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New Construction Neighborhoods in San Diego

North County San Diego

I’m constantly getting asked about new construction neighborhoods in San Diego. In anestablished city, new construction homes can be few and far between. In recent years though,San Diego has invested in creating more homes to meet the housing demand and several of thebest new neighborhoods are located right here in North County San Diego. I…

3 Reasons Why the San Diego Housing Market Won’t Crash in 2023

San Diego

According to Redfin’s “Housing Market Predictions 2023” report, the housing market in San Diego has dropped for five months in a row. The report also states that the West Coast market will feel the brunt of the housing downturn in 2023. Metros in the West Coast market that experienced the biggest gains during the pandemic will…

Changes coming to Merge 56 in Torrey Highlands

San Diego

Some of the information that was circulating regarding the Merge56 size and scope of the project was not 100% correct. Here is what I’ve learned: 1. There will not be a Movie Theatre (I think we all can understand why). 2. There will NOT be a full-size grocery store. They tried, but with the poor…

Living in Downtown San Diego

San Diego

Today we’re talking about all of the great neighborhoods in downtown San Diego! Keep reading to check out what each area has to offer and if you’d like to take a look at any available properties, just reach out. Little Italy Little Italy is one of my favorite areas in downtown San Diego. This neighborhood has…


North County San Diego

Come Join us on Saturday, October 15th at Torrey Meadows Park (Behind Westview High School) for our 2nd Annual movie night at the park. Last Years event was a huge success so we are looking forward to putting it on again this year! The OFF THE 56 Home Team will once again be sponsoring this…

North County San Diego Explained

North County San Diego

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…

Is Escondido the best Value in San Diego County?

North County San Diego

2097 Carol Lee Lane was in 2021 and has 4 Bedrooms and 3 bath rooms and is 2,592 Square Feet

The MOST Expensive Neighborhoods in San Diego

North County San Diego

Today on Off the 56, we’re going to talk about the top five most expensive neighborhoods in San Diego! Number one on the list is Rancho Santa Fe. This exclusive enclave was really up and coming in the twenties and thirties. You had people like Bing Crosby coming down from Hollywood and this is where…

Best Places to Live in San Diego

North County San Diego

Today, we’re going to talk about the best places to live in San Diego. I know there’s a lot of wonderful communities to talk about, but I picked three and Courtney picked three to give us a total of six of our favorite neighborhoods to talk about today on Off the 56! One of my…

5 Reasons Why I moved to San Diego

North County San Diego

Today I’ll be talking about the top 5 reasons why my family and I moved to San Diego. But first, I’ll give you a little background about myself and how I made it to Southern California. I grew up in Suburbs of Philadelphia and went to Penn State University. After graduating in 2004, I moved…

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I pride myself on not being your typical real estate agent. That’s why I focus my business on being your guide through the complex San Diego Real Estate market rather than just a “salesperson’. I take each transaction personally and take a vested interest in what my clients really want when buying or selling a home.

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Affectionately known as the “City in the Country,” Poway is a popular chance for prospective San Diego homeowners. Located east of I-15, between the sprawling communities of Scripps Ranch and Rancho Bernardo, Poway offers a range of housing options along with easy access to both freeways and beautiful hiking trails.

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The Neighborhoods of San Diego

Rancho Santa Fe

N. County Inland

For ultra-luxury living in San Diego County, look no further than the exclusive and sprawling community of Rancho Santa Fe. Located in North County, just east of Solana Beach and Encinitas, Rancho Santa Fe boasts some of the most expensive and gorgeous properties in Southern California. From beautiful Italian-style villas to Spanish abodes and luxury equestrian properties, Rancho Santa Fe homes offer an unmatched level of craftsmanship and luxury.

San Marcos

N. County Inland

Ideally located along the 78 freeway between the coast and the mountains, San Marcos is one the most desirable communities in North County San Diego, boasting excellent public schools, beautiful homes, and outstanding community amenities. Notable local landmarks include Lake San Marcos, Discovery Lake, Double Peak Mountain, the picturesque San Elijo Hills Town Center, and the sprawling campus of California State University-San Marcos.

Solana Beach

N. County Coastal

Solana Beach is one of the smallest beach towns in North County San Diego. Encompassing just 3.5 square miles, it is tucked between Del Mar and Encinitas. Known for its close proximity to the surf and sand, Solana Beach is also home to some of San Diego’s most luxurious properties. Solana Beach got its start in 1922 when Colonel Ed Fletcher purchased 201 acres and established the new town. His improvements to the area included establishing several essential businesses, a train station, and carving out a path down to the beach through the coastal bluffs (present day Fletcher Cove site). This last was a real feat of engineering and patience. A firehose was used to loosen the sand which was them moved by steam shovel and washed away down at the surf line. The project took several months, but current Solana Beach residents have Colonel Ed Fletcher to thank for their access to the ocean!

Rancho Bernardo

N. County Inland

Rancho Bernardo is a residential community located in North San Diego County, along the I-15 corridor. ranks it the 11th Best Neighborhood to Live in San Diego, with an overall A+ rating. Many people chose to buy a home in Rancho Bernardo because of the schools, close proximity to some larger office parks and tech hubs, and easy access to Downtown San Diego. Notable employers with offices in Rancho Bernardo include Amazon, Hewlett-Packard, Petco, Northrop Grumman, Sony, General Atomics, ATK Aerospace, Cymer, and more.


N. County Inland

One of San Diego’s oldest cities, Escondido is nestled in the foothills of Inland North County. Boasting a historic downtown area, the world-famous San Diego Zoo Safari Park, beautiful Lake Hodges, and miles of trails at Daley Ranch, Escondido is a popular choice for San Diegans who are looking for more affordable home options. With a range of properties available including single-family homes, luxury estates, condos, townhomes, and more, discover what’s waiting for you in Escondido!

Solana Beach

N. County Coastal

Solana Beach is one of the smallest beach towns in North County San Diego. Encompassing just 3.5 square miles, it is tucked between Del Mar and Encinitas. Known for its close proximity to the surf and sand, Solana Beach is also home to some of San Diego’s most luxurious properties. Solana Beach got its start in 1922 when Colonel Ed Fletcher purchased 201 acres and established the new town.

Pacific Highlands Ranch

N. County Inland

One of the newest neighborhoods in San Diego is Pacific Highlands Ranch (PHR). Located on the east side of Carmel Valley, this master-planned community offers all the best of North County San Diego living: great local schools, abundant dining and shopping, and an excellent coastal location.


N. County Coastal

The seaside community of Del Mar, California is both a tourist destination and one of the most desirable neighborhoods in San Diego. With ocean views around every corner, great surfing, and a premier location just north of Torrey Pines State Reserve, Del Mar real estate is also some of the most expensive in the county.

Del Sur

N. County Inland

Nestled between 4S Ranch and Rancho Santa Fe, the master-planned community of Del Sur is one of the top choices for prospective San Diego home buyers.

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Coming Soon to San Diego

1000 · September 3, 2022

We are starting a new segment on the channel – Trending in San Diego. This is where we will talk about what’s new in San Diego each month. From New Developments to things to do in our fair city!

Secret Costs of Living in San Diego

2500 · August 1, 2022

It’s no secret, Living in San Diego can be expensive. In this video, we dive into the Hidden Costs of Living in San Diego. These are the not-so-obvious costs that you may not think of when you are deciding if San Diego is right for you. From Airfare to Childcare and everything in between.

6 LIES You Didn’t Know About San Diego!

12956 · June 9, 2022

There are definitely some misconceptions about San Diego that Courtney and I feel like we had to share with all of you. Some of them are even flat-out LIES! In this video, we break them down for you as not everything is all rainbows and butterflies in San Diego!

A Tour of Liberty Station

12956 · June 9, 2022

Liberty Station is one of our very favorite places to hang out in San Diego – it’s amazing to me that it’s only been open to the public since 2012 – as it was a retired naval training base prior to that. It has many great restaurants and shops – and the Public Market is the best in the City! It’s also very kid-friendly with its outdoor seating, mini-golf course, and the ever-popular Corvette Diner. There’s definitely something for everyone!

A Tour of Mission beach

1300 · June 9, 2022

Mission Beach & Mission Bay have so much to offer – Whether you are here visiting San Diego or you’ve been here for years – Mission beach has a little bit of everything. If you want to grab a quiet Coffee on the Bay at Super bloom or you want to up some aquatic sports like stand-up paddleboards or rent a boat for the day, Mission Beach has it all!

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