I personally LOVE both of these communities. But unless you LOVE driving and traffic, you are better off in 4S Ranch. You are looking at over 1 hr commute each way, assuming peak drive times. The difference per year will be approximately 240 hours or about 4 weeks added for commuting. Live closer and use the 4 weeks to go on vacation, spend time with family and live!
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I believe the fact that you are taking the time to write this question already lets me know that you are concerned about the commute. I live by the mantra that if it bothers you today, it will most likely really bother you in future. As I'd recommend to anybody buying a house, do a trial run of your commute at various times of the day to know exactly what you are up against. If you are always in your car, it won't matter if you have a new home!!!
4S Ranch is a fabulous neighborhood with tons of upside. It will not disappoint.
Best of luck with whatever you decide!
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That all depends if you do not mind driving further to work in exchange for a brand new home in San Elijo.
Myself personally am not a fan of rush hour traffic, but that is just me. Just write down on a legal pad of paper the pros and cons and you should be able to weigh them that way too.
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I would recommend 4S Ranch (I live there myself), but you can certainly make San Elijo work. You can buy a FastPass which will let you use that commuter lane to cut through most of the traffic going both directions. The time you save each day is well worth the couple dollars to use it. For instance, if you make $20/hr and you spend just 10 minutes crawling through a rough spot of traffic, that will cost you $3 of your time plus wasted gas. They have also been working on expanding highway 78.
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I would suggest that you make a few trial drives in order to truly understand the commute. On a good day you won't be too troubled , but on a bad day you will be sitting in traffic for a long time. 4S Ranch shaves approx. 30 mintues off the distance, however the home will be smaller than in San Elijo Hills.
If you really want to avoid any traffic issues than you need to start work early - 5 or 6 am and leave work around 3 or 4, otherwise you will get caught in traffic, especially on Friday. Another factor is the rising cost of gasoline which will add to your monthly expenses and probably will not be going down.
You have a commute either way...but I suspect 4S Ranch is a bit closer than the one from San Elijo.
Please give me a call if you would like a tour of the neighborhoods Shellyy - I know both communities extremely well -!