All the other coastal (cooler) locations, Solana santa Fe Schools - Fairbanks Ranch, Hacienda, Crosby, Rancho Santa Fe Farms; Del Mar, Encinitas, are all great elementary districts. Make sure to check out where the kids end up going to middle school in between elementary and high school. Some may be over crowded. Likewise the public high schools are very large from 2500 to 4000 students; however, they are exemplary.
One interesting alternative is to go to the charter schools provided in Point Loma, such as, High Tech High and middle school, International School, etc. It has a fabulous teaching staff, Phd's, etc.
Since schools are a very important factor to you I recommend checking out this site: http://www.ed-data.k12.ca.us/ it is filled with a wealth of information on schools. If you need any help, please do not hesitate to call me. I will be more than happy to help you. Cleda Rodriguez 619 972-0094
Like every other county, prices differ across the county. There are great schools here, but first I would determine your price point and then go from there.
The Encinitas schools are all in the top 20 of all high schools in San Diego. The junior high schools are ranked high as well. Both communities have great towns, and coastal feel. Depending on what you are looking for and your price, will give you a better idea of where in these towns you could live.
Carlsbad is approximately 30 minutes from downtown and Encinitas is 25 miles from downtown. You could easily communte to Orange County, Sorrento Valley, or Downtown San Diego. It depends on the weather you like as well, since the coastal communities probably have the most mild climate.
Please visit my website at http://www.encinitasproperties.net to understand the area better. I have a lot of resources for the buyer to better understand San Diego County.
Happy House Hunting....Catherine Barden, (760)815-3866
Again feel free to contact if I can be of further help.
I agree that Del Mar/Carmel Valley area along with the Poway district are the tops in our county... you may be limited based upon your budget. You mentioned you would be willing to drive 60-90 minutes. That far of a drive will take you into the Riverside County from our I-15 freeway on the east side of SD County. You will find much more affordable housing and newer communities there. On the west side of SD County that drive time will take you into the southern point of Orange County... it is much higher prices on the west side of I-5 but further east if I-5 some good family areas... but still may overall be higher than SD County.
If I knew your price range I could direct you better as to which areas would be the best for your personal budget.
Feel free to write back with a specific price range and describe what kind of style of home that you are looking for. My contact info is listed below. I would be happy to give you further guidance.
Good luck, Denise Gleavey
Drive-time to / from downtown is about 20 minutes for either. The I-15 Corridor (to Poway) tends to be more crowded.
Feel free to call.
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