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Adrianne130, Home Buyer in San Diego, CA

What is the best neighborhood in San Diego for families in terms of safety, schools, etc.?

Asked by Adrianne130, San Diego, CA Wed Jun 3, 2009

Additionally, which neighborhoods are affordable for families? I am looking to try not to spend more than 400k ish - any thoughts? I would like a house not condo if possible - fixer is totally ok.

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As a San Diego native and a Realtor my 2 cents would be your best bet is to hop in your car and drive the neighborhoods. I like to drive my clients around and show them the area first then we can narrow down the home search from there. See which ones you like. As said before http://www.greatschools.net is a great source for school info. I would also agree with the two best school district in town are the San Dieguieto and Poway school districts. However those neighborhoods will be tough to get into at $400,000 price tags. I am fond of 92081 (the Shadowridge area and parts of 92069 & 92078 San Marcos) You should be able to find something nice for around $400,000. Good Luck!
2 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Nov 3, 2009
Hi, you can visit http://www.HomeFair.com and click on the city reports section for in-depth crime stats and area demographics. They also have a great side by side zip code comparison feature.

1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Jul 16, 2013
Mt Helix/ Casa de Oro in La Mesa is a nice area. The school district is good when compared to some of the other parts of San Diego Unified(excluding the districts west of I-5) La Mesa has rolling hills and convenient access to I-8. About 12 min from downtown with little to no traffic on 94.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jul 16, 2013
Del Cerro is a wonderful neighborhood with the best schools and very safe. Neighbors still wave to each other. Very centrally located too. Call me if you need a realtor. 619-262-0808
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 13, 2012
Adrianne, That is a great question. To find this out you can get a free detailed report of any zip code . You can search by max price, bedrooms baths, square footage.It will give you crime and school stats too. It is a property profile. Call me and I will start sending. You will find them really really helpful. Also I have some dictionaries and guides you should probably have as an FYI! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving. Happy Holidays!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Nov 27, 2009
Hi Adrianne130
The best neighborhood will vary from client to client based on their needs and wants.
If you have young children Poway school district is more valued than others by most parents. So Poway, Rancho Bernado, 4S Ranch maybe where you would want to look for homes. If you don't have younger kids then Chula Vista or San Marcos will give you good deals - that is get a house within your budget. As per safety - if you are looking for fire hazard safety - then try getting into newer homes like in 4S Ranch where the homes have sprinkler sysytems, etc. However, as you know anything can happen anywhere and we got to take measures to be safe.

Good luck and Happy Thanksgiving!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Nov 25, 2009
I have found from previous buyers that Poway and Rancho Penasquitos are highly desirable. Also University City which is very central has a great school district that I hear all parents admire. There are many different places to raise a family. It is going to depend on the amount of money they want to spend and how far they can travel.
If you would like a property profile that shows school statistics and crime rates we can send you one free!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Nov 24, 2009
I'd agree with the Eastlake (East Chula Vista) comment. I live in Otay Ranch (right next to Eastlake) and I love it. The neighborhoods here are safe and well maintained and the schools are highly recommendable. Also, for your price range you should have a good variety of homes to choose from out here as opposed to some of the other areas suggested. The Eastlake area experienced some of the most severe foreclosure activity in the county and home prices have come way down to affordable ranges (within $400k) but have also stabilized in the past 6 months to show small increases as well. In addition, the toll road (route 125) bisects the community and makes it very accessible to the entire county. You can be in Downtown or Mission Valley in 20-25 minutes.

Please feel free to contact me if you'd like to see what's available in this area. Having lived here for many years I have a detailed knowledge of the community and can help you find exactly what you're looking for. In addition my company provides the absolute best customer service and we consider every client's transaction a personal commitment.

Good luck on your search!


Sergio Casas-Silva
Web Reference: http://www.safeharbormm.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Nov 23, 2009
Well, I am going to have to plead guilty to a bias opinion, but I would have to say that Poway and Scripps Ranch are great neighborhoods for all of the things you are looking for. I live in Scripps and really have found it to be the perfect place to raise my family. Poway is another great option, they have an awesome school system, and a place that I think you would find some homes in your price range. I just got a young couple situated in Poway for under $400K, and they love it there. Hope that this helped!
Web Reference: http://www.werthwebster.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Nov 6, 2009
Try south Chula Vista (eastlake area). We have several distressed properties in this area. The schools are renown among districts for some of the highest scores. Very little crime is also present in this area for reasons I could share with you at another time.

Chris Herring
Allison James Estates & Homes (01857829)
619-277-6400 (c)
619-334-4263 (f)
Web Reference: http://www.DEALofaHOME.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Oct 22, 2009
also a home buyer, I truly believe Santee 92071 is awesome. It isn't as busy as some areas in SD, West Hills high school is awesome, elementary schools are good, and crime is low. I have lived here since I was 5yrs old (28 now =) & my hubby too. We love it and it is more affordable. It is a little more redneck then others but the rnew construction has done wonders. Good luck!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jun 6, 2009

For my clients I recommend using http://mapping.arjis.org/ for crime information and
http://school-ratings.com/svg/index.html for schools.

Your price range is just on the border of detached homes and condominiums in the Poway Unified School District.

Kind Regards,

Marcie Sands, REALTOR
Simply The Best Real Estate Company, Inc.
Rancho Bernardo
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jun 4, 2009
Hi Adrianne,

We lived in Ranco Penasquitos when we first moved to San Diego 10 years ago. As for your price range:

2 currently for sale at $425,000 and below
8 in escrow
12 closed in the past 6 months

We want you to know it is possible to get what you are looking for. Let us know if you have any other questions.

Best to you,

Mark and Kari Shea
San Diego Real Estate Experts
Foreclosure, Short Sale & Investment Specialists,
Development Opportunities & Traditional Real Estate
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jun 4, 2009
You can search for information about any neighborhood for schools, crime, prices, demographics, climate, commute times, vacancy rates etc. at ...
You can also compare two areas at a time and it is free.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jun 4, 2009
The best school districts in San Diego County are: The San Dieguieto school district which includes Carmel Valley, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Cardiff by the Sea and Encinitas or the Poway school district which includes Poway, Rancho Peansquitos, Carmel Mountain Ranch & Rancho Bernardo.

San Dieguieto is north San Diego county coastal and Poway is north San Diego county inland.

400K will be tough for a detached property.

Go to my home search site: http://www.SearchSanDiegoHomes.net and you can check out the homes for sale in the above listed cities.

Happy house hunting!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jun 4, 2009
The best resource for neighborhood safety is the local police or the courty sheriff's department. They have access to the most current and accurate informationa and are generally very willing to be supportive.

Good luck
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jun 4, 2009
Dear Adrianne,

Here is a great tool for locating San Diego's best schools http://www.greatschools.net/city/San_Diego/CA. Poway, Rancho Bernardo and Rancho Penasquitos have some great schools and the more affordable area of San Diego for great school ratings is El Cajon. Please let me know if I can arrange for an specialized search for a home in these areas that will meet your needs. I can be reached directly or via my website.

Best of luck in your search!

Katrina Hamilton
Direct: 858-405-4407
Web Reference: http://www.downtownREOs.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jun 4, 2009
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