9 Best Places for Families to Live in San Diego 2023 | 2024

9 Best Places for Families to Live in San Diego

It doesn’t matter what material things you want; family is the most important part of your life if you are smart. The emotional support and good advice you get from your loved ones helps you overcome many obstacles. The domestic fun is very important, and all the smiles helps keep you keeping on.

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America’s Finest City is a great place to settle down and raise a family of your own. We are going to review some of the best places in which to live in San Diego. As always, data and statistics quoted are as of this writing and the places are in alphabetical order.

Here's a quick rundown of our list:

1) Carmel Valley

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Population: 54,910. # 4 in Best Neighborhoods to Raise a Family in San Diego Area. #4 in Best Places to Raise a Family in San Diego County. #4 in Best Neighborhoods to Raise a Family in San Diego. #4 in Best Neighborhood to Live in San Diego. #5 in Best Places to Live in San Diego Area. #5 in Best Places to Live in San Diego County.

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Carmel Valley is a planned community in northwestern San Diego. Unlike other areas in San Diego County, Carmel Valley does not have a long history; it was formed in 1975 by the City of San Diego. It is essentially a residential community.

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The Violent and Property Crime rates are far below the national rates. Theft is the primary Property Crime and Robbery heads the list in Violent Crimes.

Median House Sale Price: $1,600,000. Median Days on the Market: 10 days. Median Monthly Rent: $2,605.

Redfin.com rates the Carmel Valley Housing Market as Very Competitive. 

2) Del Mar

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Population: 4,331. #1 in Best Suburbs to Raise a Family in the San Diego Area. #3 in Places with the Best Public Schools in California. #3 in Suburbs with the Best Public Schools in California.

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There are a lot of superlatives attached to this little town by the beach. The San Diego County Fair is held in Del Mar each year and the Torrey Pines State Beach is in the neighborhood. If you feel your pet pooch is a part of the family, then you and your canine pal will love Del Mar’s North Beach Area, also known as “Dog Beach.”

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Violent and Property Crime are well below national averages, though Theft is a problem and Burglary is a common concern. Assault and Robbery, however, come close to being non-existent.

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Median House Sale Price: $2,110,000. Median Days on the Market: 12 days. Median Monthly Rent: $2,320.

Redfin.com rates the Del Mar Housing Market as Somewhat Competitive. 

3) Del Mar Mesa

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Population: 21,134. #1 in Best Neighborhoods to Raise a Family in San Diego, in San Diego County, and in San Diego Area. #3 in Best Neighborhoods to Live in San Diego. #4 in Best Places to Live in San Diego County. #4 in Best Places to Live in San Diego Area.

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Yeah, this is a nice place to raise the kids. Del Mar Mesa is a semi-rural residential community. It has more than 900 acres of preserved open space protected habitat and 10 miles of hiking, biking, and riding trails. This is not one of those new real estate developments. Artifacts dating back 0ver 9,000 years have been found in Del Mar Mesa and the San Diego Archaeological Center is studying them carefully.

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Believe it or not, as of this writing there are no indications of Violent Crime in Del Mar Mesa. Theft is the primary Property Crime and the Del Mar Mesa crime rates are so far below the National figures as to be insignificant.

Median House Sale Price: $1,920,000. Median Days on the Market: 16 days. Median Monthly Rent: $2,682.

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Redfin.com rates the Del Mar Mesa Housing Market as Very Competitive. 

4) Miramar Ranch North

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Population: 20,841. #6 in Best Places to Raise a Family in San Diego Area. #7 in Best Neighborhoods to Live in San Diego. #9 in Best Places to Live in San Diego County.

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Miramar Ranch North is a bedroom community and the land it was built on was once a ranch owned by the newspaper publisher E.W. Scripps. Despite being a bedroom community, Miramar Ranch North is a busy place with employers like Hitachi, Lockheed Martin, and Medlpact in the neighborhood.

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Violent and Property Crime Rates are very small. Assault is the worst Violent Crime and Burglary is the most common Property Crime.

Median House Sale Price: $832,000. Median Days on the Market: 13 days. Median Monthly Rent: $2,744.

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Redfin.com rates the Miramar Ranch North Housing Market as Very Competitive. 

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5) Pacific Highlands Ranch

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Population: 13,209. #5 in Best Neighborhoods to Raise a Family in San Diego County, in San Diego Area, and San Diego. #11 in Best Neighborhoods to Live in San Diego.

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Would you believe that this was once a strawberry patch? Seriously, when the City of San Diego annexed the land for Pacific Highlands Ranch it was known as Rancho Del Sol and was known for strawberry and tomato farms. It is now one of the best places to raise a family, although you probably could still raise some vegetables in the back yard.

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Violent and Property Crimes are predominately Robbery and Burglary, but this is not an area of major criminal activity. It is pretty quiet.

Median House Sale Price: $1,730,000. Median Days on the Market: 42 days. Median Monthly Rent: $2,666.

There is currently no Redfin.com ratings. 

6) Rancho Penasquitos

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Population: 60,519. #8 in Best Neighborhoods to Raise a Family in San Diego. # 10 in Best Places to Raise a Family in San Diego Area, and in San Diego County. #9 in Best Neighborhoods to Live in San Diego.

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Rancho Pensaquitos is named after the first Mexican land grant in San Diego County. The Fiesta de Los Penasquitos is held the first weekend in May and is fun for everyone. There are several parks to enjoy, including the PQ Skate Park for the skater dude in the family.

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Burglary and Theft are the only noticeable crimes in the neighborhood, and the Rancho Pensaquitos crime rates are well below National figures.

Median House Sales Price: $1,000,000. Days on the Market: 11 days. Median Monthly Rent: $2,559.

There is currently no Redfin.com Housing Market rating. 

7) Solana Beach

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Population: 13,356. #2 in Best Suburbs to Raise a Family in San Diego County, and Places in San Diego Area. #1 in Best Suburbs to Live in San Deigo Area, and in San Diego County. #1 in Best Suburbs for Young Professionals in San Diego Area, and in San Diego County

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Solana Beach  is approximately 30 minutes from downtown San Diego and has a well-deserved reputation as a laid-back beach community. It doesn’t mean that this is only a surfer community because its rankings speak for themselves. It is a town with amazing qualities anyone raising a family would want.

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Assault is the major Violent Crime in Solana Beach and Theft is the primary Property Crime.

Median House Sale Price: $1,690,000. Median Days on the Market: 19.  Median Monthly Rent: $2,232.

Redfin.com rates the Solana Beach Housing Market as Very Competitive. 

8) Torrey Hills

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Population: 16,363. #2 in Best Neighborhoods to Raise a Family in San Diego, and Best Places in San Diego County, and Best Places in San Diego Area. #2 in Best Neighborhoods to Live in San Diego. #2 in Best Places to Live in San Diego County.

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Torrey Hills is not a major piece of land. It is 784 acres in northern San Diego. Torrey Hills Elementary School is a top-notch elementary school that offers art, technology, music and has a science lab. Canyon Crest Academy is ranked the 5th best high school in California.

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Violent and Property Crime rates are well below the national rates. Burglary has the highest Property Crime Rate and Robbery has the highest Violent Crime Rate.

Median Home Value: $947,000. Median Days on the Market: 12. Median Monthly Rent: $2,675.

There are currently no figures available from Redfin.com. 

9) Torrey Pines

9 Best Places for Families to Live in San Diego - Torrey Pines

Population: 13,494. #8 in Best Places to Raise a Family in San Diego Area, and in San Diego County. #1 in Best Neighborhoods to Live in San Diego. #1 in Best Places to Live in San Diego Area. #1 in Best Places to Live in San Diego County. # 8 in Best Places to Raise a Family in San Diego County. #7 in Best Neighborhoods to Raise a Family in San Diego.

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It looks like Torrey Pines is giving Del Mar Mesa a run for the money (Both are great places for families). Approximately 42% of this community consists of open spaces and parks. Torrey Pines State Beach and Torrey Pines State Park are close by.

Assault is the most common Violent Crime and Burglary is the Property Crime with the highest rates.

Median Home Value: $1,262,094. Median Days on the Market: Not Available. Median Monthly Rent: $2,257.

There is currently no Redfin.com Housing Market rating.

Don’t Forget about the Park!

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No matter where you decide to live, we strongly suggest that you program your GPS to include the quickest route to the Most Amazing Family Place in Southern California: Balboa Park.

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This is a 1200-acre gem in San Diego County. It has everything that a family with children would want to have. Educational +Entertaining = Fun! Every parent needs to understand that is the equation which best describes the park. Honestly, there is so much to do. Balboa Park has 17 museums, including the San Diego natural history Museum (also known as theNat). The San Diego Museum of Art is also located here.

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The performing arts is well represented with the San Diego Civic Youth Ballet, the San Diego Junior Theater, and San Diego Youth Symphony. The number one attraction is the San Diego Zoo.

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The Zoo happens to be internationally known and is an animal wonder world where children can learn a lot about the world around them. It is the crown jewel of Balboa Park, and the Zoo itself is worth a day trip.

A Real Estate Agent Will Find You a Great Home

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The great places for families to live in San Diego come with a price tag. There is no way of getting around the fact that owning a house in San Diego is going to cost you a pretty penny. The monthly mortgage payment can take a sizable chunk out of your family budget. People who live here accept that, but it does not mean that anyone who buys a house must settle for just a roof over their head. There must be value beyond the dollars.

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Amenities such as playgrounds, safe streets, shopping areas that are close by, churches, and libraries are all things that a family considers. It does not do any good to own a house that is in a risky neighborhood. Parents are also looking for somewhere their children can thrive and not just survive. Trying to find the right home alone is a very daunting task. We think it is darn near impossible. We recommend that you allow a real estate agent to make your house hunting easier and ultimately very successful.

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It takes a bit more research and a lot more effort to find a house fit for a family. It goes beyond the number of bedrooms. A smart house shopper knows better than to go house hunting alone.

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We are here to assist you from start to finish. Your special needs receive our closest attention. We will scout the neighborhoods and look for the amenities you want. Tell us your price range and we will stick to it! Your satisfaction means more to us then a commission.

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It is not simple to get the kind of financing required to buy a family home. We can help you secure the money you need. We can advise our clients on various funding options, how to prepare a pre-approval letter, and what terms they should look for when deciding on a lender. We have the experience you can use to make the best money decisions.

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Are you interested in what we might be able to do for you? If you are curious about our services, then contact us and get the answers! We invite you to get in touch with us at your earliest convenience and let’s talk! Buying a great family home in the best neighborhood is what parents want for their kids. We will help you make that happen!

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