San Diego: America's Finest CitySan Diego: America’s Finest City. It may be a vibrant and young-feeling city, but it is actually the birthplace of California.

Originally populated by the Kumeyaay, its first European discovery in 1542 was accomplished by Portuguese explorer Juan Rodrigues Cabrillo sailing under the Spanish Flag (1499 – 1543). He landed in San Diego’s Point Loma and claimed the area for Spain.

There’s little chance Juan Cabrillo would recognize much about America’s Finest City today. San Diego is now the 8th largest city in the United States, with a population of 2.9 million. It is affectionately tagged as America’s Finest City because of the warm hospitality it extends to all, it balmy climate along with stunning natural beauty and views.

At the same time, San Diego is also the world’s 29th richest city and urban area in terms of GDP. What is the significance of this distinction? The top 30 cities ranked by GDP account for around 16 percent of the world’s entire gross domestic product (2005).

In addition being noted for its vibrant economy, San Diego is also known for the liveliness of its residents. Sports Illustrated once called San Diego “Sportstown USA” because San Diegans of all ages are so active. That is not surprising, since San Diego has over 70 miles of beaches and coastline, approximately 100 golf courses, and countless miles of trails for both hikers and horses. San Diego is also the home for the San Diego Chargers football team, as well as baseball’s San Diego Padres.

The gentle and relatively arid climate in San Diego presents the opportunity for year round outdoor sports and activities–as well as gardening.

Bankers Hill Mansion
Bankers Hill Mansion

Many San Diego residents originally came as tourists and visitors, and returned to spend the rest of their days in this coastal paradise. San Diego’s central and outlying economy is amazingly sound and diverse. San Diego County is a large and fertile agricultural center that also offers a broad employment base in manufacturing, aerospace, technology, aircraft and shipbuilding, as well as scientific and medical research. It is also one of the largest biotech centers in not only the United States, but the world.

San Diego’s Balboa Park area is the largest urban cultural center in the United States. It is home to not only the world famous San Diego Zoo, but to 15 different museums including an aerospace museum, art and history museums, science museum, railroad museum, and the Old Globe Theater(s). Here both locals and visitors find an ever-changing venue of exhibitions, plays, musicals and events. Though there is an admission fee to the museums and theatrical performances, entrance to the park is free.

Inventory levels are at much healthier levels than before, and in some cases we are negotiating short sales for our home buyers and sellers. It is a busy market! Almost daily, we receive calls and emails from people seeking relocation to San Diego coastal communities–or from locals seeking to upgrade or downsize.

And of course, there are some who simply wish to pocket a tax-free gain they may have acquired by living in their home for two of the last five years. The San Diego real estate market is a very fluid one!

Please feel free to click through this site to explore communities and real estate in and throughout San Diego County, including beach communities such as Coronado, La Jolla, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Encinitas, Carlsbad and Oceanside. For more inland serenity, golf and sunshine, you may want to look at luxury real estate and homes in Rancho Santa Fe, Cielo, The Crosby,  The Bridges, Santa Luz, La Costa, and Carmel Valley. Also in high demand are homes, condos and horse properties in San Marcos, homes in San Elijo Hills, Lake San Marcos, Vista, Fallbrook, and the lovely Warner Springs.

If you have any questions about these San Diego neighborhoods or other areas and communities please feel free to call or email and we’ll share all we can!Real estate listing information provided throughout this site is intended for consumer’s personal and non-commercial use. Listing data for San Diego properties is provided through Sandicor,  San Diego County’s Multiple Listing Service. Every attempt is made to update listing information on a daily basis, so that your search for properties will be as meaningful as possible.San Diego’s real estate market remains a lively one, and has become a very favorable one for home buyers.

If you are thinking of selling, we have buyers. If you are seeking to buy, we know San Diego real estate and which properties might meet your needs. We look forward to working with you and your relocation needs!Be sure to check out consumer links, school information, free reports,useful tools, and real estate answers too.

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The search for San Diego real estate and homes in the area might include any one of these cities–or unincorporated areas of San Diego County. To check homes for sale in San Diego County, please feel free to call Roberta or Scott Murphy at either 760-942-9100 or 760-613-6190. You may also email–or search below all homes for sale in San Diego: America’s Finest City