Aleber81, Home Buyer in

Looking for a family friendly neighborhood (parks, walkability, good schools) close to beaches (within 10 miles). Budget of 550K. Suggestions?

Asked by Aleber81, Tue Jan 28, 2014

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John DL Arendsen, Broker, Encinitas, CA
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Rancho Bernardo, Poway and Rancho Penasquiots are the best areas. They have the best schools and are 20 min away from the beach using highway 56 (Ted Williams Parkway.) There are 53 homes for sale in these areas under $550K. I'll put a link to the available homes in the web reference below.

J.R. Thrasher
(619) 929-0105
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Feb 5, 2014
I would be more than happy to send you a few. Just give me a call or email me.

Alex Greer
Loan Officer
NMLS #1056079
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 29, 2014

Some immediate thoughts came in my mind but the 10 miles to the beach may be the clincher. Poway, Rancho Bernardo and Rancho Penasquuitos are all family friendly in the award-winning Poway school district. For the price you mentioned, you should be able to get into a smaller home. These may be a tad outside the the 10 miles...but you could certainly be at the beach within 20-30 minutes. These are solid family neighborhoods with great schools, in your price range.

I'd love to help you further. Please feel free to contact me directly!

Cindy Davis, Broker
SD Home Source Realty
Phone: (619) 379-8616
CA DRE #01363537
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