On the contrary, the person I recommended to Fred is affordable, cares and has integrity. I have known him for over 10 years and have the experience to speak from as I have represented him in multiple purchases, builds and rebuilds.
While we all have bad experiences in life, I feel the purpose of them is to learn from them and move forward. I appreciate your concerns and your skepticism.
So Yes! If you can afford to pay for the "Best" you should expect the best.
I do understand where you are coming from. Most people's experience is based on the builder they use, how well the builder manages the budget and making sure the expectations are real from the beginning. A project that comes in on time, on budget and is what you set out to accomplish is rewarding. A great builder makes it a great experience. I have gone through the process as well and completely enjoyed it.
Our company represents an independent builder in San Diego who has a 22 year back ground in Real Estate development. He was the President of the Builder Industry of America (BIA) in San Diego in 2005. He has built over 5,000 homes in California during his career. If you are interested in talking with someone who is a consummate expert in the home building industry, we would be glad to send you his information.
He is knowledgeable, affordable and is a true professional. He has vast experience in zoning, etc. He can also assist you with finding construction financing as there are two banks who handle his business.
Let us know if we can connect the two of you,
Mark and Kari Shea
San Diego Real Estate Professionals
REO, Investment, Buying and Selling Real Estate
Good luck on finding a builder still in business, but with that said if you do there are plenty of subs looking for work. Pacific Beach is kinda a funky area of San Diego, and may have multi-family zoning, so you should check on that status. You are correct in costs depending on what level and complexity of construction, but I would imagine you could get something around $150 - $200 per square feet in real basic construction.
Be careful not to overbuild for the neighborhood.
Best regards, Jeff