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Old 11-20-2017, 08:05 AM
 
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I can certainly understand a Pennsylvania native not being able to handle San Jose's cooler weather. I mean, while we're getting into the 80s and 90s in San Diego this week, San Jose will be stuck in that horrible 73-76f range.
Who wants to bundle up for that? Might as well move back East... ;-)

For the OP, you may also consider Sabre Springs, just outside of Scripps Ranch and Poway, for something closer to your budget with safe neighborhoods, Poway school district schools, and great commute access. PM me if you'd like more info. I'm also a Bay Area transplant! San Diego is a nice fit for us -- it feels very much like home.


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If you want better schools and more bang for your buck then PA would be it. If you cannot stomach the weather in the Northeast then it would be a bad move. I'm a native of PA and left due to opportunity and not wanting to live in Philly or Pittsburgh, the balance wasn't good enough for us to stay at the time, having lived in four states up to this point myself moving around is getting old. PA is hit or miss, the areas that have the jobs tend to be more $$, In some areas though the schools are quite good and housing can be lower, though taxes are high even in the burbs.

I would avoid moving to NJ at all costs, it's the state everyone is leaving or want's to leave. I have relatives in NJ who are looking to move to PA or elsewhere.

I would look at North County, Carlsbad, we live on the Carlsbad/San Marcos line and it's not too nuts here (yet) and there is a plethora of companies nearby making the commute a breeze. Not Bay Area opportunity or the higher pay you would see further South though, yet is the cost of housing and traffic worth it? Not that it's cheap here, it's not La Jolla level COL.

I have had plenty of opportunties to relocate to the Bay Area, almost did it a few times and still get leads monthly for job opps, but the cost of living is just too far gone to make it feasible, also the weather is much cooler than here, would think we would be hard pressed to adjust. Also we are 8 miles from the Beach, nothing like the drive required from San Jose to Santa Cruz we considered.
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Old 11-20-2017, 10:25 AM
 
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Thank you for your replies. I will discuss these with the family and get back.

Most of the areas suggested are pretty far away. Will need to reprioritize.
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Old 11-20-2017, 10:28 AM
 
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SD will be a big value-for-dollar upgrade from SF. Only the beach areas in SD are as expensive as SF.
But it's better because you get the beach for that same money. WIN
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Old 11-20-2017, 10:32 AM
 
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Most of the areas suggested are pretty far away. Will need to reprioritize.
Look at Tierrasanta(92124) for good elementary schools and a reasonable commute. Unfortunately there are only condos available there in the 500k range but you might be able to get a single family home rental for $3k.
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Old 11-20-2017, 10:37 AM
 
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I would look at North County, Carlsbad, we live on the Carlsbad/San Marcos line and it's not too nuts here (yet) and there is a plethora of companies nearby making the commute a breeze.
I second this. Carlsbad is one of the last places in San Diego county where you can still have a decent commute if you also live there, and housing is slightly less expensive.
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Old 11-20-2017, 10:43 AM
 
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...including Canyon Crest Academy? Naah. Even second-ranked Torrey Pines High School is pretty good.

Live in Carmel Valley - houses around $1 million are pretty nice; condos are less. You will need to spend more than $500K, but on a $250K income you should be able to. Whoever is suggesting Temecula or Alpine must think you own a helicopter - they are very, very far away.

SD will be a big value-for-dollar upgrade from SF. Only the beach areas in SD are as expensive as SF.

I believe you are confusing San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD), which is of inconsistent, sometimes poor quality, with San Dieguito Unified High School District (SDUHSD), which has some of the best schools in the state.

Though I agree with your other points!!!
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Old 11-20-2017, 02:02 PM
 
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I believe you are confusing San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD), which is of inconsistent, sometimes poor quality, with San Dieguito Unified High School District (SDUHSD), which has some of the best schools in the state.

Though I agree with your other points!!!
I guess I am confusing the two districts. Since CCA and TPHS are physically located in San Diego, it is easy to make that mistake. I think of the San Dieguito valley as Del Mar, Solana Beach, Encinitas, etc. - all independent suburbs.
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Old 11-20-2017, 03:25 PM
 
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We are a non-white couple with 2 kids aged 7 and 3. We make a total of 250k per year and live in the Bay Area. I work from home. We love the diversity and weather. However it is too expensive for us. We pay 3500 for a 2 bedroom condo and can't afford to buy or rent a bigger house. My husband is considering jobs in the San Diego area and the east coast (PA and NJ). We would love to stay in CA bevayse of the weather. Can anyone please let me know if it's possible to get what we are looking for in San Diego area?

He will be working on the science park road. (92121).

We are looking for an area with:

- good schools and excellent safety
- commute time under 20-30 minutes in traffic
- a 3 bedroom house for rent under 3k or looking to buy around 500k

Is there any area that would meet our needs?

Thanks in advance!
My wife and I (and one kid at the time) moved from the Bay Area down to SD about 13 years ago, so a similar situation as yours. I also happen to work on Science Park Road as a coincidence. Hope my experience helps.

- Diversity - SD is about as diverse as the BA, though with a somewhat different representation from various ethnic and racial groups.

- Weather - Hard to argue with the weather in SD. Warmer and drier that BA as a whole. Though very much influenced by the micro-climates.

- Safety - SD is a very safe city. No need to worry about in pretty much every area that you'd be considering.

- The cost of housing in SD is much lower than in the BA, though it will be tough to find housing within the parameters you've laid out. You're going to need to go with a longer commute, or perhaps consider a condo or townhouse versus a SFH.

All tolled, I'd definitely recommend SD as a place to relocate. Much nicer, more going on that in PA/NJ (where I grew up). If you can make it work housing-wise, it's a great place to live.
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Old 11-20-2017, 03:46 PM
 
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My wife and I (and one kid at the time) moved from the Bay Area down to SD about 13 years ago, so a similar situation as yours. I also happen to work on Science Park Road as a coincidence. Hope my experience helps.

- Diversity - SD is about as diverse as the BA, though with a somewhat different representation from various ethnic and racial groups.

- Weather - Hard to argue with the weather in SD. Warmer and drier that BA as a whole. Though very much influenced by the micro-climates.

- Safety - SD is a very safe city. No need to worry about in pretty much every area that you'd be considering.

- The cost of housing in SD is much lower than in the BA, though it will be tough to find housing within the parameters you've laid out. You're going to need to go with a longer commute, or perhaps consider a condo or townhouse versus a SFH.

All tolled, I'd definitely recommend SD as a place to relocate. Much nicer, more going on that in PA/NJ (where I grew up). If you can make it work housing-wise, it's a great place to live.
Thank you for your perspective! I am very keen on keeping a short commute and would consider renting or buying a condo to keep commute times short. Looks like Carmel Valley and surrounding areas would fit the bill. Thanks again to all who responded.
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Old 11-20-2017, 05:56 PM
 
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My wife and I (and one kid at the time) moved from the Bay Area down to SD about 13 years ago, so a similar situation as yours. I also happen to work on Science Park Road as a coincidence. Hope my experience helps.

- Diversity - SD is about as diverse as the BA, though with a somewhat different representation from various ethnic and racial groups.

- Weather - Hard to argue with the weather in SD. Warmer and drier that BA as a whole. Though very much influenced by the micro-climates.

- Safety - SD is a very safe city. No need to worry about in pretty much every area that you'd be considering.

- The cost of housing in SD is much lower than in the BA, though it will be tough to find housing within the parameters you've laid out. You're going to need to go with a longer commute, or perhaps consider a condo or townhouse versus a SFH.

All tolled, I'd definitely recommend SD as a place to relocate. Much nicer, more going on that in PA/NJ (where I grew up). If you can make it work housing-wise, it's a great place to live.
This is true, if you can afford the cost of housing. Lived in SD County twice and was quite happy there.
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