San Diego County Neighborhoods

San Diego County is high on the list of places to move in the United States. We have amazing weather year round, there are so many attractions to visit and you can drive from the Ocean to the mountains within hours, there is over 70 miles of coastline to see, some of the best craft beers in the United States, a wide variety of delicious restaurants, and it is full of friendly people.

The list of reasons to live in San Diego could go on and on but finding which area is right for you could be a little more difficult. San Diego County is large with over 80 diverse communities to choose from. San Diego Magazine has put out a list of some of the best up and coming places to live.

According to San Diego Magazine La Mesa, Imperial Beach, South Oceanside, Kearny Mesa, Mission Valley and El Cerrito are among the best neighborhoods to choose from based on affordability and the overall vibe of the area.

La Mesa has had many new restaurants open, the most recent being City Taco on La Mesa Blvd. The Price of homes is still reasonable in this area as you can find homes in the $500,000 range. La Mesa holds its small town charm with its historical main street that host’s restaurants, shops and events throughout the year.

Imperial Beach is known for its 4-mile stretch of beach along with its boulevard. It borders Mexico and has many delicious options for street tacos. And the restaurant and craft breweries scene is growing. Although a beachfront property here may be a bit expensive just a few miles back you can find properties for under $600,000.

South Oceanside has been revived with new restaurants, boutiques and breweries opening in the business district. Coastal communities are expensive all throughout San Diego County including South Oceanside with small properties starting in the low $600,000, however this is one of the more affordable beach communities left in San Diego County.

Kearny Mesa is right in the middle of the 52, 15, and 805 with the 163 running up the middle but because of its many freeway accesses it has become a big job center. Because of the many jobs in this area many new townhomes and condos have been built and are selling starting in the mid $400,000. The area is known for ramen and has a night market attracting thousands of people each year.

Mission Valley is close to malls, movies, and freeways making it a quick drive to the local beaches, and many surrounding neighborhoods known for delicious food and entertainment. There are thousands of apartments and homes starting at around $600,000 with affordable HOAs.

El Cerrito is a neighborhood close to SDSU that has been overlooked due to its popular neighboring communities. It gained its popularity when Redfin named it No. 1 up-and-coming neighborhood in the country a few years back. This is one of the few affordable neighborhoods known for its architecture. There is a shortage of homes in this area, which makes it hard to find a home and will likely drive the price up soon.

These are just a few of the neighborhoods to choose from in San Diego County. Explore San Diego and find the neighborhood that is right for you based on your criteria and budget.

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San Diego, CA // Real Estate Appraiser
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