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Old 11-07-2019, 09:16 AM
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Hi, we're moving from Tokyo and are used to living in a big city. I've read a lot of the threads and understand San Diego is not like SF, Chicago, NY (or Tokyo) but we don't want to live in the suburbs. We like being about to walk out our door and walk to local parks, restaurants, etc. My husband is going to commute to his work up by Del Mar.
We've read about both "the Marina" area and Banker Hill. Any recommendations on either of the two? We want something (relatively! I know it's all relative) safe, has great restaurants within walking distance, parks etc? We are in our late 40's.
Thank you!
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Old 11-07-2019, 11:01 AM
Location: Talmadge, San Diego, CA
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What's your rental budget?
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Old 11-08-2019, 03:57 AM
Location: San Diego
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I'd go with the Marina area or Little Italy. They are only 1/2 mile apart.


Little Italy

Your husband will have about a 20 mile commute due north on I-5. His commute time will depend on his time of travel.
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Old 11-08-2019, 01:25 PM
Location: South Park, San Diego
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San Diego downtown core is very compact with each of its eight (I include Barrio Logan) neighborhoods tidily encircled by a canted oblong roughly one mile wide by not quite three miles long, meaning just about everything except its extents are less than a mile from each other. Areas and neighborhoods within or directly adjacent should be judged by how much of their amenities and qualities -negative and positive- you value to experience everyday within walking distance about you as opposed to those you value, (and judge), and experience less frequently.

So the Marina benefits by its always improving waterfront and directly adjacent Little Italy, Gas Lamp location but also suffers by its more generic offices, businesses, residential towers and a heavily tourist and homeless impacted environment. Bankers Hill, directly abutting downtown to its north benefits by its more pedestrian scale business blocks, (Hillcrest) corridor upscale "towers" along with small apartment buildings, mansions and cottages, finger canyons served by whimsical bridges and the city's Jewel, Balboa Park- and suffers from definitely not city feeling, airport & traffic noise and being somewhat disjointed, sleepy and a bit scruffy.

All the other downtown and surrounding core neighborhoods could by equally described just with varying levels of each of these qualities and a few more of their unique ones thrown in, right?

We take walks downtown frequently and throughly enjoy its urban environment but are happier to have a quieter neighborhood and garden everyday. Coming from Tokyo nothing in San Diego is going to feel particularly urban but downtown at least will try, most everything surrounding it is almost exclusively low dense and suburban feeling.

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