San Diego's Best Communities

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Our moving to San Diego guide highlights the best areas to move to in San Diego.  Here is an overview of the best San Diego communities categorized by luxury home communities, affordable beach houses, family orientated communities, and favorites for millennials. If you're a local looking for a San Diego beach house for sale or if you are relocating to San Diego, we hope you will find this article helpful.

San Diego Communities


Encinitas in North County San Diego, is one of California's best surfing and beach towns known for it's historic Highway 101 beach culture dating back to the mid-1900s.  Search here for: Encinitas homes for sale and Encinitas condos for sale.

Cardiff By The Sea

Located in the city of Encinitas with the Cardiff Kook or Magic Carpet Ride, Cardiff By the Sea has a small town laid back beach vibe.  Search here for: Cardiff By The Sea homes for sale

Del Mar

Famous for the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club "Where The Surf Meets The Turf," Del Mar CA is a luxury home destination with real estate along the beach colony, bluff, and hillside with ocean views.  Search here for: Del Mar homes for sale and Del Mar condos for sale.

La Jolla

One of San Diego's premiere luxury real estate markets, La Jolla is known worldwide for natural beauty and a resort atmosphere with stacked hillside homes overlooking the ocean.  A La Jolla beach house can be found in the Shores, Cove, Farms, or Windansea Beach area.  The Muirlands offer the best La Jolla homes for sale ocean view  Search here for: La Jolla homes for sale and La Jolla condos for sale.

Solana Beach

Solana Beach Located just north of Del Mar with Fletchers Cove Park, Solana Beach is reminiscent of a European side street with the ever popular Cedros Design District running 2.5 blocks.  Search here for: Solana Beach homes for sale and Solana Beach condos for sale.

Rancho Santa Fe

An idyllic countryside community, Rancho Santa Fe is just east of Del Mar with guard gated communities, horse ranch San Diego in the Rancho Santa Fe Covenant, and tennis and country clubs.  Two premier golf communities are the Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe and The Crosby Rancho Santa Fe.  Ocean views can be found at Cielo Rancho Santa Fe.  Search here for: Rancho Santa Fe homes for sale and Rancho Santa Fe condos for sale.


Coronado Island has a Main Street U.S.A. Coronado’s Central Beach was ranked by Dr Beach as the #1 Beach in the United States in 2012. Coronado was named one of the Top 10 U.S. beache by Parents Magazine.  Coronado Shores condos are very popular.  Search here for: Coronado Cays homes for sale, Coronado Island houses for sale, and condos for sale Coronado CA.


Santaluz is a luxury home enclave on panoramic vistas surrounding the The Santaluz Club and golf course with 24 hour guard gated security.  Search here for: Santaluz homes for sale and more 92127 homes for sale.

Fairbanks Ranch

One of Rancho Santa Fe's most family friendly luxury home neighborhoods, Fairbanks Ranch is highly amenitized with 24 hour guard gated security.  Search here for: Fairbanks Ranch homes for sale

San Diego's Best Family Oriented Communities

Carmel Valley

Carmel Valley is an upscale suburban community, home to the Fairmont Grand Del Mar with Torrey Pines High School one of San Diego's top rated high schools, homes for sale 92130.  Search here for: Carmel Valley San Diego homes for sale

Rancho Bernardo

Rancho Bernardo is a master planned community amidst canyons and rolling hills and home to The Bernardo Winery one of San Diego's best wineries, and Southern California’s oldest operating winery.  The Rancho Bernardo Trails homes for sale is the luxury community in RB.  Search here for: Rancho Bernardo homes for sale and Rancho Bernardo condos for sale.


The “City in the Country" has a rich history of ranching and farming with a reputation for it's vineyards and peaches.  The luxury community in Poway is The Heritage San Diego.  Search here for: Poway homes for sale and Poway condos for sale.

Rancho Penasquitos

Positioned against the the Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve, Rancho Penasquitos is a middle tier price point community. (Peñasquitos means “little cliffs” in Spanish).  Search here for: Rancho Penasquitos homes for sale

Scripps Ranch

Scripps Ranch was discovered in 1890 and originally a humble twelve hundred acre ranch owned by newspaper publisher E.W. Scripps.  Search here for: Scripps Ranch homes for sale.

Del Sur

Del Sur is an eco-friendly master planned community completed in 2006 with architectural inspiration from San Diego’s extensive history including those from La Jolla, Mission Hills, Kensington, and Coronado.  Search here for: Del Sur homes for sale.

4S Ranch

4S Ranch is a master planned community of single family homes, condos, and townhomes developed by Newland Communities and the Ralphs family.  Search here for: 4S Ranch homes for sale

San Elijo Hills

San Elijo Hills is a master planned community in San Marcos with a small town charm and town center full of dining, shopping, grocery store, and more.  Search here for: San Elijo Hills homes for sale.

Most Affordable San Diego Beach Communities


North County Coastal's northern most community and 3rd largest city in San Diego County famous for the Oceanside Harbor, palm lined Harbor Beach, and Oceanside Pier is Oceanside CA.  Search here for: Oceanside homes for saleOceanside beachfront homes for sale, and Oceanside condos for sale.


A North County San Diego seaside resort town with 7 miles of coastline, and many tourist attractions such as Legoland & the Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch, is Carlsbad CA.  Search here for: houses for sale in Carlsbad CA and Carlsbad condos for sale.

Imperial Beach

Imperial Beach is the United State's most Southwesterly city.  Also known as IB, you'll find the Imperial Beach Pier and some of San Diego's most affordable beach homes. Search here for: Imperial Beach homes for sale

Ocean Beach

A bohemian surfer town defined by several rock jetties and known for the Ocean Beach Pier, Dog Beach, Newport Avenue, and many foodie favorites is Ocean Beach San Diego.  Search here for: Ocean Beach homes for sale and condos for sale Ocean Beach San Diego.

Pacific Beach

Known for it's nightlife and Boardwalk along Ocean Front Walk, Pacific Beach has turned over many bungalows and beach cottages in recent years to luxury homes and condos.  Search here for: Pacific Beach homes for sale and Pacific Beach condos for sale.

Mission Beach

Mission Beach known for nightlife and Belmont Park is divided into North Mission Beach and South Mission Beach and is a haven for investors and the vacation rental market.  Search here for: San Diego homes for sale Mission Beach 

Mission Bay

The largest of it's kind in the world, the Mission Bay Park is a 4,600-acre aquatic playground.  Mission Bay is surrounded by 27 miles of meandering beach with a variety of waterways, inlets and islets to explore.  There are several beach communities, each with their own distinct vibe.  Search here for: Mission Bay San Diego homes for sale

San Diego Communities For Millennials

Mission Hills

Mission Hills has two historic districts recognized by San Diego and is an architecturally impressive collection of upscale homes built along canyon rims.  Search here for: homes for sale Mission Hills San Diego.

Mission Valley

Mission Valley is in convenient proximity to downtown San Diego and has many local amenities including the Fashion Valley Mall.  Search here for: Mission Valley condos for sale.

Bankers Hill

Bankers Hill is an upscale San Diego neighborhood near Balboa Park also known as Park West.  Search here for: Bankers Hill homes for sale and homes for sale Hillcrest San Diego.

Downtown San Diego

Downtown San Diego streets are laid out in a grid, making it easy to navigate unfamiliar parts of the downtown area with Little Italy, Columbia District, East Village, The Marina District, Cortez Hill, and The Gaslamp.  Search here for: Downtown San Diego condos for sale

North Park

North Park is a culturally diverse neighborhood home to historic Craftsman cottages, cafes, coffee shops, several microbreweries, boutiques, and the North Park Farmers Market.  Search here for: homes for sale North Park San Diego 

South Park

South Park is a historic San Diego neighborhood east of Balboa Park, northeast of Downtown San Diego between North Park and Golden Hill. The South Park community has three annual events Walkabout, Luminaria, and Old House Fair.  Search here for: homes for sale South Park San Diego 


Clairemont was one of the first planned suburbs in the U.S. After World War II ended servicemen were returning back home with money in their pockets, a newly passed GI Bill, and anxious to start families.  Clairemont was envisioned as a place where families could enjoy the close-knit feel of a small community yet has quick access to the city proper.  Search here for: houses for sale in Clairemont 

Mira Mesa

Mira Mesa is located on the north end of San Diego County along Mira Mesa Blvd. There are a few areas in the city of San Diego as diverse as Mira Mesa, and the number of amenities all within one mile of Mira Mesa gives it an A+ for convenience.  Search here for: Mira Mesa homes for sale

UTC (University City)

"UTC" University City is located right in the middle of what is known as the “Golden Triangle.” The area actually forms an isosceles triangle bordered by three major freeways; the 5, the 52, and the 805. These major arteries lead to every part of the city.  Search here for: University City San Diego homes for sale

Point Loma

Point Loma is historically important as the site of the first European landing, now an upscale yachting community with local attractions Harbor Island and Shelter Island.  Search here for: Point Loma homes for sale and Point Loma condos for sale.

Bay Ho

Bay Ho is a tiny enclave in the northwest portion of Clairemont.  Search here for: Bay Ho homes for sale 

Bay Park

Bay Park is part of the San Diego suburb of Clairemont, an area that is also known as Clairemont Mesa. As a whole, Clairemont covers an area of just over 13 square miles and more than 80,000 people choose to call this city home.  Search here for: homes for sale in Bay Park San Diego.

Final Thoughts

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