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Old 07-11-2011, 02:09 PM
 
Location: London, United Kingdom
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Thanks ecb we wont be buying until we really get to know San Diego- we'll wait a minimum of a year before we invest.

What is paramount to us is walkability, being close to a beach (or to a park), proximate to healthy food, restaurants and lounges and for it to be mommy friendly. When i say multi-ethnic and multicultural, im speaking code to describe neighborhs that would be educated, open and possibly expatriates themselves.

That said, being open means im curious to meet all kinds of people.

Thanks again ecb. If you think the fact that im renting changes your opinion, send a shout.
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Old 07-11-2011, 03:59 PM
 
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Thanks ecb we wont be buying until we really get to know San Diego- we'll wait a minimum of a year before we invest.

What is paramount to us is walkability, being close to a beach (or to a park), proximate to healthy food, restaurants and lounges and for it to be mommy friendly. When i say multi-ethnic and multicultural, im speaking code to describe neighborhs that would be educated, open and possibly expatriates themselves.

That said, being open means im curious to meet all kinds of people.

Thanks again ecb. If you think the fact that im renting changes your opinion, send a shout.
Smart choice. In my humble opinion, Location, Location, Location is never more evident than in SD. You are entering a great time to buy in SD and I would guess the market will open up to better deals in the next year. You can rent a nice home here or even rent a condo (in 4S)- there are some (not alot) options here for either one. 4S is one of the few areas that aren't bursting at the seams with people- but I'm sure it will get there someday.

There is an area centrally located within 4S Ranch called the 4S commons, there are a few eating establishments (mostly chain), there is also a grocery store called Jimbo's which is an organic health foods store. Very popular in the area. Although in general your eating options here are limited. There are great parks in 4S.

The area has alot of young families (30-40 somethings)- mostly educated and lots of transplants. Companies like Sony and Cymer are just down the street and there are large office parks east of 4S ranch.

Del Mar (very underrated beach) is a short drive 15-20 mins (don't even have to get on the highway). There is also a dog friendly beach in Del Mar. The cove and the beach at La Jolla is a 20 minute drive.
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Old 07-11-2011, 05:50 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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4S Ranch is a nice area and has good schools. And 4S commons is there, for shopping.

But it's quite suburban and is sprawling compared to London. One would need to live within walking distance of 4S commons, which limits choices somewhat. And since public transportation is sparse, one would be either be limited to what 4S commons has to offer or need to plan how to travel to other places.

Sounds to me like a more urban location would work better, like Mission Hills and Kensington which were already mentioned.
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Old 07-11-2011, 07:45 PM
 
Location: Mission Hills, San Diego
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^ agree if I had last lived in London and Paris, I would implode if I lived in a suburb like that.
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Old 07-11-2011, 08:47 PM
 
Location: 92037
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^ agree if I had last lived in London and Paris, I would implode if I lived in a suburb like that.
Clevelandgail,

Yes this is SO true. I had lived in both cities (London and Paris) as well as a few others in Europe. While I really like our gated communities in the north county for what they offer, as a first time home owner/resident, I just couldnt muster the courage to go full blown HOA suburb and dropping over a half million for something that I really wasnt sure I would like. The contrast is too severe.

Thats an expensive risk to take!
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Old 07-12-2011, 09:28 AM
 
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Mission Hills and Kensington, both are nice urban areas geared mainly for single professionals working in San Diego. Kensington and Mission Hills aren't exactly cheap either. Its a nice hike up the 15 if the husband works in RB. You could save 30-45 minutes a day and dollars in your gas tank. Nothing wrong with the burbs, especially when you have a young family but I lack the comparison factor as I've never been to London or Paris.

Granted HOA's stink, but honestly some people need restrictions and when it comes time to sell at least you know your neighbor won't rip the value right from under your home and If the community is as nice as 4S you can appreciate the amenities.

I hear time and time again about transplants with children trying to move up North into the Poway Unified System, its the best we have here. Even if you move before the kid starts school, you'll have have interest in your home.
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Old 07-12-2011, 11:51 AM
 
Location: Imperial Beach
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Hey, don't forget about Coronado. It is exceptionally walk and bike friendly, very child-friendly, and has one of the country's great beaches. You can find rentals in your price range (don't expect to buy there - but La Jolla is the same) The schools are outstanding. You can't beat jogging on Silver Strand. The big drawback is the commute, but even that wouldn't be too bad if you could find a car-pooler (There is no mass transit to RB from anywhere.)
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Old 07-12-2011, 02:49 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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... (There is no mass transit to RB from anywhere.)
That's not entirely true. There is bus service into Rancho Bernardo. Regional Transit Map
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Old 07-13-2011, 08:11 AM
 
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Kensington, Talmadge, La Jolla Village, Mission Hills (although a bit far from RB), and South Park (?) seem to fit your bill. You may also want to look at Hillcrest. Ultimately though, and this is definitely further down the "road" - you will be suburbanized if you don't want to pay for private schools...most of the really good school districts are in north county SD. Also, California is a car state, and San Diego is no exception to this. So, good luck with your move and don't wait too long to get driving lessons and a license. Both will make your life much, much, more enjoyable in "America's Finest City."
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Old 07-17-2011, 03:36 PM
 
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Hi Nomad Iwould also check out the houses for sale on SD Lookup You can check out San Diego Central, and San Diego coastal and see what houses are selling for .Many have exensive photo Also real estate web sites are god sources A relocation specialist would be of big help to you and I dont think they charge anything
Mission Hils is lovely I am a fourth generation natve so I am pretty familiar with the county
I would also check out Trip Advisor San Diego Forms Many of the young folks there either natives or have lived in the area for may years and they are very helpful
Demon is rght about Kensington It has easy Freeway Access up to Adams Avenue from I-15 It is quiet and beautiful Lots of Antique shops There are many organic groceries places to as well as a Ralphs .It has some of the most beautiful stucco Spanish style homes in San Diego It is pricey
It s not far from the weekend Nightmare of Mission Valley which has two large malls and and about everything else you need It is just very congested and takes alot of patience driving there
Fashion Valley Mall is fantastic very upscale Mission Valley Funky Eh Think lower end If you consider Kensignton North Park is ok for shopping but not City Heights La Mesa for Antiques an and a good strolling community Too far out thogh for your needs
Mission Hills is beautiful but commuting in and out up Washington from I-5 coming through Hillcrest is not pretty at rush hour Your hubby would need the patience of Job We stayed in a lovely little house just up the hill from Old Town State Park and my placid Norweign decent hubby was yelling after just two days
Hillcrest is electic an very diverse You woul make friend if you are open minded
I La Jolla Village is great but I would recommend living over closer to the shopping center by La Jolla Village Mall My best friend lives in the Muir lands up in the hills over looking the Beach and tennis club says The commute in from the I-5 isnt pretty
Iwould recommend contacting a realtor who handles rentals or are you looking to buy Remax , Sothebys' , Century 21a re all good
If you can afford La Jolla you might look at Carlsbad too though perhaps a bit insland
Poway is certain worth looking at. Rancho Benrnado its self is great but hot and the fire danger hit home ther a few years ago
I would contact the San Diego Tourist and Convention Bureau and the Sn Diego Chamber of Commerce They might be able to link you up up with some realtors and give you some relocaton tips
I'd also check out Home Away and VRBO Vacatiion Rentals by Owner for a possible short term furnished home stay in an area you like before you settle on anything permanent.
One h ting these young folks didn't point out is that coming for a northly clime you must use tons o sunscreen out on all of you I would highly recommend a hat too It may look dorky but heat stroke is no fun in the fall when the Santa Anna winds blow
T he quarter bck of my High school football team just died of skin cancer It is so preventable The sun can be very fierce and sunburn is very painful as my duaghter found out many years ago
I hope you find a lovely place and have a wonderful time Oh San Diego has a fairly decent symphony and a rather good opera company
Rock concerts are held all over and Humphry's by the Bay as an assortment of everything in the summer Star light Opera in Summer World Class Zoo ,wild Animal Park Birch Aquarium , Sea world Legoland Get a season Pass for all and save
Nope it is not your wonderful London where as a historian I spent mny happy hours devouring the Vand A Costume Collction s te British Meuseum and hitting up eveythin big and small I could visit in the Uk
Do check out the Images of San Diego at the top of this form page and perhaps some of the real old timers lol might be able to help Rose
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