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Old 12-08-2008, 06:42 PM
 
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Hi all,
I'm about a month away from relocating to SD from S. Florida with my wife, one-year-old son and 70-year-old mother. We're looking to live close to my mother (but blessedly in separate homes!). We plan to rent a single-family home or condo for a little while before we buy. My job is in the Sorrento Valley, so is there a place that meets most of these critieria? We can spend up to 3k/month to rent the house.

Easy access to airport
Less than 20 mins from Tech campus in SV
Not ugly tract housing

I have been focusing on a triangle between Poway/southern RB, Solana Beach, and Mission Beach. I am especially interested in the homes right along Sorrento Valley Rd. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Also, if anyone has thoughts on the Wateridge development right next to the tech campus, please chime in as to if that would be a good place to camp out for a year.
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Old 12-08-2008, 09:12 PM
 
Location: Encinitas
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Character? When I think character, I think tree-lined streets, older homes, quaint downtown area, stuff like that. Is that what you mean? If it is, I'm afraid you won't find it where you are looking. The area where you are looking is very nice, don't get me wrong. But most of the homes there are fairly new. Maybe parts of Del Mar might fit, but you may be pushing your $3K rental budget. Poway and Rancho Bernardo, for all they have, not sure character would be one of those qualities. Maybe I'm defining character differently than you intended. What exactly is it that you are looking for in a community?
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Old 12-08-2008, 09:19 PM
 
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I think you're on the same wavelength as me in terms of character -- tree canopies, dissimilar styles of houses, older properties, or properties with nice views. When I use Google Street view for many of these areas, I see row after row of similar or identical 1990's houses. Are there any older, more established neighborhoods near Sorrento Valley?
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Old 12-08-2008, 11:01 PM
 
Location: Encinitas
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Not really. There are sections of La Jolla that may be what you're looking for. Carmel Valley, west of the 5 freeway and south of Del Mar, has some funky little neighborhoods tucked away with non-tract style homes. You may find something you like there.
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Old 12-08-2008, 11:07 PM
 
Location: Rolando, San Diego CA 92115
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La Jolla and Encinitas are about as good as you'll get, assuming we rule-out the custom homes in either. I would probably say La Jolla Village (in particular the neighborhoods just south of the village) is the best you will do within 30 minutes of Sorrento Valley.
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Old 12-08-2008, 11:41 PM
 
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90% of Mira Mesa, Sorrento Valley, Carmel Valley, and Poway (the areas you are looking at) were built within the last 20 years. And of that, it will almost exclusively be tract homes. You might find what you're looking for in the older parts of Scripps Ranch (community east of Mira Mesa on the other side of the 15), but I'm not certain what homes in that area rent for or how good the availability is. The places mentioned by the other poster are better in terms of what you're looking for, but not in terms of commute. And commuting to Sorrento Valley can be horrendous.
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Old 12-09-2008, 06:23 AM
 
Location: San Diego native.
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There are areas of Serra Mesa that have some interesting older homes, and it's very quiet and family friendly. The neighborhood would also be close to Sorrento Valley.
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Old 12-09-2008, 12:39 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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The area near where that jet went down can work for you two. It has lot's of nice hoods with older homes.
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Old 12-09-2008, 04:32 PM
 
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I'd suggest Mission Hills. The homes have a ton of character and the neighborhood is friendly, walkable, filled with families, and in a great location. My husband and I rent a 3 bedroom house there and it's definitely under your $3000 budget. We're less than 10 minutes from the airport (but not in the flight path), and I actually work in Sorrento Valley and my commute in the am is 15-20 minutes and in the pm is 20-25 minutes.
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Old 12-09-2008, 04:58 PM
 
Location: Encinitas
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The area near where that jet went down can work for you two. It has lot's of nice hoods with older homes.
You should be a realtor. I can hear the call now: "I've got a great three-bedroom to show you today. Where is it? Oh, it's right where that jet went down. Hello? Hello?"
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