5 Best San Diego Homes for Sale Areas Under $1,000,000 in 2021

Looking for the perfect house near a beach can tough, especially if you are looking for other activities in your city that doesn’t just include swimming. Luckily, there are cities in San Diego that offer more to its residents. Residents can have easy access to the beach and more, all within their dream home that is under $1,000,000. Below is a description of the five best cities, with three of the best properties for sale, listed in no particular order.

Here's a quick rundown of our list:


Located along the coast and named one of the nations top 20 wealthiest communities, is the city of Carlsbad. With several attractions, including Legoland, Carlsbad has something for everyone. Five beaches are located in the city, North Carlsbad, Terramar, Tamarack-State, South State and South Ponto. Besides beaches, Carlsbad offers more outdoor adventures with Carlsbad Village, Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park, Pedego Carlsbad, The Flower Fields, Aviara Golf Club, Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation Nature Center and Carlsbad Village Farmers Market. If residents are looking for something indoors Carlsbad offers the Museum of Making Music, Sea Life Aquarium, New Village Arts Theatre, Craftmanship Museum and GIA Museum. 

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Carlsbad provides its residents with Carlsbad Unified, Encinitas Union and San Marcos Union School District for elementary and middle school options. While the two high schools located in Carlsbad are Sage Creek High and Carlsbad High. 

The top three properties in Carlsbad for under $1,000,000 are:

  1. 4648 Telescope Ave, Carlsbad, CA 92008

  2. 6221 Village Green Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92009

  3. 6606 Towhee Ln, Carlsbad, CA 92011

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Carmel Mountain Ranch

Despite the name, Carmel Mountain is not located in the city of Carmel Mountain Ranch, but it is only a little over 10 miles outside of the city. While Carmel Mountain Ranch, doesn’t offer its residents much to do, the city is located near other major cities giving residents several nearby options. For instance, the nearest beach is only about 15 miles away. Carmel Mountain is in the perfect location for outdoor activities, the Los Penasquitos Canyon Trial is less then 10 miles away, about 12 miles away is Potato Chip Rock, Annie’s Canyon Trial is 18 miles away and the Miramar Reservoiris about 7 miles away. 

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The Poway Unified School District provides the schools for Carmel Mountain Ranch. Residents have the option of four elementary schools, three middle schools and two high schools. 

The top three properties in Carmel Mountain Ranch for under $1,000,000 are:

  1. 14048 Via Corsini, Rancho Bernardo/Sabre Springs/Carmel Mt Ranch, CA 92128

  2. 14064 Montfort Ct, Rancho Bernardo/Sabre Springs/Carmel Mt Ranch, CA 92128

  3. 17828 Via Gracia, Rancho Bernardo/Sabre Springs/Carmel Mt Ranch, CA 92128

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Poway is one of San Diego’s newer cities, since it became a city on December 12, 1980. Even with it being a newer city, Poway has a lot to offer its residents. One of the more popular spots in Poway is Potato Chip Rock. Like the name would suggest, Potato Chip Rock looks like a potato chip on top of a rock, this is located on Mount Woodson, which is an 8-mile hike. Besides this hike, Poway is surrounded by several others, such as Iron Mountain, Mount Woodson Trail, Blue Sky Reserve, Goodan Ranch Sycamore Canyon Preserve and Twin Peaks Trail.

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Poway provides residents with schools from the Poway Unified School District. They provide seven elementary schools, two middle schools and two high schools, Poway High and Abraxas Continuation High. For higher education Berean Bible College is located in Poway. 

The top three properties in Poway for under $1,000,000 are:

  1. 14940 Brookstone Dr., Poway, CA 92064

  2. 13847 Putney Rd, Poway, CA 92064

  3. 14456 Kentfield Pl, Poway, CA 92064

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Talmadge is a tight knit community, named after the Talmadge sisters, who were famous silent film stars. The sisters are the ones who opened the Talmadge Park Real Estate Development. The houses built in the city are homes from the 1940’s and 1950’s, with updated appliances and utilities. This tight knit community holds events like the Annual Fall Block Party, the Annual Talmadge Spring Garage Sale, a 4th of July parade and an Annual Christmas Caroling in the traffic circle. Besides having a close community, Talmadge is also close to other major cities giving residents more options on weekly activities. The nearest beach to Talmadge is less than 12 miles away. 

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Talmadge offers residents Fay Elementary, Mann Middle and Hoover High, as public school options. For private schools, residents have the options of Blessed Sacrament Elementary. For high education, San Diego State University is less than 3 miles away from Talmadge. 

The top three properties in Talmadge for under $1,000,000 are:

  1. 4516 Lucille Drive, Talmadge/San Diego Central, CA 92115

  2. 4580 55th Street, Talmadge/San Diego Central, CA 92115

  3. 5171 College Gardens Ct, Talmadge/San Diego Central, CA 92115

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Clairemont/Bay Park

Clairemont is located in the middle of San Diego, providing its residents with several places to explore and major nearby cities. Surrounding the city is Mission Bay Park. Here residents can swim, ride a bike, enjoy a picnic, go kayaking and rent a sailboat or boat. Other than having the beach located in the city, residents can enjoy several other outdoor activities. Clairemont offers its residents, Tecolote Canyon Natural Park, Marian Bear Memorial Park, the Tecolote Golf Course and the YMCA’s Krause Family Skate and Bike Park. 

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The San Diego Unified School District provides the schools for this area. They provide residents with eight elementary, three middle and two high schools. They also offer three K-12th academy schools. For high education, San Diego Mesa College is located in Clairemont. 

The top three properties in Clairemont/ Bay Park for under $1,000,000 are:

  1. 3242 Lloyd St, Clairemont/Bay Park, CA 92117

  2. 4108 Avati Dr, Clairemont/Bay Park, CA 92117

  3. 4564 Manitou Way, Clairemont/Bay Park, CA 92117

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