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Old 12-20-2010, 05:47 PM
 
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Hello,

I am considering to move to San Diego in February or March. I am not sure why, but I am thinking of moving to downtown San Diego.

I am currently in Europe, but have lived in the DC-Maryland area for 22 years and need a change.

Don't faint, but since I am in Europe right now, I would be going there without a job. Is it hopeless? My parents would be helping me financially in the beginning.

In terms of buildings downtown, I am drawn to the 600 Front Apartments. Is anyone in here familiar with them? Do you know if they have views of the bay?

Also, for short term renting while I seek a job, I have found the candlelight apartments in Otay Mesa. I understand that it is quite a bit away from downtown, but is it feasible?

Finally, I am quite scared, because I understand that the salary range in San Diego is rather low. For what I did in DC, I made 60,000+, but I see that the range for a similar position in San Diego is 41,000+. I have to honestly ask if it possible to live for that there.

In terms of other apartment buildings downtown, does anyone have any further recommendations?

I have done a lot of research, but I think I need to ask people who live there and know better.

Any advice is greatly appreciated.

Thank you.
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Old 12-20-2010, 05:59 PM
 
Location: Barrio Logan/Shelltown
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If you're planning to move here without a job, make sure that you have a very large savings cushion. Jobs are hard to come by here.
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Old 12-20-2010, 07:39 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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What kind of work did you do in DC for $60k?
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Old 12-21-2010, 04:34 AM
 
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I worked for a non-profit medical association, and it appears that overall, salaries in DC are quite a bit higher than in San Diego.
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Old 12-22-2010, 09:17 AM
 
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600 Front Street is pretty strict on income qualifications. You would need to have evidence of approximately 3 times the rent coming from relatives as monthly deposits. They will not make exceptions even if you are willing to pay up front additional money, or have large amounts of assets. That is probably why their rents are a bit lower than most other properties in the area I viewed some units in them. The highest floors might have a little bit of view of the bay, though I am not sure.
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Old 12-23-2010, 08:41 PM
 
Location: San Diego 92101
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Hello,

In terms of buildings downtown, I am drawn to the 600 Front Apartments. Is anyone in here familiar with them? Do you know if they have views of the bay?
I live at this apartment building, moved here 3 months ago, and I like it very much! Nice, clean, very well maintained, not very expensive, grocery store is just 2 munities away, shopping center also. Location is so great! If you have more questions, Id be glad to answer,

Lana
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Old 01-05-2011, 04:50 AM
 
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Thank you ver much for your responses.

I would have to find a month to month in the beginning, and I have actually found a few, but per the reviews, it doesn't seem they are liveable.

The unemployment rate is lower in DC, so I may have to go back there (I am still currently overseas), but I really have had it with DC.

I am still looking into San Diego, and 600 Front looks great if and when I get a job. I do understand that there may be problems even though my parents help me out at first.

Thank you again for your responses.

Karen
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