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Old 02-04-2009, 12:00 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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We came here a year before actually moving and narrowed down the area where we want to live. We then found different complexes in this area online and had a friend that lives down the street check the place out. She sent us pictures, told us about the area, and we went through the whole rental process through the phone and online, without actually seeing the place until we moved here. We love the area and couldn't be happier with our choice. If you narrow down the area and are familiar with it, I wouldn't hesitate to rent before you see. It worked well for us.
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Old 02-04-2009, 02:09 PM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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I wouldn't do it.

Example: I was apartment hunting this past summer. Found a lovely apartment in Mission Hills that looked great online and the neighborhood was pretty decent. I was ready to put a deposit down as soon as I saw the neighborhood and saw the outside of the apartment. I was glad I checked out the inside because the entire apartment smelled like cat pee and feces. It was disgusting!

I know it isn't easy for you to check out apartments yourself, but be very aware of issues like this!
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Old 02-04-2009, 07:30 PM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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I think it depends on where you are looking. I don't think you can go very wrong if you find something in the Mission/Fashion Valley area. However, I wouldn't rent w/at least pictures and reviews.

I've been to about 30-40 apartment complexes all around San Diego in the last week, so if there's something you're looking for, I'm sure I'd be able to voice my opinion.

BTW, San Diego is all I dreamed of and more! I absolutely love this place.
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Old 02-07-2009, 09:01 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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I think it depends on where you are looking. I don't think you can go very wrong if you find something in the Mission/Fashion Valley area. However, I wouldn't rent w/at least pictures and reviews.

BTW, San Diego is all I dreamed of and more! I absolutely love this place.

Yep! I love my Mission Valley!
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Old 02-08-2009, 09:42 AM
 
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Indeed it has,worst job market since the Great Depression. I am getting horrific stories of how hard it is to get even a low paying job.For example an ad was placed for a receptionist for 20,000 a yr. The following morning there were 300 emails people interested in the job, most all overqualified.
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Old 02-08-2009, 03:05 PM
 
Location: Walpole, MA
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LucyLuc... That post was irrelevant to this thread. I just went through all of your recents postings and it looks like all you do is Rant about everything & anything like you are some expert in the field. Of course the econonmy is bad & jobs are hard to find(thanks for the info).... but you have no way of knowing exactly how many people are going to job interviews unless you wait outside & count. I highly doubt you are doing that. Your posts are very negative & misleading. Good Luck with that!
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Old 02-08-2009, 10:13 PM
 
Location: Norm. Heights
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I wouldn't do it. My husband and I moved here 7 months ago, and after trying to find an apartment from 2,000 miles away we gave up. No apartment place seems to pick up their phones or call you back. (We did have a few places call us back 2 MONTHS later however..) Let me just say it's very hard to get apt. places to rent to you if you are moving. Mostly because even if you have a job lined up here you are just starting which means your work history with that new company sucks. We moved here and ended up burning $1,000 a week at a extended stay hotel just because apartments would not rent to us for $1,200 a month because my husband had a job lined up and so he had no work history at the new job..they wanted us to put down $8,000 for a deposit at one place to make up for the lack of work history at the new place. Um..no! Finally we got a place for $1,400 a month and it's the dump. We were desperate and tired of living in a dirty motel. Now we live in a slummy apt, with the tub that was stopped up for 2 months, the drain that is stopped up since we moved in over 6months ago, bugs..with a slum lord. It was that or burn through our savings to stay at a motel until someone would rent to us. I hope the best for you..might be easier to rent from someone who has a house over an apt complex, but then you have to worry about scammers or showing up and it's rented out!
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Old 02-09-2009, 08:17 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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I wouldn't do it. My husband and I moved here 7 months ago, and after trying to find an apartment from 2,000 miles away we gave up. No apartment place seems to pick up their phones or call you back. (We did have a few places call us back 2 MONTHS later however..) Let me just say it's very hard to get apt. places to rent to you if you are moving. Mostly because even if you have a job lined up here you are just starting which means your work history with that new company sucks. We moved here and ended up burning $1,000 a week at a extended stay hotel just because apartments would not rent to us for $1,200 a month because my husband had a job lined up and so he had no work history at the new job..they wanted us to put down $8,000 for a deposit at one place to make up for the lack of work history at the new place. Um..no! Finally we got a place for $1,400 a month and it's the dump. We were desperate and tired of living in a dirty motel. Now we live in a slummy apt, with the tub that was stopped up for 2 months, the drain that is stopped up since we moved in over 6months ago, bugs..with a slum lord. It was that or burn through our savings to stay at a motel until someone would rent to us. I hope the best for you..might be easier to rent from someone who has a house over an apt complex, but then you have to worry about scammers or showing up and it's rented out!
Not all places are like that. My boyfriend and I found tons of apartments that would call us back and the one we're in now is amazing. We relied on pictures and it did help that we had a friend that had seen these before. I think it's all in where you look. Sure there are some crummy places where people won't call you back but it doesnt mean that they're not going to be able to find something decent. You just have to stay positive and keep trying. My boyfriend secured his job of course and I had a job lined up but that didn't stop us from being able to get the place we wanted. I think you just have to work extra hard for what you want.
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Old 02-09-2009, 06:18 PM
 
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We are also looking for an apartment, and like you, Ekeaney7, we are vegans!!!!

We have been searching at craiglist, at the online newspaper and different web sites for apartment search. It's hard, though, but it's not impossible.

The good part is that I will travel to SD by the end of this month and visit the apartments that we like more and rent.
We will travel with our 2 cats, so a hotel for a week or so, doesn't work.

MrNiceGuy06, is any of this complexes around Ocean Beach, Pacific Beach, Mission Beach, Hillcrest, Bay Park, Talmadge? and... pet friendly and not very expensive? 1b/1b, less than $1000/m.


Thanks!
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Old 02-09-2009, 07:09 PM
 
Location: Southern Utah (by way of So. California)
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I know San Diego very well and still wouldn't rent a place sight unseen. One of the "issues" is that when someone says Hillcrest, for example, they often mean near Hillcrest. Ocean Beach has some nice homes with yards, but also has very tiny cottages, so be warned. Neither area has huge apartment complexes (with brochures and on-site managers) like the ones in Mission Valley mentioned earlier, which makes it extra tough. I would try to pull the cash together for at least one of you to fly out, hook up with a real estate agent and pick up a copy of The Reader (great apt./home rental listings). If you see and like a place, go back there at 10pm and see what the area is like on a weekend night. There is an extended stay place just north of Hillcrest (along I-8) that might serve as a good starting point to make a truly informed decision.
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