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Southwest Mobile Storage - Best Mobile Storage & Office Containers In Carmel Mountain, CA

Southwest Mobile Storage is a family-owned shipping container business founded in 1995. Our strength for more than 25 years comes from the specialized knowledge and passion of our people, along with serving over 24,000 commercial, construction and residential customers. Our facility and expertise in maintaining, manufacturing, and delivering corrugated steel containers is unrivaled in the industry.

While the rental side of our business is regional with branches throughout the Southwest, our container sales and modification operations are nationwide and becoming global. Carmel Mountain, CA offers a wide selection of portable offices and mobile storage containers you can rent, buy or modify.

Our experts in container rental, sales and customization are committed to providing you the highest quality and best experience from service to delivery - our reputation depends on it.

Whether your need is for storage, office space, moving, multi-purpose or custom use, we've got your back. Here's how:

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NO MATTER YOUR NEED, WE'VE GOT YOUR BACK.

STORE AT YOUR LOCATION

We bring your storage container to you for convenient, easy access at your home, business or jobsite. Plus, you'll get more choice in storage space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of a pod or add on building, saving money and energy.

STORE AT OUR LOCATION

Not enough room to keep a storage container at your business, home or construction site? No problem - we can store it for you. Plus, you get 70% more space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of public storage units.

CUSTOM STORAGE

Need a permanent storage solution for your business, residence or construction? We sell new and used shipping containers in many sizes with a variety of add-ons. Or customize a container to your specific storage needs with our certified fabrication experts.

LOCAL MOVE

Take your time packing with our moving containers. We'll deliver to your business or home and pick it up whenever you're ready to move. So, you don't have to stress about moving or making multiple trips in one day, like if you rented a moving truck.

LONG-DISTANCE MOVE

Our moving container solutions ensure the long-distance move of your home or business is highly efficient and affordable throughout the southwest. In fact, we usually cost 20%-40% less than full-service movers.

MOVING & STORAGE

We understand move-in and move-out dates might be different. We can store your moving container at our highly secure facilities until you're ready to move to your new home or business location, and you can conveniently access it at any time.

OFFICE USE

Whether you need a workspace, conference room, or other office requirement, our ground-mounted mobile offices meet any and all of your business needs. Plus, it's faster and easier than building additions.

BUSINESS USE

If you need your shipping container to serve multiple uses, such as office-storage combos, breakrooms and even utilities, we've got you covered. We'll modify a custom container to fit your business needs and bring your business to the next level

CUSTOM USE

We'll create a custom container to fit your unique needs anywhere in the US. With our container modification expertise, we make any idea a reality. From pop-up stores to multi-story structures, our unrivaled facilities and fabrication experts do it all.

You'll get your own dedicated storage and container expert to serve as your one point of contact for easy, convenient service you can trust.
With our wide selection of intermodal containers for sale and rent, you'll find exactly what you need, from size, to type and condition.
We maintain our rental fleet to the highest standard - our integrity depends on it.
Our certified, experienced Conex container modification experts have more than 500 years combined experience modifying ISO containers.
All of our containers come with high security dual-locking system for no additional charge, so you can rest assured your stored items stay safe and that you don't have to pay extra for it.
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At our unrivaled 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility, ensuring your custom shipping container is made exactly to your specifications.
With our level of service, quality and expertise, you won't find a better value anywhere else.
Our portable offices include lighting and electrical outlets, internet hookups, HVAC and were crafted by our in-house steel container fabrication experts for top-quality construction.

Premium Quality - High Security

With Southwest Mobile Storage, you get much more than a POD or typical Conex box. You also get high security, unparalleled service and unmatched container modification expertise and facilities. No other company offers that much.

Shipping containers and storage containers come in a range of sizes. The most common external lengths are 20ft and 40ft with a width of 8ft. ISO Containers are typically 8ft 6in tall, but high cube containers are 9ft 6in tall. We also have steel containers in a variety of sizes from 10ft long to 45ft long to rent or buy, and we can modify shipping containers into any size you want.

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SMS Mobile Storage Containers have these high quality features:

1/8" thick steel plate bottom side rails
High strength steel supporting cross members
1 1/8" thick hardwood floor with galvanized self-tapping screws
16-gauge corrugated steel walls
16-gauge roof
270-degree swing cargo door(s)
High security dual-locking system*
Spot-grinded, primed & repainted with a beige high-grade water reducible alkyd direct-to-metal enamel*
* Comes standard on all rental units

SMS portable workspace containers have these structural features:

High security window bars, lever & deadbolt set with lock box
Studs & R-19 Insulation covered with wood paneling
1 1/8" marine board floor is covered with a durable single part gray epoxy coating
Dual pane low-E horizontal sliding windows with screens and miniblinds
18 Gauge steel polystyrene core 3-hour fire rated personnel door
All of our workspaces are manufactured in-house and arrive new or restored to factory specifications
Exterior load center operating on 100 Amp single phase 230 Volt power
Light switch, receptacles and 4' light fixtures; all wiring is Romex 12/2
CAT-6 voice and data lines with electrical junction box
HVAC units ranging from 1 ton to 2 ton on rentals; ability to customize up to 10 tons of cooling

Having flexible storage containers options is important, but security is crucial to protect your peace of mind and your possessions.

At Southwest Mobile Storage, we don't believe in leaving things to chance. We want you to rest easy knowing your inventory, documents, tools, equipment and other items are safe 24/7. That is why we equip SMS high-security slide bolt locking systems and lockboxes on our entire fleet of rental freight containers.

EVERY ONE OF OUR MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINERS FOR RENT IN Carmel Mountain, CA, INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY MEASURES:

High-security slide-bolt locking system and extra-long lock box, giving you twice the security and peace of mind.
No holes to ensure your rental shipping container is wind and water-tight.
No rust for your safety.
14-gauge corrugated steel for strength and reinforcement.

Contact us to speak with a helpful, friendly representative to better understand our full range of capabilities. We are happy to answer any questions you have, go over pricing and set up a time and place to deliver your Conex box. Our quotes are 100% free and you are under no obligation to pay for your consultation.

COMMERCIAL STORAGE CONTAINERS TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY IN Carmel Mountain, CA

When you own a business or manage one, it's crucial to have efficient, affordable ways to store inventory and supplies, whether it's to grow your business or adapt to changes in the market, like the many caused by the pandemic.

Renting storage containers to keep at your business eliminates the cost and hassles of sending your staff to offsite storage facilities. Steel containers with roll up doors make storing and retrieving items faster and easier. Auto repair shops and other businesses that need easy access throughout the workday to secure storage for tools, parts, equipment or supplies find renting shipping containers to be the best solution for their business storage needs. Southwest Mobile Storage has your back.

 Storage Containers For Rent Carmel Mountain, CA

Renting portable offices gives your business more workspace, breakrooms, pop up stores, security booths and more, without the cost and red tape associated with constructing building additions. Plus, a steel storage container fits neatly into one parking space and provides much stronger security than Pods and way more convenience than self-storage units.

If you have a specific need, we can modify shipping containers to build whatever you need to grow your business. Whether it's a portable workspace to run your business, like a pop-up container bar, or a durable facility for scientific research, like a container laboratory, or even a container gym, our unrivaled fabrication facility and modification experts got you covered. Our full-time, in-house staff of certified welders, engineers, electricians, carpenters and painters have over 500 years combined experience modifying thousands of container projects for just about any business use you can imagine.

WHETHER YOUR BUSINESS IS COMMERCIAL, HEALTHCARE, GOVERNMENT OR EDUCATION, OR YOUR INTEREST IS TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY SHIPPING CONTAINERS, SMS HAS YOU COVERED:

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Offsite storage alternatives cause a mess of hassles and headaches. Expanding office space and storage capacity at your location saves time, money and hassle of making multiple trips offsite.
We offer more choice in security, size and features in steel Conex boxes or ISO shipping containers than a public storage unit or Pod for less cost and far greater service.
We offer flexible, month-to-month rental agreements and prorate by the day after your first 28-day billing cycle.
With us, you get a dedicated account manager you can rely on, so you can focus on running your business than waste time with a different person every time you call that doesn't know or care as much.
While other companies may have some staff for modifying containers, most outsource the work, so you don't know who is actually doing the modifications or how much they're marking up the price.
 Mobile Storage Containers Carmel Mountain, CA
When you modify a shipping container for your business, you won't have to worry about expensive, lengthy and complicated construction.
We have modified thousands of containers nationwide and internationally for more than 25 years for NASA, US Navy, GCP Applied Technologies, Helix and Sundt to name a few. And rent containers to Amazon, Walmart and many of other nationally recognized brands.
Our extensive staff makes it possible to custom build multiple projects simultaneously and our 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility prevents contaminants from interfering with fabrication, which delivers better quality and precision.

CUSTOM CONTAINERS FOR YOUR HOME IN Carmel Mountain, CA

Building additions to your home can be very expensive and requires going through the hassle of securing permits and waiting for construction. You can save money, time and stress by modifying a shipping container instead. Whether you need additional space for a home gym, recreation or storage, we can convert steel containers into anything you can imagine. Our custom container gyms, man-caves or she-sheds, garages and more give you the extra space you need without the hassle, cost and wait that comes with home renovation.

Renting shipping containers for temporary storage, either when moving or dealing with restoration from a fire or flood, provides a secure, convenient way to keep your belongings close for accessing them whenever you need to. Plus, renting mobile storage containers for moving costs less than traditional movers and allows you to take your time packing, reducing the stress that comes from moving. You can also rent portable offices for your home to make working remotely distraction-free.

 Rent Shipping Containers Carmel Mountain, CA

HERE'S WHY YOU SHOULD CHOOSE US TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY A SHIPPING CONTAINER FOR YOUR HOME:

With an extensive in-house staff and 90,000 sq ft container modification facility, we're able to deliver consistently high quality and work on multiple projects simultaneously for a fast turnaround.

Other companies don't have the facility, staff or resources to modify shipping containers and will outsource the work to various shops who may not have the special experience or tools needed to modify the right way.

You can rest assured knowing your custom container is safe in our hands. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications through every step of the process.

Renting a moving container from us makes your move much less stressful because you won't have to rush to pack your whole house into a moving truck in one day. Instead, you can take your time packing over the course of a month.

Our ISO shipping containers are weatherproof and come with vault-like security, so you don't have to worry about theft or damage to your belongings.

You won't get that level of security from U-Haul or other moving truck companies.

Renting a storage container at your home keeps your belongings close and gives you convenient 24/7 access, so you're always able to retrieve the contents of your container when you need to.

We know move in and move out dates don't always line up. We can store your packed rental container at our secure facility until your new home is ready.

With our mobile storage containers for rent in Carmel Mountain, CA, you can save up to 40% when compared to full-service long-distance movers, while gaining more flexibility in your schedule.

MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINERS & PORTABLE OFFICES TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY IN Carmel Mountain, CA

We know your needs may change suddenly. With our extensive inventory and variety of sizes of portable offices and shipping containers to rent, buy or modify in Carmel Mountain, CA, we provide fast service and the best value possible so it's easy for you to get whatever you need when you need it.

Renting storage containers and portable offices from us gives you more flexibility when it comes to your schedule and options. If you don't have enough space at your current location or simply would prefer offsite storage, you can keep your rental storage and office containers at your location or ours - whichever is most convenient for you. You also get more options to choose from when it comes to size and features, like portable offices with divided rooms for private meetings or office/storage combos for storage and office space in one container. All while costing a fraction of the price of a pod or self-storage facility.

You can also buy new or used freight containers from us and choose from a variety of add-ons, including lights, electricity, doors and windows. Or fully customize a shipping container to save time, money and energy by skipping the expensive, lengthy process of constructing building additions. We can modify a Conex box into whatever you can imagine for any use you need, from construction tool cribs to office buildings, monitoring stations, mobile communication towers and much more. The possibilities are endless.

HERE'S HOW WE'VE GOT YOUR BACK:

You'll never face hidden fees or surprises with us. We give you transparent billing up front at the best prices.

With us, you get a reliable, dedicated point of contact, who keeps you updated every step of the way. You can rest assured knowing you'll always get what you need, when you need it.

No other company has the breadth and depth of staff and experience that we do when it comes to modifying shipping containers. Our certified welders, engineers, electricians, plumbers, carpenters and painters have more than 500 years of combined experience in fabricating custom steel containers.

We prorate your rent by the day after the first 28-day billing cycle, so you don't have to pay for a full month when you only have your mobile containers and offices for a few days.

While other companies may be able to do small container modifications, most don't have an in-house fabrication staff or 90,000 sq ft fabrication facility like we do. As a result, they outsource the work on your custom container, so you don't know who's actually building it.

Rest assured knowing your modified shipping container will be built to the highest quality standards. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors check every step of the fabrication process to ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications.

HOW RENTING A STORAGE CONTAINER AND MOBILE OFFICE WORKS

Whether you're in need of a storage container for your commercial business, a portable office for your construction site, or a moving container for your home, our process is simple and straightforward.

Choose Your Container

Choose the mobile storage solution that works best for your needs. In this step, you will let us know the number of containers you need, their sizes and what types of doors to equip.

Choose Your Options

Let us know if you would like to add any of our rental options, like a folding table or shelving.

Choose Your Security

Choose from padlocks, puck locks and other enhanced security options. All of our storage containers come standard with dual-locking, vault-like security.

Choose Your Delivery Timeframe

You can expect standard delivery within 3-5 days of your order. If you need expedited delivery, we will do everything in our power to accommodate your needs.

Pick-Up Planning

Do you need to keep your shipping container at our location? Prefer to have our team deliver your packed container to a location of your choice? Let us know, and we'll be by your side to work out the logistics.

HOW RENTING A STORAGE CONTAINER AND MOBILE OFFICE WORKS

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DETERMINE DESTINATION

Let our team know where we should deliver your mobile storage container for rent in Carmel Mountain, CA. Be sure to let us know if there are any special conditions that might prevent our drivers from entering your chosen destination. Before you schedule your delivery, let us know which direction you would like the doors of your container to face.

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SCHEDULE DATE & TIME

Our drivers can deliver your storage container Monday-Friday, between the hours of 6AM and 2PM local time. Our two-hour delivery window is the most precise in the industry. If you desire another delivery time outside of our standard delivery options, we will do our best to accommodate your needs. As a courtesy, our driver will call you at least 30 minutes before they arrive at your drop-off destination.

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PREPARE FOR YOUR MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINER DELIVERY

Before we deliver your Conex box, prepare your delivery area by ensuring that there are no low overhangs, arches, wires, trees or any other obstacles that could interfere with your delivery. It's a good idea to mark the space where you would like your steel container placed.

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DELIVERY & SETUP

When our driver arrives, they will back our truck into the space where you would like your shipping container placed. Once we arrive, we will ensure that your container is delivered safely and securely. If placed on asphalt or pavement, we will use wood dunnage pads to make sure your ground surface is protected and the container is level.

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Supercharger - San Diego, CA - Carmel Mountain Road (LIVE 10 May 2022, 24 V3 stalls)

Unfortunately I had an appointment to run to. I should be able to check it tomorrow.It’s real!Could someone familiar with the area say whether the location of the trailer actually corresponds to the site that's the subject of this thread? Like is it on the same property?Thanks,Bruce.Yes, it’s at same address as the permit. It’s in the rear (south) lot, toward the east end.I didn’t have time to investigate, but that’s my guess.I didn’t see any grid connection, and I...

Unfortunately I had an appointment to run to. I should be able to check it tomorrow.

It’s real!

Could someone familiar with the area say whether the location of the trailer actually corresponds to the site that's the subject of this thread? Like is it on the same property?

Thanks,

Bruce.

Yes, it’s at same address as the permit. It’s in the rear (south) lot, toward the east end.

I didn’t have time to investigate, but that’s my guess.I didn’t see any grid connection, and I didn’t hear any generators from where I was standing. I suppose they will just swap the trailer with a freshly charged one when it gets low.

Pretty sure this is a temporary set of chargers Tesla will bring on weekends. They have done this at various locations (particularly So Cal). Likely, the location of the big rig is the future site of the permanent V3 chargers (ie behind the Vons). Both of these developments are related to the closure of the Del Mar / One Paseo chargers. I live walking distance to these - ask me questions and I’ll scope out answers

I think that's supercharge.info. (Someone is using type typo domain to get Tesla referral bonuses!) It looks like 8 stalls to me, but I didn't go around the back to count.

Here’s the scoop via Tesla rep at the site - these temp, mobile superchargers will be here on weekends 12p-6p - due to One Paseo closing. Reason for closing: One Paseo ownership was upset that Teslas were taking up parking spots in the parking structure - this location (behind the Vons loading dock) is the future V3 site - construction planned to start in 2 weeks. (They all speak like Elon now, I guess)

so i went by today, they basically had a semi trailer with chargers going - no signs of permanent progress - I asked the attendant guy if the location was going to be where the permanent one would be and he seemed to be drinking the "coy Kool-Aid" and said I'd have to check the interweb.

I think I remember from reports at other locations that have used this same temporary set-up that, even though it uses the urban style charging posts, it actually delivers up to 150 kW when charging. Can anyone give these a spin and confirm what charging speeds are actually being delivered?

So they were upset there were cars parking in the parking structure? What could their logic possibly be (beyond an irrational dislike of Teslas) ?

That Tesla drivers were only there to charge, and were not also patronizing the shops and restaurants? (How would they determine this, I wonder? Watching the Teslas while charging to see how many folk remained in their cars?).

That after charging, the Tesla drivers would move to other spots in the structure, and still not patronize the place? (This would of course be ridiculous, as it would also apply to any car parked in the structure).

It really defies all logic, or at least nearly all logic. I used to propose meeting friends at One Paseo for lunch or coffee specifically because I could charge up while eating/drinking there. And I even bought some stuff at one of the stores there once or twice. Now, I have no reason to ever go there really. I’ll just grab a sandwich at Board and Brew in Del Mar and walk to the park on 15th and sit on a bench looking at the ocean.

This was the scene today. Looks like trailer a swap happening:

And here's the location marked in red:

The tractor left both trailers in the parking lot. Maybe the first set of batteries still have plenty or juice or they're just increasing capacity at this location even though it's currently only open on the weekends. Would be nice if they expanded the hours of operation to include weekdays.

San Diego approves 1,200-home Carmel Mountain Ranch project on former golf course

Approval comes despite community opposition, efforts by council to shrink number of units to 830SAN DIEGO — Twelve-hundred apartments and condominiums will be built on the former Carmel Mountain Ranch Golf Course under a development plan the City Council approved this week.The council’s 8-1 approval on Tuesday came despite vocal opposition from many nearby residents, who stressed that the project would have far more units than have been built on most other local golf courses that have closed in recent years...

Approval comes despite community opposition, efforts by council to shrink number of units to 830

SAN DIEGO —

Twelve-hundred apartments and condominiums will be built on the former Carmel Mountain Ranch Golf Course under a development plan the City Council approved this week.

The council’s 8-1 approval on Tuesday came despite vocal opposition from many nearby residents, who stressed that the project would have far more units than have been built on most other local golf courses that have closed in recent years.

Two council members — Marni Von Wilpert and Joe LaCava — unsuccessfully sought to shrink the project to 830 units and delay approval until later this fall. Von Wilpert and LaCava represent two northern council districts near the project.

Developer New Urban West contends the project, called The Trails, will help solve San Diego’s housing crisis. One hundred and eighty of the units will be reserved for people making below 60 percent of the region’s median annual income of $95,000.

“We are grateful to the City Council for their strong support and recognizing that this project will thoughtfully deliver much-needed affordable housing for San Diego,” said Jonathan Frankel, a project manager working with New Urban West. “We’re looking forward to breaking ground and making these homes available for San Diegans as soon as possible.”

While the number of units is higher than most other developments built on former golf courses, developer New Urban West says the project is similar to others in density. The developer also notes 4,300 units are being built on a defunct course in higher-density Mission Valley.

The approval comes three years after the closure of the private Carmel Mountain Ranch Golf Course, an unusually designed course that meanders through multiple housing subdivisions.

The Trails is near the Sabre Springs Transit Center and will include 8 acres of new parks, 5 miles of trails and 110 acres of open space — 70 percent of the former golf course.

Residents say the project will damage community character and flood the area with nearly 2,400 new residents. They also note that only a small portion of the sprawling project is walking distance to the transit center.

Those are the same kinds of concerns raised recently in other suburban San Diego neighborhoods, where the city has begun using a new model for development aimed at helping solve the housing crisis.

The new model focuses on adding large housing projects along existing transportation corridors and leaving the surrounding single-family areas alone.

San Diego must increase the number of units built per year — which was 6,482 in 2020 — to 13,500 to meet a state-mandated goal of 100,000 more units by 2029.

Councilman Stephen Whitburn, who represents downtown, Hillcrest and nearby areas, said he sympathizes with Carmel Ranch residents. But he stressed that other parts of the city are absorbing even more new housing.

“I’m proud of my constituents for being a big part of the solution to San Diego’s housing needs, and I can’t in good conscience let them accept additional density and then vote against additional density elsewhere,” he said.

During the final vote, the only “no” vote was cast by Von Wilpert.

Plant Power Fast Food To Bring Vegan Comfort Food To Carmel Mountain Ranch

Growing San Diego-based vegan drive-through chain Plant Power Fast Food will bring its newest outpost to Carmel Mountain Plaza in Northern San Diego County.Plant Power Fast Food was started by Mitch Wallis, who is also the founder of Hillcrest's Evolution Fast Food. The first location of Plant Power Fast Food opened in Ocean Beach in January 2016 and quickly became a popular destination for tho...

Growing San Diego-based vegan drive-through chain Plant Power Fast Food will bring its newest outpost to Carmel Mountain Plaza in Northern San Diego County.

Plant Power Fast Food was started by Mitch Wallis, who is also the founder of Hillcrest's Evolution Fast Food. The first location of Plant Power Fast Food opened in Ocean Beach in January 2016 and quickly became a popular destination for those craving healthy and plant-based versions of traditional fast food offerings. After launching an online crowd-sourced funding initiative with the goal to make the company a national chain, a second location debuted in Encinitas in 2017, followed by a third launched in Redlands, CA. There is also a local branch in San Diego's Rolando area near SDSU, as well as locations in Long Beach, Riverside, Redlands, Sacramento, Fountain Valley, CA, and a branch opening in Las Vegas. Just this week, a new Plant Power opened within Venue D at the 10 acre UCSD North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Campus In the next couple years, the company aims to launch a food truck in Los Angeles and open more locations around San Diego and Orange Counties, as well as increase its presence outside of California.

The newest Plant Power Fast Food will soon install within the standalone building that last housed a location of Boston Market near In-N-Out Burger within Carmel Mountain Plaza. There will be a drive-up window for car dining or take out, and like other locations, the menu will be entirely plant-based with absolutely no meat, animal products, or GMOs. Expect items like the mock meat spicy Buffalo chicken sandwich and the meatless BBQ burger with onion rings and vegan cheddar 'cheese'. The eatery also serves an assortment of hot dogs, sandwiches, burgers, wraps, salads, smoothies, desserts and more, as well as offers a popular breakfast menu that features bagels and vegan cream cheese and 'egg' sandwiches.

Plant Power Fast Food is slated to open as early as this fall at 11846 Carmel Mountain Road in San Diego's Carmel Mountain Ranch area. For more information, visit plantpowerfastfood.com.

Where To See The Best Christmas Lights and Displays In San Diego | 2021

This Santee home spreads holiday cheer by covering itself with over 12,000 holiday lights!When: Nightly from dusk – 10pmWhere: 9435 Saint Andrews Drive, Santee CA 92071For decades families have packed up the car and driven their families through these streets filled with festive lights and holiday displays.When: Nightly from 6 – 9pm (10pm on weekends) through ChristmasWhere: Pepper and Lindenwod Drives, or Pepper and Rockview Drives.This small neighborhood in Santee was built in a circle,...

This Santee home spreads holiday cheer by covering itself with over 12,000 holiday lights!

When: Nightly from dusk – 10pm

Where: 9435 Saint Andrews Drive, Santee CA 92071

For decades families have packed up the car and driven their families through these streets filled with festive lights and holiday displays.

When: Nightly from 6 – 9pm (10pm on weekends) through Christmas

Where: Pepper and Lindenwod Drives, or Pepper and Rockview Drives.

This small neighborhood in Santee was built in a circle, and the residents get together every year to fill their yard with twinkling lights for all to see.

When: Nightly 5:30 – 10pm through Christmas

Where: West and East Glendon Circle in Santee, 92071

This cul-de-sac turns into Santa Claus Lane each with a light show each evening

When: nightly 5:30 – 9:30pm through December 31

Where: 2618 Sheri Lane, Lemon Grove, CA 91945

Over 20 homes that go ALL OUT to the holiday BRIGHT for all with dancing lights and holiday décor.

When: Every evening though Christmas

Where: 10248 Paseo Palmas Drive, Lakeside, CA 92040

A much-loved tradition started by homeowner Ranch Schmika that has tuned into a neighborhood effort where everyone decks the halls (their yards) with impressive holiday displays and thousands of lights which are synchronized to music that you can hear on FM 106.1. More details available HERE.

When: Nightly 6 – 10pm though December 27

Where:5306 Belardo Drive, San Drive, San Diego, CA 92124

Featuring dozens of homes that have been completely transformed for the holidays with imaginative displays and more.

When: Nightly from dusk to 10pm through Christmas

Where: 9190 Oviedo St, San Diego, CA 92129

This neighborhood near Sunset Cliff provides a festive, family-friendly holiday displays that are sure to delight.

When: Nightly 5 – 9pm through December 31

Where: 3616 Garrison St., San Diego, CA 92106

You’ll be dazzled by this community’s holiday lights that and festive displays.

When: Nightly from dusk – 10:30pm through January 1

Where: Stoney Gate Place in San Diego, CA 92128

Everything from trees, lamp posts courtyards and roofs are covered in holiday lights in this lovely neighborhood.

When: Nightly each evening through January 1

Where: Along 30th Street and Fern Street from Juniper, Grape and Beech Streets.

This neighborhood takes their light displays seriously and they really get into the holiday spirit with displays and activities.

When: Nightly 5:30 – 9:30pm through December 31

Where: Merritage Court and Stonebridge Parkway, San Diego, CA 92131

This late Victorian home is adorned each year with bright festive lights.

When: Nightly 5 – 10pm through Christmas

Where: 108 Ivy Street (at 1st Street), San Diego CA 92101

Along with festive food and shopping the Holiday Market has some incredible light displays (Candy Land, Winter Wonderland and Classic Christmas) for you to stroll through. Please note that there is an admission fee. More details HERE.

When: Nightly from 4 - 9:30pm through Christmas Eve

Where: Gallagher Square - 840 K Street, San Diego, CA 92101

For over 60 years, this neighborhood has been delighting folks with its festive holiday light displays on 55+ homes.

When: Nightly 5 – 10pm through Christmas

Where: Whitney and Mankato Streets in Chula Vista, CA 91910

You’ll want to get out of the car for this one and stroll through the life-size Candy Land filled with lollipops & gumdrops. Travel to Whoville to meet the mean one, Mr. Grinch and take your Who-Liday photos. Stop by Santa's Workshop and see the Elves hard at work. Drop your wish list in Santa’s mailbox and experience their new “Frozen” display.

When: Most nights through Christmas

Where: 1234 Napa Avenue, Chula Vista CA 91911

This wonderful couple open their homes every night from 6-9pm for guests to marvel at the wall-to-wall display of Christmas trees, décor and so much more – plus holiday music and the spell of pine trees throughout! The couple encourage guests to bring clothing or food donations for the homeless in San Diego.

When: Nightly from 6 – 9pm through January 6 (the home will be closed on Sat. Dec 11)

Where: 756 Nolan Ave. Chula Vista, CA 91910

Botanic Wonderland at San Diego Botanic Garden, has become a local favorite tradition. The nighttime festivities provide families and friends the opportunity to stroll through the garden to enjoy outdoor holiday lighting and activities in a safe and carefully organized setting. Please note that there is an admission fee.

When: Nightly 5:30 – 9pm through December 30 (closed Dec. 24-35)

Where: 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024

House after house on this street are covered in holiday lights and festive décor.

When: Nightly from dusk – 10pm through Christmas

Where: Hickory Street, Poway, CA 92064

An entire block gets in the holiday spirit with candy cane themed lights and displays galore.

When: Most nights through Christmas

Where:1000 Crimson Drive, San Marcos, CA 92069

Flamingos, penguins, animated window displays, dancing Santa and the Land of Misfit Toys are all featured at this magical home in Carlsbad. More info HERE.

When: Nightly from 5 – 10pm through December 31

Where: 7607 Romeria Street, Carlsbad, CA 92009

Visiting this incredible display is a cherished holiday tradition for many. The homeowners love to spread holiday happiness with lights and decoration aplenty! Santa will be on-site December 14-23 from 6:30 – 8pm.More details HERE.

When: Nightly 5 – 9pm through December 30

Where: 1639 Knob Hill Road, San Marcos, CA 92069

For over 25 years, the home’s owner Mack has been adding to his incredible display of lights and miniature displays of his home town, family, and friends.

When: Most nights through Christmas

Where: 2031 Reche Road, Fallbrook CA 92028

The city of Vista creates this annual DRIVE-THRU event at Brengle Terrace Park where guests can literally drive through a loop that features a canopy of lights and displays. The event is free but you are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped food items that will be donated to the San Diego Food Bank.

When: Nightly from 5:30 – 9pm through December 23

Where: Brengle Terrace Park – 1200 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista CA 92084

For over 10 years this family has been conducting at light show at their home for all to see!

When: Evenings through Christmas

Where: 1835 Sunny Slope Terrace, Escondido CA 92027

The house got its name because of the sheer number of lights the pack on their house each year to help make everyone’s holiday bright and cheerful!

When: Nightly from 5:30 – 10pm (weekends - 11pm) through January 1

12631 Stoutwood Street, Poway, CA 92064

This twinkling event is back! Experience a separate holiday light display from the comfort and safety of your vehicle! Note: there is an admission fee for this event.

When: Nightly through December 31

Where: 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA, 92014

Just open the iHeartRadio App on your mobile device and choose from: Christmas Classics, R&B Christmas, Christmas Rock, Country Christmas, iHeartChristmas and just for kids, North Pole Radio! They are free & available 7/24 on the iHeartRadio App!

Direct links below.

Residents fight housing project on old Carmel Mountain Ranch golf course

SAN DIEGO — Carmel Mountain Ranch residents are fighting a proposal to build 1,200 housing units on a defunct golf course, far more units than have been built on most other local golf courses that have closed in recent years.While the number of units is higher, developer New Urban West says the project is similar in density to others built on nearby defunct golf courses. They also note 4,300 units are being built on a defunct course in higher-density Mission Valley.The project is scheduled for a Tuesday City Counci...

SAN DIEGO —

Carmel Mountain Ranch residents are fighting a proposal to build 1,200 housing units on a defunct golf course, far more units than have been built on most other local golf courses that have closed in recent years.

While the number of units is higher, developer New Urban West says the project is similar in density to others built on nearby defunct golf courses. They also note 4,300 units are being built on a defunct course in higher-density Mission Valley.

The project is scheduled for a Tuesday City Council vote, which will come three years after the closure of the private Carmel Mountain Ranch Golf Course, an unusually designed course that meanders through multiple housing subdivisions.

New Urban West says the 1,200 condos and apartments will help solve San Diego’s housing crisis, noting that 180 of the units will be reserved for people making below 60 percent of the region’s median annual income of $95,000.

The developer also touts that the project, dubbed The Trails, is near the Sabre Springs Transit Center and will include 8 acres of new parks, 5 miles of trails and 110 acres of open space — 70 percent of the former golf course.

Residents in the area are lobbying for a significant reduction in the number of units, contending The Trails will damage community character and flood the area with nearly 2,400 new residents. They have suggested 800 units as an option.

They also note that only a small portion of the sprawling project is walking distance to the transit center. And they have asked that New Urban West increase the number of units that will be for sale beyond the current 450.

Those are the same kinds of concerns raised recently in other suburban San Diego neighborhoods, where the city has begun using a new model for development aimed at helping solve the housing crisis.

The new model focuses on adding large housing projects along existing transportation corridors and leaving the surrounding single-family areas alone.

San Diego must increase the number of units built per year — which was 6,482 in 2020 — to 13,500 to meet a state-mandated goal of 100,000 more units by 2029.

The Carmel Mountain Ranch/Sabre Springs Community Council, which voted 13-0 against the project in March, says The Trails can still help solve the housing crisis with fewer units.

They calculate the density of three similar golf course housing projects as significantly lower.

They say The Trails is 12 units per acre, compared to 4.7 units on a defunct course in Rancho Penasquitos, 3.5 units per acre on the Escondido Country Club site, and 1.36 units per acre on Poway’s StoneRidge Country Club site.

The Penasquitos project will have 536 units, while the Escondido project will have 380 and the Poway project will have 159.

“We believe there should be a comparably built project, not something twice the size,” said Eric Edelman, leader of the town council. “We get that this will be built; we just want to it to be sensible.”

New Urban West calculates the density differently, contending that The Trails would have only a bit more density than The Junipers in Penasquitos, 7 units per acre versus 5 units per acre. The discrepancy is based on whether the density calculation should use the entire golf course, or just the “buildable” area.

“The project provides desperately needed housing opportunities for young families and working professionals in a high resource, jobs-rich community that features a major transit center,” said Jonathan Frankel, who is overseeing the project on behalf of New Urban West. “It’s the perfect place for redevelopment and exactly where the city’s general plan envisions new housing will be located.”

Residents complain that New Urban West is breaking its promise to provide a 50-foot buffer around the project. While no housing would be built within 50 feet of nearby homes, the neighbors say parking structures and trails would be.

The residents say that’s a problem because The Trails, like the golf course it would replace, meanders through many subdivisions and passes by many homes.

Frankel said the buffers will be landscaped and will far exceed requirements.

“The 50-foot buffers we’re proposing are more than three times wider than what is mandated by the city, so there will be plenty of separation between neighbors,” he said.

Carmel Mountain Ranch Golf Course is one of seven local courses that have closed in recent years because of declining interest in golf, increasing costs for irrigation and other factors. The course opened in 1986.

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