Originally Posted by Delfina
Check the zoning regulations before you put offers on properties. It's not just "can you have a horse" it's all the other regulations as well, such as how far from the property line do fences or shelters need to be.
I can't believe I forgot to mention that!! It's been a BIG, BIG, problem nationwide for almost 30 years, now. I also thought to ask, why are you wanting to live close to San Diego proper? I live 30 minutes drive from the nearest small city, in a rural town. When my family moved from a 1/4 house (we rented space for the horses elsewhere) to our 5 acre property the $taxes and $insurance flipped--taxes went down, insurance went up--but the $/month stayed the same. $gas money is more, and we put more miles on our cars now, but it has been affordable. Could you find something more rural? =/