5 Best San Diego Homes for Sale Areas Under $500,000 in 2022 | 2023

5 Best San Diego Homes for Sale Areas Under $500,000 in 2021

Looking for a home in San Diego can be tricky, especially with a budget. The average home in San Diego is about $570,000. When living a little bit further away from the beach, people can find houses that are a little under that average.

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Below is a list of cities with houses for sale that are under $500,000. They may not be on the beach, but the city furthest from the beach is only 23 miles. With each city listed below is a list of the top three properties for sale in no particular order. 

Here's a quick rundown of our list:

1) Escondido

Escondido has been around since 1888, making it one of the oldest cities in San Diego. The city is only 11.5 miles away from the nearest beach. Besides being so close to the beach, Escondido offers its residents 15 different parks. This includes Dixon Lake, Lake Wohlford, Daley Ranch, Grape Day Park, Queen Califia’s Magical Circle and several others. These parks range from playgrounds for kids to sculpture gardens.The biggest of these parks is Dixon Lake. Unfortunately, swimming is not allowed but, residents can go boating, fishing and camping.

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Children living in Escondido can attend schools from the Escondido Union School District, the Escondido Union High School District and the San Pasqual Union School District. This gives parents a total of 19 elementary, seven middle and seven high schools to chose from. 

2) Fallbrook

With over 25 properties for sale that are under 500K, is the city of Fallbrook, also known as the avocado capital of the world. Besides being one of the best places to grow avocados, Fallbrook is also home to several local farms including Kenny’s Strawberry Farm, Casa Tiene Vista Vineyard, Lavender Hill Pumpkins, Myrtle Creek Vineyards and Estate d’Iacobelli Winery. Fallbrook offers its residents other places to explore that aren’t farms, such as the Grand Tradition Estate and Gardens, Myrtle Creek Botanical gardens and Nursery, Fallbrook Gem and Mineral Museum and The Golf Club of California. Fallbrook is also less than 20 miles away from the nearest beach. 

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Fallbrook offers 12 schools for children to attend from the Fallbrook Union Elementary and Fallbrook Union High district. 

3) Spring Valley

While the city of Spring Valley doesn’t have too much to offer, its closeness to other cities makes up for it. Spring Valley is less than 25 minutes away from some of San Diego’s bigger attractions. Downtown San Diego is only about a 16-minute drive away from Spring Valley. Balboa Park is only 13-minutes away. The San Diego Zoo is 18 minutes away. The Sycuan Casino Resort is about 20 minutes away. The Mission Trails Regional Park is less than 15 minutes away. While the nearest beach is just a little over 20 minutes away. While there aren’t any main attractions located in Spring Valley, the city is in the center of many surrounding ones. 

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Spring Valley offers a variety of elementary schools from the La Mesa-Spring Valley school district. For high schools, residents have the option of the Steele Canyon High District or Grossmont Union High school district. 

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4) Lakeside

As the name would suggest, Lakeside is near not one, but three lakes. The three lakes, El Capitan Reservoir, San Vicente Reservoir and Lake Jennings are all maintained by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. These lakes offer fishing to an assortment of fish like bass, catfish and rainbow trout. Residents can also go wakeboarding and jet skiing on the lakes. Surrounding each lake are trails where people can hike, bike or ride a horse. Lake Jennings and the San Vicente Reservoir both offer campgrounds. 

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The Lakeside Union Elementary school district offers eight different schools, ranging from elementary to middle schools. The Grossmont Union High district offers the only public high school. While the River Valley Charter District offers a middle through high school. 

5) Santee

The city of Santee is known for its recreational attractions. One of the more popular spots is Santee Lake. The lake offers seven playgrounds, fishing, camping, boating, cabin rentals and hiking trails. Another popular spot is the Santee boulders, which is known for its rock climbing. Santee offers almost all outdoor recreational activities, including four mountain biking trails, the Carlton Oaks Golf Course and the Sportsplex USA Santee complex. The complex offers residents three softball fields, four batting cages and two soccer fields. For residents who are not into outdoor activities, Santee also offers the Creation and Earth History Museum, the Edgemoor Farm- Santee Historical Society Museum and a drive-in theater. 

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The Santee School district provides nine elementary and middle schools for residents. As for high schools, there are only two in Santee and they are provided by the Grossmont Union High School District. Santee is also home to the San Diego Christian College. 

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3
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
1,445
Sq.Ft.
1970
Year Built
1
Day on Site
305716115
MLS
Rarely available 3 bedroom townhouse with no units above or below! Private patio / yard area is fully fenced . TWO tandem parking space. Put your own touch and make it your own. Great location, close...
2
Beds
2
Baths
1,050
Sq.Ft.
1975
Year Built
1
Day on Site
305716390
MLS
Great opportunity to update this home to your taste as a primary, second home, or as an income property. This 2 bed/2 FULL bath with gated, covered patio/carport that has a view to the south hills....
3
Beds
3
Baths
1,451
Sq.Ft.
2001
Year Built
1
Day on Site
305716456
MLS
Three bedroom, sought after floor plan with two master suites. Backyard set up for entertaining with built in BBQ, firepit, flagstone patio and upgraded hardscaping. Great location, walk to town,...
$365,000
Neighborhood: San Carlos
1
Beds
1
Baths
610
Sq.Ft.
1975
Year Built
3
Days on Site
220020494
MLS
Move in ready TOP floor unit located in a quiet location in the Casa Dorada community & PRICED BELOW RECENT SALES! Easy flow floorplan with large balcony (with shade) & peek-a-boo view of Cowles...
$499,999
Neighborhood: Maxwell Manor
2
Beds
1
Baths
744
Sq.Ft.
1942
Year Built
3
Days on Site
220020506
MLS
ATTENTION ALL CAR ENTHUSIAST !!!! An additional 2 car garage was built with permits for an auto mechanic. 4 layers of concrete for heavy equipment, cars, etc. Workbenches on 3 walls with PVC...
2
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
1,185
Sq.Ft.
2022
Year Built
3
Days on Site
220020517
MLS
BRAND NEW HOME! Looking for a home that can do it all? This one can handle working from home, entertaining guests, managing family and all the rest and relaxation you need. Enjoy an open floor plan...
$375,000
Neighborhood: College Area
1
Beds
1
Baths
578
Sq.Ft.
1973
Year Built
3
Days on Site
220020532
MLS
Come and see this quaint 1 bed 1 bath condo tucked away in the tall oak trees and landscaping that surrounds it! Centrally located with many shops and restaurants in proximity, and SDSU only minutes...
Coming Soon on 08/12
8150 Winter Gardens Blvd #16 Lakeside, CA 92040
2
Beds
1F11/2
Baths
924
Sq.Ft.
1979
Year Built
3
Days on Site
220020533
MLS
Best location in the complex - your new 2 story 2 bedroom 1.5 bath townhome has a great view of the pool with a new fence and new roof. The inside has been upgraded in the kitchen and bathrooms....
2
Beds
2
Baths
945
Sq.Ft.
1985
Year Built
4
Days on Site
305715642
MLS
Model-like light and bright 2 BDR/2BA END UNIT CONDO with BRAND NEW CARPET located in downtown Santee adjacent and walking distance to shopping and restaurants. The unique feature of this condo is...
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,104
Sq.Ft.
1988
Year Built
4
Days on Site
305715818
MLS
Located in Campo in the Morena Village area. This move-in ready single story home sits on just over a quarter of an acre. Features include a 3 bedroom/ 2 bath, wood flooring, farm style kitchen,...
$475,000
Neighborhood: Antique Row
1
Beds
1
Baths
636
Sq.Ft.
1972
Year Built
4
Days on Site
220020420
MLS
Upgraded resort style one bedroom end unit at the northern edge of Suncrest Villas. Delightful pet-friendly condo nestled along a quiet canyon-rim street where University Heights and Normal Heights...
$410,000
Neighborhood: Crown Point
1
Baths
456
Sq.Ft.
1973
Year Built
4
Days on Site
220020421
MLS
SoCal living at its best! This pristine studio condo is within walking distance of Sail Bay, a short bike ride away from the Pacific Ocean, SeaWorld, & many other local attractions. Located in the...
$499,000
Neighborhood: Clairemont
2
Beds
2
Baths
1,026
Sq.Ft.
1983
Year Built
4
Days on Site
220020427
MLS
Fantastic 2 bedroom 2 bath Condo in Clairemont! Located on the Top Floor of the West Gardens complex with a pool, spa and elevator! This is the deal you've been looking for! Bring your imagination...
$499,000
Neighborhood: Del Cerro
2
Beds
2
Baths
997
Sq.Ft.
1980
Year Built
4
Days on Site
220020440
MLS
Top floor end Unit located in Del Cerro. Large 2 bedrooms/2 full bathrooms with generous closet space. This Unit has an ideal layout with a primary en-suite. Primary bedroom is spacious with a dual...
$439,900
Neighborhood: Escondido
2
Beds
1
Baths
718
Sq.Ft.
1938
Year Built
4
Days on Site
220020442
MLS
This fixer is a great investor opportunity for residential or potentially commercial use.

The seller has never occupied the property and has very limited knowledge of property condition or...
$394,900
Neighborhood: Mission Valley
1
Beds
1
Baths
506
Sq.Ft.
1979
Year Built
4
Days on Site
220020454
MLS
A single-level unit in well-appointed Friars Pointe condominium in Mission Valley centrally located near the up and coming SDSU West, nearby shopping, dining and easy freeway access. This upgraded...
Coming Soon on 08/09
201 Twin Oaks Ave #5 Chula Vista, CA 91910
$390,000
Neighborhood: Chula Vista
1
Beds
1
Baths
550
Sq.Ft.
1988
Year Built
4
Days on Site
220020461
MLS
Cozy condo for rent in a gated community. Walk into a bright & open floor plan. The kitchen features granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances & travertine flooring. The bathroom features...
4
Beds
1F11/2
Baths
1,400
Sq.Ft.
1975
Year Built
5
Days on Site
305712358
MLS
Amazing opportunity to own this amazing corner unit with a private entrance at Mission Gardens. This two story condo features 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, and 6 total patios including one off of each room!...
$420,000
Neighborhood: Grantville
2
Beds
1
Baths
864
Sq.Ft.
1981
Year Built
5
Days on Site
220020205
MLS
Location, Location, Location this centrally located condo home has a custom interior second to none, high-end materials, and craftsmanship is present in each room, from the open concept living,...
$375,000
Neighborhood: Casa Del Parkridge
1
Beds
1
Baths
694
Sq.Ft.
1980
Year Built
5
Days on Site
220020210
MLS
Turn key condo. Extremely spacious with Open & Bright Floor Plan featuring upgraded floors & TWO large patios. Enjoy cooking in the upgraded kitchen with granite counters. In-unit laundry. Relax in...
2
Beds
1
Baths
821
Sq.Ft.
1980
Year Built
5
Days on Site
305714636
MLS
Enjoy the views from the balcony, living room and master bedroom from this beautifully upgraded condo boasting popular 2nd level location in back with nice views. Brand new interior paint and carpet!...
$469,500
Neighborhood: Allied Gardens
2
Beds
1
Baths
852
Sq.Ft.
1976
Year Built
5
Days on Site
220020224
MLS
Fully remodeled condo with panoramic golf course views. All new flooring, dual pane windows, custom paint and light fixtures throughout. New cabinets, quartz counters and stainless steel appliances....
$479,000
Neighborhood: Mission Valley
2
Beds
2
Baths
878
Sq.Ft.
1979
Year Built
5
Days on Site
220020232
MLS
Upgraded 2-bedrooms (no loft bedroom), 2-full bathrooms, with nice outdoor patio space condo located in the Mission Verde Community. This home features a renovated kitchen with newer appliances....
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445 Island Ave #419 San Diego, CA 92101
$384,000
Neighborhood: Gaslamp Quarter
1
Baths
483
Sq.Ft.
2006
Year Built
5
Days on Site
220020265
MLS
Perfectly located in the heart of the Historic Gaslamp Quarter, this chic studio features views over Gaslamp s famous 5th Avenue! Every inch of this condo has been thoughtfully laid out to maximize...
$445,000
Neighborhood: Oceanside. Carlsbad Schools
2
Beds
1F11/2
Baths
1,280
Sq.Ft.
1979
Year Built
5
Days on Site
305714829
MLS
Nice sized 2 bedroom Oceanside condo with garage and a private little yard area. Conveniently located near shopping and for easy commuting. Zoned for Carlsbad schools! Community has two swimming...
$369,000
Neighborhood: North Chula Vista
1
Beds
1
Baths
723
Sq.Ft.
1985
Year Built
5
Days on Site
220020271
MLS
Come see these amazing sunset views that take your breath away! Introducing this beautiful turn key 1 bedroom 1 bath 1 car garage Condo in Chula Vista. Close to shopping Center's, freeways and...
$399,900
Neighborhood: Sandstone
2
Beds
2
Baths
1,050
Sq.Ft.
1995
Year Built
5
Days on Site
220020328
MLS
Nestled against the foothills of Mt. Helix, the Sandstone community is a gated community that offers its residents a sparkling pool and BBQ area. This upgraded corner unit has no neighbors below for...
$489,000
Neighborhood: Carlsbad
2
Beds
1
Baths
810
Sq.Ft.
1975
Year Built
5
Days on Site
305715414
MLS
Welcome to The Grove! A gated community in a great location, less than 3 miles to the beach! This west-facing, bottom unit is move-in ready and features an updated kitchen, open living room, carpeted...
Coming Soon on 08/12
4468 Marlborough Ave #2 San Diego, CA 92116
$419,000
Neighborhood: Kensington
1
Beds
1
Baths
507
Sq.Ft.
1983
Year Built
5
Days on Site
220020341
MLS
This cozy Kensington condo offers features that are hard to come by in other 1-bedroom homes: TWO Assigned Parking Spaces, Central Forced Air & Heat, Gas Fireplace, Walk-In Closet in the Bedroom, and...
$499,000
Neighborhood: San Carlos
2
Beds
1
Baths
806
Sq.Ft.
1972
Year Built
5
Days on Site
305715430
MLS
Location! Location! Location! Enjoy this quaint townhome style condo in a well-maintained community. Located just blocks from Mission Trails. Relax on your private back patio with cover that is...
$500,000
Condo: Sweetwater Hills Townhomes
3
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
1,517
Sq.Ft.
1989
Year Built
5
Days on Site
220020346
MLS
Spacious 3 bed, 2.5 baths tri-level property located in the gated community of Sweetwater Townhome! Property features fresh paint, new carpet, attached 2-car garage, private patio, 2 balconies where...
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,024
Sq.Ft.
1973
Year Built
6
Days on Site
305703236
MLS
Welcome to this beautifully updated 2d floor unit in the Lake Park Villas gated community. You will enjoy a freshly painted condo that has nicely updated flooring from the Barnwood Select Surfaces...
2
Beds
2
Baths
801
Sq.Ft.
1995
Year Built
6
Days on Site
305713552
MLS
Welcome to the Private Gated Community of Alder Woods, this Condo features 2 Bed 2 bath & is an upstairs unit with a large private patio. This property has beautiful upgrades such as the kitchen...
2
Beds
1
Baths
1,334
Sq.Ft.
1955
Year Built
6
Days on Site
305713575
MLS
This 2 bed/1bath single family residence is situated on 5.14 acres of flat usable land. Located just 1.25 miles East of Christmas Circle the zoning of C35(Commercial 35), will allow for many...
$335,000
Neighborhood: Fashion Valley
1
Baths
432
Sq.Ft.
1972
Year Built
6
Days on Site
220020104
MLS
Cute TOP FLOOR studio condo located in the desirable west end of Mission Valley close to USD, shopping, restaurants, freeways, YMCA, Mission Bay, Sea World and the beaches. Perfect for first time...
$415,000
Neighborhood: San Carlos
1
Beds
1
Baths
688
Sq.Ft.
1974
Year Built
6
Days on Site
220020129
MLS
Upgraded Corner Unit Ground Floor 1b/1b condo in San Carlos GATED SECURITY * COTTAGE STYLE - Corner Unit, NO other units ABOVE or BELOW YOU, shares only 1 common wall. Your Covered parking below...

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