Josh Goodwin

A Real Estate Agent at Goodwin and Berkshire

Josh Goodwin

Goodwin and Berkshire

A Real Estate Agent based in San Diego, CA

 
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Restaurants

Restaurants

Josh Goodwin - Real Estate Agent

San Diego has some of the best Mexican restaurants in southern California, which shouldn’t be surprising considering how close it is to the border. Oscar’s Mexican Seafood is a local favorite, as is Las Cuatro Milpas, Tacos El Gordo 3, La Playa Taco Shop... the list goes on, but you get my point. This city is the go-to destination to satisfy a burrito, taco, or enchilada craving. However, the culinary scene is much more than just this, as there are many other great restaurants in town, serving everything from Seafood fresh from the Pacific Ocean to food from the Mediterranean.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

Josh Goodwin - Real Estate Agent

San Diego is not a city known for its public transportation, as only 4% of residents take it to work every day. In stark contrast, 86% instead drive a vehicle to work. Because of this, there is a web of freeways and highways in the city. Interstates 5, 8, and 15 are accessible to the city, as are State Routes 94, 163, 52, 56, 75, and 905. Traffic can be hectic in this highway system sometimes, but the average commuting time (one way) for residents is 26 minutes, which is identical to the national average and a little less than the state average.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

Josh Goodwin - Real Estate Agent

San Diego is one of the most intelligent cities in the U.S. -- an astounding 40% of residents here have earned bachelor’s degrees, making it the ninth most educated city in the country. The main reason behind this is the wealth of universities and colleges that are in San Diego. San Diego State University, University of California--San Diego, San Diego Community College District, and many others all serve the thousands of students that live in the city. As for K-12 schools, San Diego’s public schools average a 7 out of 10 on GreatSchools, a site that grades schools based on academic performance, which is a very excellent average for a large city.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

Josh Goodwin - Real Estate Agent

San Diego has consistently been one of the safest large cities in the U.S. In 2004, it had the sixth lowest crime rate of similarly sized U.S. cities, and it ranked ninth on Forbes’ list of the safest U.S. cities in 2010. Large cities usually have much more crime than the average city, because there are more people. Despite this, San Diego stacks up well even against smaller cities, which is a testament to its safety.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

Josh Goodwin - Real Estate Agent

The San Diego Metropolitan System services El Cajon through trolley routes and bus routes. However, this isn’t a very extensive public transit infrastructure, and only 3% of the city’s residents use public transportation to commute to work. This is less than the California and U.S. average. Instead, 88% of residents drive to work. The average commute time to work (one way) for residents here is 29 minutes, which is the same as the California state average.

 
Pet Friendly

Pet Friendly

Josh Goodwin - Real Estate Agent

El Cajon, home of Wells Dog Park, is a great place for any pet owner to rent. Places such as Forest Park Apartments, The Timbers Apartments, and Lexington Park, to name a few offer apartments that welcome pets. The community is also receptive -- there are a number of small businesses, as well as chain stores, to accommodate your pets’ needs. Corporations like Petco (two locations here) and Petsmart are perfect for buying food and toys, and tiny businesses like Camp Bow Wow (pet sitting/training), Passion Paws Mobile Pet Grooming (grooming), and Leash Leaders (dog walkers/sitters) are exceptional at what they offer for your animals.

 
Pet Friendly

Pet Friendly

Josh Goodwin - Real Estate Agent

El Cajon, home of Wells Dog Park, is a great place for any pet owner to rent. Places such as Forest Park Apartments, The Timbers Apartments, and Lexington Park, to name a few offer apartments that welcome pets. The community is also receptive -- there are a number of small businesses, as well as chain stores, to accommodate your pets’ needs. Corporations like Petco (two locations here) and Petsmart are perfect for buying food and toys, and tiny businesses like Camp Bow Wow (pet sitting/training), Passion Paws Mobile Pet Grooming (grooming), and Leash Leaders (dog walkers/sitters) are exceptional at what they offer for your animals.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

Josh Goodwin - Real Estate Agent

Even though Spring Valley has a population that’s about the same size as the undergrad and postgrad student body at nearby University of California San Diego, the city offers a vast array of incredible culinary options. If you like Mexican, you’re in luck here in Spring Valley. El Puerto Taco Shop, Ranas Mexico City Cuisine, Pedro’s Mexican Restaurant, and Jilberto’s Mexican Food & Taco Shops are some of the best eateries around. Grecian Cafe offers delicious Greek dishes, and if you want a combination of Greek and Mexican, check out the Greek Sombrero. For top-notch Chinese meals, Chef China and Rachel’s Restaurant have you covered. If you decide to rent in Spring Valley, your taste buds will thank you.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

Josh Goodwin - Real Estate Agent

Overall, crime in Spring Valley is fairly under control. On the 2010 crime index, where 100 is the national average and anything below is safer, Spring Valley scored a 71 (which is even safer than California’s state average of 97). The city scored especially low in larceny risk and robbery risk, indicating a low property crime rate. In fact, only 14 per 1,000 residents are affected by property crime. Their violent crime rate is even lower, with only five out of every 1,000 residents being affected by a violent crime.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

Josh Goodwin - Real Estate Agent

La Jolla is best known for being home to the University of California, San Diego’s campus. Actually, before it was renamed to San Diego, the school was UC La Jolla. The school’s enrollment is typically in the high 20,000s (with both undergraduate and graduate students). National University is also located in the area, and enrolls the same amount of students, so there are a lot of college students both living and commuting in the area. As for elementary, middle, and high schools, they are run by the San Diego Unified School District.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

Josh Goodwin - Real Estate Agent

When you first see the price tags on properties in La Jolla, you might be alarmed. The average two bedroom apartment here costs $2304, and spikes another thousand if you want an extra bedroom. Similarly, it’s a thousand less for one bedroom. However, the costs of living here are fairly typical for the area. Around the area, the same property (two bedroom apartment) costs $1967 in Encinitas, $2182 in Del Mar, $2391 in Rancho Santa Fe, $2551 in Solana Beach, and $2555 in Coronado.

 
Recreation

Recreation

Josh Goodwin - Real Estate Agent

Imperial Beach has six traditional parks, with amenities such as open space, picnic areas, and playgrounds, as well as a skate park. However, the best recreational space the city offers is represented in its name: the beach. There are 3.5 miles of sandy beaches, and the city is home to the U.S. Open Sandcastle Competition. The beaches are perfect for jogging, swimming, surfing, or just lounging. A wooden boardwalk runs perpendicular to the beach, making it a perfect area to grab lunch or go shopping. Imperial Beach’s recreational scene offers opportunities for both leisure and exercise.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

Josh Goodwin - Real Estate Agent

Interstate 5 and Route 75 both provide access from Imperial Beach to San Diego, which is only 14 miles north. The vast majority (84%) of Imperial Beach residents drive a vehicle to work, while 6.5% take public transportation, which is provided to the area by San Diego Metropolitan Transit System’s bus and paratransit lines. The average one way commute for Imperial Beach residents, most of whom have to deal with traffic on the Interstate, is 31 minutes.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

Josh Goodwin - Real Estate Agent

Only 2.5% of La Mesa residents take public transportation to work everyday. In comparison, nearly 90% of their residents commute by driving a vehicle. There aren’t many public transit options here -- five trolley stations and five bus routes -- but the community has made an effort to boost public transportation with a program called Rides4Neighbors, which encourages community members to transport elderly residents and carpool with other residents.

 
Pet Friendly

Pet Friendly

Josh Goodwin - Real Estate Agent

La Mesa provides amenities to all of its residents, regardless of whether they have two legs or four. There are two dog-friendly parks in the city: Mission Trails Regional Park and Harry Griffen Dog Park. As for pet care, the city has top-notch stores (Paw Country, Pet People), groomers (Doggie Dos by Terri, Andy’s Pet Salon), boarders/sitters (Sarah’s Pampered Pets, Stop! Doggie Time), veterinarians (Helix Pet Hospital, Brian J Golden), and every other service you could think of to make your pet happy.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

Josh Goodwin - Real Estate Agent

Lemon Grove is home to both original restaurants, such as Lido’s Italian Foods, and beloved franchises, such as In-N-Out Burger. And of course, because of its proximity to the Mexican border, there are going to be great Mexican restaurants. Casanova Fish Tacos, El Pollo Grill, Sabor, and Cotijas Mexican Food are just a few examples. Of course, there are plenty of other eateries, such as Coop’s West Texas Barbecue, Chef John’s Fish & Chips, and Sushi Time, to enjoy a great meal here.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

Josh Goodwin - Real Estate Agent

Property crime has been low in Lemon Grove, and violent crime has been high. The property crime rate is lower than the national average by 34%, and lower than the state average by 27%. Conversely, the city’s violent crime rate was 97% higher than the national average, and 79% higher than state average. The city has an overall crime rate (315) that is only a few points higher than the national average (311) on the crime index. The safer neighborhoods in Lemon Grove are the ones in the southern part of the city.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

Josh Goodwin - Real Estate Agent

Chula Vista is the 77th largest city in the U.S., but the apartment prices here aren’t too expensive ($1363 for a two bedroom apartment), especially considering its close proximity to San Diego (just seven miles away from downtown). Chula Vista is very fast growing, and there have been an increase in apartments available. You should start renting now before the city grows even larger and rent is driven up.

 
Recreation

Recreation

Josh Goodwin - Real Estate Agent

Chula Vista is just seven miles from downtown San Diego and fifteen miles from Tiajuana, which essentially means that your options for a night out are endless. However, if you want to stay local and hang out in Chula Vista, there are certainly fun places in the area. For dancing, head to the Formosa Club. A great bar is the Canyon Sports Pub & Grill. To catch a flick, go to the Ultra Star Chula Vista 10 Theaters. For an encompassing nightlife experience of pool, darts, arcades and a bar, spend your night at Blue Haven. Whether you want to stay in town or make a trip, the area has great nightlife.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

Josh Goodwin - Real Estate Agent

National City is located 6 miles southeast of San Diego. The two cities are bridged by Interstate 5 and Route 94. There are also buses that connect them, but only 6% of the residents in National City use public transit to commute back and forth from work. 85% of the population drives a vehicle to work. The average commute time is 27 minutes, partly because of traffic on the Interstate.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

Josh Goodwin - Real Estate Agent

National City’s public elementary schools are run by the National School District. The Ira Harbison Elementary School was named a Blue Ribbon School in 2006 and a California Distinguished School in 2004, an award that was also won by Kimball Elementary School in National City. The city’s public middle and high schools are served by the Sweetwater Union High School District. There are two middle schools and one high school, Sweetwater High School, which earned an excellent 8 out of 10 score on Great Schools, a website that evaluates and grades schools. The city also has four private schools and a charter school.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

Josh Goodwin - Real Estate Agent

The magazine U.S. News and World Report has listed Coronado as one of the most expensive places to live in the country. If you look at the rental prices on the island, you’ll be able to see why: the average two bedroom apartment in Coronado sells for $2555. This price is the most expensive in the area by far. Comparatively, cheaper prices can be found for the same property in San Diego ($1665), Imperial Beach ($1388), Bonita ($1388), Chula Vista ($1363), National City ($1328), and La Mesa ($1297).

 
Recreation

Recreation

Josh Goodwin - Real Estate Agent

There are 14 parks in Coronado, 17 tennis courts, a skate park, and a community center with a pool, gymnasium, basketball court, fitness and dance rooms, a playhouse, and a climbing room. Additionally, because Coronado is an island, it features an extensive coastline with excellent beaches. In his 2011 annual ranking of national beaches, Dr. Beach ranked Coronado as the second best in the nation. So, whether you want to cool off in the ocean or have a picnic in a park, you can find a place in Coronado.

 

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