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Old 10-05-2017, 01:33 AM
Location: Talmadge, San Diego, CA
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Originally Posted by Liz_7 View Post
You're right overall, but it's very difficult to find a one-bedroom house for $1200.
Actually, it isn't hard to find a one bedroom house for $1,200 because there are lots of them out there, but it just all depends on what you're looking for, too. There were certain criteria that a place had to have before I would move, and it a while to find it.

So I have a one bedroom house for $1200/month in National City. I have a two car driveway, two small yards, a washer/dryer, and it's close to the bus line that runs late, because I work nights.

The property is family owned, and the owner had certain criteria that he wanted in a renter, of which I met all of them. I went to an open house, filled out an application on the spot, and was approved the next day.

And it sure beats living in Shelltown.



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Old 10-08-2017, 04:25 PM
Location: Southwest
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Default Renting in San Diego

We moved to California from Alaska and were surprised to discover the COL is higher in California than it is in Alaska! Even when living in small town rural places in California! Once in San Diego, the COL is substantially higher. It’s probably because there are so many more taxes in California than there are in Alaska, and a lot more people competing for housing in San Diego. While living in San Diego, we are caught in the rent-versus-buy quandary. I refused to buy this time. I’d rather have the freedom to pick up and go without having property to sell before I can go, not to mention I think home prices have increased to the point of rip-off and the thought of it galls me. It is appalling how much people are paying for homes in San Diego; it’s not worth it to me if I’m not going to stay for a long long time.

In my opinion, Hillcrest is overpriced (but, really, so is all of San Diego!). If one lives on the right street, it’s nice and quiet with good street parking, and maybe off-street parking too. It is also close to the zoo and Balboa Park, and it is an inexpensive Uber ride to downtown. There are a lot of restaurants and bars on University and nearby neighborhoods, and regular and granola grocery stores in the hood. We were lucky to find a spacious, quiet home with privacy, plentiful parking, and nice neighbors in Hillcrest, which we did by driving the neighborhood in search of rent-by-owner homes. If one doesn’t live on the right street, though, Hillcrest is somewhat grungy, and one has to fight for parking. I think the main drag through Hillcrest, on University, is looking rundown and dingy. The roads are bad like they are all over San Diego. The street lights were out at a busy intersection, so at night pedestrians were crossing in the dark, for several months before they were fixed! There are also a lot of mentally-ill homeless people in Hillcrest because when they are picked up by the police, they are taken to the hospital in Hillcrest, where they end up released into the neighborhood. Other homeless people have left Hillcrest to get away from the mentally-ill homeless citizens. I wouldn’t live right next to a park, canyon, or greenbelt for that reason. I wouldn’t even want my yard or home to be against an alley. As always when the economy is bad for a lot of people, property crime is high, so homes locked, keeping cars empty of desirable items and locked, and possessions like nice bicycles hidden is important (bike theft rings steal bikes locked up, right in front of passers-by, so it is risky to ride them and lock them up to go inside a business or friend’s home. It is rare to see anyone’s personal bicycle locked to a rack in Hillcrest). Police don’t even respond to property theft anymore, but because of our specific location and habits, we’ve not needed them anyway. People only one block over, with their garages in an alley, and/or their garbage cans accessible from the street, have not been as fortunate.

I think La Jolla is overpriced, too, for what one gets to be there. I guess I’m not as impressed by the wealthy residents living there (nor with their sense of entitlement) or the downsides of "beach life" (small, old, not-up-to-energy-and-electrical codes rentals in buildings battered by sea air for decades), the lack of parking for residents paying $2500.00-$3000.00+ a month for their abodes, and most rentals don’t even provide in-unit laundry hook-ups, let alone in-unit laundry machines; but it is apparently worth it to people who want to be right by the beach. Right now, La Jolla is in the throes of dealing with how to control the downsides of short-term rentals to tourists. Pacific Beach is also going through a big fight over the same issue, because residential neighborhoods are hurt by too many short-term tourist rentals. Also, La Jolla is in a little valley with congested roads going in and out. Our kids basically plan their lives around the traffic in and out of La Jolla, wanting to be home already by 3:00 PM or after 7:00 PM to avoid sitting in lines of traffic. Despite all that, I’m looking for a place in or near La Jolla now because we want to be closer to our children living there.

I wouldn’t live in Little Italy, because even if a person doesn’t mind living surrounded by almost nothing but concrete and brick, one pays a premium price to live with cars, buses, planes, and trains on the move constantly. When I was home hunting, I was downtown and at the exact same moment, a plane was flying in very low as cars, buses, and a train were criss-crossing under it. It was loud and felt frenetic; for me, that is not worth those high rental prices. Also, while there are a lot of restaurants, cafes, and bars to frequent, they are expensive, even by San Diego standards, I guess because of the cool-factor. It’s not just because of my age that I didn’t like all the vehicle and plane noise either. I have a young friend in her early 30s who told me she and her boyfriend moved there when they first came to San Diego. They thought it would be fun. Instead, she hated it. She said between the vehicle pollution and the noise from the cars, buses, planes, and trains, she couldn’t even open her windows to let fresh air in. They were so glad they’d rented first instead of buying right away. As soon as their lease was up, they moved to another part of the city and bought a home there.

I like North Park better than Hillcrest. While Hillcrest seems to have peaked in its quality of life (priced itself out of a lot of good residents and gained other problems) and is now back on the comparative downhill slide, North Park is still improving. Even the business strip on University through North Park looks nicer than it does in Hillcrest now. It looks to me like there is more diversity in what kind of businesses have opened in North Park, which makes it nicer. Those previously mentioned grocery stores are right next door in Hillcrest, with a Sprouts even closer in University Heights, and some new granola grocery store just opened in Mission Hills. They’re all close to North Park. A year ago, rental prices were better in North Park than in Hillcrest; I don’t know if that’s changed.

University Heights is improving too, but some people are being priced-out there now. That’s what happens with gentrification. Long-term residents are displaced by rising prices, often forced out when property-owners start making improvements and then jack the rates too high for those people to stay or move back in. The prices were better than in Hillcrest, but I don’t know if that is still the case.

I don’t know anything about Mission Hills, other than it is right next to Hillcrest.

Bankers Hill is okay, and considered nice, but it, too, is more expensive for what one receives.

If I were going to stay in that part of San Diego, I’d look into living in South Park. It has a cute little neighborhood vibe to it and it is improving (gentrification), so the rental prices are still better at this point, yet it is being fixed up and drawing a positive citizenry. Like the afore mentioned neighborhoods, it is close to downtown so it’s an inexpensive Uber ride downtown for whatever fun is going on there. We go downtown that way so we don’t have to deal with parking; we find it much more relaxing and inviting to do it that way so we do it more than we would if we took our own car.

North Pacific Beach is nice, but more expensive, with few rentals. The other parts of Pacific Beach are more affordable but somewhat trashier and has tourist and youthful partying issues. How attractive or unattractive the tourists and partying are to a person is dependent on individual needs and personality.

I like Bird Rock a lot, and would move there in a heartbeat, but it is hard to find anything to rent there. There just isn’t that much available.

I don’t know about Mission Beach other than it is really a beach neighborhood, at flat sea-level, with a lot of tourists and the usual downsides to rental buildings next to the beach. It doesn’t look gentrified when I drive through it on the main drag, but it does have a lot of little retail and cafe businesses, and kind of a cool, funky feel to it. What it would be like to actually live there, though, I don’t know.

UTC has oceans of condo/apartment complexes. They all look much the same and are run by the big property-management companies. For convenience and price, I’ve tried to make myself like the area, but I don’t. Every time I’ve home hunted in that area, it has depressed me. There are a lot of students there though, and when I was in my 20s, I wouldn’t have cared about the things I care about now, like living on heavily traveled multi-lane streets, whether I can hear my neighbors, or how generically boring an apartment is. One can get more space for the dollar renting in the UTC area.

Kensington is a neighborhood of gorgeous old homes, far fewer rentals, and is pretty expensive because folks with money live there. It sure is beautiful though. I drool over those properties I’ll never have a prayer of living in!

In the suburbs (like toward and at Scripps Ranch and Carmel Valley, for example) one will find more oceans of generic condo and apartment complexes. Again, more space for the money. For me, though, it is boring in the burbs, with nothing nearby but a fancy strip mall. Unless one lives in a place next to the strip mall with the grocery store, maybe a restaurant or two, and perhaps a salon one likes, it isn’t walkable, but requires transportation. To go anywhere besides the closest strip mall requires transportation and is a real outing, not just running to the store real quick. I’ve chosen to get less for my money to live in the urban environment.

There are nice, small towns north of La Jolla (such as Del Mar, Solano Beach, and Encinitas) but they are relatively expensive since they are popular with the monied young families, and if a person works in San Diego, the commute can be a real negative. Anywhere near Del Mar, one will have to deal with traffic from the racetrack, too.

Those are all the neighborhoods I know at least a little about. There are quite a few more I know nothing about.

San Diego is a spread out city of hills and canyons, requiring a car to travel all the interconnecting highways. That, too, is a consideration when deciding where to live and what it is worth to live close to a job.

Good luck to you!

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Old 10-09-2017, 12:39 PM
Location: San Diego
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I agree with Cuitr on there North PB suggestion check out BirdRock neighborhood. Its chill not the young PB crowd. Its also not as crazy with traffic. I consider that area a hidden gem for living by the water.
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Old 10-14-2017, 05:08 AM
Location: socal
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Originally Posted by 49erfan916 View Post

Exactly. I have a nice home in California and I manage to live quite well with $3,400 take home. I'm upping my budget by 600 and my housing cost will stay pretty much the same. And I'm not including any passive income that I may realize.

Where do you live??? My take home is a little over 4K, I live in la and struggling haha. I live in a 1 bedroom.
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Old 10-14-2017, 06:47 AM
Location: San Diego
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> UTC has oceans of condo/apartment complexes. They all look much the same and are run by the big property-management companies.

Someone on here referred to the UTC as 'condo hell'. I drove thru their recently trying to follow the new trolley line. I've never seen so much multi-family residential construction packed in one small location. I'm sticking with my North PB / South La Jolla recommendation for the OP. It's a great place to live for a young professional. Close to the beach with lots of nice quiet restaurants & bars (try the French Gourmet for something really unique). Especially if you work in old La Jolla.

The young couple who clean our sfh windows run a small window cleaning business from their townhome live in South La Jolla. When they get a client cancellaton, they just grab their surf boads and walk to the beach.

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