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 went north along the coast to explore Monterey and this week headed back down south to San Diego County. We’ve set the budget at $2.5 million, let take a look at what that gets us.


This contemporary ranch rests on nearly a flat-half-acre in North La Jolla. A design triumph, the property offers sleek lines and high-end finishes creating a modern, European ambiance. The monochromatic look is complimented by a park-like backyard with streamlined landscaping and mature trees.

2908 Woodford Drive
La Jolla, CA 92037


No expense was spared in creating this fresh, transitional home. Two sets of massive La Cantina doors showcase stunning set views, opening to the expansive backyard with mature landscaping, gorgeous outdooring seating area with exterior fireplace, bar area and grill, grassy yard, and pool with cascading waterfall.

7778 Doug Hill Court
San Diego, CA 92127

Avenida Maravillas 29

This stunning European inspired estate overlooks the spectacular signature 13th hole of the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Course. The sprawling residence spans over 8,121 sq.ft. the residence is comprised of 7 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms, media room, wine room, fire pit, pool & spa, BBQ, and more.

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