I live in what is addressed "Winchester" but is known as French Valley to locals I've been told and commute to Oceanside daily. I'm 10 minutes from the 15 freeway off Winchester Rd. It has taken as little as 40 minutes on my best day, and this morning with traffic took an hour and 10. I commute with an 89 CRX that gets 35+ mpg so the Jeep is used for fun mostly.
I moved up here exactly a year ago after loosing heart in North County. For $350k there I was battling investors and others for older fixer uppers in areas where I wouldn't want to raise my daughter. My daughter is the MAIN reason I'm up here. I miss North County, but the schools, neighborhoods and everything else are all great in this area, and for $260k I bought a 4 year old 2400 sq ft home on a third of an acre, corner lot.
Do I regret it, no. But with a daughter, my position in life is probably different than yours. My wife quit working after my daughter was born, and living up here has allowed that. If I didn't have a family to take care of, I'd still be in North County.
Equity is equity. A condo at $200k in North Country will appreciate and depreciate at pretty much the same rate as a $200K house in the Temecula Valley. Real Estate is all about LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION.
I'm here because
my little girl
doesn't need her dad
on two wheels anymore!
Camoflauge, camoflauge, I disappear when I pull out of my garage!
PM me for LED light bars and HID off road lights