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.


Submitted by flyer on June 14, 2020 - 4:11pm.


Also have family in LJ, and my wife and I were raised there. Lived in CV, and elsewhere, kids went to school in CV, then private. Great area, schools and lifestyle, and about 20 minutes to LJ. Of course you'll have to make your own choices--weighing financial considerations, and other preferences--but that would be my suggestion.

Submitted by Coronita on June 14, 2020 - 4:50pm.

Tin369 wrote:
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?

don't know. I don't have a crystal ball.


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

I think you should move here rent for awhile and then decide if you plan on staying for the long term before making a very important decision such as buying


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

Yes, and that shouldn't be your immediate concern until you are sure you want to live here permenantly.


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.

Carlsbad is nice imho. Oceanside, well I don't know much about it. Some of it I guess is good, some of it I guess isn't good.

Submitted by scaredyclassic on June 14, 2020 - 9:23pm.

Never jump into anything.

Be particularly cautious concerning outdated kitchens and the urge to renovate.

Always consider temecula, as it is very nice

Submitted by Tin369 on June 16, 2020 - 4:46pm.

Do any of you know about these the two rental places.

1. The Reserve at the 4S ranch.

Submitted by feraina on June 20, 2020 - 5:37am.

Our local elementary school in LJ, Torrey Pines Elementary, will enroll new students within the boundary any time of the year — thé principal emphasized that when we toured. They said they cannot predict class size and configuration until September because people can enroll anytime and the school has to take them. It sounded like all public schools are like this. It’s one of the three elementary schools in La Jolla and rates near the top of all San Diego unified schools. The western most strip of UTC is in an optional enrollment area that is zoned to Torrey pines as well. Climate: we live in LJ Shores, which for me is plenty warm enough in the summer and not too cold in the winter. I don’t find we have too many overcast days. Definitely cooler here than eastern Mira Mesa where my parents live, which I find too hot. My parents want to move further west for that reason. Poshness: I guess there are posh people here but also plenty of families who live in UCSD student or faculty housing who are all zoned here, as well as parents who work for the extensive UCSD healthcare system/medical school. We’re not posh people ourselves. :)

San Diego Unified is planning a full time reopening in the fall but needs additional federal funding for the spring, because of extra cost involved in making schools safe — if that doesn’t come it plans to go full distance learning in the spring. But the second wave might send everyone home by then anyway.
Del Mar Union is planning full reopening for the whole school year.

Btw I saw a 3BD house with peek ocean view for rent in downtown LJ (Zoned to LJ Elementary) today (Zillow) for $4000/month. Might be a bit much for your budget but very good deal for LJ! For well priced furnished rentals try — mainly academics renting to each other when they go on sabbatical for a year. We’ve had good experiences with it. There are also some non academics there as renters and landlords.

Feel free to PM me if you have any questions.

Submitted by svelte on June 20, 2020 - 8:06am.

Coronita wrote:
Tin369 wrote:

Do I have to get a CA license?

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 is questionable advice from a legal standpoint.

You're considered a CA resident if your dependents attend school here.

If you're moving to California, you have 10 days to apply for a California driver's license.

You must register your car in California if it is based in California or spends a majority of its time on California highways.

Submitted by barnaby33 on June 20, 2020 - 2:39pm.

Plenty of hosts on Airbnb rent long term as well. Right now you could probably find a sweet deal on a longer term rental fully furnished. The facebook group San Diego Airbnb short term rentals is a good starting point.

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