Nestled at the base of the mountains, Tierrasanta San Diego provides the perfect balance between nature and culture. This vibrant neighborhood is a great choice for hikers, bikers, and those who like access to city things but don't like being in an apartment right in the middle of the city, or maybe don't like the rent that comes with it. Having equal access to both worlds is one of the things that makes Tierrasanta a desirable place to live.
Rent runs from about $1500 for a studio apartment to 2700 for two bedroom apartments in Tierrasanta San Diego. This is still cheap for San Diego. Access to the regional park and the local community center make this a desirable locale for families and those who like to be outside.
Tierrasanta is a newer area that is nestled in the foothills, so it doesn't have the natural evolution of stores and homes that many older neighborhoods possess. Much of this region is just housing developments or apartment buildings for rent, with just a few restaurants along Santo Road. Food varies from drive-through to upscale, but the total number of restaurants is just a handful. Entertainment in Tierrasanta is mostly natural, though the drive to the rest of San Diego is short, and there is a lot to choose from there. Entertainment can be found with outdoor activities, or nearby San Diego cultural events, sporting events and concerts.
If you love to hike with your dog, there's no better neighborhood. The Mission Trails regional park is a part of this area, and offers top-notch opportunity for quality time with your pup. After a long day of taking in the lovely Southern California trails, and enjoying the fact that it's an average of 72 degrees year-round, there are a number of different groomers who are happy to wash the California dust off of Fifi or Fido. If they get a sprained paw, there is even an Animal Hospital.
Realistically, this is Southern California. You are close to downtown San Diego, so if you don't need to travel far, particularly on the highway, then it shouldn't' be too bad. However, if you're coming from a place where everyone commutes at a speed somewhere in the vicinity of the speed limit, you're in for a surprise. Plan on the commute taking longer than you'd think. And don't count on public transportation. This is not a good city for it.
There is a local elementary, middle and high school for Tierrasanta. Junipero Serra High School is the local school. If you're looking to help your child succeed in math and science, this is a good choice. The school just received a grant of almost a million dollars for education from the National Math and Science Institute. If you're looking for something in a private school, San Diego County has large number of choices. Over half of the private schools in the county are religious, and there are options for kids from K-12.