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A Clairemont Guy in Carmel Valley
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Submitted by sdduuuude on March 16, 2008 - 12:54am
A perspective on Carmel Valley from a Clairemontie.
So today was an interesting day. I went house "shopping" in Carmel Valley for the first time.
Our long term outlook may bring us out of Clairemont into the San Dieguito school district, though it need not really happen until mid 2014. (We have an ideal, non-standard school situation for our 6 year-old twins until Sep. 2014).
Still, we are considering adding space to our home and wanted to determine if an earlier move from Clairemont to Carmel Valley would be feasible. Such a move late next year would allow us to avoid putting money into a remodel that could later be used for a down payment.
2) We do need some lot space. Our 1-story, 1200 sq ft. house is on a 10,000 sq. ft canyon lot and we have 24 feet between houses to the right and left. If needed, I could park about 11 cars on my property, and not 1 of them would be in the garage.
3) Past our back fence, which is 30' past the deck, which is about 30' away from the house, our closest neighbors to the rear are about 200’ away, separated by canyon shrubbery in land-locked space.
4) We really don’t want to live too far north due to commutes.
Just for the heck of it I looked on a map where this San Elijo Hills place is. Who would want to live in BF-Egypt out there at any price? Not me. To me, that’s not San Diego. For the same size house, I’d rather live in Phoenix. Honestly. I would.
5) Would be nice if we could hang on to our house as a rental and a potential retirement home.
6) I haven’t thought much about price range. We only have about $100K for a down right now, but lets say we could buy an 800K house next year.
5289 Foxhound Way
My thoughts on this one: Who pays $1.3M to have your rear neighbor 30’ away watch you from his balcony while you sit in your living room ? Really. WTF ? For 800K, I’ll still pass on it. The house was really well decorated, though and we drooled over all the interior space – nearly 3x what I live in now. Still, the space seem poorly used – the two-car garage was undersized and really, just how many square feet do you need to take a crap?
13088 Sunset Point Place and 2 on Evening Sky Court
Is there a small house on a big lot anywhere in this part of SD?
A little neighborhood on or near Tynebourne Circle and Benchley Road seemed more like our price range, but still remarkably cramped. A home listed at $850K was twice as big as our Clairemont home, on a lot less than half the size. Looking at Zillow - 3949 Gaffney Ct seems like it could be livable. It has a nice big yard but alas, it is not for sale.
I’m sure we’d see better options if a realtor guided our sightseeing, though I’m skeptical that anything would really capture our attention at a reasonable price - any hints out there ?
We drove down San Dieguito road into Fairbanks but didn’t bother stopping – way out of our league. At this point, I uttered a curse towards raptorduck that my wife didn’t understand.
Lot on 4670 Sun Valley Rd.
Now this I’m excited about. Buy a lot, design my own damn house the way I want it and general-contract it myself to save some money while renting nearby. Turns out someone bought the place for $1.4M million last year and has it listed for $1.6M now. Zillow and Google photos show a house on it!?!?! The realtor’s web site says “small house and trees cleared off the lot.” Did they buy it for 1.4M with a house, then rip the house down, and think it is $200K better? Can anyone tell me some history on this? Was the house actually there for the last purchase? Neighboring properties (with actual houses) had Zillow Values in the $1.5M – $2.5M range. Can I sub-divide that sucker ?
At this point, my best strategy seems to be: spend $50,000 now to give us more interior space in Clairemont, plan on renting in Carmel Valley for 6th and 7th grade, then move back to Clairemont and drop $80K (probably be $120K then) over 4 years to send the kids to a private high school.
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