People looking for an all-American town to call home should consider San Carlos near San Diego as a popular option. This rural community has a lot to offer both individuals and families looking for good housing and friendly people.
San Carlos is approximately 10 miles from downtown San Diego, so it is one of the most convenient places to live. Geographically, it is in the center of other communities, with Del Cerro and Navajo to the west and Fletcher Hills and El Cajon to the east. Other cities, like Santee and La Mesa are to the north and south.
This community, which is around 3.7 square miles, is also defined by Mission Trails Regional Park and the reservoir of Lake Murray. The population is 15,500 and San Carlos has around the same population density as San Diego, so even though it is considered rural, it actually has an urban feel.
The average home in San Carlos cost around $500,000 and the median rent is $1,500. The median household income in 2016 was $95,698, well above that of San Diego, settling at $71,481.
The area was named after a subdivision developer named Carlos Tavares. Most of the homes were built in the 1960s and 1970s with many being ranches. Most single-story homes are 900 to 1,225 feet in space. Most have been revamped and modernized over the years.
Besides being close to major roads and freeways, San Carlos has public transportation including a bus stop and some trolley stops around three miles away. Getting to downtown is pretty cheap too, running around $3 each way.
Those who want more solid reasons to move to San Carlos should consider the five listed below:
Here's a quick rundown of our list:
- Reason 1 - There is Good Housing
- Reason 2 - There are Good Schools
- Reason 3 - The Community is Low Key, Working People
- Reason 4 - There are Free Amenities
- Reason 5 - The Lake is Nearby
Reason 1 - There is Good Housing.
While most of the homes are around 40 years old, they have been kept up and modified for today’s life and are holding their values. Home values went up by 24 percent in 2004 and values are climbing again. This makes it a good investment.
Reason 2 - There are Good Schools.
Parents said they are happy with the schools, which include Gage Elementary and Pershing Middle School There is also many other elementary schools including Green, Benchley-Weinberger and Dailard Elementary Schools. There are also Hearst Elementary in Del Cerro and Marvin Elementary in Allied Gardens and those operate as GATE/Seminar schools. The nearest high school is Patrick Henry High School.
Secondary schools are also close by with Grossmont College around two miles away and San Diego State University around six miles away.
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Reason 3 - The Community is Low Key, Working People.
This community considers itself a down-to-earth area with many enjoying things like mountain hiking and camping. Most like to own practical vehicles, like trucks, for such adventures and love their ranch-style homes.
There is a lot of volunteerism that happens in San Carlos as well. The Boy Scouts are a big there with several troops in the area.
Reason 4 - There are Free Amenities.
The community offers a lot of its places to the public after hours. That includes the Pershing Middle School field, which the public and use after school. It is a popular spot for soccer, running, basketball and tennis. The San Carlos Community Park and Rec Center is also close to most residents, as is the Fletcher Hills Community Center. It has a pool that is open during the summer.
The area has the Fletcher Hills branch library and the San Carlos branch library. Besides the free amenities, there are plenty of shopping malls, movie theaters and the Grossmont Center. Parkway Plaza is an indoor mall, making it a popular place in the summer.
Reason 5 - The Lake is Nearby.
Lake Murray is only three to five miles away from most of those living in San Carlos, so it is a highly rated spot for most residents. There are walking and bike paths and people can rent small boats to go out or fish. The lake is stocked. Fishermen also like Santee Lake, around seven miles away and you can fish without a license there.
Those looking for a place outside the city that still has many conveniences should consider San Carlos. It is the best of both worlds.
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