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Jana, Other/Just Looking in Cincinnati, OH

Young family relocating from Ohio for husband job offer in Vista.

Asked by Jana, Cincinnati, OH Fri Jul 11, 2008

My husband has a potential job offer with a company based in Vista. We live in Ohio and this would obviously be a big change for us, however we are excited about the adventure as well. We have a 3 and 2 year old and top on our list is a family oriented area to live with parks, shopping and a good school system. We will be in the San Diego area for 2-3 years tops and will probably end up renting either a house or condo. My question is what area would be a good place to focus on finding housing. Cost of living is DRASTICALLY different to what we are used to but we could probably go up to $3500 a month for rent, will we be able to find something decent (including 4 bedrooms, updated, etc) for this price or am I way off base? Also what is Vista like? Do any houses have basements? Any and all suggestions for our situation would be appreciated. Not too many oceans near Ohio, so somewhere near the beach would be great, too (but we aren't set on near ocean only)! Thanks in advance!

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I am origionally from the east too. You don't see very many basements here, somwhat due to being so close to the water. I would guess it also may be due to cost to build and lets not forget we do get earthquakes every now and then. I use my garage for storage (much to the dismay of my wife!!)

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jul 27, 2008
Thank you Jay and Roberta for your responses. My husbands trip to visit CA has been pushed back for 2 weeks due to flooding of another plant in Phoenix. SO....he's finally flying out tomorrow morning. I will have him check out the below areas while he's there. If all goes well and they make a good enough offer we'll both fly out to find a place before we move. I'm sure if and when we get to that point I'll be in touch. Thanks again!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jul 27, 2008
Jana:

Your basement question caught my attention! I used to live in both Columbus and Dayton--and was surprised to find so few basements in Southern California. Most belongings that are typically stored in basements will likely end up in your garage.

Western Vista has some lovely neighborhoods--and you may find the Shadowridge area (92081) to be one of interest. It has good local schools, a golf course, country club and many tree-lined streets. The job commute for your husband would be close from here as well.

Just south, you'll find Carlsbad--which is also worth exploring.

Your budget should easily accommodate what you are seeking--and you will likely find food and utility costs to be less than what you have been paying in Ohio. Please feel free to email or call if you have any other questions I may be able to answer--and best wishes in your relocation!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jul 26, 2008
Roberta Murp…, Real Estate Pro in San Diego, CA
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Jana,

A 30 minute commute form that part of Vista opens up a big area to look. You could go west to the Carlsbad (92008,92009,92010,92011 or Encinitas (92024) area or maybe as far east and south as Rancho Bernardo (92127, 92128). All of those areas have good schools and are nice areas to live in. There are also some good areas just a few minutes form Park Center Dr.

As I am a Broker, I can help you with either renting or buying, and figuring out what is the best area for you and your family. I would want to speak with you to go over you needs and what you want in a neighborhood.

While the market is price depressed right now and certainly your crystal ball is a good as anyone’s, it really is a good time to buy. In the area you are looking at, it seems to have bottomed out (my humble opinion, disclaimer – your mileage may vary LOL). We really won’t know until several months after it actually happens. I believe that while there may be some addition price dropping, I don’t think it will be a big drop in that area (my opinion)



Jana,

Welcome to San Diego. They don’t call it America’s Finest City for nothing.!!

There are many great areas near Vista that you should look at. A lot depends on where the company is located in Vista as you could possibly be closer to a great neighborhood in a “neighboring city” such as Carlsbad.

Have you considered purchasing a home? There are some incredibly great deals right now and if you are thinking of paying up to $3500 a month in rent, you could purchase a home and have a lower payment that that. If down payment is a issue, I know of several programs available that will grant you up to $25,000 for a down payment. It is a grant, not a loan, you never have to pay it back.

$25,000 is a 5% down payment on a $500,000 home and there are some great homes in the Vista area for way less than that. I know of many 4 bedroom homes in great neighborhoods that could be affordable for you. To give you an example, a $400,000 purchase using the down payment program could give you a payment including taxes of around $3100 a month. You also get a lot of tax breaks and that lowers your effective payment even more.

I can set you up on a free no obligation online search system that gives you access to all the listed homes in San Diego. It gives you a lot of info on the homes including price, address listing info , pictures and maps with a satellite view so you can see what is around the home . It also will show you the area schools and the school report card telling you about the school.

Schools are really important and some of the surrounding areas are know for their schools. Even though it is a little farther from Vista, You should look into the Poway Unified School district. It consistently is one of the top ranked school districts in California
Please feel free to contact me anytime at 888-505-8267 for more information

Jay Gedanken
Broker Associate
PineappleHut Realty
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jul 17, 2008
Jana,

A 30 minute commute form that part of Vista opens up a big area to look. You could go west to the Carlsbad (92008,92009,92010,92011 or Encinitas (92024) area or maybe as far east and south as Rancho Bernardo (92127, 92128). All of those areas have good schools and are nice areas to live in. There are also some good areas just a few minutes form Park Center Dr.

As I am a Broker, I can help you with either renting or buying, and figuring out what is the best area for you and your family. I would want to speak with you to go over you needs and what you want in a neighborhood.

While the market is price depressed right now and certainly your crystal ball is a good as anyone’s, it really is a good time to buy. In the area you are looking at, it seems to have bottomed out (my humble opinion, disclaimer – your mileage may vary LOL). We really won’t know until several months after it actually happens. I believe that while there may be some addition price dropping, I don’t think it will be a big drop in that area (my opinion)
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 16, 2008
Thank you all for your responses. I found out that the company is located on Park Center Dr., I think it's near Sycamore (I couldn't see the whole street name on the google map). Not sure where this would be in comparison to things. We currently are in a rural area of OH and my husband drives 40 minutes each way to work. He would be willing to drive up to a half hour if needed.

We have thought of buying but are extremely concerned about the market and then needing to turn around and sell again in 2-3 years. We certainly don't want to lose more money than we will when selling our current home. We have not ruled out buying but are leaning more towards renting due to the previously mentioned reasons. If we do end up renting, would we contact a realtor to show us the properties or do we contact a property managment company. I'm assuming the later and if so, how do I go about finding a reputable company?

Thanks again!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 16, 2008
Jana,

Welcome to San Diego. They don’t call it America’s Finest City for nothing.!!

There are many great areas near Vista that you should look at. A lot depends on where the company is located in Vista as you could possibly be closer to a great neighborhood in a “neighboring city” such as Carlsbad.

Have you considered purchasing a home? There are some incredibly great deals right now and if you are thinking of paying up to $3500 a month in rent, you could purchase a home and have a lower payment that that. If down payment is a issue, I know of several programs available that will grant you up to $25,000 for a down payment. It is a grant, not a loan, you never have to pay it back.

$25,000 is a 5% down payment on a $500,000 home and there are some great homes in the Vista area for way less than that. I know of many 4 bedroom homes in great neighborhoods that could be affordable for you. To give you an example, a $400,000 purchase using the down payment program could give you a payment including taxes of around $3100 a month. You also get a lot of tax breaks and that lowers your effective payment even more.

I can set you up on a free no obligation online search system that gives you access to all the listed homes in San Diego. (really is free!!) It gives you a lot of info on the homes including price, address listing info , pictures and maps with a satellite view so you can see what is around the home . It also will show you the area schools and the school report card telling you about the school.

Schools are really important and some of the surrounding areas are know for their schools. Even though it is a little farther from Vista, You should look into the Poway Unified School district. It consistently is one of the top ranked school districts in California

Please feel free to contact me anytime at 888-505-8267 for more information

Jay Gedanken
Broker Associate
PineappleHut Realty
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 16, 2008
Welcome to CA! I have a broken arm so I'll be brief. Vista is 5 miles from the ocen so very close. Also look at Carlsbad and parts of Oceanside. The 3 cities intermingle. Most rentals are on craigslist. You have adequate budget too. No basements here - we have 2-3 car garages.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jul 11, 2008
Jana,

Well, I'm originally from Youngstown, and came to the San Diego area 35 years ago. I now live in Vista. So, I think I can give you a pretty good idea of what to expect, what you'll find, and how to go about getting what you want.

You CAN accomplish what you're looking for, at least as far as the cost of renting, but we need to do lots of chatting and brainstorming about almost everything else you're written about in your post.

I usually just answer questions here, but in your case I think I might really be able to help. Best way to contact me is by email at donreedy@prusd.com. Write me off-line, and let's see if I can help you out.

All my best,
Don Reedy
Prudential California Realty
donreedy@prusd.com
http://www.DonReedy.net
Web Reference: http://www.donreedy.net
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jul 11, 2008
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