Looking to buy a new construction home in San Diego? In today’s video, we take you on a tour of some of the newest projects being built Off the 56.
Our first stop is Merge 56 in Torrey Highlands. Lennar is going to be the home builder here of the two communities, Arlo and Vine. These will be a mix of single-family homes, townhomes, and condos. There’s also going to be quite a bit of office space here. Rumors are that a tech company might be coming to the area.
There was originally going to be a movie theatre here, but unfortunately COVID-19 stopped that particular plan from moving forward. There’s also going to be a small grocery store here, probably like a Sprouts, Trader Joe’s, or Jimbo’s. There’s going to be some sort of boutique fitness offering (our fingers are crossed for a 9Round Fitness) along with great restaurants and coffee shops.
The project is supposed to be done in 2023 and the road that’s going to connect Camino Del Sur into Park Village is supposed to be done by 2022.
Next up on our San Diego new construction home tour is Pacific Highlands Ranch. Shea Homes is building a new project called Lumen, which is just townhomes. These are expected to be priced in the mid eight hundreds. They’ll be within walking distance of all the fantastic offerings at the Pacific Highlands Ranch shopping center.
One of the more unique things about the Lumen project is that they’re going to actually have what they call shopkeeper units – basically you have a retail space down below and then you live above it. It’s a live/work loft-style concept. You can either have your own business down there or rent it out. These units are supposed to go on sale this summer.
Another project in Pacific Highlands Ranch will be the Sendero Collection just across the way from Lumen. It’s probably five minutes down the road. These are going to be single-family homes, priced from $1,600,000 to $1,900,000. They are for sale right now and the waiting list is about 280 people. So, you still have a shot at one of those.
In Sorrento Mesa, the new project off of Camino Santa Fe is called 3Roots. There are actually three home builders here: Lennar, California West, and Shea Homes. Shea has already started selling homes and Lennar will be starting their sales soon. You should know though, that there are over 14,000 people on the wait list between the three home builders. Two hundred homes will be released this year and they’re planning for 1800 homes here by 2025.
It’s going to be another mixed-use community. It’s really close to a bunch of the tech campuses that are here like Qualcomm. Apple also has offices here. It reminds me a bit of the Playa Vista community in Los Angeles. I think this is going to be a very popular spot as it’s only five to ten minutes from La Jolla, Del Mar, and the beach. Very centrally located! The only negative is that you do have the plane noise from Miramar.
The scope of this project is much larger than the other two that we looked at today. You’ve got parks, restaurants, coffee shops, hiking, and mountain biking trails all around here. So, when it’s all said and done, it’s going to be a pretty cool place.If you’re interested in buying a new construction home in one of these communities (or any others!), I’d love to help you. Even when you’re buying direct from the builder, you can have your own real estate agent represent you. Many of my clients have found it helpful to have someone experienced who can negotiate for them and make sure everything is in order. Just reach out to me today to get started on your San Diego home search!
So many people love living in North County Coastal San Diego. With great beaches, restaurants, and schools, there’s so much to love about these neighborhoods. In today’s video, we’re going to highlight what we think the best things are about living in Coastal North County.
First on our tour is Oceanside. Oceanside is the northernmost coastal city in San Diego County. It butts right up against Camp Pendleton, which makes it a good option for military families. It’s also a great choice for people who work in Orange County or even Los Angeles. There’s also a train station in Oceanside that allows you to catch the Coaster and go north.
The median home price is $689,000, but that won’t necessarily get you a home by the beach. Ocean-view and beach-close properties are still much cheaper in Oceanside than in other parts of the county, but the median price is more for a home that’s a little bit inland. That said, you can often find condos near the beach with ocean views for under $1,000,000! We have a client right now that’s buying one of those.
Just south of Oceanside is Carlsbad. The median home price in Carlsbad is about $1,200,000. Carlsbad is one of my favorite spots in all of San Diego. It has a great downtown village right on the ocean with shopping and restaurants. They even have an old-timey bookstore. Carlsbad is also home to LEGOLand, world-class golf courses, Palomar Airport, and the Carlsbad Outlets.
I think it goes without saying that the North County Coastal cities all have nice beaches and they’re all kind of different. You might be looking for a great surfing beach, a dog beach, a place to take your kids, or just a beach with really convenient parking. No matter what kind of beach you’re looking for, Coastal North County has something for everyone.
South of Carlsbad is Encinitas, which is a little more expensive. The downtown is very walkable with lots of restaurants and coffee shops, tasting rooms for breweries, and little boutiques. Moonlight Beach is one of my favorite beaches there. They also have an old movie theatre that was built in the 1920s, La Paloma. Broad Street Dough Co. is a newer doughnut shop that is absolutely delicious. If you haven’t seen it, we have a video of us checking out this spot on our Encinitas tour video.
Just south of there is a little neighborhood called Cardiff-By-The-Sea that’s technically still part of Encinitas. Seaside Market, the grocery store, sells the famous Cardiff Crack which you have to try. It’s a super delicious tri-tip. Cardiff State Beach has really great surf spots and is very family friendly. You can also use your California Explorer pass here. Just south of that is Seaside Reef, which is our go-to summer beach spot. You might even spot Rob Machado catching a wave. Cardiff also has the San Elijo Campground which is a really popular spot for RV and tent camping. You get to stay right on the beach so it’s really difficult to book.
Next on our list is Solana Beach. The median home price here is $1,800,000, but that’s not going to get you a beachfront property. An ocean-view home is going to be more like $3-3.5 million. Solana Beach is a great little beach town, but I think the one negative is you only have access to one beach which is Fletcher Cove. Overall, Solana Beach has a very walkable coastal downtown area with good restaurants and coffee shops. There’s also a big music scene here thanks to the famous Belly Up. It’s a small venue, but a very fun place to watch a band. Solana Beach also has the Cedros Avenue Design District, which is the arts district that’s full of boutiques and great shopping. There’s also a train station in town.
That brings us to Del Mar, which is the closest to the 56 freeway. It’s also the last stop on our North County Coastal neighborhoods tour. It’s not a huge town, which really brings the home prices up. The median home price here is $2,362,000. The beaches in Del Mar are great and there’s even a Dog Beach area. Del Mar is a bit more touristy than some of the other towns. There are great hotels here and the Del Mar Racetrack. During race season, you get a chance to see the horses up close which is great for kids. And of course, they hold the annual San Diego Fair at the track. Hope you guys found this neighborhood tour helpful! If you’re ever planning on moving to San Diego, we’d love to help you find your next home. Just reach out to us here to get started!