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Much more than just the "Marine town" of old, this coastal city 36
miles north of Downtown San Diego has one of the West Coast's finest
protected harbors and affordable beach living.
About 35 miles north of Downtown San Diego, Carlsbad has a
wonderfully renovated "village" downtown. The eastern hills are
dotted with nearly new homes and condos built for up-and-coming
families. La Costa, on Carlsbad's southern border, offers gorgeous
ocean and lagoon views, homes and condos that attract young
professionals and a world famous spa.
This is a city consisting of three different communities, all with a
love for the beach. Coastal Encinitas is comprised of tailor-made
homes to fit each owner. Inland Encinitas is comprised booming with
housing tracts and attracting scores of families from all over.
These are two communities within the
City of Encinitas. Most homes
in Cardiff have an unobstructed white-water view of the ocean,
thanks to the absence of coastal bluffs and the presence of the
Cardiff State Beach. There's lots of community spirit here.
is the northernmost area of Encinitas. Leucadia's individualized
homes and large lots attract beach lovers seeking privacy and
The city's name translates aptly from Spanish as "sunny beach." The
population includes the residents of Lomas Santa Fe, a large golf
and residential development with homes and condos built right around
beautiful rolling-green fairways.
Besides its spectacular ocean views, one of Del Mar's best assets is
its protective population. Residents are always doing something to
improve life in their tiny city, which swells each summer during the
fair and horse races. A very high percentage of residents are
college professors, scientists and similar professionals.
Just east of
Del Mar, Carmel Valley is one of San Diego's newest
communities. Only two miles from the beach, you'll find a mix of
single-family homes, condos, town homes and apartments.
This is one of San Diego's most exclusive and expensive residential
communities. Twenty-six miles north of downtown San Diego, Rancho
Santa Fe's million-dollar Spanish haciendas and ranches are shaded
discretely by eucalyptus trees planted almost a century ago.
This private gated community is as special and prestigious as its
nearby neighbor- Rancho Santa Fe. Everything is custom-made here
under the watchful eye of an architectural review board. The Ranch
was owned by actors Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. and Mary Pickford.
San Diego's "jewel" has the major portion of the city's most
spectacular ocean views with a variety of quaint, unique and
elaborate homes. Mixed with a wealth of shops, trendy boutiques,
fine restaurants and world-renowned scientific institutions, it's
easy to see why people aspire to live here.
P.B. attracts every age group from college students to retirees with
its fast paced nightlife, beaches, proximity to Mission Bay and wide
variety of housing. Prices are high, but rents are reasonable.
The most affordable city beach community, O.B. is close-knit with a
lot of spirit and a wide range of people types. Some of the homes on
the hill rival those in neighboring Point Loma for views and
Surrounded on three sides by water. Point Loma is a thriving
community with very involved residents steeped in tradition, palm
trees and a Spanish-style architecture plus terrific bay, ocean,
city and Coronado views. It's not unusual to find residents whose
grandparents and parents live on the peninsula as well.
This gorgeous "island" features a delightful mix of luxurious
residential living, resort atmosphere and bustling Navy activity.
It's one of the county's
most expensive areas.
The address of choice for upwardly mobile professionals and their
families. The southern portion is home to well-cared-for streets of
single-family homes and residents who take an active part in their
community. In the rapidly growing and thriving northern end, you'll
find an innovative mix of commercial and residential use.
This family-oriented suburb has had one of the county's highest
appreciation rates of late, thanks to Clairemont's strategic
location. It's close to the beaches, to Downtown, to all.
This was one of the first of San Diego's master-planned communities,
with homes offering canyon views. This community is characterized by
large family homes, all built within the last 20 years.
This fast-growing, family-first suburb is located about 15 miles
north of Downtown. It's characterized by clean wide streets and lots
of single-family homes at affordable prices.
Life among thousands of whispering eucalyptus trees, Scripps Ranch
attracts upper middle-class families looking for spacious homes and
a country feeling.
Thanks to massive redevelopment including waterfront high-rise
residences like the spectacular One Harbor Drive, Downtown San Diego
has become a trend-setting, pleasant, exciting and practical place
A close-in, very envied address. This community is full of pretty,
palmed-lined streets and Spanish-style architecture.
This community is a favorite with upwardly-mobile singles and
couples who love a walking-oriented lifestyle and cosmopolitan
atmosphere plus its proximity to Downtown.
The name says it all-it's just north of Balboa Park. Families are
snapping up its high quality California frame bungalows before more
of them are sacrificed to make room for condos and apartments.
Perched on the southeastern rim overlooking Mission Valley,
Kensington is one of San Diego's most sought-after communities with
its Spanish-style architecture and peaceful, palm-lined avenues.
Just to its west, Normal Heights sports smaller, tract-style homes,
but with a closer location.
Talmadge Park is located immediately east of Kensington. It is
comprised of Spanish and traditional homes built from the 1920's to
the early 1950's. Winding streets, palm trees and a quiet
neighborhood feeling make this one of San Diego's most desirable
San Diego State University makes the College Area one of the most
exciting hubs of city life. And not just students live here-working
singles and families choose it for its very central location.
Located less than six miles from Downtown San Diego, Allied Gardens
is made up of nice, family-oriented neighborhoods.
One of San Diego's most sought after addresses. Del Cerro features
many custom homes along its hilly roads with spectacular views to
San Carlos is a family favorite. Most homes in this "move-up" area
have beautiful Lake Murray or imposing Cowles Mountains as a
Another "move-up" community, this is a favorite with families thanks
to its big homes, highly rated schools and fast access to other
parts of the city via I-15.
One of San Diego's most successful - and beautiful - planned
communities, Rancho Bernardo offers its mostly executive and
professional families a good mix of single family homes, condos,
townhouses and patio-homes.
A burgeoning inland North County city offering residents a wealth of
recreational opportunities, a wide range of housing prices and one
of the county's largest indoor regional malls, North County Fair.
Poway has an obvious family loving air to it, with lots of
single-family homes in all price ranges and one of the highest
ranked school districts in the state of California.
Just 30 miles north of Downtown San Diego and 10 minutes from the
ocean, the home of Lake San Marcos, is a prestigious residential
area and the North County campus of San Diego State University.
Fifty-four miles northeast of Downtown San Diego, it's the county's
northern-most community. Known for its avocados, antique stores, big
lots, custom homes and country flavor.
Seven miles east of the ocean. Vista has been built on rolling hills
and is growing fast in new homes plus commercial and industrial
Protected by rock-studded mountains, this 3,200-acre planned
community near Ramona offers an average lot size of one-half acre
plus custom homes at surprisingly affordable prices.
The population of Ramona has risen dramatically in the last few
years. Town watchers say more and more people are willing to commute
to San Diego in order to live the country life.
"The jewel of the foothills" is 12 miles east of Downtown San Diego
and has a wide variety of housing styles and prices. Most of its
recent growth has been commercial. Downtown La Mesa has a wonderful
One of East County's most exclusive and expensive addresses, Mt.
Helix offers panoramic views in every direction. Custom homes,
villas and estates march up its winding, densely vegetated sides.
East County's biggest city has a small - town flavor and every type
of home from "starter" to "estate." Residents are enviably close to
the county's mountain and recreation areas.
This city has lots of affordable housing and is only nine miles east
of Downtown San Diego ensuring that it will never be considered a
This pretty name and country feel belie the fact that Spring Valley
is only 12 miles east of Downtown San Diego. It's a good bet for
A rapidly growing community of carefully planned new and nearly new
neighborhoods, Rancho San Diego has homes in all price ranges.
A big advantage to this young city 18 miles from Downtown San Diego
is affordable single family homes and condos. Another is its
ever-popular Santee Lakes Recreation Area, for boating, fishing,
picnicking and camping.
If you like cowboys, this rodeo loving East County town is for you!
Housing styles range from older tract to small farmhouses to
brand-new condos to the sprawling ranches and estates in the hills
Though primarily industrial residents of National City neighborhoods
have short commutes to many Naval facilities and Downtown San Diego.
Improvements abound in this South Bay city! There's a new marina and
the downtown area has been beautifully renovated. Homes are
available in all price ranges.
This upper-income community sits on the lush green hillsides and
hilltops that rise above the south side of the Sweetwater River
Valley. The atmosphere is rural; many residents.
Imperial Beach, which calls itself the most southwesterly city in
the Continental U.S., is growing rapidly and becoming a well known
beach resort. Meanwhile, here you'll find some of the most
affordable beach housing in the county.
MOUNTAIN & DESERT AREAS
The U.S. Weather Bureau rated the weather of this picturesque, rural
village as "99 percent perfect." Lots of homes and small ranches
built cozily among the thousands of trees, San Diego is 35 miles
Sixty miles northeast of San Diego, this mountain village is famous
for its apple pie and its winter snow. A-frame cabins dot the