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July 13, 2016 at 9:20 AM #22040July 13, 2016 at 9:26 AM #799581spdrunParticipant
Can’t really go wrong with Encinitas/Cardiff/Solana/Del Mar considering your commute. Shorter the better.July 13, 2016 at 1:15 PM #799591XBoxBoyParticipant
I would mostly recommend picking a neighborhood that is a short commute. Traffic on the freeways has only gotten worse and isn’t likely to get better. Schools in Carmel Valley are part of the Del Mar Unified School district (at least through elementary) and are very good. Some prices are over $1 million but some places can be had for less.July 13, 2016 at 4:14 PM #799592moneymakerParticipant
Clairemont? Bus the kids/or let wife drive them? I’ve heard Clairemont has gone down hill but I personally have no idea. Bay Ho? Maybe Rich can chime in on that one. Here’s a nice one http://www.sdlookup.com/Pictures-160031482 even has a diving board with the pool, that’s a rarity these days.July 13, 2016 at 5:14 PM #799593poorgradstudentParticipant
You’ll end up compromising on one of your criteria, but overall that’s doable.July 13, 2016 at 5:22 PM #799594carliParticipant
I think Encinitas/Cardiff area is hard to beat these days. Their downtown areas are more vibrant than ever yet they also have a pretty good grasp on development/planning. The beaches are some of the best in north county; Moonlight is super family-friendly with its little playground and snackbar. Both towns have great libraries (esp Encinitas library) and park and rec programs. Both have excellent elementary schools and are part of the SDUHSD middle and high school district, which includes the top performing middle and high schools in San Diego.
In two years (even now) it may be impossible to find anything west of 5 for a million, but there are some great neighborhoods just east of the 5 in both Encinitas and Cardiff.
I also love Solana Beach but would give Encinitas/Cardiff area (east of the 5) the edge for better affordability and family friendliness.
We moved here from the east coast 10+ years ago and chose Del Mar, which at the time looked like the best bet for schools, beach/family life, having a town w/character, etc. Unfortunately, the Del Mar downtown has sort of stuck with overpriced shops and restaurants catering to high end tourists while the towns to our north have evolved into more fun places attracting younger people and families.
Good luck!July 14, 2016 at 7:45 AM #799598cvmomParticipant
Carmel Valley schools are truly outstanding but it is definitely more of a “cookie cutter” suburban environment. We chose to sacrifice neighborhood character for excellent schools and super-short commute. Of course there are great neighbors in almost any neighborhood! But I think the previous poster is correct that you will need to compromise on one or more of your criteria.July 14, 2016 at 10:38 AM #799602bewilderingParticipant
How strict is your 25 minute commute requirement?
In the evening from Carmel Valley road exit to the Encinitas/Cardiff will mean a longer commute than 25 minutes. 25 minutes would be the minimum time under ‘ideal’ conditions. More like 35-40 minutes I would guess. Google maps predicts typically 22-45 minutes for the evening commute time of 5:30pm.July 14, 2016 at 11:47 AM #799605FlyerInHiGuest
You can look for a house west of the 5 and make it like this house:
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