it have proper lighting, off-street parking, secure windows and doors, etc?
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Feb 14, 2011
Hello Btolls,

That is a wide open question and can be approached in many ways. First off, you may wish to go to the following link for crime stats by neighborhood Are you looking for a single family detached home, or a condo/townhome? This will have a direct affect on what you will be able to afford and what neighborhood will be appropriate for you. I'm sure that you will find most people who answer on here will direct you to an area in which they know best, which makes sense. Given that, I have grown up and lived in North County Inland for a large part of my life and can vouch for Poway (92064) and Rancho Bernardo (92128/92127) as being great neighborhoods, with low crime levels and an unparalleled school district. Of course, there are several great areas throughout San Diego and it's really a matter of what is important to you. Do you prefer the coast or inland, downtown or the suburbs? No matter what you end up deciding, I'd strongly encourage you to speak to neighbors in the area to get their insight on the pros and cons of the area. Also, make sure you try driving (do your work commute if applicable) at different times of the day as traffic can be an issue in certain areas.

Bottom line is San Diego is called America's Finest City for a reason and there are many different neighborhoods that appeal to people due to a host of factors. Being born and raised here and working in the residential sector, I can definitely offer you more insight. Also, feel free to clink on the link below to search for properties that meet your parameters. Of course, you will want to work with someone who is willing to take you to different neighborhoods and make sure all your needs are addressed.

Best of luck and welcome to San Diego.


Chad Basinger, REALTOR®, CPA, CFP®
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Feb 13, 2011
Are you looking for a house or a condo? You can get a one bedroom condo downtown or a small house in Poway. I suggest meeting with a Realtor to discuss what you are looking for. Let me know if you need any assistance.

Ben Altman
Century 21
(619) 890-1063
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