San Diego Homes

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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There's no denying that San Diego homes are an excellent investment. Over the past five or 10 years, the real estate boom has set many heads spinning. In the last year, for example, prices have increased nearly 30 percent in condominiums and townhouses and 40 percent in detached houses. With a year-round temperate climate, world-renowned Pacific surf, and the mountains only 45 minutes away to the east, San Diego is the hot spot of southern California.

Stretching about 35 miles from Del Mar in the north to Imperial Beach in the south, and perhaps 10 miles inland, greater San Diego encompasses 4,200 square miles and has a population of nearly three million. The U.S. Census Bureau reported just over one million housing units in 2002 and a home ownership rate of more than 55 percent. Median household income in 1999 was about $47,500. Median age in the last census was 33.

Searching for San Diego Homes

Before you begin looking for specific San Diego properties to call home, you probably want to get a sense of the area and neighborhoods. Living in San Diego, after all, is more than enjoying the many cultural venues and sporting activities that have made it so popular. No matter where you settle in San Diego, its National Zoo, Balboa Park, and Sea World will be in ready reach of all San Diego homes.

No matter what your style of living, San Diego homes are definitely a delight to call home. You have your choice of historic mountain homes to charming beach communities and much in between. Well-known areas include La Jolla, Mission Beach, Torrey Pines, Sorrento Valley, La Playa, Mission Hills, Pacific Beach, Gaslamp, Coronado, and Imperial Beach.

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