You set a certain budget for your house hunt—and you can’t go a penny over it. But what if you want to expand your search a wee bit beyond a specific neighborhood? We decided to play the comparison game by exploring what you can buy for a certain dollar value in various California neighborhoods in a new series we’re calling “Cali Comparables.” We’re going across the Golden State to give you an idea of how far your dollar goes in certain areas.

Last time we explored Northern California’s East Bay. Now we’re headed to Southern California, where they have been setting wild new records for home sales and prices this year, and are zeroing in on San Diego County. We have set the asking price at $1.2 million and slightly over/under. Let’s take a look:

Escondido, CA

10266 Highlands West, Escondido, CA | $1,200,000

This fantastic, remodeled Lake Hodges Estate boasts stunning views of the lake and surrounding mountains. On 1.25 acres with a one bedroom guest house, the main house features travertine and wood flooring and updated kitchen and baths, while the exterior is a lush wonderland with family fruit trees, built-in BBQ and three patios to enjoy the outdoors.

San Diego – Crosby / Arista

8159 Lazy River, San Diego, CA | $1,197,000

Located in the Crosby Golf Club community in San Diego, this sophisticated yet inviting showcase residence shows like a model with quality materials and designer touches throughout including an iron staircase, sparkling chandeliers, wood plank floors and arched colonnades. The main living area features a luxurious formal living room plus a separate dining area with a custom wine wall. Outdoor spaces are an entertainer’s dream with several patio areas, full outdoor kitchen and an interior courtyard with a soothing water wall. 

San Diego – Pacific Beach

4011 Fanuel, San Diego, CA | $1,195,995

Enjoy peaceful serenity in this beautiful bay front property. Located on Sail Bay with the sandy beach at your doorstep, this three story townhome is truly an entertainer’s dream. Light floods into this pristine property featuring luxury amenities, hardwood and travertine floors and gorgeous views of the water. Three decks create seamless indoor/outdoor living and let the sea breeze flow through the unit. The master suite features a walk-in closet, jacuzzi tub and a private patio with stunning bay views.

Vista, CA

2540 1/8 Foothill Drive, Vista, CA | $1,195,000 – $1,295,000

This single story beauty sits privately in the foothills of Vista and offers a comfortable, peaceful retreat. Wake up to the sound of quiet in your palace complete with pool and spa. The master suite is secluded from the rest of the house with its very own state of the art gym, sauna, large walk in shower designed for two and a huge closet fit for royalty.

San Diego – The Crosby Estates

65d49d6871565318-15004839816941 Simple Melody Lane, San Diego | $1,175,000

Sited in a quiet cul-de-sac in the Villas, this elegant and engaging home features splendid upgrades throughout. Offering a bedroom and full bath downstairs, pleasing, neutral color palette, soft window treatments and a comfortable, open floorplan. A spacious great room is highlighted by a cozy fireplace and french doors leading a back yard complete with multiple entertaining areas.


Click here for other homes currently for sale in San Diego County in the $1-1.2 million range.