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Del Cerro – San Diego’s Top Neighborhood to Raise a Family

When it comes to raising a family, you need to consider lots of different aspects when deciding where to raise them. This includes the safety of the neighborhood, school ratings, community involvement, outside activities and of course if the neighborhood will work for your job and if you can afford it. When it comes to raising a family on a budget and finding what’s best for you, most of our clients have been trading metro San Diego areas like North Park for areas like Del Cerro for its affordability, good schools, and beautiful homes for sale. Learn more about what makes Del Cerro an ideal neighborhood to raise a family in.

Del Cerro Neighborhood Safety

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In Del Cerro San Diego, crime is relatively low compared to the rest of San Diego County. According to Crime Mapping, Del Cerro has had only 45 incidents of crime in the past month. This includes 8 reports of drug/alcohol, 12 vehicle thefts/break-ins, 4 acts of vandalism, 4 acts of larceny, 2 robberies, and 5 accounts of motor vehicle theft, 5 accounts of fraud, 1 burglary, and 3 accounts of assault. This sounds like a lot, but it’s relatively low compared to other cities in San Diego. Del Cerro is one of the safest neighborhoods in San Diego. You won’t have to worry about your children being unsafe walking down the street or being home alone for a short period of time.

School Ratings in Del Cerro

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In the Del Cerro area, including La Mesa and San Carlos, the school ratings are in the 8-10 range on Amongst this list is Hearst Elementary School which has a rating of 10 and has a higher test score average than other elementary schools in San Diego. There’s also Dailard Elementary which ranks an 8 and Marvin Elementary School which also ranks a 10. For Middle School, your kids can attend Pershing Middle School which has a rating of 8 and can then move on to attend Patrick Henry High School with a rating of 9. If you want to set your kids up with the best public education in an affordable area of San Diego County, Del Cerro is a great place to live when considering your children’s future.

All of these schools have lots of after school activities your children can participate in like sports, art, coding, music lessons and more.

Community Activities in Del Cerro

In Del Cerro, they have a community created group called the Friends of Del Cerro where residents get together to help increase the cohesiveness of the neighborhood by promoting and helping make changes to the city to enhance its beauty, provide more civic amenities and cultural experiences and educational opportunities. They also help with infrastructure building and recreational activities. If you want to live in a community where they encourage involvement and want to get involved yourself, Del Cerro may be the right choice for you.

Outside Activities

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Del Cerro is right next to Lake Murray and a few different parks, so you never have to worry about your children having nowhere to run around. And of course, you’re only 12 miles from the beach. You can take your kids for a run or walk around the Navajo canyon or go play fetch with your dogs at Princess Del Cerro Park. Lake Murray is a beautiful place to have a birthday party, picnic, or just ride bikes or walk around. All of those close spots are easy ways to get the kids out of the house.

Commuting from Del Cerro

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Nobody enjoys commuting in San Diego, especially with our population growing by the day. If you’re considering trading your metro condo for a Del Cerro home, you will most likely have a longer commute. Here are some insider tips if you’re considering making the move. If you have a lenient work schedule, ask your employer if it’s okay for you to come into work earlier and leave earlier to beat the traffic. If possible, try to leave your home before 6:30 am and leave work before 3:30 pm. After those times is prime commuter traffic time.

Other ways to beat the commute include: taking public transportation! Instead of wasting two hours a day sitting in your car, take the trolley and read a book, or catch up on emails or your favorite podcast. Taking public transportation is a great way to save money on gas, save the environment, and be productive during your commute.

Del Cerro Affordable Real Estate

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Compared to the other San Diego cities with top schools like La Jolla, Del Mar, and Tierrasanta, Del Cerro has the lowest median housing price. As of December 2017, the Del Cerro median single home price was $692,500 and condos/townhouses median sales price was only $318,000. Tierrasanta home prices were over $100,000 more in each category and La Jolla and Del Mar were over $2 million more for single-family homes and over $800,000 more for condos/townhouses. If you are sticking to a budget and want the best neighborhood to raise your family in without breaking the bank, Del Cerro is a decent place to live in. If you are interested in Del Cerro real estate, please contact us today.

Contact the Wolf Team Today for Real Estate in Del Cerro

If you’re interested in providing a better life for your children in a wonderful environment and neighborhood to raise them in, contact the Wolf Real Estate Team today. We can help you sell your current home and find the perfect home for you and your family to live in the Del Cerro area. You don’t have to be a real estate genius, we are here to help you through every step of the home selling and home buying process. For questions you may have about Del Cerro or real estate in general, don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and give us a call or shoot us an email. We are happy to help!

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How to Plan an Unforgettable New Year’s Eve Party This Year

The holiday season is among us and with that comes a new year! Some are happy to see this year end while others are sad to see such a great year go. In the midst of your New Year’s resolution planning, you should consider what you need to throw an unforgettable New Year’s Eve party that your friends and families won’t forget. Tell your friends to blow off spending countless amounts of money at Downtown San Diego New Year’s Eve events and to enjoy kicking off the New Year in your San Diego home. With these tips, you can expect your friends and family to have a great time in the comfort of your home.

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If you haven’t already, it’s time to raid your local Party City, Dollar Tree, Target or another favorite store for decorations. You can go with the cheesy “Happy New Year” banners along with balloons and basically anything gold or silver. You can also go with a theme for the entire night. Some ideas include masquerades, a costume party, 20’s theme, old Hollywood, or just use your imagination!

You can find paper plates, cups and tablecloths to match your NYE theme. Included with your decorations should be streamers, confetti, string lights and even a DIY photo backdrop. This backdrop can be made easily with some sparkly black fabric from your local fabric store. You can also get some photo props like funny sunglasses, hats, boas to make the photo spot more fun. You can also create a custom hashtag and put it on a sign to take a picture with, and then, of course, your guests will use this hashtag on their photos for everyone to look at later. If you have the time, take a look at some DIY decorations for an, even more, original New Year’s theme.


You can plan your drinks in a few different ways. The first is to provide a variety of different already made drinks like beer, wine, and champagne, go open bar style by providing liquor and mixers for your guests to mix themselves, or you can plan ahead and serve only certain drinks that match your theme, or that you particularly enjoy making. For example, at the beginning of the night, you can plan to serve a martini recipe and when the ball drops, plan to have champagne ready to toast to the New Year. Whatever you decide to provide your guests with, make sure there are non-alcoholic options and enough to serve your guests throughout the night.

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Food is an important component when it comes to hosting a great New Year’s Eve Party in San Diego. Be prepared to have a variety of food to serve throughout the evening, and most importantly, don’t run out! There’s nothing worse than having people drink alcohol in your home and not to have any food to soak it up with. If you want to make your own food, prepare to make some tasty appetizers like a cheese ball, salsa, mini pizzas, meatballs and others. Here are some ideas for you to choose from. You can also choose to cater your party from your favorite local restaurants like Buona Forchetta in South Park for pizza, or Pittman Brown BBQ catering in Del Cerro.

You should also have some dessert options handy for all your guests with a sweet tooth. Pick up some cookies or mini brownies from your local grocery store or bake your own with recipe ideas here.


Plan a Playlist

Entertaining your guests is the most important factor when planning a fun New Year’s Eve party. First things first, make sure you have a playlist and speakers to play the best songs of 2017 to say goodbye to the year. This can be a fun way to say goodbye to all of the songs you are tired of hearing on the radio this year.

Cards to Fill Out to Say Goodbye to 2017 and 2018 Predictions

Another entertainment option is to have a card for your guests to fill out describing all their favorite memories of the year. You can hang a string up somewhere and have each of the cards hole-punched so they can be hung up afterward for everyone to see. Your guests can take them home at the end of the night!

Some ideas for your guests to describe 2017:

  • My favorite song this year was __________
  • My favorite day this year was __________
  • The goals I achieved this year were:_______
  • The goals I didn’t achieve were:_________

And then on the backside, have your guests fill out what they want to happen in 2018.

  • My top three goals for 2018 are: __________
  • A prediction I have for 2018 is: _______
  • A skill I want to learn this year is: _____
  • The bad habit I want to kick this year is: _______


Another entertainment option to consider is karaoke! You can rent karaoke machines from various places across San Diego, or just purchase a microphone you can plug into a speaker and then stream karaoke videos from YouTube on your TV. This is always a fun activity to have at parties.

Midnight Preparation

Lastly, to prepare for the end of the year, you should have party poppers, noisemakers, party hats, crowns, glasses and all the cheesy 2018 attire to ring in the New Year. Make sure to also have your TV on to broadcast the dropping of the ball in New York (although we see it 4 hours late).

Enjoy Your Party

The most important thing to remember when throwing a New Year’s Eve party is to take time to enjoy it and the company of your guests. It’s important to be a good hostess, but it’s also important to enjoy yourself.

Contact Wolf Real Estate Team

Want to throw a party but don’t have space for it? Consider selling your current home and buying a new one. The Wolf Real Estate Team can help you buy or sell your home across San Diego, especially in South Park and metro San Diego as well as Del Cerro and Allied Gardens area. Contact us today to find out how we can help you find your dream home in San Diego. Stayed tuned for more blogs about home entertaining!

South Park San Diego Neighborhood Guide

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Known as San Diego’s “hipster neighborhood,” South Park is one of San Diego’s best neighborhoods for walkability and local businesses. Located in San Diego’s metro area, South Park borders Balboa Park, Burlingame, Golden Hill and Stockton. It is also only quick drive from Downtown and coastal areas. South Park’s real estate is taking off and homes for sale are going off the market in weeks. Learn what makes this hipster neighborhood so inviting to families and young professionals.

The History of South Park San Diego


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This charming old San Diego neighborhood has a lot of history to it and even historical spots you can visit. This is an ideal neighborhood for exploring, visiting or living in if you are a history buff. In 1870, South Park was first established as a subdivision by E. Bartlett Webster. After established, the Bartlett Estate Company developed sidewalks, sewer, electricity, water and to begin selling lots and building homes. It was first known as a “high-class residential district”. More development occurred in 1906 after the opening of the East Side and South Park Railway. This linked up with Downtown San Diego using Class 1 Streetcars. These streetcars were used all over San Diego until their retirement in 1939. Their retirement was caused by the Great Depression because they were too expensive to maintain and use.

Historic Buildings in South Park

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                                                    Downtown San Diego’s first suburbs included South Park, which is why there is so much history in the neighborhood. One of the historical sites includes 30th and Fern Street. In this area, residents will find three historically significant buildings that date back from 1913 to 1945. Among these includes Fire Station No. 9 which was built in 1913 and was used as so until 1949 and is the oldest surviving fire station in San Diego. The fire station is now currently South Park Fitness. In addition to the fire station is the Rose Grocery Store which was built in 1923 and was used until 1941. Also included is the Burlingame Garage which was used from 1914 to 1945.

These old historic buildings are now home to The Rose, The Sidebar at the Rose, Salon on 30th, Community Realty Co, Gold Leaf, Graffiti Beach Boutique, Edward Jones, Gingerly Wax and The Vishuddha Creatives. There is also an old trolley station that is now converted into Station Tavern & Burgers. These buildings are an example of South Park’s distinct architectural elements and reflect the growth of its urban neighborhood meeting the needs of the commercialism of residents in the area.

What Makes South Park so Unique?

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South Park is one of San Diego’s most friendly neighborhoods with a high sense of community. You will find local businesses referring their customers to one another to ensure their customers find what they are looking for. South Park is also a haven for local vendors and restaurants; you won’t find a chain restaurant or store very often here–the Target Express build was controversial enough. You will find over 70 local businesses that take pride in their work and establishing their brand for their neighborhood.

Almost all business has an open door policy for pets making this one of San Diego’s most pet-friendly neighborhoods. If you have a dog, you can expect to be allowed to bring them into almost any store or restaurant in South Park. Business owners love getting to know their customers on a personal basis and will offer you over the top customer service, much like we do as South Park REALTORS®.

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Events in South Park

Another aspect that makes South Park so unique is their regular community events. Among these events includes the Walkabouts which happen every season. During their winter walkabout, there is a tree lighting ceremony and festive holiday lights line the streets. The walkabouts include local shops and restaurants selling their goods, events, live music and more. There is also the Old House Fair where people can tour old homes in the area and there is a street-wide festival that highlights local businesses and celebrates the historical homes that reside here. Lastly, is the annual Taste of South Park where residents can grab a bite from their next favorite restaurant in South Park.

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Shopping and Restaurants in South Park

As stated before, South Park is home to over 70 local businesses. You can expect to find food of all varieties. This includes authentic Italian food at Piacere Mio, delicious coffee and acai bowls at Captain Kirks, or comforting breakfast food at Big Kitchen Café. There are also lots of great shops for handmade goods, clothing, home goods and gifts at stores like the Graffiti Beach Boutique, Gold Leaf and Bad Madge and Company. Don’t worry, there is also nightlife options at their several bars. This includes the local brewery, South Park Brewing Company where you can find your next favorite craft beer. Hamilton’s Tavern is also a great option if you’re into dive bars and a large variety of local beers on tap.

Schools in South Park San Diego

Being such a small community, South Park is only home to two schools in the neighborhood. Amongst these schools is the well-known Albert Einstein Academy Charter School. This school ranks high on with a total of 8/10. One of the things that makes this school so unique is that it has a language immersion program where students will learn half of their lessons in German. Recently, they began offering Spanish immersion as well. You can expect your child to leave the school speaking another language fluently.  Located in the San Diego Unified School District nearby is Golden Hill Elementary School, Roosevelt International Middle School and San Diego High School of International Studies. Each school possess a high ranking. Del Cerro is another neighborhood with high school rankings. Learn more in our Del Cerro neighborhood guide.

South Park Demographics

Population (via City-Data): 6,949

Estimated Median House Value in November 2018 (via SDAR): $460,000

Estimated Median Condo/Detached House Value in November 2017 (via SDAR): $324,495

Median Gross Rent 2015 (via City-Data): $1,366

Real Estate in South Park San Diego

South Park Homes for Sale

The housing demand is high in South Park San Diego which is why you need experienced REALTORS® who live in the neighborhood and know the community. Mike and Jessica Wolf currently reside in South Park and love helping clients buy or sell their home in South Park, as they love their current community. People who enjoy walkability and local businesses are flocking to the neighborhood to buy the beautiful and old style houses including Victorian homes, craftsman houses, and Spanish revival homes. If you enjoy these unique housing styles and are trying to stay away from your typical San Diego suburb, South Park is a great neighborhood to raise a family in and a hot real estate market to invest in. Contact the Wolf Team to find out how we can help you buy or sell your home in South Park.

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Del Cerro Neighborhood Guide

Del Cerro is an up-and-coming neighborhood attracting families to move to the area. The real estate in Del Cerro is affordable and it has some of the best schools in San Diego. If you’re considering moving to the area, read about all it has to offer and then contact the Wolf Real Estate Team to help you buy your next home in San Diego.


Del Cerro, Spanish for “of the hill,” lays in the eastern part of San Diego and is considered a wealthy and hilly neighborhood. It borders San Carlos, College Area, Allied Gardens, Grantville, Lake Murray and the city of La Mesa. Del Cerro was established as a neighborhood in 1960 and is currently home to 2,300 residents. The area tends to be vulnerable to wildfires; however, residents continually battle with the city to clear the brush near slopes and around homes. Del Cerro’s homes cater to those with an expensive taste. The small commercial area gives this neighborhood a small-town feel.

Restaurants, Shopping, and Services

Del Cerro is on the smaller side of options for eating out, which is great for families who enjoy cooking at home most of the time. It’s home to few restaurants including Einstein Bagels, and Madra Liquor and Giant NY Pizza. Don’t let the limited options scare you away, there’s plenty of food options outside of Del Cerro. Its neighbor La Mesa is only a ten-minute drive and has tons of options. Del Cerro offers only a few local businesses in the community. This includes the Waring Massage Spa, the SD Flower Shop, and TruSelf Sporting Club. Although the number of businesses is limited, residents still have options for essentials in their community.

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Things to Do in Del Cerro

Del Cerro is home to two public parks, Princess Del Cerro Community Park and Del Cerro Park. Princess Del Cerro Community Park is a large park with a complete basketball court, large grassy field, and playground. This is an ideal park for having a picnic or taking your kids to play!  There is also the Del Cerro Park which connects to a public pool and tennis court. There is also a lot of grassy space to run around and play on.

Lastly, there is Navajo Canyon Open Space which is a short trail that takes you through the Navajo Canyon. This is a quick trail you can walk/hike or run on while taking in the beautiful lush scenery around. After the rainy season, there is a small waterfall on the creek. Community events occur every year. The most popular is the Block Party that has live music, DJ, food, children’s entertainment, activities and arts, and crafts.

Mission Trails/Lake Murray

Del Cerro lies on the edge of Lake Murray and Mission Trails Regional Park. Although it’s technically not in Del Cerro, Mission Trails/Lake Murray are right next door and a huge benefit of living in here. Lake Murray is a great place to visit for fishing, BBQing, or simply for running, walking or bicycling around the lake. Mission Trails Regional Park is home to over 60 miles of hiking trails, five peaks, wildlife and plants galore. This park is one of the largest municipally owned parks in the nation. Mission Trails is a go-to for any resident in the Del Cerro area who wants a quick nature escape.

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Adobe Falls

Adobe Falls became a landmark in 1973 and has now been closed off to visitors. This landmark lies in a canyon owned by San Diego State University. Adobe Falls is known for the graffiti art all over the rocks and the seasonal waterfall that flows through it. There is no legal access to this spot as it has been fenced off after visitors began leaving trash and graffiti. The city is currently exploring ways to remove the graffiti in an environmentally safe way.

Del Cerro Crime Rates

Del Cerro has very low crime rates, making it a safe neighborhood for kids and families. Of the crimes reported in the past year, the majority were for burglary and theft which is nothing a good home alarm system can’t prevent. It’s one of the safest neighborhoods in San Diego County because of its low crime rates.

Schools in Del Cerro

One of the top reasons people in San Diego choose to move to Del Cerro is because of schools with a high ranking in the area. Apart of the San Diego Unified School District, the schools are Marvin Elementary School (ranks 10/10), Dailard Elementary School (ranks 8/10), Lewis Middle School (ranks 7/10) and Patrick Henry High School (ranks 9/10). These rankings are provided by Test scores and how well the school serves students with a disadvantage determine the ranking.

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Real Estate in Del Cerro is very popular right now due to families wanting to move their children to better school districts. The area offers beautiful luxury style homes with modern amenities. Most houses have a traditional American look. Most of the single-family homes in Del Cerro have swimming pools, breakfast nooks, views of the city, and three-car garages. Del Cerro features a number of three and four bedroom homes with state of the art appliances.

Compared to last year, the median housing price is up 6.8% with a price of $641,000.  The amount of new listings has gone down 25.7% and the average amount of days on the market is 23, meaning the housing market is quite competitive in the area right now. The median townhouse-condo price is $328,750, up 12.4% since last year.

Contact the Wolf Real Estate Team for Real Estate

If you are interested in buying or selling a house in Del Cerro, contact the Wolf Real Estate Team today. We will help you sell your home fast or help you buy your family’s dream home in this affordable and appealing city. You can reach us by calling 858-722-6847 or by filling out our online contact form.