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Old 01-04-2008, 10:47 PM
 
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Default New York to San Diego

I am looking to move to San Diego from New York. Has anyone made the move? There has been a great job opportunity for my fiance in San Diego. He and I are just out of college and will be making around 100k. I am used to traffic and expensive living conditions. I do not know people out there and don't know what to expect! We don't have any debts, and no children. Any advice on affordable places to live on that salary? Thanks.
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Old 01-05-2008, 11:14 AM
 
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Well, I am moving to SD at the end of this month from Manhattan. Let me tell you, it is so easy to focus there. So much peace there. You don't have to worry about the freezing cold and dreaded humid summer.

I am in the same situation as you, I also don't have any debt and no kid. I actually bought a home in Scripps Ranch recently. Very nice if you are into the suburbs. It is 10 miles inland and NE of SD proper.

Good luck to you and your fiance.
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Old 01-05-2008, 07:05 PM
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Most likely your husband will be working in downtown SD or in La Jolla or Del Mar right?

I would consider living in La Jolla or possibly a place in mission valley or downtown san diego. I just like the convenience to getting to work fast and living in a nice semi-luxury area. 100k is a good wage and well enough to get by lavishly.
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Old 01-11-2008, 11:15 PM
 
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If you survived the New York winters and traffic. You will do fine here. The SD. weather is probably the best in the entire country. It's nice to wear flip flops in January.
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Old 01-12-2008, 11:38 PM
 
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I moved to San Diego from upstate NY in 1980. San Diego has gotten alot more expensive and has grown quite a bit in the years I have been here. I suggest renting till you learn more about the area. It most area the home prices have been falling lately. As of 2005 the median household income was about 56K and the median home price was 567K in San Diego. In 2000 the median household income was 46K while the median home prices were 233K. This means many of the people living in their homes now couldn't afford to buy them in todays market.
Places along the coast like Del Mar have home prices that are considerably higher more like 2 Million +.
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Old 01-13-2008, 12:34 AM
 
Location: Hunkering down atop Shasta
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If NYer is from the City, she'll be pleasantly surprised at the lower cost of living. And of course she's already heard about the great weather. Personally if I had that kind of income ..... probably I'd choose La Jolla.
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Old 01-13-2008, 02:30 AM
 
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Default So many choices

San Diego, like many big cities, has huge variations in communities, even though we are small compared to most. The city itself is small, very small, but San Diego Metro is huge and very diverse.

Downtown- Urban Hip and on the upswing. Lots of lofts, cool clubs, a bit urban gritty. Parking sucks, lots of tourists, but also great access to nitelife, great food and fun bars. Plus, for the sports fan, Petco Park.

Hillcrest/ Uptown- Formerly the Gay area but now really popular with everyone especially singles and young couples. Lots of restaurants, clubs, coffee shops. Somewhat like Greenwich Village.

Pacific Beach/ Mission Beach- Fun beach areas with all of the good and bad that implies. Kinda Spring Break feeling on big weekends but also great access to things to do, surf, waterski, run, bike, ect. Not as rowdy as it used to be.

Mission Valley- Lots of malls but also a great central location if you work downtown, want to hit the beach, shopping. Mostly condos but some very nice ones.

North Park- Hillcrest's younger less established little sister. Getting better. Very easy access to downtown. Definitely has it's good and less good areas.

Scripps Ranch, UTC, Rancho Bernardo- Very suburban. Clean, safe, maybe a bit boring but good for families. More New Jersey than Manhattan but nice and quiet.

La Jolla proper- Great if you have huge bucks, nice place to visit if you don't. 100k a year will not cut it.

Solano Beach, Encinitas, Leucadia- All fun beach towns. Kind of quiet and small town feel. Which is good or bad depending on what you want. Beautiful all though, and easy access to the beach.

Hope that helps.
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Old 01-13-2008, 02:40 AM
 
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Default Oh by the way

If you would like more detailed info about any specific neighborhood, feel free to email me at [EMAIL="bignesco@yahoo.com"]bignesco@yahoo.com[/EMAIL]. I have been here for 15 years, I love to hit up each neighborhood often, and I would be more than happy to answer any more specific questions you may have. If I know I will tell you, if not I will point you in the direction of someone that can. And, no, I am not a real estate agent...lol. I just found this thread by accident while researching something else.
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Old 01-13-2008, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Hunkering down atop Shasta
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...La Jolla proper- Great if you have huge bucks, nice place to visit if you don't. 100k a year will not cut it..
It may not be enough to buy a house there (I don't know much about buying) but they're going to be renting while they look around for a home. $100,000 is more than sufficient to rent a decent one-bedroom apt or condo in La Jolla, at say $1500 per month (probably a bargain compared to a similar location in NYC).
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