San Diego Townhouses

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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If you like the feeling of a house but the convenience of a condominium, San Diego townhouses are a wonderful choice. With the wide sandy beaches and the Pacific surf breaking to the west and the Laguna Mountains less than an hour to the east, it's hard not to enjoy living in the greater San Diego Bay area. Discovered by the Spanish in 1542 and ceded to the United States after the Mexican War in 1847, San Diego has been recognized as an ideal spot along California's southern coast for a long time.

With the real estate boom of the last five or 10 years, however, San Diego has become something of a seller's market. The average price of a detached house, for example, has risen about 40 percent in the last year alone. The comparable rise in the price of attached homes, whether San Diego condominiums or San Diego townhouses, is not quite 30 percent.

Quick facts from the U.S. Census Bureau's figures for 2000 through 2003 reveal that the median age of San Diego County's population of nearly three million is 33. Some 25 percent are younger than 18 and approximately 11 percent are older than 65. Nearly 85 percent of the population has at least a high school diploma, and nearly 30 percent at least a bachelor's degree.

San Diego Townhouses: the Neighborhoods

Greater San Diego's most well-known communities include Mission Bay, Lemon Grove, Coronado, Pacific Beach, Imperial Beach, La Mesa, Embarcadero, and La Jolla. But with more than one million housing units in San Diego County's 4,200 square miles, there are many more choices of neighborhoods for San Diego townhouses. The best way to get a feel for the coastal, desert, mountain, and downtown communities is probably to start with an online search. Before you settle down to signing up with a real estate agency, you might also want to visit the city and San Diego County.

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