Cali Comparables: What $1.6 Million Buys in San Diego

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.

This week, we’re moving from the sandy shores of Laguna Beach to the coastal county of San Diego for our house hunt. Let’s take a look at how far $1.6 million (plus or minus) will take you.


7823 Calle Cima
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067

Enter through a private, circular drive which wraps around a trickling fountain. Situated on approximately 4,648 square feet, this Spanish estate comes complete with 6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, formal dining room, family room, office, bonus/game room, home theater, 3-car garage, and expansive outdoor space with pool and spa.

1882 Bernardo Trails Drive
San Diego, CA 92128

With panoramic valley and mountain views, this Mediterranean is awe inspiring. Custom built by Wardell Builders in 2009, the approximately 4,247-square-foot home is comprised of 4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, formal living and dining rooms, large family room, private studio, game room, and gourmet kitchen. The infinity edge pool and spa is perfect for soaking in the beautiful sunset views.


16645 Silhouette Road
San Diego, CA 92127

Complete with solar panels and H20 Life Source system, this newly constructed Lennar home features dramatic high ceilings and an open floor plan. The master is highly by gorgeous mountain views while the three additional upstairs bedrooms, loft, and attached casita is perfect for kids and houseguests. Outdoors, the backyard is ideal for entertaining with putting green, built-in BBQ, outdoor fire place, and bar seating.

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