San Diego County Communities
The communities of San Diego are as beautiful and diverse as the people who live in them. There is a neighborhood for every taste and preference, and that’s what makes San Diego real estate so special. Explore each of our San Diego communities, by geographical area by following the links below or the tabs above.
In the heart of the action in Downtown San Diego, residents enjoy urban living in high rise condominiums and town homes, many with ocean views. Described by some as a Disney Land atmosphere for adults, the streets are lined with gourmet restaurants and vibrant night clubs with non-stop music and entertainment. Downtown San Diego homes are a great place to experience the culture. The downtown revival started in the Historic Gaslamp District, and continued along the Marina District, then Little Italy, and most recently in East Village surrounding the new Padres stadium, Petco Park.
The Central Coastal neighborhoods just North and Northeast of downtown were the original San Diego suburbs. Point Loma, Ocean Beach, Pacific Beach and La Jolla are waterfront and beachfront communities that are any others in the world, each with their own unique flavors. Again, San Diego real estate has many diverse offerings. Pt. Loma is a hilly peninsula, with views of the harbor, sailing, and yacht club on the south side and views of the North County beachfront from the North side. Ocean Beach is a Bohemian’s dream, a laid-back almost hippie environment has happily endured for decades. Pacific Beach is an exceptionally diverse beach neighborhood, with quiet neighborhoods along Mission Bay to the South and on the border of La Jolla to the North, contrasting with the action-packed entertainment areas along Garnet Avenue in the Center and all along the Mission Beach strand to the West. La Jolla is known worldwide as a luxury home neighborhood. The Village of La Jolla is loaded with upscale shopping and dining.
The North County Coastal communities enjoy some of the most pristine beaches in Southern California. North County also has the highest-performing school districts in the area. Del Mar homes, Carmel Valley homes, Solana Beach homes, and Rancho Santa Fe homes all feed into the top-rated Torrey Pines High School. House prices tend to be higher in the North County coastal region, with schools and cleanliness of the environment playing big roles in supporting property values. Each of these communities offers something special for residents and visitors alike, including shopping, dining, beaches, and entertainment.
The North County Inland neighborhoods are also highly desirable for the beautiful mountain vistas, secure suburban atmospheres, and great schools. The Poway Unified School district, which serves Poway, Rancho Bernardo, and Rancho Penasquitos, is a close rival of the San Dieguito Union School District which serves North County Coastal. But home prices in these San Diego communities are lower than their coastal cousins, and quite reasonable by San Diego real estate standards. The weather in these inland communities is slightly warmer than along the coast, more arid, but still ideal my any standards.
The Central-Inland communities have some of the more affordable homes in the County, while still providing convenient commutes to downtown and the beaches. Along the Interstate-8 corridor, there are diverse residential options. There is condo living in Mission Valley, hillside houses with views in Del Cerro, San Carlos and around San Diego State University, the relaxed old-west feel of La Mesa, and luxury home living around the golf courses at Steele Canyon in Rancho San Diego. These neighborhoods offer low to moderately priced San Diego homes.
South Bay includes the beachfront neighborhoods of Coronado and Imperial Beach, as well as the inland neighborhoods of National City, Bonita, Chula Vista, and Otay Mesa. Again, the diversity of South Bay San Diego real estate is incredible. Coronado is an upscale resort community on a tiny island. Imperial Beach is adjacent to the border of Mexico, with some of the least expensive coastal homes in California. Chula Vista, Eastlake and Otay Mesa have experienced some of the most rapid growth in the region, with large new homes available at prices well below those of similar homes elsewhere in San Diego County.
Explore each of the communities in greater detail on our Community Pages.