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David, Home Buyer in San Diego, CA

Moving to San Diego from DC, looking for a good school pyramid close to Mission Hill area. $1M price range.

Asked by David, San Diego, CA Tue Aug 6, 2013

We have two young kids, ages of four and two. My wife works for BaH in Mission Hill, I would prefer a twenty-minute or less of commute time for her.

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I presume you are referring to Booz Allen Hamilton off of Friars. The best neighborhood with good schools in the area is by far Mission Hills.

FYI There are 6 new listings this week in Mission Hills: http://www.san-diego-houses.com/idx/community/mission-hills/

Good Luck and Welcome to San Diego!!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 8, 2013
Hello David! Mission Hills is an excellent choice!!! Coronado Island is another excellent choice for schools. If you think you might like to rent for awhile I have a beautiful Tudor home in MIssion Hills that just came up to rent. Email me at VickiCoronado@gmail.com and I will give you all the scoop.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 7, 2013
Welcome to SD, America's best city!

Bay Park (west area of 92117 and 92110) and Mt. Soledad (North East 92109 and South East 92037), are both right off the I-5, which is very short, probably 5-10 minutes once your wife is on the Freeway to Mission Hills. Plenty of schools, private, public and Magnet from which to choose, but this is true throughout most of the county. Prices are right around a million in Mt. Soledad, depending on the view, usually, and can get more than a million. There are definitely some nice places under a million in Mt. Soledad. Bay Park is less expensive, again the view matters. Bay Park is pretty much as convenient as it gets for getting on the freeway for your wife's commute.

Clairemont (92117) is also great for families, and prices are around 450-600k. It is East of Bay Park, but Bay Park is only about a half mile East to West, then Clairemont starts just up the hill. UTC (92122) is just north of Bay Park/Clairemont and requires a bit longer on the freeway, but this community is amazing and mostly around 600-900K.

Excellent parks and rec centers fill the area. Also, minutes away from San Diego's best family attractions, the beach, Zoo, and Sea World. They are very affordable for So Cal residents. Three malls, Costco, Target, tons of family and trendy restaurants are all within a 5-10 minutes.

I have two little girls, 3 and 5, and know a ton about this area. Feel free to call even you want to use a different realtor. Good luck finding your new happy home!

Jimmy Herrmann
(858) 205-9880
Keller Williams Realty
BRE# 01931332
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 6, 2013
Click the link in the web reference below. I use “Great Schools” all of the time to compare test scores and look at parent reviews.

J.R. Thrasher
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 6, 2013
Hi David -

I know that Poway has a really good school district and is about 20-25 min commute, maybe even less. I can refer an agent that knows that area pretty well. Contact me through my profile and i'll provide the agents info.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 23, 2013
Most homes out there have multiple offers on them, which can be a huge problem coming from out of the area.

Our funding guarantee can help you get your offer accepted in front of all cash offers and higher offers.

Give me or have your agent call if you would like more information.

Rich Littlefield
Tri-Emerald Financial Group
NMLS 287206
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 23, 2013
I have lived uptown in San Diego for about 20 years, in that price range you could find homes in Mission Hills, Marston Hills or Bankers Hill. I would also check out Point Loma and Kensington depending on views and lots sizes. My partner Lynn Walton and I both live in Mission Hills.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 13, 2013
HI David,
I grew up and live in Mission Hills. I am ver familiar with the area as well as the school districts. Please contact me and we can discuss your needs.

Vivian Payne, REALTOR
Ascent Real Estate
858 401-0475
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 13, 2013
Hello David,

I live here in Mission Hills. I LOVE it. I bought a beautiful 1929 Spanish Home 6 years ago with an amazing view. I'm a La Jolla native, but bought up here. It's the BEST location for everything and YES, there are great schools and lots to do. I know you have a ton of agents all over you with comments and links, etc., but I just wanted to say hello and I hope you find a wonderful home up here in Mission Hills. It's fantastic.

Good luck, David!

0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Aug 12, 2013
Hi David

You may want to check a few San Diego homes and condos for sale on our page: http://www.reefpointrealty.com/communities/san-diego

And if you need any help, give me a call and let me personally help you make this transition convenient and cost-efficient for you and your family.

J. Reeves
CEO and Founder
Reef Point Realty & Construction
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 6, 2013
Hi John,
What is a good time to talk?
Flag Fri Aug 9, 2013
Hi David,

Misssion Hills is a fabulous neighborhood filled with charming homes. The best schools in San Diego however are in areas like Carmel Valley, Poway area, and La Jolla.

I would suggest checking out Point Loma but that is rather costly....Areas like Scripps Ranch and Tierrasanta are not too far - and both areas have decent schools...

Please feel free to contact me direclty with any other questions or needs...

Cindy Davis
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 6, 2013
The valentine in my family's favorite restaurant. Living in Mission Hills or point Loma would be perfect and the schools are great I have a elementary school kid high school and was in middle Schooler and the schools have been amazing. Point Loma is a two minute commute and Mission Hills is a 10 minute commute. Please give me a call or email me. Polly Milford 619-804-8566
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 6, 2013
Hello David,
20 minutes is perfect!
I will gladly represent you as your local, knowledgeable buyers agent.
I can send you a list of homes for sale in your price range and area.
Our residential inventory is the most accurate and current data online for you to choose from.
..we can get started on your San Diego home search whenever you are ready.
I will work from your criteria when you contact me, and proceed to inquire as to the current status as our realty market moves quickly..
Also, I can set up our tour date[s] with advanced notice to occupants for access to view those homes of interest upon your arrival date.
The School boundaries and rating stats are readily available online. For additional info, please call me at 760 622 6855 or maureen@landangel.com
Thank You,
760 622 6855
Web Reference: http://www.coastal.biz
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 6, 2013
Hi David,

As you can see you are going to get many offers to assist you in a purchase. There are three pieces of advice we can offer to give you an edge in selecting an agent from those posting on Trulia:

1. Hold your mouse over their picture. It will show you how many questions they have answered and how many thought they were helpful answers. The number of questions answered will give you an idea of how long they have been posting answers on Trulia.

2. Every agent here should have a profile, you can find it by clicking on their picture. Read them to see who you feel you can identify with.

3. Not every agent has experience with $1M properties. Narrow your selection to 3 or 4 agents and reach out to them and set up a time for an interview. Make sure you are 100% comfortable with who you select.

Know that the inventory of homes has been tight in San Diego since January, it may take time to find the perfect home for you and your family.

Best of luck and we hope this helps,

Mark & Kari Shea
Shea Real Estate
National Association of Realtors
CA DRE License 01713506
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 6, 2013
Greetings David!

I worked for BAH for a number of years here in San Diego after getting out of the Marine Corps and before getting into real estate. The Booz Allen office is actually located in the heart of Mission Valley which is very centrally located in San Diego. Do you know if she will be hoteling or working client site? If she will be client site it may be more beneficial to focus your search around their location. I would love to assist you in your search! Let me know if I can help.

Best regards,

Ryan Lamb
Buyer Specialist / REALTOR®
Reef Point Realty & Construction

716-997-6504 (C)

0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 6, 2013
Hi David,
When were you looking to move? The best idea is to do a site visit to schools. As Hector mentioned, we cannot comment on this as professionals. We can provide you with the information, and tell you the best practices we have seen over the years. Best Wishes,
Steve Seper
Broker/Owner, Balboa Park Realty
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 6, 2013

As REALTORS, we cannot comment on schools because it is considered steering, here are some websites so you can do the proper research:


If you are not already working with a REALTOR, I would love to work for you.

Hector R. Gastelum
Realty Executives Dillon
REALTOR #01382940
efax 619-270-2516
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 6, 2013
There are many wonderful neighborhoods and schools, especially elementary schools. A great source for school information is going to http://www.greatschools.org which will provide you with reviews and much more.

0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 6, 2013
You could live in Mission Hills and do the point, cluster schools that is an excellent school. pyramid. My kids go to school in point Loma and I work Mission Hills and point Loma I would love to help you on your search. Please give me a call. Polly Milford 619-804-8566
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 6, 2013
If you haven't been preapproved for a loan we can certainly help you out. You can check us out at http://www.TheMortgageOutlet.com and give us a call. One of our loan officers will look at your situation and present you with some options.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 6, 2013
Hi David,

Check out Francis Parker.

I can also assist you in find a new home.

Ben Altman
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 6, 2013
Hi David,
Point loma is a Great area and can be accessed to Mission Hills without ever getting on the freeway. It is also close to beaches and bay. Let me know if I can be of service to you.
Craig Hodgson
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 6, 2013
Hi Craig,
Do you know what would be the school pyramid there? (elementary to Highschool).
Thank you for your quick response.
Flag Tue Aug 6, 2013
Hi David,

Welcome to San Diego! There are currently 16 available homes in Mission Hills area under $1mil. I can help you narrow those down. We specialize in Metro San Diego, contact me to discuss.

Baruch Rosenberg
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 6, 2013
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