Second, the closer you are to good downtown areas the less home you get for your money. Many of my clients move to San Diego looking for a detached home, but after looking at commute and various quality of life issues, choose attached townhomes closer to work.
If you share a bit more about your need we all can help:
Definition of 'family friendly': quality schools, low crime, tons of activities, diverse, religious - peoples definition varies dramatically.
Bedroom / bathroom requirements
Yard mandatory? Or would nearby community park be okay?
Price range or monthly payment requirements?
Hope to be able to help!
Kindred Real Estate
I live in Scripps Ranch and am a neighborhood realtor. Please let me know if you would like more information or help finding a home for your family.
Triple Advantage Real Estate
It depends which base you are talking about. There is Miramar and North Island. If you are at Mira Mar then Scripps Ranch, Poway, and some parts of Clairemont would be great for your family. The schools are better in Poway/Scripps...FYI