Moving to SD - few questions

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Submitted by Tin369 on June 8, 2020 - 2:30pm

Hi all,

This may be a bit unusual, but due to Covid and wfh we are trying to figure out something and need help with thinking it through and just using this a bouncing board.

We live in the east coast and have been thinking to move to SD but the high taxes and home prices have kept us away plus finding new jobs etc.

We have family in SD and want to be close to family and ofcourse because of the weather.

Due to Covid as we are working from home and will be atleast till the end of this year or even early into next year. We were thinking of moving to SD temporarily for 9-12 months and rent. We will in this time also try and watch the market for any dips and also look for jobs locally just incase our work wants us to come back to the offices. We don’t have office in SD.

We will be in the short term paying mortgage on our house here and rent in SD, but will be getting help from family with kids. Just in case the schools and daycares decides to go online in fall and winter.

Can we get short term rentals preferably with furniture so we don’t have to buy stuff there and save some money. Financially we will be taking a 30k hit paying our mortgage while also paying for rent in SD. But the savings from not sending kid to daycare will offset some of that.

I did some Income tax calculations between the two states and surprisingly we will be paying $400 more in CA vs. DE.

Where can we find short term rentals with the flexibility of extending it if needed.

Our family lives in La Jolla and it’s expensive but would like to start somewhere close.

Schools - if the schools in CA open, can we enroll our one kid who’s in kindergarten for next school year? How would that process look like. So we want to also like to be in a good school district.

Thoughts?

Submitted by Coronita on June 8, 2020 - 2:39pm.

Short term rentals: Have you tried AirBnb/Vrbo?

You might be in luck. Because since we are just emerging from covid, there are probably a lot some hosts that would rather rent to someone for a few months.

What is your price range and what are you looking to rent in terms of size. 3 bedroom, 4 bedroom, etc?

Submitted by Tin369 on June 8, 2020 - 4:32pm.

Haven’t looked at Airbnb and looking for 2-3 bedrooms.

Submitted by gzz on June 8, 2020 - 7:07pm.

San Diego has a big market of school year or "9-month" rentals. The lease goes from Sept to May, and after that you vacate so the owner can do a weekly vacation rental.

So if those are the 9 months you want, you can get a pretty good deal. You can also get part of the summer at the higher weekly rate.

Otherwise, I suggest you just look into people with long term rentals and explain you may need to leave in 9 rather than 12 months and can pay a little extra for this flexibility.

Reasonable price detached house in a good district and near La Jolla? University City or North Clairemont would be my choice.

Depending on where you are coming from, they may seem expensive or cheap, but overall San Diego is more expensive than Delaware. If being very close to La Jolla isn't needed, all areas along the entire 52 are nice and the highway ends in La Jolla so it remains easy to get to. Prices don't really go down as you head east, but the houses are larger and newer.

When you budget, keep in mind your heating and AC costs in San Diego will be very low compared to the NE, and are especially low near the coast when winter lows are rarely below 50 and summer highs rarely above 80.

I think San Diego is one of the best places in the world to work from home, and the number of mid-career professionals and small company owners who do this is huge. I think north county probably has more than the city itself and the inner suburbs.

Final point about La Jolla and schools: the local schools there have declining enrollment due to population aging, so it is easy to get your kid into LJ elementary schools if you're willing to do the drive. The kids will be very welcome because the schools risk closure if student population falls too much, which is what happened in Mission Beach.

Submitted by gzz on June 8, 2020 - 7:11pm.

AirBNB adds its own charge plus a hotel tax. I don't think it is a good option beyond 2 months or so. You could stay a few days and if you like it arrange a regular lease, but zillow and craigslist are where I'd start.

Submitted by Coronita on June 8, 2020 - 7:18pm.

I know that there were a few agents on nextdoor that were placing furnished rentals.

But it just seemed like the furnished rentals were a lot more expensive than if you bought some furniture here and even if you decide not to stay, toss the furniture, especially if you are going to be staying for an entire year.

I wouldn't use craiglist. It's scammy these days. I'd sign up for Zillow which gives you access to two other websites.

As far a good elementary school. There's many of them.
Carmel Valley district (all) , La Jolla, Bird Rock, Rancho Bernardo (Chapperal), 4S ranch. Others can chime in as well as I'm sure there's some good ones in Carlsbad, Poway, and other places too.

Cooling costs go way down the closer you are to the ocean. I don't run my AC most of the time.

As far as looking for a job, depending on what you do, you might have better opportunity finding a job in the Bay Area and working remotely from san diego.

Submitted by FlyerInHi on June 8, 2020 - 11:47pm.

gzz wrote:
AirBNB adds its own charge plus a hotel tax. I don't think it is a good option beyond 2 months or so. You could stay a few days and if you like it arrange a regular lease, but zillow and craigslist are where I'd start.

There are no hotel taxes on Airbnb bookings over 30 days.
The OP may want to book 30 days then negotiate an extension if he likes the house.

Facebook marketplace is another good place to look.

Submitted by Coronita on June 9, 2020 - 12:44am.

OP, if you care about schools, you can look up the schools in question for how well or not so well on the CAASP testing
. CAASP testing was suspended this year, but results from last year are available

https://caaspp-elpac.cde.ca.gov/caaspp/
https://caaspp.cde.ca.gov/sb2018/Search

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Submitted by gzz on June 9, 2020 - 12:01pm.

AirBNB still seems bad for a multi month rental. You have to find a place that takes bookings 9 months in advance but doesn’t have a single booking in your slot. And possibly prepay the whole time.

Submitted by FlyerInHi on June 9, 2020 - 1:18pm.

gzz wrote:
AirBNB still seems bad for a multi month rental. You have to find a place that takes bookings 9 months in advance but doesn’t have a single booking in your slot. And possibly prepay the whole time.

My understanding is that the OP is ready to move now.

With Airbnb, even though you book for multi months, you pay one month at a time. There is 12% booking (varies) that the tenant pays and a 3% transaction fee charged to the landlord.

It’s some risk for the landlord because there’s always risk that Airbnb cannot collect from the tenant each month. So the landlord should draw up a month to month lease and require IDs of all the residents. The landlord may also ask the Airbnb tenants to qualify for the rent.

Submitted by Tin369 on June 9, 2020 - 3:00pm.

Is the $2500-$3000+ the going rate for a 2 bedroom apartment.
Should I go through apartments.com and trust the reviews.

I saw one in La Jolla which has good ratings but looks too small. The other was is called torreyhill gardens apartment or something looks a bit bigger and newer.

Not seeing much Airbnb in Thelma Jolla area in the price range when I filtered for monthly rental and 2 bed min.

Ideally, would love a townhouse or something with a bit more room over an apartment.

As far as schools go - I guess we will have to have a SD address can we give our family address until we get our own place. There are so many moving parts to this.

Do I have to get a CA license?

Submitted by Coronita on June 9, 2020 - 5:15pm.

Tin369 wrote:
Is the $2500-$3000+ the going rate for a 2 bedroom apartment.
Should I go through apartments.com and trust the reviews.

I saw one in La Jolla which has good ratings but looks too small. The other was is called torreyhill gardens apartment or something looks a bit bigger and newer.

Not seeing much Airbnb in Thelma Jolla area in the price range when I filtered for monthly rental and 2 bed min.

Ideally, would love a townhouse or something with a bit more room over an apartment.

As far as schools go - I guess we will have to have a SD address can we give our family address until we get our own place. There are so many moving parts to this.

Do I have to get a CA license?

Please don't rent in Torrey Gardens. Trust me on that one. Besides being expensive, a lot of issues in that complex. Here's just a subset reported by people.

torreygardenstorreygardens

torreygardens2torreygardens2

I removed the names of the actual people that posted. And you can ignore the posts from the Karen's that complain about suspicious tall men that are black, brown, yellow, etc or the complaints about dog owners not picking up after their dog poop (yeah that's annoying, but still).The one that's of more concerning are the reports of car break ins, cars stolen, bikes stolen, motorcycles stolen, and other things like smell, psycho neighbors yelling and screaming in the middle of the night. And the management company not really doing anything about it. Mind you, this is in a neighborhood that is supposedly really safe and secure. But for some reason, this particular complex has an unusually high rate of incidences well above the average of everything else in Carmel Valley. I think it's because of the way they designed it and underground parking, lax in security. It's pretty easy to steal a car from underground without anyone noticing...It's pretty funny because if you lived in that complex, you'd probably think Carmel Valley is in the middle of a riot zone, lol.

Friends don't let friends smoke crack.
Friends don't let friends stay in Torrey Gardens.

If you REALLLY want to live around this area and want to stay in a corporate owned housing, I'd say the better one is Torrey Villas. At least it's gated and the amenities is much better.

https://www.irvinecompanyapartments.com/...

Psss, I heard that existing tenants were given a smashing "deal" to renew their 1 year leases early for 2/2's at a ridiculously good $3000/month if the renewed 3 months earlier then when there leases were up. Translation: they are freaking out that people are not going to renew and rent prices possibly coming down.....So you might be able to negotiate something better..

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cvillas2cvillas2

The common consensus is $3000 for 2/2 right now is too high.

You really shouldn't make a housing decision without seeing things in person. Imho.

BTW: the reference to Altura in the post above is here:

https://www.alturacarmelvalley.com/

You could also try these apartments in the monstrosity called One Paseo. I hear they are having a boatload of issues finding tenants. So they too can probably cut you a deal...

https://onepaseoliving.com/

Carmel Valley isn't the only place that is good to live in. There's plenty of other great places for the same money or less. Most people pick carmel valley due to close proximity to the tech corridor in Sorrento Valley, with arguably a good public school. But imho, the public schools are way overrated. For you, since you are working from home, you don't really need to pay the premium to be close to the tech hub.

You don't need a CA license right away, in fact I would not register your cars for an entire year if you can. Cheaper to keep it registered out of state.

This also might help:
https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_rent/92...

This townhome is pretty nice and in a nice neighborhood. I know because I use to own one in this complex. Sorry that it's listed now at $3400/month. Had I known I could rent it at this price, I probably would have wanted to keep it.
https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/12545...

This one is decent
https://www.zillow.com/b/3754-mykonos-ln...

This one is a 2/3 below $3000/month
https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3754-...

Torrey Ridge is ok, but it's really close to high voltage power lines. Some people don't care. I do...

https://www.zillow.com/b/torrey-ridge-ap...

Pell place is ok as a rental (I wouldn't own one. Lots of builder annoying defects that hopefully they fixed)

https://www.zillow.com/b/carmel-valley-n...

Elysian is ok too.
https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/12602...

Adulucia is ok too.
https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3740-...

There's also . Signature Point. I don't know about them though. They are in the older part of Carmel Valley, which I personally prefer.

https://www.zillow.com/b/signature-point...

There, I just did most of your rental research for you for 92130. Other people can chime in in the UTC/LJ area, Carlsbad, Rancho Bernardo, 4S Ranch.

If you specifically want to look in 92130 and want subjective opinion on 92130 rentals, feel free to PM me or ask here. As far as deciding between 92130 or other places, I won't weigh in on that.

One thing to keep in mind also is that if you rent in a condo/apartment/townhome, your water/trash is generally included. If you rent a SFH elsewhere, usually you are responsible for all the utilities, and you are also responsible for the utilities for upkeeping lawns/vegetation/etc. So if you do decide to rent a SFH, make sure the house in question has a lot of a low maintenance drought resistant vegetation that doesn't require a lot of water on your dime. A typical water/sewage bill even with minimal usage can easily be about $80-100/month, partly becaue of all the fixed non-usage charges San Diego charges for water.

Submitted by gzz on June 9, 2020 - 4:45pm.

Tin, those large complexes are overpriced in my opinion. They focus on a younger market, people with bad credit, and people who can't pay the large security deposit small landlords tend to require.

Here's a renovated 3/2 house with yard in north clairemont for under 3k.

https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4631-...

Might not be that one, but if you can pay 3k and are willing to put some effort into it, you can get a detached house reasonably close to La Jolla.

UC is even closer to La Jolla and sometimes included as part of it. While the prices are high, the lots are usually big and houses big and updated. $3600 4-bed:

https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4750-...

Submitted by Coronita on June 9, 2020 - 5:11pm.

gzz wrote:
Tin, those large complexes are overpriced in my opinion. They focus on a younger market, people with bad credit, and people who can't pay the large security deposit small landlords tend to require.

Here's a renovated 3/2 house with yard in north clairemont for under 3k.

https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4631-...

Might not be that one, but if you can pay 3k and are willing to put some effort into it, you can get a detached house reasonably close to La Jolla.

UC is even closer to La Jolla and sometimes included as part of it. While the prices are high, the lots are usually big and houses big and updated. $3600 4-bed:

https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4750-Pauling-Ave-San-Diego-CA-92122/16843887_zpid/

$10 says he won't like the elementary school. And since it's $3000/month, that leaves out the option to send his kid(s) to a private school. Add $100/month for water bill he will be on the hook for paying himself.

It usually boils down to that when there's a kid(s) involved.

Hawthorne Elementary
https://www.greatschools.org/california/...

Worst performing Carmel Valley Elementary School
https://www.greatschools.org/california/...

Best performing Carmel Valley Elementary Schools
https://www.greatschools.org/california/...

Second best performing Carmel Valley School
https://www.greatschools.org/california/...

Best performing Solana Elementary School serving Carmel Valley residence in that corridor where there's a lot of condos/townhomes
https://www.greatschools.org/california/...

Margin of difference between 4 schools above. Very small. Almost inconsequential.

Really good school in Rancho Bernardo, arguably better than Carmel Valley school
https://www.greatschools.org/california/...

Really good school in LJ/BirdRock, arguably better than Carmel Valley
https://www.greatschools.org/california/...

A lot of parents would rather temporarily live in a smaller place in a better school district than a larger place elsewhere. After all, it's temporary housing. That's why Carmel Valley makes a lousy rental markets. Many people that rent in carmel valley don't stay renters a very long time. They are just passing time to home ownership or deciding whether to stay permanently.

Submitted by gzz on June 9, 2020 - 5:34pm.

I don't think early elementary school it makes any difference to be in a rich versus upper middle class district. They'll be finger-painting and ABCing the same either way. Maybe by high school the difference in AP classes and peer influence will make that difference important.

And socially, do you want to be the poorest kid in CV or have a background similar to peers? Parents of small tots tend to socialize with their playmates.

Submitted by phaster on June 9, 2020 - 6:31pm.

noticed ya have family in La Jolla,... yup its nice and kinda miss movies @thelot but have to wonder now that people are starting to work from home how this changes the whole work/live dynamic (for those of us fortunate to have the skillset and/or RE investments that are in demand)

just listed to a podcast that all piggs might find interesting,...

https://www.startups.com/community/start...

sure its nice to live in a posh area like La Jolla, where there are all kinds of social connections ya won't find in other areas (like neighbors or parents of other kids being billionaires and the doors so to speak that go w/ a direct connection to that kind of social circle)

BUT the BIG question is,... are you willing to sacrifice working long hours to live in the La Jolla area (listen to the podcast to get a better idea of what I am trying to say)

BTW don't wan't to give the impression that having billionaire status is an end all and be all (in the case of TRUMP who is an alleged billionaire I would say that he is a neighbored I would NOT want to have)

what I am trying to say is someone who managed to build up a company from the ground up (in the tech sector), MIGHT BE a good role model for your kids

Submitted by Coronita on June 9, 2020 - 6:36pm.

gzz wrote:
I don't think early elementary school it makes any difference to be in a rich versus upper middle class district. They'll be finger-painting and ABCing the same either way. Maybe by high school the difference in AP classes and peer influence will make that difference important.

And socially, do you want to be the poorest kid in CV or have a background similar to peers? Parents of small tots tend to socialize with their playmates.

You know that, I know that. But some parents will still care a lot for that... Me? Guilty as charged.

Submitted by Coronita on June 9, 2020 - 6:38pm.

phaster wrote:
noticed ya have family in La Jolla,... yup its nice and kinda miss movies @thelot but have to wonder now that people are starting to work from home how this changes the whole work/live dynamic (for those of us fortunate to have the skillset and/or RE investments that are in demand)

just listed to a podcast that all piggs might find interesting,...

https://www.startups.com/community/start...

sure its nice to live in a posh area like La Jolla, where there are all kinds of social connections ya won't find in other areas (like neighbors or parents of other kids being billionaires and the doors so to speak that go w/ a direct connection to that kind of social circle)

BUT the BIG question is,... are you willing to sacrifice working long hours to live in the La Jolla area (listen to the podcast to get a better idea of what I am trying to say)

BTW don't wan't to give the impression that having billionaire status is an end all and be all (in the case of TRUMP who is an alleged billionaire I would say that he is a neighbored I would NOT want to have)

what I am trying to say is someone who managed to build up a company from the ground up (in the tech sector), MIGHT BE a good role model for your kids

Might want to check the post again. Most of the schools listed above are NOT in La Jolla. In fact, I randomly picked near equal performing schools in different parts of San Diego, because these are the public school most other parents know about.

Submitted by Coronita on June 9, 2020 - 10:41pm.

OP, I'm not trying to persuade you to live in Carmel Valley, 92130. But assuming you already did some research and probably gotten some advice from your family in La Jolla, if you wanted to see what address goes to what school in 92130, here's a school boundary map of the DMUSD

https://www.dmusd.org/domain/932

92130 is served by all the elementary school in the Del Mar Unifed School District. There is one exception. Part of 92130 is served by an excellent elementary school on the Solana Beach Unified school district. That school is as good as the schools in DMUSD, probably.even better than many.

Submitted by zk on June 10, 2020 - 8:05am.

Coronita wrote:

If you REALLLY want to live around this area and want to stay in a corporate owned housing, I'd say the better one is Torrey Villas. At least it's gated and the amenities is much better.

https://www.irvinecompanyapartments.com/...

1 data point: We lived in Torrey Villas for a year in 2005 after we sold our house. We liked it a lot. Of course, things could have changed over 15 years.

I'll throw in my usual weather spiel while I'm, here, too: The closer you are to the coast, the cooler and cloudier it is in the spring and summer. Every mile you get further from the coast makes a difference. Right on the coast you'll have lots of days in the upper 60's with overcast. Carmel Valley is a little warmer and sunnier, Rancho Penasquitos more so, Scripps Ranch even more so. By the time you get to Poway, you'll have a lot of days in the 80's with sunshine. In Ramona, it gets hot.

Submitted by spdrun on June 10, 2020 - 9:10am.

Cool and cloudy is beautiful though, compared to sweaty, A/C-needing 85 or 90-degree weather.

Submitted by Coronita on June 10, 2020 - 10:01am.

Roughly 6-8 degrees difference between Carmel valley and Rancho Bernardo. That difference ends up being the monetary difference you spend on running your AC each day in the summer or not.

Submitted by ltsddd on June 10, 2020 - 10:04am.

I'll take sunny, 80 degrees over cloudy and 70 any day. Besides, the sunnier the better my solar system works for me.

Submitted by Tin369 on June 13, 2020 - 5:28am.

Sorry I am on mobile, but thanks for steering me away from Torrey garden apartments.
Being in Carmel valley it is surprising to see that it has bad reviews specially the theft.

We are not set on any location yet but would like to stay a bit closer to take advantage of being close to family which is why we want to temporarily relocate there and hopefully make a permanent move.

We are open to renting townhouse or sfh.

I think anything along the 56 should be good. Is Rancho penesquitos really 10 degrees hotter than the coast?

We are most confused about schools (kindergarten) and if we decide to come in August will they still enroll us?

We want to save money and not send to private schools. As we will be paying mortgage on our house in the east coasts nd eating that cost while also paying high renting in San Diego.

Airbnb is not any cheaper and I am not seeing anything less than $3000, La Jolla is close to 4-5k.

Submitted by zk on June 13, 2020 - 9:55am.

Tin369 wrote:
Is Rancho penesquitos really 10 degrees hotter than the coast?

First, there's really only a significant temperature difference when there's a cool seabreeze. Which is most of the spring and summer and I'd say sometimes in the fall. On some days the marine layer goes all the way to the mountains and stays all day. On those days the temperature difference isn't so great. Those days are pretty common in May and June (although not this year).

Penasquitos is a couple miles in width. So the very east parts of RP will be probably two degrees warmer than the western parts.

And "the coast," temperature wise, really means right at the coast. Within, maybe, a quarter mile. That first mile is the biggest, then the gradient shallows (but is still significant). There are lots of days in the summer when the coast doesn't get above 68.

But, yes, I would guess that the very eastern parts of RP average about 8 or 10 degrees hotter than the immediate coast in the summer (on days when the marine layer doesn't cover RP all day). The western parts a bit less.

This is all just my (fairly close) observations over the years, but others might have other information.

Edit:

RP is actually about 4 miles wide. The closest part of it is about 5 1/2 miles from the ocean and the farthest about 9 1/2 miles. But the bulk of it is 7-9 miles from the ocean. Those are the areas I was using. But if you live in the very western part, you might only be 5 to 7 degrees warmer than the coast.

Submitted by SDNative2 on June 13, 2020 - 8:39am.

You might want to search the threads here for school recommendations. I recall a really helpful discussion a few years ago about Ls Jolla vs. North Pacific Beach vs. Carmel Valley.

Other than that, you can still check the California Dept. of Education website to compare schools here:

Narrative:
https://www.sarconline.org/

Data:
https://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/ac/cm/

You can dig further on specific schools, but this is a starting point.

Best wishes~

Submitted by Coronita on June 13, 2020 - 1:12pm.

Tin369 wrote:
Sorry I am on mobile, but thanks for steering me away from Torrey garden apartments.
Being in Carmel valley it is surprising to see that it has bad reviews specially the theft.

We are not set on any location yet but would like to stay a bit closer to take advantage of being close to family which is why we want to temporarily relocate there and hopefully make a permanent move.

We are open to renting townhouse or sfh.

I think anything along the 56 should be good. Is Rancho penesquitos really 10 degrees hotter than the coast?

We are most confused about schools (kindergarten) and if we decide to come in August will they still enroll us?

We want to save money and not send to private schools. As we will be paying mortgage on our house in the east coasts nd eating that cost while also paying high renting in San Diego.

Airbnb is not any cheaper and I am not seeing anything less than $3000, La Jolla is close to 4-5k.

10 degrees hotter in RP. It depends. Carmel Valley is large, the closer you are to the coast the more of the ocean breeze you get. The 8-10 degree difference is an approximate based in my cars temperature gauge as I've seen it change from I15 to 56west all the way to the 5 interchange. It's not always that different... sometimes...

Kindergarten enrollment. If you come in August, they should allow a late enrollment. You might not get the school of your choice even if you live in the boundary but they should let you enroll at least one school in the district . Example, if you rent a home that you think will give you access to Ocean Air, they might be at capacity, so they might make you enroll your kid at Torrey Hills or Ashley Falls or one of the schools not as crowded.

Personally, I don't think it really makes that much difference in the DMUSD district which school it is. It might be of a difference in a different district where the schools are drastically different...mainly based in parental involvement. The best thing I would do is look up the school district's office and call them and ask. the DMUSD usually has an office open for calls over the summer. And Poway Unified I think does too.

Carlsbad is also a very nice area, but I'm guessing you want to be closer to LJ. Traffic won't be as bad probably when they finally finish the I-5 expansion. I think in 2021-22

Here's some resources to help

https://www.dmusd.org/Page/8868
https://www.dmusd.org/Page/8832

One nice thing about this district is if your kid has special needs, they do have a lot of special needs teaching assistants and support staff.

Let me know if you need additional info.

Submitted by Tin369 on June 14, 2020 - 5:53am.

Thanks about the enrolllment informations and thank you all for continuing this discussion with me. I am feeling overwhelmed, but knowing that the school may or may not open and for kindergarten even if it opens we may keep them home.

The biggest challenge we have is being close to La Jolla and finding a decent apartment or townhouse that is not super expensive. Close to La Jolla so we can take advantage of family support. But 20min from La Jolla is ok too if it means getting a bigger apartment it house.

Submitted by zk on June 14, 2020 - 11:40am.

Tin369 wrote:
Thanks about the enrolllment informations and thank you all for continuing this discussion with me. I am feeling overwhelmed, but knowing that the school may or may not open and for kindergarten even if it opens we may keep them home.

Honestly, given the areas you're choosing from, I don't think which elementary school your kids go to is going to amount to a hill of beans. Your kid will find delightful teachers and classmates in Carmel Valley, Rancho Penasquitos, 4S Ranch, Scripps Ranch, Rancho Bernardo, or any of the communities in this area. Within Carmel Valley, there is even less difference. You really can't go wrong in Carmel Valley.

High school might be different. (Then it might not).

Canyon Crest Academy sent (I heard) 11 kids to MIT last year. And a bunch to Harvard, Stanford, Yale, etc. Kids (and their parents) are very motivated there. Of course, that kind of competition might not be for everybody.

Torrey Pines is also an excellent school. But I would put it a firm notch below CCA academically, especially if you include the students and the atmosphere (as opposed to just the coursework, resources, and teachers).

Torrey Pines is a much more Rah-Rah! kind of atmosphere, more like your typical clique-y suburban high school, whereas CCA is (socially) more modern, diverse, and accepting. And (last I heard) you get to choose between those high schools, so you and your kids have a chance to pick what's best for them.

I don't know much about Westview High School, but I have a few friends whose kids went there and I hear great things.

As you go further east, I believe objective measures show that the high schools aren't quite as good out there. But still very good.

All that said, some will question whether it's easier to get into a great college from a great high school or not. That might be a debate to follow as your kids get closer to high school.

Submitted by Coronita on June 14, 2020 - 8:35am.

Westview is good high school. There is a neglible amount of difference between elementary school in Carmel Valley, RB, 4s, Poway, Carlsbad. But it's.still way too early to think about high school or even middle school.

I anticipate since you are only going to be trying out San Diego right now, if you do decide to stay, you will probably move again anyway.

I would ask other people as well who live in some of these other areas who can give you more details about those schools.

Since you will be working from home, you have a lot of flexibility where you can live.

If you are concerned about whether school districts will allow late enrollment, one thing to do is go to Zillow and look up a house in a given area. The listing will give you the school they belong to and you can Google the school and get the contact info for the school district to call to find out about their enrollment process.

Submitted by Tin369 on June 14, 2020 - 2:15pm.

Ok, ch aging topics slightly. In terms of buying, I think it’s still a sellers market, but do you guys think there could be a price drop in a year?

Also, for buying we don’t know where but yet most likely between I5 and west of 15.

How does Mello Roos work and for some of the areas there is no way to avoid it.

What do you guys think of the new construction two homes in del sur or rancho penesquitos?

How would guys compare Carlsbad or Oceanside areas to the ones mentioned above.

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