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Old 01-21-2012, 08:02 PM
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Hi all, My boyfriend and I have just moved to San Clemente & we're looking for places to rent. We're both in our mid-20s (he's 25; I'm 27). No kids. We've found a pretty awesome place on Del Mar St, about a block down from the Library & post office (on the beach side). It seems just like what we're looking for-- close to the beach and walking distance to shops/restaurants. We really want to get a feel for the town & take advantage of the beach.. not be stuck out in the 'burbs.

2 questions: first of all, is this a safe area? It seems like its mostly tourists & vacation rentals around and it's right in the heart of downtown SC, but I was reading some other posts where people said that Encino Lane/Linda Lane park (which is only about 2 blocks away!) was a bad area with higher crime. This hadn't even occurred to me, having only been there during the day...Should I be concerned about crime living on the beach side of Del Mar?? Car break-ins, etc?

2ndly: Is noise going to be a big problem? Okay, don't get me wrong, I realize this is probably the busiest area of SC (esp in the summer) and there is going to be lots of traffic and noise during the day. The activity & proximity is one of the things that attracted us to this place. I'm mostly worried about late-night excessive rowdiness/drunk people screaming at 3am. It's Jan right now so it's pretty sleepy- I'm just not sure what to expect in the summer as far as all-night parties, etc? Esp with no A/C & having the windows open all the time.. I imagine you'd hear EVERYTHING!

Forigve me if this post seems naive or ignorant.. I only just arrived this week & I'm really not familiar with the area yet so I have no idea what to expect!
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Old 01-21-2012, 08:41 PM
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I'd look into determining how many of the rentals are Summer rentals: weekly, monthly etc.
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Old 01-23-2012, 01:24 AM
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This thread may give you some info, and post #8 by me may address some of your questions: Areas of San Clemente for young family

As I said in that thread, I moved from San Clemente in late 2005, so things may have changed a bit.

I used to go to the library all the time, at night, and had no qualms about it. I always thought of Del Mar as a safe area - I had dinner many times at restaurants there and along El Camino Real, again I felt very safe. There are, of course, interesting people around as there are anywhere, just stay aware of your surroundings.

I might suggest you go for a few strolls around the neighborhood in the evening and on the weekend and see how it is. As I said in the other thread, the mix of housing means you have a lot of renters around, and even though I was one and don't condemn them, the fact is that a certain percentage of renters are a pain, and can be very noisy and disruptive. The houses are so closely packed together that you can hear your neighbor two houses down sneeze. There is almost no backyard so your neighbors behind are very close in a majority of places - it's very easy to see on Google Maps.

So, noise from neighbors, especially in summer when everybody has their windows open for the wonderful ocean breeze, can be a problem. Also, there is quite a bit of noise from the 5 freeway, although if you're close enough to the beach, the sound of breaking waves might drown it out. Where I was, near Pico, there was a lot of noise from the people who parked on the street, and there is a lot of on-street parking in SC, not sure about Del Mar.

There is a nice restaurant on the pier, with one half being a bar (great place for dinner or a drink or seven). There used to be a bar right across the street from the pier too, not sure if it's still there. As I have spent some time in those establishments, I know that there are sometimes drunk people staggering up Del Mar to the public parking lot, or even farther, up side streets too, so you may get some noise from them, especially in the summer.

All in all, though, I felt quite safe living in SC, despite some of the things I mentioned in the other thread. It's a wonderful place to live if you can afford it.
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