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What You Get for the Money

A not-so-scientific comparison of home prices around the county (and country)
Photo by Robert Benson

For $1 million in…


3bd/2ba house
1,700 square feet

Built in 1925, Spanish-style with modern updates. Walkable, historic neighborhood with no amenities and no HOA fees, close to downtown.


(East of I-5)
4bd/3ba house
3,500 square feet

New construction, gated community with HOA and Mello Roos around $600/month. Amenities like community pool and tennis courts; highly rated public schools.

La Jolla

600 square feet

Craftsman-style bungalow one block from Windansea, peak ocean views from the deck. No amenities or HOA fees.

It could be worse in…

NEW YORK, NY: 1bd/1ba, 700-square-foot third-floor walk-up apartment in Manhattan’s Upper West Side with no balcony, parking, doorman, or laundry, and a seven-block walk from the nearest local (not express) subway stop.

It could be better in…

PHOENIX, AZ: 4bd/4ba, 5,000-square-foot estate on one acre with views, three-car garage, and a pool, in an upscale neighborhood.

For $500,000 in…

East Village (downtown)

2bd/2ba condo
1,100 square feet

Newer construction high-rise with HOA fees of
at least $500/month. Building amenities include pool and gym.

La Mesa

4bd/2ba house
2,000 square feet

Mature community near Lake Murray with no HOAs or community amenities.

Valley Center

3bd/2ba house
2,500 square feet

Fruit trees and lush landscaping on two acres with private well.

It could be worse in…

SAN FRANCISCO, CA: Studio condo in the Marina District with a shared garage and no laundry.

It could be better in…

SAN ANTONIO, TX: 5bd/4ba 5,000-square-foot estate, newer construction in a gated community. Comes with a theater room, pool, tennis courts, and clubhouse.

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What You Get for the Money

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