San Diego Properties

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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Are you looking at San Diego properties with an eye to buying a house to call home? If so, you couldn't have chosen a more wonderful place to live! San Diego has become, in fact, California's hottest spot for real estate over the last five or 10 years, and no wonder. With a temperate climate all year, world-famous Pacific surf and white beaches, and the Cuyamaca and Laguna Mountains just an hour in the other direction, it's easy to see why.

In 1867 land speculator Alonzo Erastus Horton sailed in from San Francisco, looked up at the hills to the east, and remarked, "I've been all over the world, and this is the prettiest spot for a city I have ever seen." He then bought 800 acres of Pueblo lands and developed them into San Diego properties that are now the heart of downtown San Diego.

San Diego is in fact both city and county. San Diego properties begin at Del Mar to the north and rolls 35 miles along the coast to Imperial Beach and the Mexican border. Total land area is some 4,200 square miles. Seventeen of the communities are incorporated as cities, albeit with small populations. The total number of San Diego neighborhoods--a broad term encompassing cities, towns, and unincorporated areas--comes to more than 100.

The Basics on San Diego Properties

San Diego's city population is about one million, and the county population at about three million. Within its borders are more than one million housing units, about 35 percent of which are multi-unit buildings. Average sale prices in 2003 came to $690,000 for a detached house, a rise of 40 percent over 2002, and $392,000 for an attached dwelling (condominium or row house), a rise of not quite 30 percent over 2002.

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