Today we’re diving into the best suburbs in San Diego. If you’re thinking of making a move to San Diego County like my recent clients, Amy and Mike, be sure to keep reading and watching for help deciding which suburb is right for you!


Known as “the city in the country” Poway offers something for everyone. Be sure to visit the charming Old Poway Park that has an old train you can ride, beautiful trees, museums, and shops that can make for a day of family fun. Poway is probably best known for the Poway Unified School District, which is an award-winning school district not just in San Diego, but in the State of California. Poway homes can range from small two-bedroom homes to huge estates, so there are a variety of real estate options in this area!

Rancho Peñasquitos/ Torrey Highlands

This is the suburb that I live in and we love this community because there is a ton to do outside! We have lots of hiking and biking trails all over the place, but in particular the Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve is great for exploring. Rancho Peñasquitos/Torrey Highlands is a really great place to raise kids if you want to keep them active year-round. Homes are also affordable by San Diego standards; you can find a single-family home starting in the $700,000 range. This community is also very centrally located; it is about a twenty-minute commute to Downtown San Diego and about fifteen minutes to the beach. If you’d like to learn more about this area, click here to watch my Rancho Peñasquitos Neighborhood Tour.

Scripps Ranch

Scripps Ranch has a similar feel to Rancho Peñasquitos. It’s a newer neighborhood with great schools, restaurants, and many families living in this area. If you are a military family making the move to San Diego, Scripps Ranch is also close to the Miramar Military Base. Miramar Lake is also close by, which is a fun area to explore with kids, too.

Chula Vista

Fun fact- Chula Vista is the second largest city in San Diego County! Located just nine miles southeast of downtown, Chula Vista is a great place to live if you work in Downtown San Diego or Little Italy. Chula Vista is very family friendly with lots of attractions, like the North Island Credit Amphitheatre that hosts many concerts throughout the year and Aquatica Waterpark. This is probably one of the most affordable suburbs in San Diego – the median home price for a single-family home in Chula Vista is just $550,000.


Carlsbad is one of my favorite areas of San Diego. They have some awesome restaurants in the Carlsbad Village, beautiful beaches, and an outstanding school district. If you’re into the brewery scene, head just a little east of Carlsbad to Vista, which is home to some of San Diego’s best breweries like Mother Earth and Belching Beaver. Legoland California is also located in Carlsbad, which is a great place to check out with kids.


This is a suburb I haven’t mentioned often on Off the 56, but it’s another hidden gem in San Diego County. Santee is located just eighteen miles east of Downtown San Diego. It’s a very outdoorsy community due in part to the 190-acre Santee Lakes Park that has seven recycled water lakes stocked with fish year round! You can go camping, rent boats, and of course, fish. In addition, Santee also has some small farms and equestrian facilities, which makes it perfect for this who want to lead an active lifestyle. It has a small-town feel, with lots of locally-owned businesses and family-oriented activities. Like Chula Vista, it’s also one of the more affordable areas of San Diego. Santee’s median home price Is about $535,000 for a single-family home.

Carmel Valley

Carmel Valley is a suburb known for its great school districts and beautiful homes. Cathedral Catholic, Torrey Pines High School, and Canyon Crest Academy are always ranked in the top thirty best schools in California. Due to the great school district and the central location near the beach, the median home price is around $1,000,000. If you’d like to learn more about Carmel Valley, watch my Carmel Valley Neighborhood Tour here.

That concludes my list of the best suburbs in San Diego! Other areas to mention that I didn’t cover in this video are all the beach communities, San Marcos, La Mesa, Del Sur, 4S Ranch, Rancho Bernardo, and so many more! If you’re making a move to San Diego, contact me today! I would love to help you find the best neighborhood for you and your family.

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