San Diego Housing Market News and Analysis
Best Family Areas for Low-$1Millions Budget
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Submitted by yuhtey on December 2, 2015 - 9:52am
I'm having trouble deciding which neighborhood suits my needs best. Any and all comments welcome. I've been out on home tours and have the following observations so far:
Carmel Valley is sort of bullshit. Either I'm walking back through the 1990's in a trac home filled with czarist-Russia trinket furniture, honey-stained wood, white appliances, and pools that will have to be removed. Ok, maybe some of these seemingly 80-year-old owners have gone ahead and put in some tasteless flooring to gussy up the place, but the westerly properties for the most part are in need of a complete freshening. Ok, so new construction... right, Pardee. Even their models are falling apart already. They are literally going as cheap as they possibly can because their land is indeed very valuable. Overall, it seems CV is out of my budget to find something I'll like. Are the schools really worth it? This place feels CROWDED.
Encinitas has slim pickings. And the 5 north traffic is really bad. Is anyone OK with driving home everyday at 5pm from the south to get back to Encinitas? What are the neighborhood positives? Maybe the stop/go is worth it overall.
Santaluz, even with all of its fees and taxes still looks really nice. Anyone live inside those gates? Is it too "elitist" for pragmatic people? Any other input on this one? I'm wondering if this neighborhood is sensitive to price swings. Doesn't seem as stable as it looks. Just a hunch there.
Del Sur looks ready to support the little ones. But the Mello-Roos for Poway Unified is eye-watering. And the place feels removed. Driving up there gives me the sense that I'm way out from the rest of the city. New construction is pretty much done and the remaining stuff is priced higher. Standard Pacific strikes me as an organization that uses particle board cabinets with metal drawers and tries to charge $1.5M for a house. Oh wait, that is what they actually are doing.
Alright enough smarmy commentary - would appreciate your thoughts. thanks.
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