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The Best Family-Friendly Places To Live In San Diego

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If you are relocating to a new area, you will want to be sure that it has the environment and facilities that make it a suitable location. However, when you have a family the pressure to choose the perfect place to live is even greater. After all, the people surrounding you, the schools you send your kids to and the activities that they can enjoy will all help shape the adult that they will mature into.

We understand the importance of finding the right neighborhood for raising a family, and to help you narrow down your search, here are three of the best family-friendly places to live in San Diego.


With a population of just over 25,000 people, Coronado combines all of the benefits of a big city with the feel of a small town and friendly community. An affluent neighborhood, house prices may be out of everyone’s budget – the median home value is $1.8 million. Nevertheless, you get a lot for your money if you choose to live here.

In terms of education, the Coronado School District is highly rated, offering residents the choice of two high schools and two elementary schools. There is one middle school, as well as several specialized and unconventional schools. Low crime rates also make Coronado particularly popular with families.

Situated just across the bay from downtown San Diego, Coronado is consistently voted the best beach in the U.S. Countless outdoor recreational pursuits, stunning parks and plenty of shops, restaurants, galleries and theaters help to ensure that you and your family will never struggle for something to do if you choose Coronado for your next home.

University City

Named for its proximity to the University of California, University City has a population of around 56k residents and is primarily made up of medium and large single-family homes. The median cost of a property here is around $791,000.

The school district of University City has some top-rated schools including Doyle Elementary and University City High School. Obviously, proximity to the University of California San Diego campus also helps make this area a popular choice with families whose children are looking to embrace further education.

With a diverse but friendly population, great sense of community, low crime rates and huge number of parks and open space available, it is easy to see why so many families choose University City as their preferred neighborhood.

Carmel Mountain

Considered by some to be the ‘perfect’ suburban community, Carmel Mountain has a population of under 50,000 residents who live primarily in gorgeous, single-family dwellings, many of which are situated on cul-de-sacs. The mean price of a residential property in Carmel Mountain is $761k.

Schools in Carmel Mountain come under the prestigious Poway Unified Schools District and are highly rated, both officially and amongst parents of children who attend them. Meadowbank Middle school is award-winning and focuses as much on academics as it does on extra-curricular activities and family fun.

There is plenty to do in the area, including the renowned Torrey Pines State Reserve, the bustling boardwalk at nearby Mission Beach, Zovargo petting zoo and plenty of parks to enable your family to embrace true Californian outdoor living. Carmel Mountain is the ideal location for many families.

If none of the neighborhoods above quite fit what you are looking for, then some other areas that are regularly cited as great for families that you may wish to consider include:

  • Solana Beach
  • Fairbanks Ranch
  • Encinitas
  • Del Mar
  • Carlsbad
  • Rancho San Diego
  • Granite Hills

Our highly knowledgeable and experience real estate team would be delighted to help you find the perfect San Diego community in which to raise your family. Please contact us with your requirements.