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Old 05-05-2008, 12:35 PM
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Before I start I must tell all of you how great the help you all provide is. I try and hop on every bit to answer some questions that I can, so now I am getting the chance to ask some of my own and really appreciate the help. My wife and 2 children (9 and 4) are wanting a change of scenery. we live in a suburb of South Seattle (Federal way 20 miles s. ) and have lived here for 20 years. we are both 33 years old. My wife is from San Francisco and has been wanting to move back to Cali for along time. I am a teacher and have a 2nd job as a bartender at The Cheesecake Factory. My wife is a registered nurse. We are not to worried about jobs, but we do not make that much moneu (around 90K) I am really wanting to quit my 2nd job(bartending)but living in southern Cali is really expensive. Is it even reasonable to think that we can afford a house down there?
Key things for us. I love beach volleyball and I really want to surf.
we are a beach family at heart for sure.
1. Can we buy anything within 20 miles of downtown San Diego and the beaches around 400K
2. Is the surf any good down there?
3. How is the volleyball?
Thanks so much in advance...
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Old 05-05-2008, 01:50 PM
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A change of sceneray is a good thing sometimes, but I would consider all the positives of the area you now live in before uprooting and moving to California, especially given the economic situation these days. They are laying off teachers in San Diego right now. I am imagine for nurses there is still a huge demand all over so that is good. Housing prices have gone down so I do believe you could find something for $400,000. It will probably be around 1500 sq. ft. It really depends on what kind of neighborhood you want, so its hard to say what you'll get and where you'll get it. I think you could rent a really nice place as well. I am not a surfer or a volleyball player so I can't comment but I imagine its good
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Old 05-05-2008, 02:08 PM
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Thanks so much for the help.
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Old 05-05-2008, 05:31 PM
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several volleyball nets up year-round in South Mission Beach, some really good players there on weekends. . .surfing is all over the area, Windansea Beach, Mission/Ocean beaches. . . enjoy
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Old 05-05-2008, 06:04 PM
Location: SF Bay Area
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I think with prices dropping as they are you should not have too much trouble finding a place for under or around $400k here. You just might have to settle for a slightly smaller house and lot size than you are used or if you want to live in one of the better neighborhoods might have to go with a townhouse or large condo. Right now the median price for all homes is just under $400k from what I read and some expect it to bottom out at $350k. Seems to be some good deals out there now.

San Diego is known for it's surf and beach culture, so you'll find some of the best surfing spots in American in Southern CA. Plenty of volleyball going on here too, especially in Pacific and Mission Beach. There are courts all up and down the coast you can set one up in many places. During the summer and throughout the year really there are people playing on the sand, and from the looks of it some are really good and take it seriously.
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Old 05-05-2008, 10:10 PM
Location: Paradise/Las Vegas
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I play volleyball at PB sometimes.It's great,just like sav858 said.I kind of think Hun.Bch in Orange County has more but we have plenty of sand courts here as well.
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Old 05-06-2008, 09:24 AM
Location: Rolando, San Diego CA 92115
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under 400k you are going to be looking at a good selection of condos and townhomes, but even with the price declines your SFH options are limited. In the nicer areas, most of the houses under 400k tend to be 600-800sf cotttages on tiny lots (i.e. 2500sf), have no garage, are on major streets, etc. I looked at many of these houses. They are a good option if you are single and don't need much room.
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Old 05-06-2008, 10:08 AM
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If you could stretch over 400K a bit you could get a pretty nice (newer) single family home in Eastlake/Rolling Hills area (eastern Chula Vista). The prices have come down significantly, it's one of the hardest hit areas because there is such a supply of newer homes. It's a very nice suburban area w/new homes, parks, trails, shops, rec centers, restaurants, malls, etc and only about 15 miles from downtown San Diego.
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Old 05-06-2008, 10:10 AM
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Oh, and there is a brand new Cheesecake Factory right here (Otay Ranch Mall) if you're still interested in bartending as well as several other nice restaurants.
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Old 05-06-2008, 10:26 AM
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Default Chula Vista, Mira Mesa, Encinitas

These 2 cities seem to have some houses right at 400K or a little below. Are these areas safe for families. Some of the houses have bars on the windows. I really want to be close to the beach (20 minutes) are these areas even legit. Thanks
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