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Old 06-05-2011, 08:26 PM
 
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Are there any towns/cities around 30 minutes from San Diego that are more affordable to live in and family friendly with good schools? I realize we'll never be able to afford San Diego living, but wonder if outside the city might be possible.
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Old 06-05-2011, 09:02 PM
 
Location: Lemon Grove, CA, 91945
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Could you be more specific? Renting? Buying? Budget? Job location?
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Old 06-05-2011, 10:15 PM
 
Location: Encinitas
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Actually, many of the most expensive areas in this area aren't in the city of San Diego, but rather, the suburbs.
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Old 06-06-2011, 02:38 AM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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San Marcos (North County Inland) is growing. Nice community about 20 minutes from the beach.

Not sure about schools.
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Old 06-06-2011, 04:26 AM
 
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30 mins from downtown or from SD city limits?

- look into Poway, it is a relatively affordable area considering it has the best schools, lowest crime rates, and is family friendly. Most affordable homes are older...

Other recommendations that are more affordable, but don't carry the same weight as poway: Santee, La Mesa, Chula Vista, Mira Mesa, and San Marcos/South Vista. These areas all have pretty good schools and a family vibe....

Santee is a nice area and affordable, but it does get pretty hot...I am not a huge fan of the area, but it does have a good amount of parks & open space, which is a plus.
Chula Vista has nice, new homes for good prices, however they tend to be on smaller lots. Depending on how far inland you live, could be an easy commute. It is also the location of Knotts Soak City & Cricket Wireless Amphitheater, so there is at least some entertainment compared to other suburbs.
Mira Mesa is very close to major employment centers in the county/city. I personally like it for its diversity and good food. Plus, it's relatively close to popular beaches. The weather in most of MM is not too bad because it's the perfect distance from the coast to avoid the marine layer or terrible heat.
La Mesa is probably the nicest (affordable) suburb in close proximity to downtown sd. The city itself is fine, but the surrounding areas don't have a great reputation. Schools are better than average..
San Marcos (like Chula Vista) has a lot of newer homes/units that are decently priced. It's definitely the worst commute to sd of all the places mentioned (plus the traffic in sm itself is not fun)....However, you aren't going to find another community in SD county with as high performing schools for the same price you would pay for a home in SM. It has one of the lowest crime rates as well, and a very high student generation rate for households (implies that many families live there)
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Old 06-06-2011, 10:38 AM
 
Location: Rocky Mountains
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If you're willing to drive a bit farther, check out Temecula. Homes are very affordable and it's a nice area. But you'll have about an hour's drive into San Diego.
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Old 06-06-2011, 08:30 PM
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30 mins from downtown or from SD city limits?

- look into Poway, it is a relatively affordable area considering it has the best schools, lowest crime rates, and is family friendly. Most affordable homes are older...

Other recommendations that are more affordable, but don't carry the same weight as poway: Santee, La Mesa, Chula Vista, Mira Mesa, and San Marcos/South Vista. These areas all have pretty good schools and a family vibe....

Santee is a nice area and affordable, but it does get pretty hot...I am not a huge fan of the area, but it does have a good amount of parks & open space, which is a plus.
Chula Vista has nice, new homes for good prices, however they tend to be on smaller lots. Depending on how far inland you live, could be an easy commute. It is also the location of Knotts Soak City & Cricket Wireless Amphitheater, so there is at least some entertainment compared to other suburbs.
Mira Mesa is very close to major employment centers in the county/city. I personally like it for its diversity and good food. Plus, it's relatively close to popular beaches. The weather in most of MM is not too bad because it's the perfect distance from the coast to avoid the marine layer or terrible heat.
La Mesa is probably the nicest (affordable) suburb in close proximity to downtown sd. The city itself is fine, but the surrounding areas don't have a great reputation. Schools are better than average..
San Marcos (like Chula Vista) has a lot of newer homes/units that are decently priced. It's definitely the worst commute to sd of all the places mentioned (plus the traffic in sm itself is not fun)....However, you aren't going to find another community in SD county with as high performing schools for the same price you would pay for a home in SM. It has one of the lowest crime rates as well, and a very high student generation rate for households (implies that many families live there)
I love Santee.........clean and neat......not a ton of vagrants all over the place. But.........the roastosity factor in the summer is quite high.

La Mesa is kinda nice.....but, too may hood rats coming in from ScarENCANTO to steal and do worse.
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