best semi-rural hobby farm part of SD county?

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Submitted by gzz on July 26, 2021 - 10:47am

Any thoughts on the El Cajon to Alpine corridor v San Marcos/Vista v Ramona v Valley Center/Fallbrook?

I like that El Cajon is closed to the city and its amenities, and right on the 8. VC/FB have the most bang for buck and most rain. SM/Vista have the most new construction high end places. Ramona I know little about.

I mention these because these are where there's a good selection that's 1 acre+ for under $2 mil.

Submitted by gzz on July 26, 2021 - 3:28pm.

I like this one in Ramona:

https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/16439...

Much better values in SW Ohio where I'm from. Here's a restored 1868 large farmhouse on 5 acres for $640k:

https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4202-...

That kind of pricing is why I don't understand EP's St. George trolling. While cheaper than SD, it still seems pretty expensive. $640k there gets a cookie-cutter stucco box on an unimpressive dry lot.

Here's one for $700k that's 12 acres with cows, pool, professional fenced and lit basketball court, and 7k square foot renovated house:

https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/7334-...?

Submitted by sdrealtor on July 26, 2021 - 4:43pm.

St George is the very definition of a bubble with home prices far outside the affordability of residents. It's solely driven by immigrating disgruntled Californians which won't last. Then what?

Submitted by phaster on August 2, 2021 - 7:58pm.

gzz wrote:
Any thoughts on the El Cajon to Alpine corridor v San Marcos/Vista v Ramona v Valley Center/Fallbrook?

I like that El Cajon is closed to the city and its amenities, and right on the 8. VC/FB have the most bang for buck and most rain. SM/Vista have the most new construction high end places. Ramona I know little about.

I mention these because these are where there's a good selection that's 1 acre+ for under $2 mil.

the foothills of SD county is indeed the best location for rainfall and potential groundwater BUT there is a drawback of living in the WUI (Wildland urban interface) is the danger of wildfires (along w/ the very real possibility of not being able to get affordable property insurance in areas prone to wildfires,...

https://www.chicoer.com/2021/06/30/shoul...

totally understand the desire to have a hobby farm/ranch BUT looking at the bigger picture, have to wonder is it worth the financial risk getting a hobby farm (that will require water) in a region that historically has long periods of droughts???

Quote:

...geochemical data from Leviathan Cave shows that drought can last 4,000 years—findings that Lachniet’s team cross-checked against paleoclimate data from the Arctic and tropical Pacific. In short, the story in the cave data suggests a “worst-case scenario” that could—and probably should—guide planning throughout a region that provides water to 56 million people.

https://www.kunc.org/2020-11-30/if-aridi...

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