San Diego residents appreciate home for more than great weather and fabulous beaches. The patchwork of communities that foster close ties allows them to live in a home-oriented area near world-class entertainment, dining, and sports. Here is a cross-section of the best San Diego neighborhoods that will entice you to explore living options in sunny San Diego.

Old Town

The natural beauty of the Old Town neighborhood is what drew early residents to establish California’s first Spanish mission here. Today residents live among historic buildings in a variety of dwellings from new homes to older Spanish-style and Victorian houses.

Because Old Town has been zoned as tourist-commercial, the trend is to restore homes and use them as businesses that cater to tourists. The Old Town State Historical Park and Whaley House Museum are popular places for visitors to learn about San Diego’s colonial days with old adobe homes, schoolhouse, and graveyard.

You can find a great family home in Old Town’s Heritage Park from the $400,000s to over $2 million. Living here, you will be at the center of town where all roads lead into San Diego County and all it has to offer.

Carmel Valley

In Carmel Valley, you will find quiet residential streets that are surprisingly close to major freeways, dining, and shopping. This San Diego neighborhood is located east of Del Mar, South of Rancho Santa Fe and North of La Jolla. You can also enjoy the neighborhood’s biking and walking trails, and horse trails. Residents here have easy access to Torrey Pines State Reserve Beach and Del Mar Fairgrounds. For families, this area is known for having the best schools in the county as well as some of the top-performing private schools.

As a Carmel Valley resident, you will live near Del Mar Highlands Town Center which hosts its own summer concert series. The town center features open-air shopping, restaurants, and a collection of unique boutiques. Carmel Valley Recreation Center offers activities like swim lessons, team sports, art lessons, and more for children and adults. This neighborhood is the perfect blend of business and residential. The median home price for Carmel Valley is around $1 million.

Mission Valley

If you are looking for a low commute time into the city, convenience, and plenty of outdoor activity, consider Mission Valley. It is a picturesque area with the San Diego River flowing through it. The historic Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala and SDCCU Stadium are located here. Just past the stadium, Mission Trails Park has 40 miles of trails for hiking and biking.

Living in Mission Valley means an easy trip to the beach on the west, the mountains to the east, and San Diego International Airport, Balboa Park and Mission Bay Park to the southeast. You will find plenty of golfing, dining, and shopping in between. The median house price in Mission Valley is in the low $400s.

La Jolla

If you are lucky enough to afford higher priced real estate, consider La Jolla, which literally means “Jewel of the West Coast.” The setting for this neighborhood is California’s majestic coastline and the homes are modern-day mansions on hills overlooking the beauty of the ocean. Centered around La Jolla Village and La Jolla Cove, the area’s immaculately manicured streets and sidewalks are lined with luxury boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, and high-end hotels with a 180-degree view of the Pacific Ocean. Your neighbors will consist of celebrities, socialites, and wealthy families.

Regardless of the neighborhood you choose to call home, you’re sure to love living in gorgeous San Diego. If you’re looking for one of the best moving companies in San Diego, let us know! We work with the top-rated movers and packers San Diego to help you easily find reliable moving help. Contact us today and request your free moving estimate!

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