That is a great link/map that Dan provided in his answer. As much as San Diego does live up to it's moniker of America's Finest City, there are some drawbacks to being such a desirable place to live...and traffic is one of them (and, yes I may be a little bias, but that could be the only drawback, but let's keep this a secret.) I hate to beat a dead horse, but the most important thing you can do is test out the commute at various times of the day, and even different days of the week. If you are planning on moving and going to be working at a company, reach out to some fellow employees to get their input. Another site you can check out is http://sandiegocommute.com to monitor actual traffic patterns. Best of luck and we welcome you with open arms to sunny, San Diego!
Chad Basinger, REALTOR®, CPA, CFP®
it is great you ask , as I was thinking yesterday when some where mentioning Poway and Sripps Ranch that it might be a bit of a drive whereas Carmel Vally or even University City are closer and great neighborhoods !!!
Let me knowif I can help you with anything !
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Carmel Valley is much closer to Sorrento Valley. Carmel Valley is north of Sorrento Valley and commute doesn't take too long versus Scripps Ranch east of Sorrento Valley will take much longer and as Jeffery mentioned depends on the time of day you are traveling back and forth. Again it would be a good idea for you to drive back and forth to both area in different time day to get a feel for it.
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This is particularly true for commutes that go west to east since each route is heavily used and from 92121 you either have to go north or drop down south to catch an eastbound freeway. Going North on I5 can be very busy but commute times will be much less.
I would encourage you to try driving anything that you are considering to get the reality of the commute. I live in downtown San Diego and work up and down the coastal markets. A trip to Carmel Valley can take anywhere from 20 minutes to over an hour depending on the time of day.
Hope this helps, you can also check on Google Maps to see real time traffic results - this may give you some idea since you are not in the area.