The MOST Expensive Neighborhoods in 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 they settled and put all their money and all their resources. Most of the homes here have big lot sizes, even acreage. So, a lot of people have horses at their homes or at one of the training centers in the area. In fact, several members of the US Olympic Equestrian teams actually live and train in this area. You also have a lot of other retired athletes in Rancho Santa Fe. Some great golfers live here and there are some excellent golf courses in the area. Rancho Santa Fe has a very walkable and quiet village. They do a weekend car show and an annual 4th of July parade. The Rancho Valencia Hotel is here, which is a great place for a staycation, an anniversary celebration, or even a wedding. It’s expensive so definitely the place for a special occasion. Median home prices here are about $2.7 Million.

Golf Course in San Diego

Number two on the list is La Jolla, which means “the Jewel.” It truly is the jewel of San Diego and attracts a lot of visitors from all over the world, along with people who want to own a coastal home with ocean views. La Jolla is basically built up on the cliffs so many properties have great panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. The median home price in La Jolla is about $2.4 Million. You know what they say, they better the view, the higher the price. There’s also a lot of things to do here, especially with kids. There’s Birch Aquarium, great beaches, and good surfing. Torrey Pines Golf Course is just north of La Jolla.

La Jolla at Sunset

Third on the list is Coronado. The median home price here is about $2 Million. What makes this area significant, aside from the location, are the homes. There are a lot of different styles of homes here from Victorians to Cape Cod, bungalows, more modern homes - whatever you’re looking for, you can probably find it here. Coronado is also a great place for a staycation. There’s a very walkable village with restaurants, boutiques, all sorts of small businesses. A little touristy, but still very fun. Of course, you also have the famous Hotel Del Coronado which we’ve talked about before on Off the 56 - it’s apparently haunted!

Ice Skating at the Hotel Del Coronado

Number four on our list is Del Mar, which brings us back to North County. Del Mar is only about four square miles so it’s very small and pricey. It’s bunched up along the coast, west of the I-5 freeway and south of Solana Beach. The median home price in Del Mar is just around $2 million, though it might even be higher now as the market here has been absolutely insane. Del Mar has a lot of famous residents including Drew Brees. Aaron Rodgers used to have a home here, maybe still does. There’s of cool stuff to do in Del Mar. Like many of the areas on this list, it also has a downtown village with lots of shops and eateries. Del Mar has some beautiful beaches, too, and great surfing. There’s Torrey Pines State Reserve and Beach, Del Mar Beach, and the dog beach in the North of the city. The Del Mar racetrack is also here with a lot of the horses that race there either coming from Rancho Santa Fe or up in Bonsall or Temecula.  

Del Mar Beach

The fifth spot on the list is also one of our favorites in San Diego - Solana Beach. It’s not a huge city, but a little bit bigger than Del Mar. There’s a train station that you can use to commute downtown on the Coaster. By car, it’s still only about 25 minutes from downtown. In general, Solana Beach is very centrally located. It also has its own design district called Cedros Avenue. have 85 different art galleries and the famous Belly Up. Really good restaurants and coffee shops. Beautiful beaches, family-friendly neighborhoods, great schools - all this for about $2 Million. 

If you want to buy a home in one of these neighborhoods or any others in San Diego, get in touch - we’d love to find you the perfect home!