I am currently working on a budget as well as a resume for potential employment in the Biotechnology industry and graphic design industry in and around Carlsbad. I am both left and right brained. :)
It depends on where you will be working as commuting along the coast has the most congested traffic in San Diego. With that said, we have found that Craigslist is your best option for a rental. 85% to 95% of all rentals leased in San Diego County are found using Craigslist. It is used to advertise rentals by property owners, property management companies and agents alike. The rental listings are far more up to date than what you will find anywhere else. Check often and call/e-mail right away as many rentals move quickly.
The best way to search is by zip code (put it in the Search Box), there are many zip code maps of San Diego on the web that will assist you. Also, know that San Diego County is quite large geographically so location matters when selecting an area.
Beware of rental scam listings and ads that "look too good to be trueâ€. Make sure you talk to the person managing the property and meet them to see it. Scams usually involve people asking for a deposit in order to see the property. The "owner" usually states they live out of state or out of the country. Other scams involve people stealing pictures from homes for sale and then posting it as a rental with a low rental rate.
Please don't hesitate to reach out if we can assist you to clarify areas where you may want to live.
Best of luck to you,
Mark & Kari Shea
Shea Real Estate
National Association of Realtors
CA BRE License 01713506
I moved to Carlsbad from New York in 1987. Obviously prices have gotten expensive in Carlsbad since that time frame. There are some affordable 55+ communities in Carlsbad and Encinitas that have not gone up in value like some of the other inventory. Craigslist is by far the best option to find a rental until you are ready to purchase. Rents have risen as well so I would consider purchasing while the rates remain low if you can afford to do so.
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If you're still looking at homes, I would be happy to email you listings on the market all throughout San Diego County and we can narrow it down to what you like best. Feel free to contact me anytime. Happy Holidays!
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I am a relocation guy myself. I lived in Fairfield, CT for a number of years and still have family on the East Coast! I moved to Carlsbad back in 2002 and have loved living here.
There are apartments available in Carlsbad and the surrounding area, it just depends on what you define as modest and inexpensive.
Feel free to send me an email or give me a call to discuss your situation further.
Scott Marquette, Office Manager
US ARMY, RETIRED
Having lived in Rochester, I have to prepare you for the sticker shock you are going to have here in Southern California. On the up side, our taxes are significantly lower than in New York state. I specialize in Carlsbad and the surrounding areas being Encinitas, San Marcos and Vista and Oceanside. We do have town homes here and due to low inventory, prices have been steadily on the rise.
Temecula is in a completely different location...it is inland, rather than coastal. However, people do commute from Temecula to San Diego.
Are you relocating for your job? Where do you need to commute to? Have you spoken to a lender to assess your pre qualification and loan options?
Inventory in the Carlsbad and surrounding areas has been low for the past year...especially in the 200K to 400K ranges.
There are too many factors to go over in this space. Feel free to contact me and I am happy to provide you with more detailed information.
Windermere Homes & Estates
HomeSmart Realty West
Feel free to contact me if you have any other questions.
Daniela Marshall Real Estate Service
HomeSmart Realty West
CA BRE License 01056741
You can also go on my website to look at all active properties in the areas you are thinking of moving to.. my-realtor4life.com
Keller Williams Realty
Ca BRE #- 01420564
While you are renting it is a great time to learn more about the advantages and disadvantages of each area. In general, along the coast house prices for renting and purchasing increase as you go south towards downtown San Diego from the most northern city Oceanside. As you go east, prices are less.
Along with down payment which may be influenced by the equity in your current home, you will need to figure out affordability to determine a reasonable purchase price. Your debt to income will be one of the main factors plus the current interest rates.
A good real estate agent can help with advice on different areas once they know more about your needs and preferences.
In what location will you be working? Second to your budget, the commute will be a large factor in your decision. Based on your description, it sounds like you are the only one coming to San Diego for an apartment. If you are 55 or older it may open up some additional rental opportunities that could save some money. Research Craig's List for pricing and location. More information (budget, location of workplace, desired commute time) is needed in order to give better direction.
Marcie Sands, REALTOR
Simply The Best Real Estate Co., Inc.
BRE # 01428288
As others have said, it's a little difficult to answer without knowing more about your financial situation. On the rental front, if you'd like to start out in Carlsbad, a rental will run you anywhere from $1300-1900 a month for a condo or apartment. I suggest you google Chamberlain Property Management - they are one of the bigger property management companies in Carlsbad and have a good inventory in a range of budgets.
Regarding your ultimate destination when your wife and children move out, this is going to depend on your lifestyles and housing preferences. For example, do you want a single family home, or will you be empty nesters who would prefer a townhome or condo? What is your lifestyle like? If you enjoy the coast and the beach, Carlsbad is ideal. Carlsbad has a charming downtown village at the coast as well as several more suburban shopping centers, and it supports an active outdoor lifestyle, with beaches, lagoon trailes, golf courses, many parks, and more. Same with Encinitas, though it is more expensive than Carlsbad. In Carlsbad, you can currently expect to pay around $375k and up for a condo and single family home prices start in the $500s.
Vista and San Marcos are just to the north and east of Carlsbad and prices are a bit lower. You'll have a longer drive to enjoy the coastal experience, if that's what you're looking for.
Temecula has grown into quite a wine mecca in the last several years, and is steeped in wineries. The community is active, the geography beautiful, and the weather is quite hot. Temecula is less than an hour's drive from the Carlsbad area. The real estate market is very reasonable, and you can expect to get a single family home for less than $400k.
Hope this helps. Let me know how I can further help you.
Real Living Lifestyles, CA DRE #01435354
300 Carlsbad Village Drive, Suite 224
Carlsbad, CA 92008
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The big questions is "What's your budget?" If you look at the cost of each area the most expensive to the least expensive would be Encinitas ($$$$), Carlsbad ($$$+) Carlsbad is a little less expensive than Encinitas, then Oceanside and Vista ($$) and then Temecula ($). You will also need to think about weather. Temecula is only just over the hill but the weather conditions there are much hotter in the summer and a little colder in the winter. However Temecula does have an excellent reputation for their schools (as does Encinitas and Carlsbad). Another thing to keep in mind is that the closer you get to the ocean the more expensive real estate is. You could find something inland in Carlsbad for less than something within walking distance to the beach in Oceanside. HOA fees for condos generally run an average of about $250 per month, I have seen HOA fees for as little as $9 and as much as $1,800 per month. I hope this is helpful information. I am happy to answer any other questions you may have and point you in the right direction. Let me know how I can help!
Sea Coast Exclusive Properties
I'll put a link to the list of available homes in the web reference below so you can take a look.
Would love to work with you!
Windermere Real Estate
I would be happy to work with you regarding your needs. My contact info is below.
Iberia Enterprises, Inc.
3936 Hortensia Street
San Diego, CA 92110
CalBRE #: 01931374
Rents are not inexpensive, but there is always something for every budget within reason.
It would be helpful to have a little more information about the dollars and cents and that would assist in focusing in on the most cost efficient area for you.
Temecula is up in Riverside county, Vista is a bit less desirable to most, and not sure what South East of RSF would be... 4S Ranch?
Totally different places. So it depends on where you want to be. Coastal? Encinitas, Carlsbad. Want to keep your costs down? Vista or Temecula, depending on where you want to be... 4S Ranch/Rancho Bernardo/Del Sur is all pretty heavy family oriented, so that would be less of a coastal family area.
My wife, kids and I are buying a place in Carlsbad now. I love it for the kids, etc. If we were single, I would probably be in Encinitas more than Carlsbad. So it depends...
Might be cheaper to buy than rent. Call me if you would like to discuss. I am not an agent, I am on the mortgage side of things, and can run some numbers for you if you'd like. I have a lot of clients that buy multi-unit properties so that they have VERY little out of pocket every month, and can keep some income moving forward...
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