Paradise Hills or Valencia Park

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Submitted by Sean19 on February 9, 2018 - 6:19pm

Is it safe to live in these areas now? I think my opinion of these places are colored by the early 2000s or 1990s but would you want to own a home in either of these areas?

Submitted by moneymaker on February 10, 2018 - 8:53pm.

Only if it was up on a hill with a view of the ocean and could be secured with a security system. I think the danger aspect is mostly who you hang with.

Submitted by Otay OG on February 10, 2018 - 9:29pm.

Nowhere is safe, some places are just safer than others. I would definitely purchase in these areas. I think there will be more appeal in these areas soon because of the proximities to downtown and has low prices for SFHs.

If you’re familiar with Diego (Daygo), the areas of Golden Hill / South Park, North Park, City Heights, Clairemont (lived there, best part of SD IMO), Linda Vista (Little Vietnam), were undesirable to moderately desireable during the years you mentioned due to crime. They are great areas these days, Tavara Ridge in Clairemont had recent sells of $1.5M & $1.68M for that bomb ass model!

A month ago I went to a function at Morse High in VP, Adam Jones the MLB player was there, comfy with his Lambo Aventador ($400k msrp). I departed west on Skyline Dr. and showed my daughter the amazing bay and downtown views from the hills of VP. It dawned on me, the price for view homes in VP are 50 - 75 % lower than Golden Hills and northern SD neighborhoods with comparable views.

I just mapped the downtown commute from a friend’s address in Paradise Hills to Petco Park, came up as a 15 minute drive. On friend’s street, there is a new KB Homes development starting at $650k.

Here’s one fixer view home in VP. The views from the area would be better seen in person:

I’m not an agent. Just giving opinions.

Submitted by Otay OG on February 11, 2018 - 4:49pm.

Out of curiousity, I checked recent sells in 92114 and came across a property, which is in the VP zip code. I think it was good ‘diamond in the rough’ purchase for 1.36 acres, the listing agent gave an excellent description. This place is less than a mile to the freeway or trolley. There’s only one traffic signal and a ramp signal for freeway access.

Also, there are plenty of skilled laborers and domestics near these areas. May not sound good to the nimby folks, but good for flippers or rental investors. May be a good place to retire vs leaving SD for lower cost cities...

Submitted by creechrr on February 12, 2018 - 5:36pm.

I tend to agree with Otay OG for the most part.

It really comes down to what your needs are, you're expectations and commute.

I grew up in the general area, primarily PH and yes there were some pretty rough areas. Fortunately or unfortunately, the cost of housing has driven out most of the trouble makers within the city. Living in PH you'll be within 30 minutes to most of the city.

You'll be looking at older homes but, there are some amazing lots in the mix. Some are super deep and some really do have some great views.

It's been a long time since I lived in the area but, I'd consider the near Parkisde just north of the 54. It used to be fairly quiet without too much drama. The potential downside being the schools. You'd be 10 minutes from the base, 15 minutes from downtown, 10 minutes from Eastlake/Otay Ranch and 20 minutes from Mission Valley.

As far as security, I never had any real problems. Just pay attention to what's going on around you. That's just a good practice regardless of where you live.

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