Skyranch in Santee

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Submitted by sunny88 on March 1, 2009 - 12:43am

The homes at Skyranch in Santee are very "reasonably" priced compared to other new homes in San Diego and there is no Mello Roos. I would like to see if anybody in this forum has bought a home in this development or if anybody has an opinion if they are a good value. Also, will home prices in Santee go up faster than other parts of SD?

Submitted by natty on June 18, 2010 - 11:46am.

sdcellar wrote:

Just remember that people can lie to themselves just as easily as any salesperson can. These are called rationalizations.

I'm not saying people shouldn't hope for a better tomorrow and all that, but they should go in with their eyes wide open.

I appreciate that it's nice for people to feel good about their choices, but at some point...

Yes. Emotions can and do fool us all.

Has become apparent in this thread some are interchanging factual data & emotion as they see fit for both themselves and others.

SkyRanch person has provided easy access to links regarding the area. For that, the work is appreciated.

If one were to do same for each/every area in San Diego, it would make all of our 'jobs' easier in residence search. Be this person in sales or not, such research is applauded. Seems safe to state, a % of people don't put the same work and thought into purchase.

But again, where said person(SRO)comes up short, is substituting personalized emotion for data/fact. This is where I hold 'information' at fault, and therefore checked out the area in question myself.

Submitted by SkyRanchOwner on June 18, 2010 - 12:48pm.

joec, as I've said, Sky Ranch won't be for everyone.

Trust me though when I say it is very safe up here, with lots of walking room.

Most criminals don't like a community that has only 1 way in and 1 way out. It's very easy to "trap" them and block off the exit.

You could actually block them off all the way over at the Graves/Prospect intersection!!

4S Ranch has actually had many home invasions after people go to work. I've heard this from people that live there. So many homes, so much traffic around the homes, who would notice...

I bring this up because crime is everywhere, but know that Sky Ranch is a safe community.

Also, talking about walking around. You would be amazed at how many people are walking around, jogging, pushing strollers, etc. There is a lot of flat road area up here for just that.

Also, Santee has a very low crime rate, despite how it "looks" in areas. Maybe because people are afraid the owners might shoot back!

Either way, you need to look at your situation and determine if it's right for you. It was right for us, and when I say, we were skeptical too. I'm telling you the truth that we were. We even had a little buyer's remorse at first, not sure if we made the right decision. But, I tell you, we are even happier today than when we first bought. Why? Because we realized all our concerns were just our own created fear, and we've also had more time to experience living up here. We've realized, heck, we REALLY like this place. Also, the neighbors say the same things too. That they really like it up here. It's in its own world, up on the mountain. We've also noticed that even though everyone isn't driving a BMW or Mercedes or other high-end car, they are all VERY nice and polite.

In addition, as I've mentioned in the last post about seeing the plan for the area, sometimes you don't know if things will happen or be executed on, just like with a business investment. Seeing these things happen, over time, and be executed, has made us again, verify our trust in our decision. For example, first, the Graves/Prospect intersection was hideous and a nightmare with no stoplights, limited lanes, and constant back-ups. Now, there are traffic lights, there are multiple lanes, the curbs were cemented, and the traffic flow is much, much better. Of course there is still a lot of dirt around, but this will change in time once the 52 is completed. Next, the 52 is being completed. This project wasn't halted by the down economy. It will be finished, and it will shorten the drive time to Sorrento Valley and La Jolla. Lastly, the Town Center Community Park is being completed. This was just a dream at one time, but now it is near completion.

So, all this isn't just a maybe in someones mind or just on paper. This city is in the EXECUTION process of getting the plan done.

I'm not just verifying my purchase decision for my own accord or psychological well being, I'm giving you facts of things happening around Sky Ranch and getting done, per the plan.

Just like Apple said at one time that we will dominate the digital computer media world, they have executed that plan and taken it a step further from the iPOD to the iPHONE to now the iPAD.

This just in. Looks like new pricing on Crestview homes:

Residence 1 B Homesite 0023 $499,990
Estimated Availability July 2010
5583 Dracena Street, Santee, CA, 9207

Residence 2 A Homesite 0022 $516,990
Estimated Availability July 2010
5589 Dracena Street, Santee, CA, 92071

Residence 2 Homesite 0024 $513,990
Estimated Availability July 2010
5577 Dracena Street, Santee, CA, 92071

Residence 2 Homesite 0040 $533,990
Estimated Availability July 2010
5580 Dracena Street, Santee, CA, 92071

Crestview Homesite map:
http://www.lennar.com/images/com/files/n...

Submitted by kcal09 on June 18, 2010 - 1:36pm.

joec wrote:
This is my take on Sky Ranch and Santee in general. We visited all the new Santee communities (Riverwalk, Skyranch) back in mid - late 2008. Some of the plan 3 Stoney Creek Riverwalk places were going for 550k or so then? Sky ranch Crestview was listing for 655k or so back then? I agree that when you get inside your home in Skyranch, it's nice and quiet, but getting there isn't so nice IMO.

On our first visit, we didn't notice the run down strip mall (on mission gorge?), apartments right outside Skyranch, but on a subsequent visit, we just didn't like what we saw getting there. People hanging around street corners and there being a few apartment complexes right outside the slope and checking the sex offender website, a few sex offenders living there as well was a big negative for us.

Another thing I noticed is that they advertise no MR, but when we first visited and about a year later, the HOA actually went up. If someone has old notes from 2008, 2009 and now, the HOA back then was "only" about $150 or so I think.

You also don't get much for your HOA fee we felt and they had to raise the fee to pay for the slope maintenance (useless IMO). When we looked back then, only 2 of the 12 or 13 Crestview homes sold telling us that they were already overpriced and HOA fees had to go up to cover the maintenance (and it did). Maybe it's better now, but advertising no MR and raising HOA left a bad taste in our mouth.

Another thing I've noticed is that Santee seems to be the dumping ground for the rest of San Diego. There is a dump there and I think Santee just lost a San Diego vote to expand the dump site there since it's owned by "San Diego". They are also expanding the jail I think. No one else wants it, let's give it to Mikee, oops, Santee, they'll take all our crap! That's what it sounds like in the news...

On other subsequent visits, we also didn't like the prospective homebuyers there. Economic segregation/discrimination is a great thing and being an older community, there is just too much lower priced housing stock in the area (not to mention the trailer park next to the 52) and the accompanying type of person there. That's not everyone of course, but you get the idea.

I'm also curious how much you paid SRO if you don't mind sharing a price range since when we compared prices back then, we felt there were much better values than Sky Ranch without the negative Santee (east county) stigma (however much there is).

As stated here, I think Crestview is now in the 500-550k range. I think some places in Del Sur offer that price point now (alleyway homes). There are new places in Carlsbad (smaller) there as well I think and with a 30 yr loan and a hundred or 2 more per month, I think most folks would spring for another location if possible. I think the new 4S homes start in the low 600s for one of the new developments.

That said, I just don't think Sky Ranch is a great deal unless you HAVE to have some view (which we didn't care for). In terms of housing resale value, it's always better to be the least expensive house in your general area so you get lifted up by every other house than to be the 600-800k house in Santee when the avg home there is much much lower.

Hope this helps other prospective home shoppers.

Your observations are identical to mine. I did not have a good impression when I first went to Skyranch when driving by the apartment building on Graves. It just felt weird that these nice homes are so close to those old and run down houses. You also pointed out the sex offenders living in that neighborhood and I fully agree that this could be a problem when it comes to resale value. smart buyers always check these kind of info before making a descision to buy.

Submitted by sdrealtor on June 18, 2010 - 2:02pm.

It was spur of the moment and next time I'll clue you in. The basic strategy I am implementing is when everything seems awful and we have 2 or 3 big down days in a row its time to get back in. I never go all in and usually put 25 to 50% in case it goes even lower. If it dropped bigtime for 2 or 3 more days I would probably put more and even consider putting the rest in. Then when everyone seems complacent and happy, I'm heading for the hills. We'll se how it works out. I'll PM you when I'm getting the itch on way or the other.

Submitted by sdrealtor on June 18, 2010 - 2:07pm.

I knew it wasnt close to "at least 6 miles" and that 3.7 miles plus 1 mile for driving takes less than 5 minutes.

Submitted by PKMAN on June 18, 2010 - 2:18pm.

kcal09][quote=joec wrote:
You also pointed out the sex offenders living in that neighborhood and I fully agree that this could be a problem when it comes to resale value. smart buyers always check these kind of info before making a descision to buy.
Sex offenders live everywhere in the greater SD. I've also looked at the Megan's Law website and found that all the zip codes where I was looking (San Marcos, Rancho Bernardo, MM and Poway, etc) had sex offenders living there. It's virtually impossible to find a populated residential area within SD where's there's no sex offenders.

I understand the other knocks on Santee but to pin this one on Santee just isn't fair. If I'm a girl, there are many neighborhoods that I can think of that's more scary to walk around after dark.

Submitted by PCinSD on June 18, 2010 - 3:06pm.

If memory serves me right, I bought a townhouse in Santee in 1992. Across the street from Santana High on Magnolia. By 1994 it was underwater.

The 52 was just going in at that time, and the realtors always said that the completion would completely change Santee. I'm sure it has had an effect on that area.

What I liked about Santee: In the evenings I liked the sunsets - being surrounded by a range of hills. It looked cool.

I didn't like anything else about Santee. Now, everything that I didn't like about it remains, but just with more traffic. The last time I was out there was 2008.

I agree with what another poster suggested: Paying that much is the classic "buying the nicest house in the poorest location" syndrome. Having lived there myself, and been there somewhat recently, I am surprised that people are paying $800k to live there.

I wish I liked where I live now as much as SRO likes his/her place. It's nice and all, don't get me wrong. But damn, SRO really really really really really really really really really really really loves Skryranch in Santee. Must be nice.

Submitted by joec on June 18, 2010 - 4:40pm.

I agree that there are sex offenders everywhere. I'm just pointing out that in terms of future value and price increases, any home buyer is going to do basic research and something like this may completely put off a buyer. At least for us, this was one of the checks we did and one of the reasons we did not buy there.

Anyhow, here's some data for thoughts/discussion:

San Marcos comes out pretty well on this metric, at least based on this data.

ZIP -- CITY -- # of sex offenders -- Population -- # of offenders per 10000 people.

92025 Escondido: 45 / 50,337 = 8.9397 offenders for every 10k peeps
92071 Santee: 47 / 54,369 = 8.6446 offenders for every 10k peeps
92126 Mira Mesa: 32 / 77,323 = 4.1385 offenders for every 10k peeps
92127 4s Ranch: 7 / 20,869 = 3.3543 offenders for every 10k peeps
92069 San Marcos: 22 / 74,591 = 2.9494 offenders for every 10k peeps
92118 Coronado: 5 / 22,593 = 2.2131 offenders for every 10k peeps
92037 La Jolla: 5 / 46,231 = 1.0815 offenders for every 10k peeps
92130 Carmel Valley: 3 / 29,364 = 1.0217 offenders for every 10k peeps

Population data based on zip code search at City Data.
http://www.city-data.com/

Megan's Law data from Office of the Attorney General's website based on zip again:
http://www.meganslaw.ca.gov/

Submitted by SkyRanchOwner on June 18, 2010 - 5:40pm.

I'm not saying that Sky Ranch is comparable to Carmel Valley, Del Mar, Rancho Bernardo, and other areas.

I am comparing it to San Marcos and Chula Vista on commute, pricing, size of house, size of lot, view, closeness to good shopping and restaurants, and amenities in the City. In my opinion, based on all the links I showed you, we chose Sky Ranch.

Also, who would have lived in East Village (Petco Park area) downtown 10 years ago?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_Villag...
http://www.sdeastvillage.com/

Probably, not most of the people on this blog. Yet, today, you would probably enjoy a nice condo down there.

Again, I'm buying on what Santee will be in the future. When you can drive that 52 straight from La Jolla/Sorrento Valley, and it drops you off right on Magnolia/Prospect at the bottom of the mountain, I won't even have to drive through town. I know this because I've been looking in detail at the plans for the 52, since they gave them to us when we bought the house. Not only that, but you can now see on Magnolia where those on-ramps and off-ramps will be. (This will be done in less than 1 year!!)

pabloesquobar, the 52 has changed Santee, you just didn't wait long enough on your house. Plus, your house was no where near the 52 to give you the benefits as much. In addition, what would that house have been worth in 2005? Did you know that many of the old, old homes in Santee were selling for $500k+ during the boom years? Wait till the 52 extends to the 67. It will have many offramps/onramps through the Santee area. This WILL minimize traffic on Mission Gorge.

And the whole, "buying the nicest house in the poorest location", schtick is a little extreme. I wouldn't call Santee the poorest location, by any means. If your mind is set on living in Del Mar or Rancho Santa Fe, then that's a different story when comparing to Santee. Santee is it's own city, with it's own unique culture/style. Again, it's not for everyone, yet it definitely isn't as bad as some of you make it out to be.

Also, any of you questioning the view, should really come up here at night!! Those are some of the best views. Very quiet and lots of city lights, plus a nice sunset to go with it.

Submitted by Aecetia on June 18, 2010 - 5:53pm.

You are just going to have to host an evening party at your house to show off the view.

Submitted by Hobie on June 18, 2010 - 6:27pm.

Hi SkyRanchOwner, any word on those utility rates yet? I just got my SDGE bill via email with those snazzy new meters.

Submitted by kcal09 on June 18, 2010 - 8:31pm.

Aecetia wrote:
You are just going to have to host an evening party at your house to show off the view.

Aecetia: I was there to watch the sunset and it was spectacular... Still it wasn't enough to convince me to make an offer.

Submitted by sdrealtor on June 19, 2010 - 1:07pm.

natty wrote:
sdrealtor wrote:

And for the record Sharp and Children's are nowhere near 6 miles away from the Golden Triangle border of the 52/805 intersection. Look at a map, it wont hurt you.

Not that it matters, but if you truly want to be(more) specific:

the center point of 52/805 to children's hospital is roughly 3.7 miles, using latitude/longitude & my calculations. So add to that roughly 1 mile to allow for driving.

Dude you are good. I just got back from a drive down to Chula Vista and clocked the distance from the 52 offramp on the 805 to the Genessee off ramp on 163 and it was exactly 3.7 miles.

Submitted by kcal09 on June 19, 2010 - 5:35pm.

pabloesqobar wrote:
If memory serves me right, I bought a townhouse in Santee in 1992. Across the street from Santana High on Magnolia. By 1994 it was underwater.

The 52 was just going in at that time, and the realtors always said that the completion would completely change Santee. I'm sure it has had an effect on that area.

What I liked about Santee: In the evenings I liked the sunsets - being surrounded by a range of hills. It looked cool.

I didn't like anything else about Santee. Now, everything that I didn't like about it remains, but just with more traffic. The last time I was out there was 2008.

I agree with what another poster suggested: Paying that much is the classic "buying the nicest house in the poorest location" syndrome. Having lived there myself, and been there somewhat recently, I am surprised that people are paying $800k to live there.

I wish I liked where I live now as much as SRO likes his/her place. It's nice and all, don't get me wrong. But damn, SRO really really really really really really really really really really really loves Skryranch in Santee. Must be nice.

Paying $800k for a house in Santee is insane.

Submitted by SkyRanchOwner on June 19, 2010 - 9:16pm.

kcal09, FYI (These aren't $800k, more like $499k - $534k!)

Residence 1 B Homesite 0023 $499,990 (2418 sq. ft.)
Estimated Availability July 2010
5583 Dracena Street, Santee, CA, 9207

Residence 2 A Homesite 0022 $516,990 (2884 sq. ft.)
Estimated Availability July 2010
5589 Dracena Street, Santee, CA, 92071

Residence 2 Homesite 0024 $513,990 (2884 sq. ft.)
Estimated Availability July 2010
5577 Dracena Street, Santee, CA, 92071

Residence 2 Homesite 0040 $533,990 (2800 sq. ft.)
Estimated Availability July 2010
5580 Dracena Street, Santee, CA, 92071

Crestview Homesite map:
http://www.lennar.com/images/com/files/n...

Submitted by SkyRanchOwner on June 19, 2010 - 9:20pm.

kcal09, these aren't $800k either!

Residence 1 Homesite 0217 $739,990 (3568 sq. ft.)
Estimated Availability July 2010
7279 Ocotillo Street, Santee, CA, 92071

Residence 2X Homesite 0213 $699,990 (4168 sq. ft.)
Available Now
7270 Ocotillo Street, Santee, CA, 92071

Residence 2X Homesite 0214 $745,990 (4168 sq. ft.)
Estimated Availability July 2010
7297 Ocotillo Street, Santee, CA, 92071

Residence 2X Homesite 0216 $755,990 (4168 sq. ft.)
Estimated Availability July 2010
7285 Ocotillo Street, Santee, CA, 92071

Eaglepointe Homesite map:
http://www.lennar.com/images/com/files/n...

Submitted by SkyRanchOwner on June 20, 2010 - 10:17pm.

Hey, kcal09, if you don't like the ones in Sky Ranch, then try these:

These are in your $800k to $1 mill range in Santee!!

http://www.sdlookup.com/MLS-100031409-91...

http://www.sdlookup.com/MLS-100023857-91...

Submitted by SkyRanchOwner on June 20, 2010 - 10:18pm.

Old article I found on Santee, which was in the San Diego Magazine back in October 1997. I found it an interesting read.

http://www.sandiegomagazine.com/media/Sa...

Submitted by sunny88 on June 20, 2010 - 10:23pm.

SkyRanchOwner wrote:
Hey, kcal09, if you don't like the ones in Sky Ranch, then try these:

These are in your $800k to $1 mill range in Santee!!

http://www.sdlookup.com/MLS-100031409-91...

http://www.sdlookup.com/MLS-100023857-9124_Shadow_Hill_Rd_Santee_CA_92071

These are nice homes. But again, why spend $1 million for a home in Santee if I can buy a home in a nicer neighborhood in Scripps Ranch for the same amount and have better schools? Nobody has answered this question so far.

Submitted by NotCranky on June 20, 2010 - 11:23pm.

sunny88 wrote:
SkyRanchOwner wrote:
Hey, kcal09, if you don't like the ones in Sky Ranch, then try these:

These are in your $800k to $1 mill range in Santee!!

http://www.sdlookup.com/MLS-100031409-91...

http://www.sdlookup.com/MLS-100023857-9124_Shadow_Hill_Rd_Santee_CA_92071

These are nice homes. But again, why spend $1 million for a home in Santee if I can buy a home in a nicer neighborhood in Scripps Ranch for the same amount and have better schools? Nobody has answered this question so far.

I did address that question but people keep seeing things through their own eyes only.

There are people who make money enough to pay for these houses in and around Santee.

Not everyone is controlled by the "better schools" question for several possible good reasons. They may not have school age kids, They may home-school. They may think that good parenting can overcome a small deficiency in the school system and possibly have more time to do that parenting because the real estate is cheaper where everyone isn't paying 400k extra to say they have the shortest commute and best public schools. Lakeside,conveniently located near Santee, has a full immersion Spanish program that I have heard is very good.

Submitted by bearishgurl on June 20, 2010 - 11:36pm.

Russell wrote:
Lakeside,conveniently located near Santee, has a full immersion Spanish program that I have heard is very good.

Russell, Rancho Del Rey's Discovery Elementary School in Chula Vista has a similar program that has been going on at least 12 years and is very good. IMO, this is a great opportunity for kids and I wish I could have gotten my last kid in it but did not have final say in the matter.

Submitted by natty on June 21, 2010 - 10:43am.

SkyRanchOwner wrote:

Let's just say we feel we got a decent deal, because prices were marked down from where they were initially, once they figured out the demand and correct price point. In addition, we have a great view! Plus, no one behind us and no one across the street.

I do know prices have continued to go down, even from when we bought. It's just a sign of the times. We plan to be here for several years, so we aren't worried if prices drop another 10% or even 20%.

We're the type that are willing to wait, knowing that 10-20 years from now, these houses will all be in the high $900 or $1 million+ again for Eaglepointe homes once the buildout is complete.

Psychologically, people don't like to wait for things to happen. They want it all right now. Do you realize that Bel Etage in RB used to be in the mid $800k, now you can't touch them for less than $1 mill or more. It would be a lot higher if it wasn't for the RE market crash.

IMO, it's like making an investment in a company. There is risk in this, yet you take all things into consideration, and based on the future plan, think, I believe demand for this area will go up over time. In general, by increasing demand, prices should go up. Remember Apple, the company, at one time, no one wanted to touch that stock either, but, smart investors, seeing the future plan, took a chance, bought the stock, and today, well, you know the story!

on one hand I applaud your ability to find a residence that encompassed all that you desired, independent of purchase price at that time. But, in the next breath you write of buying the house as an investment you HOPE to make money on.

Both don't go hand-in-hand.

Not to point a stick or start a philosophical debate, but the more you describe reason(s) for buying the property, the more confused you seem to appear.

BTW, comparing your buying of in Santee now to East Village of 10 years ago, further solidifies your apparent confusion.

Submitted by natty on June 21, 2010 - 10:51am.

sdrealtor wrote:
natty wrote:
sdrealtor wrote:

And for the record Sharp and Children's are nowhere near 6 miles away from the Golden Triangle border of the 52/805 intersection. Look at a map, it wont hurt you.

Not that it matters, but if you truly want to be(more) specific:

the center point of 52/805 to children's hospital is roughly 3.7 miles, using latitude/longitude & my calculations. So add to that roughly 1 mile to allow for driving.

Dude you are good. I just got back from a drive down to Chula Vista and clocked the distance from the 52 offramp on the 805 to the Genessee off ramp on 163 and it was exactly 3.7 miles.

Always appreciate a double check when math is involved.

Submitted by kcal09 on June 21, 2010 - 1:23pm.

In my opinion it will take more than just a few years for the home value at Skyranch to go up to $1 million. I would just see it as a home but certainly not an investment at this time.

Submitted by SkyRanchOwner on June 21, 2010 - 1:36pm.

natty, I'm not confused. I bought in an area that already had major depreciation like Chula Vista and San Marcos. They were the first to take major drops unlike Carmel Valley, Del Mar, Rancho Bernardo, and other areas that have MAJOR high-end shadow inventory that will soon push average home prices even lower for those areas, in my opinion. People in these areas have hung on longer and are sitting in their homes, milking the system for every drop of free rent.

Sky Ranch was built after the RE crash started, and Lennar corrected the home prices to match current market values. Of course, prices are still dropping, yet I don't feel they will drop as much as other areas have yet to drop that were built on the RE boom time, especially areas like 4S Ranch.

Let me clarify, that when I speak of investment, I'm not confused. I'm talking long-term investment, not just someone looking to "flip" or as we call now "flop" in the short-term. Everyone wants a quick buck. We bought in an area and community that we thought mitigated against many current RE risks out there, especially in the higher end areas, that, as I mentioned, in my opinion, still have a ways to go in correction to come back to reality. Again, we are thinking long-term, versus short term, as, natty, you may be thinking.

If you had bought property in East Village or other areas, before the boom, wouldn't you have made money? Areas that undergo GENTRIFICATION can appreciate in value and increase the demand for that area. All it takes is the right plan, execution, and a little time and patience, which, unfortunately, most people don't have these days.

All I have to tell you, which is a fact, is that homes are still selling in Sky Ranch! Sure, prices will fluctuate, but that fluctuation will be reduced, in my opinion. Once Sky Ranch is built out, and there are no more homes left, except resale, prices will go up. It will be a simple supply and demand, economical process. Sky Ranch is the BEST, NEW community in East County per location, views, home size, lot size, commute time, and many other factors.

PS - I don't plan on moving anytime soon, because I really like it here, yet I would rather have positive equity than negative equity in my home any time of the day. So, I see less risk of this versus all the other new home buyers who bought during the boom period and are already majorly underwater, 3-5 years out...

Submitted by joec on June 21, 2010 - 8:19pm.

Blossom Grove?

Anyone have info on the new homes of Blossom Grove in Carlsbad? I ask because I just saw ads in the UT for homes in the 2000-2800 sqft for 520k to 570k or so. On the surface, compared to Santee, wouldn't this be a more desirable location for a similar price point to sky ranch? (although without the view perhaps).

Schools? Lot size?

Submitted by sunny88 on June 21, 2010 - 9:17pm.

Skyranchowner,

you raved so much about Skyranch without mentioning the schools in Santee. How are they compared to schools in 4S Ranch or Scripps Ranch? Does a family have to send their kids to a private school if they live in Santee or is there no need to do so? Your input will be very much appreciated.

Submitted by Hobie on June 21, 2010 - 9:32pm.

Ok SkyranchOwner enough already. You have posted dozens of links yet can't seem to find a water or electric bill.

Your a tool or simply a pathetic sales rep for sky ranch. You have generated enough discussion about the site yet no one wants to move there and have politely posted the plethora of negative solid reasons.

If you you really wanted to attract interest from this sites members, you would be offering a significant discount. Otherwise you are, forgive me....simply pi$$ing into the wind.

Move on.

Submitted by Coronita on June 21, 2010 - 9:37pm.

sunny88 wrote:
Skyranchowner,

you raved so much about Skyranch without mentioning the schools in Santee. How are they compared to schools in 4S Ranch or Scripps Ranch? Does a family have to send their kids to a private school if they live in Santee or is there no need to do so? Your input will be very much appreciated.

I bet about 10 bucks that says most people who say "with the money I save living in X, I can send my kid(s) to private school", most of them end up not doing so...Why? Because after doing research on the total cost of sending kids to private school, I think the conclusion would be the number doesn't add up...

Sending kids from k-6 to a good private school is around a $100k proposition per kid (not even including high school)...Example, check out tuition prices at places like LJ Country Day... $15k-20k PER YEAR PER KID....And that doesn't even include donations which you are "highly encouraged" to do (and yes, you'll be competing with Jones down the streets from LJ that can drop another $5-10k+ in donations per year), and yes, the greater the donations, the more attention your kid gets.

So again, I don't buy this "with the money I save, I can send my kids to a private school". I'd venture to even say, most people that say this, haven't really looked into how much it really does cost to send kids to private schools for k-6, k-8, or k-12....

IF you do place such an importance "best/better" schools (which even that is questionable if necessary), paying $100k-150k premium for a good district probably IS more cost effective if you are talking about 1.5+kids through 12 years. So again, I don't buy the argument about folks living in a lower cost area to "save" to send their kids to a better private school. The math doesn't work out.

Folks that can afford to send their kids to private schools k-12 and get the most out of those private schools probably aren't the ones trying to save 100k-200k by buying in an area that isn't in tier 1 schools.

Submitted by Hobie on June 21, 2010 - 9:41pm.

Exactly. And will they take public transportation from Santee to LJ Country Day? And mom certainly is not driving from Skyranch to LJ 2x/day.

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