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Old 03-18-2016, 09:06 PM
 
Location: Encinitas, CA
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We are coming from beautiful but very expensive Encinitas...seeking to downsize comfortably into a moderately safe community with shopping, restaurants, walking activities. Schools not an issue. Where are the hidden gem neighborhoods that you know about, your own personal "best kept secret" places to live? What neighborhoods are to be avoided? We don't want south county (Chula Vista, Bonita, Imperial Beach, National City). Thanks for your ideas and suggestions!
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Old 03-18-2016, 09:27 PM
 
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South Park Golden Hill Normal Heights University Heights
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Old 03-18-2016, 11:38 PM
 
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We are coming from beautiful but very expensive Encinitas...seeking to downsize comfortably into a moderately safe community with shopping, restaurants, walking activities. Schools not an issue. Where are the hidden gem neighborhoods that you know about, your own personal "best kept secret" places to live? What neighborhoods are to be avoided? We don't want south county (Chula Vista, Bonita, Imperial Beach, National City). Thanks for your ideas and suggestions!
What's your approximate budget? Do you want to buy a home or rent?

I second the recommendation of Normal Heights, but it is no longer the "hidden gem" it once was, and house prices have risen there accordingly. Kensington, South Park and University Heights are also nice, but you'll probably pay as much for a house there are as you will in Encinitas.

Check out La Mesa. Great little walkable downtown, wonderful classes and activities for seniors, easy drive to downtown San Diego and beaches. Reasonable home prices (both to buy and rent), at least compared to North County. http://www.cityoflamesa.com/

Poway and Rancho Bernardo might also be options, depending on your budget.
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Old 03-19-2016, 05:54 AM
 
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What is your age bracket and preference of proximity to shops, restaurants, etc. (like would you mind jumping in the car for a 5 minute drive or walking only...which is hard to do anywhere in SD as I presume you know)?


Also, are u simply renting or buying? I think that would probably make a difference. For example Scripps is nice, and SFH are 8-900k range, condos less, which is technically a downgrade from encinitas. UTC is also another super popular location for condos.
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Old 03-19-2016, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Sandy Eggo - Kensington
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South Park Golden Hill Normal Heights University Heights
In addition to the above, there's also Kensington, Mission Hills, Hillcrest, Bankers Hill and Hillcrest. None of which are really hidden gems, though.
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