5 Reasons Clairemont San Diego is a Great Place to Live in 2021
There’s a well known saying in real estate that it’s all about “Location, location, location,” and San Diego’s Clairemont neighborhood boasts a great one.
It’s no wonder the Kumeyaay Indians settled in this scenic spot centuries ago, an area right outside the city center consisting of mesas and canyons, with views of the Pacific Ocean, Mission Bay, and canyons full of natural beauty.
If you’re looking for a family-friendly area with a short commute, Clairemont is a must-see.
Here's a quick rundown of our list:
- Reason 1 - Good Values with a Short Commute Time.
- Reason 2 - Plenty of Recreational Areas for Residents to Enjoy.
- Reason 3 - Family-Friendly with Good Schools and Local Libraries.
- Reason 4 - Clairemont is Tops for Diversity.
- Reason 5 - Convenient for Shopping of All Kinds.
Reason 1 - Good Values with a Short Commute Time.
One of the countries first suburbs, Clairemont’s developments were placed on the mesas, and its canyons still boast natural vegetation and wildlife. Most homes date from the post-war era through the 1990's, with many studio, one- and two-bedroom dwellings.
According to Neighborhood Scout, the average home price is $646,022, just above the median price of California homes.
Zillow goes into more detail on average prices neighborhood by neighborhood within the area to help guide your search:
- Bay Ho: $715,200
- Bay Park: $784,600
- Bird Land: $589,600
- Clairemont Mesa East $628,100
- Clairemont Mesa West $675,800
- Kearny Mesa: $582,700
- Linda Vista: $561,100
- North Clairemont: $646,700
- Serra Mesa: $631,100
Did we mention the average commute for workers in Clairemont is less than thirty minutes?
Reason 2 - Plenty of Recreational Areas for Residents to Enjoy.
With all that extra time not spent in traffic, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the local parks and plentiful shopping scene, not to mention taste the incredible variety of international cuisine available in this community.
The climate of San Diego means it’s perfect for those who love the outdoors.
The canyons separating the mesa-top neighborhoods are full of trails for hiking and mountain biking.
The area also boasts several large parks. Tecolote Canyon Natural Park & Nature Center encompasses 903 acres of trails perfect for observing walking the dog or doing some birdwatching. Although it sits at the intersection of Interstate 5 and Interstate 8, the ongoing efforts to preserve this urban escape have succeeded in creating a peaceful oasis for local residents.
The Tecolote Golf Course also runs through this area, complete with a natural creek bed.
Marian Bear Memorial Park encompasses 467 acres in the San Clemente Canyon, spanning from Interstate 5 to Interstate 805. It includes three miles of fairly flat trails for the casual hiker, as well as more challenging routes up the mesas and finger canyons.
Evidence of early Native American settlements and fossils memorializing the canyon’s time under the ocean can still be found in the park.
Naturally, Clairemont residents also have easy access to San Diego’s beautiful beaches not far from home.
Prefer something a little more fast-paced? The YMCA Krause Family Skate and Bike Park was renovated in 2017 and boasts the world’s only Skatecross track. Beginning to advanced-level skateboarders, cyclists, scooter riders, and inline skaters can play to their heart’s content.
The community also boasts four recreation centers with activities for young and old alike, including North Claremont, South Clairemont, Cadman, and Tecolote. More information on their programs can be found at The City of San Diego website.
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Reason 3 - Family-Friendly with Good Schools and Local Libraries.
With over twenty public, private, and charter schools in Clairemont, educational opportunities abound. Even adults looking for continuing education classes, Clairemont has the largest community college in the San Diego Community College District, San Diego Mesa College.
Most of the public schools are well-regarded, falling within the A or B range, according to niche.com. Private school options include Montessori, Catholic, Christian, Muslim, and Jewish.
The Clairemont community also boasts three branch libraries, North Claremont, Claremont Branch, and Balboa Branch. Locations offer story times, crafts, sign language story readings and much more. Those with a valid library card can even use a 3-D printer to bring their own designs to fruition.
Reason 4 - Clairemont is Tops for Diversity.
Niche.com gives Clairemont an A for diversity.
The diversity of its educational opportunities can be heard in the languages spoken by the community’s residents and tasted in the amazing variety of international cuisine offered by its restaurants and markets.
Neighborhood Scout offers the fun fact that more people claim English and Brazilian ancestry in Clairemont than anywhere else in the nation. More residents speak Japanese at home than 99.7% of communities in the United States.
Dining options are an international foodie’s dream. For Asian cuisine, there are markets to whip authentic dishes at home or one can taste Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, and Korean food in the local dining scene.
That’s not all, though. Italian, Lebanese, South African, Mexican, and other fare round out a truly impressive selection of taste experiences.
Clairemont also hosts a number of festivals for residents to satisfy their urge for multicultural experiences. The Annual Harmony and Motion International Music and Dance Festival, the San Diego Night Market are only two, but the comedy, music, sports, and film festivals are just minutes away.
Reason 5 - Convenient for Shopping of All Kinds.
International markets aren’t the only convenient shopping option for Clairemont residents.
Clairemont Town Square Shopping Center and other shopping centers located on Clairemont Drive, Clairemont Mesa Boulevard, as well as Balboa Avenue and Genesee Avenue offer everything a shopper could possibly need close to home.
Plus, Clairemont’s easy access to major highways means hopping over to neighboring communities doesn’t pose a challenge.
If you have questions or would like to find out more about all Clairemont’s real estate market has to offer, please contact me, and I’ll be able to help.
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