Moving from Del Sur to Clairemont (Sept 2019)

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Submitted by HelloImaMac on September 15, 2019 - 7:27am

Our kids go to a private school in Clairemont and we live in Del Sur that is part of Poway Unified school district. This is a conscious choice we have made as working parents (not sending to public school - due to our work constraints etc.).
What are the pros/cons I should keep in mind , regarding the area, when moving to Clairemont ? Here are some I can think of -
Pros (of moving to Clairemont):
1) proximity to school
2) no mello roos
3) cut down on drive time
4) no nanny cost
5) price/per sq ft. is cheaper in Clairemont than in Del Sur
6) low interest rate
7) Clairemont centrally located..

Cons: (of moving to Clairemont from Del Sur)
1) Poorer school district that might affect the future sale of the home we are considering to buy
2) Not as a nice area as Del Sur (Del Sur is a master planned community)
3) not sure if the home prices might hold up during the next recession that might be around the corner
4) crime ?
5) larger home debt due to higher purchase price

Any other criterion to consider ? Please let me know your thoughts regarding this move we are contemplating. Timeline is probably 8-12 years(we dont flip homes)

After some further analysis, we feel that we have paid mello roos for long enough in Del Sur and have not reaped public school benefits for the past 12 years (yikes!). With a few more hundred dollars a month as monthly payment (than what we are paying in Del Sur), we are considering a relatively brand new house in Clairemont which is about 37% more expensive than the home in Del Sur. so bang for the buck in Clairemont..BUT paying > 1.1 million close to the Tavara circle home also does not feel right.
Also read this article which puts many things in perspective - https://www.pcasd.com/content/san-diego-...

Please let me know your thoughts

Submitted by gzz on September 19, 2019 - 12:19am.

Claremont is a big and diverse area to have an opinion on. Parts are not very different than an upscale suburb. I think you all will be happy with a bigger house and shorter commute.

Submitted by FormerSanDiegan on September 19, 2019 - 5:37pm.

Have you considered Bay Park (West Clairemont)?
Under appreciated area... bay views... centrally located.

Submitted by barnaby33 on September 19, 2019 - 9:10pm.

If looking in BayHo or Bay Park (Western Clairemont) foundation/slab issues are a big deal. Parts of the area have lots of earth movement. When I lived above Costco on Morena a decade ago, every home on the street had a cracked slab. Nice homes too.
Josh

Submitted by sdduuuude on September 25, 2019 - 4:12pm.

I went from Clairemont to Carmel Valley a few years ago.

Bay Park / Bay Ho is a good suggestion, as is UTC if you want a little nicer neighborhood.

Definitely avoid houses with 1-car garages in Clairemont.

And, consider looking only only at lots that back to a canyon. They are always much nicer, live better, feel more private. Back when I was there I figure the canyon lot premium was $40K-$50K.

Driving sucks. Make the move.

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