I am new to San Diego, and have a school age kid. I am looking for a safe family friendly neighborhood. Pls recommend one to me. Thanks

Asked by Wenting, San Diego, CA Wed Mar 28, 2012

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David Rudd, Agent, San Diego, CA
Fri Feb 15, 2013
Everyone has their own idea of the 'perfect neighborhood'. Pets, church, walking distance to shopping, golf courses. I would try our 'My Perfect Neighborhood', click below, scroll down past the map, select and prioritize what's important to you and see the top ten areas which match.


Our clients love it - especially if new to San Diego.

Please let me know if I can help further in your search! I can also provide lists of homes which may be a good fit.

David Rudd
2012 Voted BEST Service
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Your website is confusing and not very user friendly. Would love to use your My perfect neighborhood option but it is difficult to use.
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Summer Brigh…, Agent, San Diego, CA
Wed Mar 28, 2012
Hi there. I know that everyone says Poway, and I totally agree that they're great. Those are fairly central county, and lots of others are suggesting areas in North County. If you're looking for something more San Diego central, I live and work in the Mission Hills/Hillcrest/University Heights area. This part of town is considered to be "uptown," where we're 10 minutes from downtown, and 10-15 minutes from the ocean. My boys go to Birney Elementary, which is now an International Studies school. It's one of the highest rated San Diego public schools, and I'm extremely happy with it. The neighborhoods are all great, friendly, and what I absolutely love, are extremely walkable. I can walk to the grocery store and Trader Joe's in just under 5 minutes, and wine bars and award-winning restaurants are the same. We can ride our bikes to San DIego Zoo and Balboa Park in literally 10 minutes. It's amazing. But then I'm tucked at the end of a cul-de-sac with just the treeline of Balboa Park as a neighbor, totally quite and secluded. So that's just my two cents, if you want something that has the best of both worlds. Let me know if you need any advice on a home search or school/neighborhood info, with no pressure whatsoever, I just love to talk about my neighborhood. I hope that was helpful! Summer Brighton 858.652.8772
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Thx for the info. Me and my family are planning to move down from washington for many reasons. Hopefully within a year or so. We have 2 little ones: 4 1/2 & 2 1/2. Looking to buy a home. We may check out your neighborhood :-)
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San Diego School district is TERRIBLE!!! Worst then San Ysidro school district. There are only two surrounding Jr High and High school. If your requirements are education and safety I would stay away South of the 8, north of the 8 is the way to go. However that being said, there are nice pocket area in the mentioned area.

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Maria Weiss, Agent, Naples, FL
Wed Mar 28, 2012
There are many great family friendly neighborhoods of San Diego. Some of them include, Carmel Valley, Encinitas, Del Mar, 4S Ranch, Del Sur, University City, Carlsbad and the list goes on....It would depend on your desired location - are you a beach person or prefer inland? and of course, price range and your requirements in a home - single family, townhouse???

The best way is to speak someone who is knowledgeable and can give you good information. You should also check various websites for school ratings and crime statistics.

San Diego is a great place for families....I am sure you will find several that will meet your needs.

Maria Weiss
Prudential CA Realty
3790 Via de la Valle
Del Mar, CA 92014
Web Reference:  http://www.mariaweiss.com
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Marcie Sands, Agent, Poway, CA
Wed Mar 28, 2012

It would help to know the location of your employment, as a low commute time is important with a family as well as your qualified price range in order to make a specific recommendation.

Here are two good sites I use with my clients to check out the schools.

http://www.cde.ca.gov/getschoolreport or http://www.greatschools.org

Kind Regards,

Marcie Sands, REALTOR
Rancho Bernardo
Simply The Best Real Estate Co., Inc.
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Mickey Rober…, Agent, San Diego, CA
Wed Mar 28, 2012
Hi, Poway schools and neighborhood very good. Mickey Roberts re/max associates
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Jerry Heard, Agent, San Diego, CA
Wed Mar 28, 2012
San Diego has many areas that are great for families. I raised my 3 children in Vista. They went to Rancho Buena Vista High school and we were pleased with the results. There are soccer, baseball, football and basketball leagues in Vista that are highly regarded.
Poway schools come highly recommended as do the schools in the Encinitas area.
It is important to find a home that is within a convenient distance from your work. You will be able to find a great community within that area.
My website has a lot of features including a link to a web page about schools.
I am a native of San Diego and am very familiar with most of the communities. If yo would like help finding a nice place to live please let me know and I will work for you to find thehome that meets your needs.
I am never too busy for your referrals

Jerry Heard
Your Broker
The San Diego Property Shop
Direct 619-920-9796
Office 619-269-5545
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Cory La Scala, Agent, San Diego, CA
Wed Mar 28, 2012
The Poway school system is considered the best in San Diego County, and where you find kids, you'll likely find find family-friendly neighborhoods, right? I can send you listings, if you like, for homes in the school system within your price range. Just email or call, and I'll be happy to get you started. There's even a handy link on the Poway USD website that tells you which school your child would attend for a particular address. I can send that to you too along with the boundary maps available on the site.

Warm Regards,

Cory La Scala, REALTOR
Independence Realty
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Frederick Re…, Agent, SAN DIEGO, CA
Sat Mar 9, 2013
If you want to be in the metro area Point Loma is the best for all of this you mention. If North County is okay then Poway, Carlsbad are good choices.
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Cindy Davis, Agent, San Diego, CA
Fri Mar 30, 2012
The answer honestly depends upon your price range. In the San Diego School System, Scripps Ranch and Tierrasasanta are both good family neighborhoods. Carmel Valley is outstanding but it is a more expensive community.

The best schools in the 'median price range' of $450k-650K are in the Poway School District. Anything in Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Penasquitos, or Poway would be in the Poway School District.

Feel free to call me with additional questions. I've lived here for 20 years.

Good luck!
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Bill Hays, Agent, Cardiff, AL
Thu Mar 29, 2012
My preference is North San Diego County....Shadowridge (Vista), San Elijo Hills (San Marcos), La Costa (Carlsbad), Encinitas - but I like being near the coast. There is a balance between community and what you can afford that has to be factored in to the where you actually end up looking. Heading further east, there are also some great communities along the I-15 corridor.

Best regards,

CA DRE 01775528
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Sarah Wilkey, Agent, San Diego, CA
Thu Mar 29, 2012

Having recently moved back to San Diego myself, after 10 years in Minnesota, I kind of forgot how sprawling it is (the 8th largest city in the U.S.). I think there are great suggestions about schools/neighborhoods already listed below, but you need to combine the school info with your preferred commute, price point and community amenities you'd like - as well as resale value. If you'd like to discuss the holistic approach to buying the best possible home for you and your family - give me a call.

Welcome to San Diego!

Sarah Wilkey, Realtor
Keller Williams - Carmel Valley
Cell: 858-888-2160
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Cheryl Smith, Agent, San Diego, CA
Thu Mar 29, 2012
Hello- I can recommend 3 that will give you a price spread. San Diego Unified School District is, quite frankly terrible! So with regard to public schools you will need the best if you are in this district, which will be 92122 University City. These public schools are mostly higher on the API ranking system (out of 10, they are all between 7 and 10). It s a great centrally located community with plenty of families, access to beach and really everything

Then if you have a higher price range, Carmel Valley has the BEST public schools. You can also go further North, where you enter the San Diguetos school district which is fabulous. Prices go down as you go further North.

So, its all about price. I would stay costal, for safety, and family orientated feeling.
Cheryl Smith
Ruby Masters Producer
Century 21 Award Golden Triangle
858 729 3957
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Rod Powers, Agent, San Diego, CA
Wed Mar 28, 2012
Poway School District!
Its one of the best in the nation and very little crime.
Awesome teachers who take your child's education seriously!

The neighborhoods are:
Poway (92064),
Rancho Bernardo (92127,92128),
Rancho Penasquitos (92129)

-- Rod --
The Powers Team
Serving San Diego Families for 30 years

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Chad Basinger, Agent, San Diego, CA
Wed Mar 28, 2012
Hello Wenting,

There are many reasons why San Diego is "America's Finest City". Of course, the year round sunshine and 70 miles plus of coastline help the cause. Fortunately, there are many great neighborhoods as well. Speaking from experience, (having grown up in Rancho Bernardo, currently living in Poway, having family in 4s Ranch), I can safely say that being within the Poway Unified School District is a very safe bet. If you want a great school district (with relatively newer schools) and a ton of kids in the neighborhood, you'd be hard pressed to find a more accommodating area than 4s Ranch or Del Sur (both in 92127). Part of the reason these areas are so nice has to do with the Mello Roos, which is a supplemental tax that is used for building up communities (most people associate it with funding schools.) On the one hand, it can be a little tough to stomach paying these additional monthly fees/taxes, but when you see how nice the neighborhood and schools are, it may very well make sense. Having said that, there are plenty of other neighborhoods in the PUSD (Poway Unified School District) that do not have Mello Roos.

I believe it helps to tour the various neighborhoods (either on your own, or preferably with someone who knows the areas as well as the different schools within those boundaries.)

Chad Basinger, REALTOR®, CPA, CFP®
Web Reference:  http://www.chadbasinger.com
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Gary Kent, Agent, La Jolla, CA
Wed Mar 28, 2012
Wow, you have lots of great choices from http://www.sandiegohomepage.com/la-jolla to other great neighborhoods from Chula Vista in the south to Vista in the north. Beside a safe friendly neighborhood, what else is important to you? Commute/Recreation/Beach/???
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Jeff Larabee, Agent, San Diego, CA
Wed Mar 28, 2012
San Carlos, La Mesa, Del Cerro, Poway, Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Penasquitos, Scripps Ranch. San Diego is a big place to the answer to your question depends on what section of the city you want to be in . . . east, west, north, south?
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Anna M Brocco, Agent, Williston Park, NY
Wed Mar 28, 2012
Visit areas of interest more than once and at different times of day, possibly chat with locals, look at everything that matters to you, etc.; for any safety concerns contact the local police department with all your questions; then determine where your comfort level can best be reached; real estate professionals are prohibited from steering, enticing a buyer to purchase/rent, or not, in specific neighborhoods. For school information see links below...
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Randy Vance, , San Diego County, CA
Wed Mar 28, 2012

The San Diego area has many good school and family communities. In my opinion, the Poway system is one of the best and ranks very high on all levels at the State. The poway system includes Rancho Bernardo area as well the Zip Codes are 92064, 92128, 92127. If you have specific question or would like more information on the housing in these areas please feel free to give me a call.

Randy Vance
Vance Properties
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Maureen Bye…, Agent, Oceanside, CA
Wed Mar 28, 2012
Hi There:) There are several!! Call or email maureen@landangel.com or 760 622 6855 for more info. We know San Diego, North County and SW Riverside Counties!! WE CAN ASSIST U!!
Web Reference:  http://www.coastal.biz
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