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Old 01-02-2009, 05:09 PM
 
Location: San Diego, CA (North Park)
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Hi Everyone!

Let me start out by saying, THANK YOU, for reading my post. I have seen tons of posts of people moving to the area, and I appreciate anything you have to say.

A little about us:

Well My husband and I are from ST. CLOUD, MINNESOTA and got married after high school, and it has been 5 years for us. (It doesn't feel like it though! ) Neither of us has a degree yet (I am a licensed cosmetologist but don't count that!) I work as a Photographer for Newborn babies, and my husband works for a local oil company. for the last few years our income has been just above 50,000.

We are looking to move to SD April 1st 2009, and will be coming to visit the area Mid-March. (We have never been to the area, but after 5 years passing us by we are ready for a little adventure) We are by no means wealthy but have been saving for the past year, and we have about $11,000 in savings to support our moving costs. (Great truck deal! only $800 bucks with unlimited miles, so I think the truck should only cost about $1500 for the total trek across country. Leaves us with about $9500 bucks. Does that seem like enough to get us by until we find jobs? Like I said neither of us are done with college (part of the reason to move to CA, but need to gain resedency first) what is the average hourly wage someone makes in CA? I can transfer to a hospital in the area to do my photography, but my husband will be looking for work.

Also, We currently live in a 2bed/1bath apartment with tile, Faux hardwood, washer/dryer, ac, fireplace etc... its nice. rent with garage is $765 (great deal I know.) Anyways we know the area is much more expensive and we are looking for a 1bed/1bath apartment hopefully with a washer dryer, fridge, stove, and AC. We can afford about $1200 tops. (I don't want to get over our heads right away anyways!) The area's I am looking at are Pacific Beach, OB, Downtown, Point Loma and La Jolla. I've been looking on craigslist (heard lots of ads are scams on there) and was wondering if you could give me some insight on a few apartment complexes in those areas that might work well for us!

SORRY for the long post, I know I am probably not asking everything I need to, but I can add later!
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Old 01-02-2009, 05:18 PM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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If I were in your situ, I would be looking for something much less than $1200. There are reasonable places downtown that go for $700-$800 Studio (no kids, just starting out, right?) and $900-$1050 for a one bedroom (would even consider if I had a small child).

Either that or save up more money or try to line up a job before moving. Good Luck!

Last edited by MrNiceGuy06; 01-02-2009 at 05:30 PM..
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Old 01-02-2009, 05:25 PM
 
Location: San Diego, CA (North Park)
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What downtown areas? I would be interested in a 1 bedroom, I think a studio is far too small for us, unless it has a Loft Layout...

Also, assuming we make 50 here... I would assume we would make a bit more in Cali? Shell Corp is located in SD somewhere's and that might be a good possibilty for my husband. I on the other hand if the hospitals aren't paying well I also have alot of Outside Sales Experience with a beauty distributor (Like Paul Mitchell, L'Oreal etc) I could qualify for jobs like that as well... We have also learned to live on a budget....

How much are utilties for an apartment average?
Elec
Water
Sewage
Gas
Cable/Internet -OPTIONAL

Neither of us really drink, so partyin' isn't our thing, only on the bigger occasions, we are happy hanging out at home, or driving around checkin out the area, we like to do the free things....
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Old 01-02-2009, 05:29 PM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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I've found places in that range in Banker's Hill, North Park, South Park, Golden Hill, Hillcrest, East Village, Little Italy...

Haven't moved there yet, so I can't answer the utilities question.
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Old 01-02-2009, 06:18 PM
 
Location: San Diego, CA (North Park)
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Hey people, me again... Just wanted to also ask what else there is to do in San Diego besides the beach? I know there are a few sports teams and seaworld in the area... but what else? Is there a decent music scene? I like all sorts of music, I've seen concerts from Teenie bopper Tyler Hilton, to stuff like Disturbed, Eminem, Ludacris, Opiate for the Masses, Pepper (I LOVE PEPPER!)... My IPOD is primarily Indie stuff most people here in central Minnesota don't listen to (here we have hardcore rap lovers and country folks.) I heard there isn't much for MAJOR concert venues but I like smaller venues...
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Old 01-02-2009, 06:41 PM
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Hey people, me again... Just wanted to also ask what else there is to do in San Diego besides the beach? I know there are a few sports teams and seaworld in the area... but what else? Is there a decent music scene? I like all sorts of music, I've seen concerts from Teenie bopper Tyler Hilton, to stuff like Disturbed, Eminem, Ludacris, Opiate for the Masses, Pepper (I LOVE PEPPER!)... My IPOD is primarily Indie stuff most people here in central Minnesota don't listen to (here we have hardcore rap lovers and country folks.) I heard there isn't much for MAJOR concert venues but I like smaller venues...
The only major venues are probably Cricket Wireless Amphitheater (was Coors Amphitheater) and the San Diego Sports Arena (was Ipay1 arena). You can look at the websites for the performer lists. Many small local venues, House of Blues, 4th & B, Casbah, Belly Up, etc... There are also Indian casinos that have performers.

There are large numbers of hiking trails for walking, biking, and horses. Also a few lakes for boating and kayaking, in addition to boating in the ocean. Although Balboa Park is the major non-water event area, it's where the zoo is.

Balboa Park
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Old 01-02-2009, 06:50 PM
 
Location: San Diego, CA (North Park)
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Thanks so much f_m for the imput! We are definatley the type to do cheaper activities as we like to live in a "nicer" apartment. Oh well!

Do you think 1000-1200 monthly is enough for a 1bed/1bath in the SD area? I would like to be somewhat near the coast, I don't mind a drive into Downtown when needed. Some cities I've been looking at are on my first post. We've never been to SD, I've been to LA and San Fran, But I think SD is more like Hawaii on the mainland and well... thats my favorite place on earth... if I could sell coconuts I'd be set...
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Old 01-02-2009, 06:57 PM
 
Location: San Diego, CA (North Park)
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Also, I heard community college is resonably cheap for cali residents, is this true? We are married with no kids so basically we get screwed for financial aid, scholarships... even taxes obviously...
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Old 01-02-2009, 08:17 PM
 
Location: Tijuana Exurbs
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How much are utilties for an apartment average?
Elec
Water
Sewage
Gas
Cable/Internet -OPTIONAL
Assuming you have natural gas water heater and stove, and possibly a natural gas clothes dryer your gas and electric will probably run in the $45-$70 range per month, possibly a bit more if you end up living inland where the summer temps can reach 100.

Water & Sewer. It has been my experience that Water and Sewer are paid by the landlord. It's possible that newer apartment complexes have individually metered water. If that ends up being the case, in an apartment with no landscaping to irrigate, you will probably end up paying $40/month - billed bimonthly or $80 ever other month

Cable/Internet - As low as $72/month. Most people probably upgrade to the Cable/Internet/Phone package for $99/month

Regarding apartments, also add Mission Valley to your list. Not exactly my type of place because it's auto-sprawlish, but the buildings are new with in unit W/D, (most older apartments don't have W/D - and some don't even have a laundry room in the building.) Also, it's centrally located, and at this point you don't know where you're going to be working. That being said, you should definitely consider some of the older apartments in some areas like North Park, Normal Heights, and Clairemont. Older apartments are, well older, but they are also substantially cheaper, and again, you don't know what your job prospects are going to be here.

Personally, I would rule out Point Loma and OB. Because of their locations they are rather difficult to get into and out of, and as of right now you don't know your work locations. Also, because you don't know how much you will be earning, why go for the more expensive locations off the bat. La Jolla falls under that umbrella as well, and probably Pacific Beach. It's just that in the current economy, you might fare well, or you could be in for a long job hunt. It's difficult to tell. You can always upgrade to a nicer apartment later, or you might save your money and buy a house in the next couple of years. Prices are way down. 2010 and 2011 will still be excellent times to be house/condo buyers.
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Old 01-03-2009, 11:48 AM
 
Location: southwest michigan
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To add to the inland utility costs, our highest electric bill (this is *just* electric) during the hottest month of the summer was almost $200!!!. We still had to pay water/gas/trash/satellite/internet on top of that. We have a 2 bedroom apt that's a little over 1000 sf inland, so coastal temps will be much lower....but of course, coastal rents will be much higher. Pick your poison !
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