First, congratulations. We moved to San Diego 15 years ago and LOVE it here. Given you do not know where you will be living, we would suggest a short term rental so you can get to know the area and move in the summer (if you can) so your kids will not be affected with moving schools.
San Diego is LARGE geographically so living somewhere centrally located is important. It is also diverse in terms of the price of homes.
We understand that planning is important and would be happy to discuss your options on the phone. Who ever you choose to employ, we wish you the very best and a Happy New Year.
Mark & Kari Shea
Shea Real Estate
National Association of Realtors
CA BRE License 01713506