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Old 08-07-2009, 07:48 AM
 
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Recently went on a business trip to San Diego- loved it! I know nothing can compare to San Diego, especially its weather, but is there any city on the east coast similar to SD in terms of geography, lifestyle, people, ambiance, etc.?
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Old 08-07-2009, 08:35 AM
 
Location: Town of Herndon/DC Metro
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No, absolutely not. Dying to go back home from the East Coast because there is nothing like SD. Thats why SD is so expensive.
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Old 08-07-2009, 05:24 PM
 
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I figured this would be a tough one!
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Old 08-07-2009, 06:54 PM
 
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Well, climate-wise, absolutely not. But there is more to your question, I think.

If you are talking about a similar vibe, or perhaps a city that is more relaxed than its neighbors...(as San Diego is to L.A.) there may be a few candidates.

For example, Norfolk-Virginia Beach is more laid-back than Richmond, or the DC metro. Plus it's near water. Providence, RI isn't all that far from NYC or Boston, but has a different vibe. And just about any metro in South Carolina feels much different from Atlanta. Just some thought-starters here...
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Old 08-07-2009, 06:59 PM
 
Location: Lower East Side, Milwaukee, WI
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Miami?
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Old 08-07-2009, 07:52 PM
 
Location: Midwest
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East coast, ummm... maybe Boston.
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Old 08-07-2009, 09:29 PM
 
Location: New York
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I think Fort Lauderdale, FL or Myrtle Beach, SC because they look similar to San Diego (minus the mountains). Weather may be one of the biggest issues because the entire East Coast is probably hotter than San Diego during the Summer but a lot of it is cooler in the Winter, the overall water temp on the East Coast is warmer than the West Coast. There are other factors as well.
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Old 08-07-2009, 10:14 PM
 
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Recently went on a business trip to San Diego- loved it! I know nothing can compare to San Diego, especially its weather, but is there any city on the east coast similar to SD in terms of geography, lifestyle, people, ambiance, etc.?
San Diego is nice for a vacation or retirement, but to live there and work is a different story. If you have to work you're better off living in another city and you just vacation once in a while in SD. Unless you're one of the lucky ones who has a cush high paying job in SD.
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Old 08-08-2009, 05:58 AM
 
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San Diego is nice for a vacation or retirement, but to live there and work is a different story. If you have to work you're better off living in another city and you just vacation once in a while in SD. Unless you're one of the lucky ones who has a cush high paying job in SD.
The nature of my work requires me to travel, but I really liked San Diego-it became a favorite. From what your saying, career wise it may not be the best place but for a vacation it scores better. Also, from you screen name it seems like your in the DC area? How is living in that area, I was there in July.
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Old 08-08-2009, 08:08 PM
 
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The nature of my work requires me to travel, but I really liked San Diego-it became a favorite. From what your saying, career wise it may not be the best place but for a vacation it scores better. Also, from you screen name it seems like your in the DC area? How is living in that area, I was there in July.
gmagg, I moved from the SF Bay Area to the DC area. I relocated to the DC area becuase of a job opportunity. I really like it here and I always feel comfortable abouting finding other opportunities in case my current job goes out. The best part of the DC area is:

1. the career opportunities. There are a lot of jobs here - and if one is filled today it will be available tomorrow because someone took another job opportunity.
2. I love the diversity. They Bay Area is pretty diverse, but DC metro I think is even more diverse because you will meet people from all over the world - and not just a few minority groups. There are people here from just about every country in the world.
3. Closness to so many other big cities - Baltimore is 30 minutes away. Philly is 2 hours away. Atlantic City another 2.5 hours away. NYC 4 hours away. And other places like Richmond, Williamsburg, VA Beach, Myrtle Beach, Harpers Ferry, and the list goes on and on.
4. The beach and mountains - each about 2 hours away. Unless you live in a far suburb, then you could be 30 minutes from the mountains, and an hour from the ocean. The Chesapeake Bay is next door, but I don't consider that the ocean.
5. DC - DC is awesome. There are so many things to do and see. There are lists of events to go and see each week. You will not be bored with DC. The nightlife is awesome. I hear 10 or 20 years ago it was just Georgetown. But now you have Adams Morgan, Dupont Circle, U Street, Chinatown/Gallery Place, of course Georgetown, and a bunch of other places as well as upcoming areas. And you also have a ton of other stuff to do in the burbs which are as urban as a lot of big cities.

The biggest drawback to the area is the cost of living and the traffic. Housing is expensive, and the traffic really sux if you live farther from the city. The month of August is the least traffic, but other months can be pretty much gridlock.

I also love San Diego. I think it's the closest thing to Hawaii in the mainland. But as I mentioned, if you're in the working world, it can be a tough place to live because of the lack of careet ops.

Where do you currently reside?
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