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San Carlos San Diego Neighborhood Guide

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Bordering Del Cerro, Allied Gardens, Tierrasanta, Santee and El Cajon is San Carlos San Carlos is one of San Diego’s top neighborhoods to raise a family in. The Wolf Real Estate Team recognizes San Carlos as being a prime location for families looking to move to the San Diego suburbs for more affordable housing, high ranked schools, and low criminal activity neighborhoods. Continue reading to find out if you should buy a home in San Carlos.

San Carlos Neighborhood Overview

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San Carlos is one of the suburbs located in East San Diego County and consists mainly of single-family homes and recreation areas. Families are drawn to the area for its affordable housing, beautiful rolling hills scenery, the closeness to shopping and restaurants, the low criminal activitiy neighborhoods and of course, for the high ranked schools. Many families move from metro San Diego to San Carlos for larger houses to live in, homes with yards, and the suburb experience.

Neighborhood Safety in San Carlos, San Diego

San Carlos has some of the lowest crime rates in San Diego. In the past month, they have only had a few records of crimes taking place in the area. The most common crime seemed to be theft. San Carlos scored an A- score for crime on areavibes.com. Crime in San Carlos is almost half as much as the San Diego average. San Carlos scored 1,406 accounts of crime per 100,000 people while San Diego scored 2,402 for 100,000 people.

San Carlos Schools

Some of the top-ranked schools according to greatschools.org includes Hearst Elementary School, Marvin Elementary School, Tierrasanta Elementary School, and College Preparatory Middle School, all ranked with a 10/10. Other Schools in the San Carlos area include Helix High School, Green Elementary School, and Patrick Henry High School each ranked with a 9/10 score. If you are looking for a neighborhood to raise a family in for the amazing public education, San Carlos is the San Diego neighborhood for you.

Community Activities in San Carlos

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The San Carlos Recreation center has tons of activities for community members to participate in. In addition, it also has different youth programs for your kids like basketball, volleyball, flag football, gymnastics, ballet and even skills classes. During school breaks, they offer different camps for kids to attend. Both Lake Murray and Mission Trails have events going on all year long including guided trail tours, 4th of July Fireworks, nature walks and more. Visit the recreation center website to find out more about different youth programs in San Carlos as well as events going on at Mission Trails.

San Carlos Things to Do

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There’s no shortage of things to do in San Carlos, San Diego. Whether you want child-friendly activities or want a personal escape, there’s something to do for everyone. Start your day off right by taking a run around Lake Murray or climbing to the top of Cowles Mountain. Not into running or hiking? Take a bike ride around Lake Murray, try out rock climbing or mountain biking in Mission Trails, or even spend some time fishing on the lake. San Carlos is also home to Dailard Neighborhood Park, Rancho Mission Canyon, the Mission Trails Golf Course, and the San Carlos Golf Course.

If the outdoors aren’t your thing, you can head over to Grossmont Center just miles away to catch a movie or do a bit of shopping. San Carlos has several shopping areas off of Navajo Road and Lake Murray Blvd. You will never need to drive more than 10 minutes to find a place to shop at or restaurant to eat at. You are also only a twenty minute drive to the beach so if you are moving from a more central location over to San Carlos, you don’t need to worry about having a long drive to the beach or central San Diego locations; they are only a short drive away.

San Carlos Restaurants & Coffee

Some of the resident’s favorite spots to grab a bite includes The Trails Eatery which offers mouthwatering breakfast and brunch options, Tak Grill Fresh Mediterranean Food for Greek and Persian/Iranian food, and Cheers Deli & Liquor for delicious homemade sandwiches. There are plenty of restaurant options in San Carlos that can satisfy every craving. There is a restaurant of every cuisine including Italian, Thai, Mexican and even Sushi. If you want more options, you just need to drive 10 minutes to La Mesa for even more food and shopping options.

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San Carlos Demographics

Population (via City-Data): 15,000

Estimated Median House Sales Price in January 2018 (via SDAR): $625,000

Estimated Median Condo/Detached House Value in January 2018 (via SDAR): $323,000

Median Gross Rent 2016 (via City-Data): $1,500


Affordable Real Estate in San Carlos

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Housing in San Carlos, San Diego is relatively affordable when compared to other neighborhoods that draw families in like South Park, North Park, Normal Heights and Point Loma. The median sales price for a single-family home in January of 2018 is $625,000 while the median sales price for condos/townhouses was $323,000. San Carlos has some of the most affordable housing in San Diego. Many families are moving out of the metro area and taking the profit they earned on their just sold home and using that to buy a bigger and more upgraded home in San Carlos.

Although the housing is more affordable in San Carlos, that doesn’t mean this isn’t a smart investment opportunity. San Carlos is a competitive housing market just like the rest of San Diego. Housing prices continue to increase while inventory is also dropping. The competitive market means there will be buyers fighting over your property, ensuring you will make a profit off your home when you or other family members decide to sell the home. You should also consider renting the property out if you don’t want to sell your home when you no longer need it, rental prices in San Carlos are even higher than what your mortgage will be. Since so many people struggle to buy homes, renting out your property is a great investment. If you are interested in buying or selling your home in San Carlos, contact the Wolf Real Estate Team today.

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