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Old 06-03-2011, 12:30 AM
 
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Hi all,

I知 27yrs old single female from Sacramento, CA and am planning to move to San Diego some time next year. I知 am looking to rent, but I知 not sure where I should start. Where is the safest, nicest, and cheapest place to rent in San Diego? I know what I知 asking for is too good to be true, but I知 hoping I get lucky and someone may know of some good deals. I知 willing to pay anywhere from $500 to $700/$800 a month for an apartment or house/condo. Please, all advice will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 06-03-2011, 10:07 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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For that kind of money, either you'll be sharing with roommates or you'll be in some of the sketchiest parts of town.
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Old 06-03-2011, 10:48 AM
 
Location: San Diego/Lake Murray
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Without a roommate, you'll be needing to go further south . . . to Tijuana. Maybe you can afford some studios. Safest/nicest isn't going to match cheapest very well in that price range.
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Old 06-03-2011, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Near Graham WA
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"Nicest, safest" areas will require about three times what you plan to spend on rent.
San Diego is NOT an inexpensive city, housing-wise.
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Old 06-03-2011, 11:14 AM
 
Location: Over There
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Cool Safest, Nicest, and Cheapest Apartments that I Know of

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Hi all,

I’m 27yrs old single female from Sacramento, CA and am planning to move to San Diego some time next year. I’m am looking to rent, but I’m not sure where I should start. Where is the safest, nicest, and cheapest place to rent in San Diego? I know what I’m asking for is too good to be true, but I’m hoping I get lucky and someone may know of some good deals. I’m willing to pay anywhere from $500 to $700/$800 a month for an apartment or house/condo. Please, all advice will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Do you want to live in the city of SD or just SD County?

You may be able to rent a room (out of a house or condo) for that price; otherwise, you'll have to find a roommate or settle for a bad area.
$700-$800 is what apartments rented for twenty years ago.

I don't know if this would be considered advertising, but these are two apartment complexes that I have lived in--in the unincorporated Rancho San Diego area (between El Cajon & Mt. Helix). This area is considered East County and is about 20-30 minutes from the beach or downtown SD. Both apartments were the "safest, nicest, and cheapest places" that I could find in San Diego County.

Highlands at Rancho San Diego, El Cajon, CA 92019 (EC delivers the mail), 1-866-686-5365
1 Bed $1095 - $1120, 2 Beds $1350 - $1490, 3 Beds $1635 - $1705


Woodbridge at Mt. Helix, La Mesa, CA 91941 (LM delivers the mail), 1-866-264-7614
2 Beds $1280 - $1420, 3 Beds $1595 - $1820

You might consider apartments in La Mesa, but NOT inside El Cajon. Check crime ratings for any area that you consider.

Also, IF you qualify to buy a condo--and want to--your mortgage MIGHT be less than what rent would be.
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Old 06-03-2011, 11:43 AM
 
Location: Barrio Logan/Shelltown
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Hi all,

I知 27yrs old single female from Sacramento, CA and am planning to move to San Diego some time next year. I知 am looking to rent, but I知 not sure where I should start. Where is the safest, nicest, and cheapest place to rent in San Diego? I know what I知 asking for is too good to be true, but I知 hoping I get lucky and someone may know of some good deals. I知 willing to pay anywhere from $500 to $700/$800 a month for an apartment or house/condo. Please, all advice will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Where will you be working?
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Old 06-03-2011, 12:34 PM
 
Location: Ocean Beach, San Diego
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If I had that tight budget I would do something like this (studio on cortez hill part of downtown)
Large Studio Apartment in Authentic Downtown Building (http://sandiego.craigslist.org/csd/apa/2417141480.html - broken link)
its a pretty safe and quiet area for living downtown.
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Old 06-20-2011, 04:51 AM
 
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Do you want to live in the city of SD or just SD County?

You may be able to rent a room (out of a house or condo) for that price; otherwise, you'll have to find a roommate or settle for a bad area.
$700-$800 is what apartments rented for twenty years ago.

I don't know if this would be considered advertising, but these are two apartment complexes that I have lived in--in the unincorporated Rancho San Diego area (between El Cajon & Mt. Helix). This area is considered East County and is about 20-30 minutes from the beach or downtown SD. Both apartments were the "safest, nicest, and cheapest places" that I could find in San Diego County.

Highlands at Rancho San Diego, El Cajon, CA 92019 (EC delivers the mail), 1-866-686-5365
1 Bed $1095 - $1120, 2 Beds $1350 - $1490, 3 Beds $1635 - $1705


Woodbridge at Mt. Helix, La Mesa, CA 91941 (LM delivers the mail), 1-866-264-7614
2 Beds $1280 - $1420, 3 Beds $1595 - $1820

You might consider apartments in La Mesa, but NOT inside El Cajon. Check crime ratings for any area that you consider.

Also, IF you qualify to buy a condo--and want to--your mortgage MIGHT be less than what rent would be.
Thanks Justin! I took your advice and been looking into the condos. I think its a better deal if I'll be paying $1000+ a month. The only reason why I want to rent first is because I'm not really sure if I want to stay. I like SD but I'm afraid I might not like living there.

Where do you think I should start looking if I plan to buy a condo in SD? I'm looking at around 150k and under. Do you think I'll be able to get a decent condo in decent area in central SD, north of SD or SD county.

Thanks! I appreciate your advice.
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Old 06-20-2011, 05:03 AM
 
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Where will you be working?
LOL, that's a good question because I don't know. I'm hoping to find one when i move there. I'm hoping to apply in the field of public services. Maybe the department of probation, or Department Of Homeland Security. I was a probation officer before i got laid off due to the budget cuts.
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Old 06-20-2011, 11:22 AM
 
Location: Barrio Logan/Shelltown
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If you do come here without a job, make sure that you have a very large savings to hold you until/if you get one. Homeland Security is Federal Government, and very hard to get into. I have Federal reinstatement status, and after two years haven't gotten any offers yet. Probation is county, and they're not hiring, they have a freeze on. There are lots of budget cuts here, so you may want to reconsider.
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