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My husband and I are relocating to San Diego for a year. We plan on renting our
current home out and looking for a house to rent in the SD area. Does anyone have any
recommendations on where to live down there? We have a 6 month old baby and a active
labrador retriever. I'd like to live in a neighborhood/city where it is safe to walk
our baby and dog (preferably close to shops & restaraunts). Thanks!
I'd like to recommend the Kensington/Talmadge area of San Diego.
It is a charming area right smack in teh middle of the city (so 20
minutes to everything, including beaches and downtown). Many of
the homes there were built in the 1920s/30s with a very specific
aethetic (Spanish/CA-style) and the homes are beautiful, big and
small. There are real neighborhoods here too, and an eclectic
community surrounding the main street, Adams Avenue. Here you'll
find one of the best vintage theaters in teh country, The Ken
Theater, as well as coffee shops, a few restaurants and a great
dive bar (!) The main strip is small, but this area sits right
above/between about 4 major freeways, so getting to other areas of
teh city is a breeze. I had many many friends who grew up there
and I lived there for a short time as an adult. Aside from
Hillcrest, it may be the only other place in the city itself that
you'll find a hint of a Bay Area vibe
Otherwise, some of the beach communities, ie. Solano Beach, Del
Mar, La Jolla would be worth looking at. Some homes, incl.
rentals, are steps from the beach and with the beautiful SD
weather, you'll find yourself there almost every day of the year!
The homeowners of these communities tend to be very wealthy and
homogenous, but there is an underlying beach/hibbie vibe that you
can find if interested.
Most areas outside the city are very homogenized. Aside from the
great weather, you could be anywhere in the country. There is what
my friends and I call an ''urban cowboy'' culture there (lots of
pick-ups/Bush-Cheney stickers, etc), esp. the more East you go.
Good luck in your search!
retiring in SD
I was born and raised in San Diego, although I have lived in the
B.A. for over 10 years now.... I always said I would move to
Hillcrest because it felt the most similar to this area. I don't
know about the safety of the area, but somewhere near there may be
most what you're looking for. If you want to go a little more
upscale (or expensive??) try looking in La Jolla near the
village... You can walk to shops there and be by the OCEAN!!!
I am considering a new job opportunity in San Diego--a very good
one financially speaking. Aside from the stress of my husband
having to find a new job down there, and then finding new
daycare for our 2 1/2 year old son, we have concerns about the
San Diego area. I am fed up with the cost of living here (I've
been out of work for 11 months and we will never own a home
here) and the traffic and general stress level, but we love the
Bay Area's ethnic/cultural diversity, the liberal-minded
political and social climate, etc., etc. We are afraid that San
Diego is too conservative and that there is not much diversity.
We love our son's daycare and are worried that we won't be able
to find a warm, family setting with a diverse group of kids.
Can anyone recommend moving to San Diego in general, or
specifically, places to live that might have a little Bay
Area/East Bay flavor? My job would be sort of near La Jolla (we
cannot afford to live in La Jolla!), and we'd like to be close
enough to the coast that the heat is not a problem. Any
recommendations on daycare would also be most appreciated!
There are plenty of registered democrats in San Diego and the
Bay Area is a lot more conservative than most Berkeley
residents would like to admit. I lived in San Diego in Point
Loma, and spent a lot of time in Mission Hills/Balboa Park
where most of the artsy things were happening. You might
consider renting in Pacific Beach, Del Mar and Mission Hills if
you are looking for something closer to home up here--but
buying is just as challenging. SD is no bargain in terms of
cost of living. But if you like the beach, play tennis or golf,
and enjoy the occasional Old Globe theatre production there is
lots to do. Bottomline: SD is not the old Navy town it once
was...anymore than the Peninsula is a bunch of bucolic orchard
groves. Diversity is relative--I find Berkeley and San Diego
not nearly as diverse as New York or London. One thing is for
sure--San Diego is not a university town.
I am in search of a place to move to in about two years from now. Does anyone
know of such a place, by the ocean, with warm weather and warm water that we
can swim almost all year around? I have been thinking of San Diego, but don't
know very much about it. I have two children so it's important for me to know
about public schools and places to take them out. Another important
information would be about house pricing and nice safe areas to live. I would
greatly appreciate any information you might have.
We lived in San Diego for a few years before we came
up here. It is a wonderful place to live, and is
cheaper (for now) than the Bay Area. The weather is
warm year-round, and sunny (except for "June gloom").
However, the water can get quite cold...it depends on
your own tolerance, and many people do swim in the
ocean year-round. Your own personal tastes and
financial situation would dictate the area you'd like
to live in. If warm waters are very
important to you, you may want to consider the east
coast instead (like Florida), or anything on the Gulf.
Check out this website: www.bestplaces.net/index.html. It has great info
on housing, climate, schools, crime rate, etc. A good resource to get
started with when considering a move. Good luck!
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