A Complete Guide to Moving to San Diego
Why would anyone want to move to San Diego?
Have you or someone you know been considering the move to San Diego? If you want some real insight from a local San Diegan, you’ve come to the right page. It’s hard for anyone coming from any city to make a big move out of their home town so we’re going to give you a little bit of helpful info to ease you right in. San Diego is full of adventure and fun and that’s just pure fact, no sugar coating. There’s a lot to cover so we’ll just dive right in.
Some basic Information about the city:
Population: 1.3 million
Population (San Diego County): 3.3 million
Unemployment rate in San Diego: 2.8%
Median Home Price (County): $596,300 (2019)
Median Home Price (Condo): $440,000 (2019)
Median Household Income: $76,207 (County)
1. The Weather (Of Course!)
What more can you say about the weather. It’s generally perfect year round. As of this writing, it’s December 10th and it was a freezing 68 degrees outside today. How awful right? Summer months generally start around June or July and continue through October most of the time. November begins to get a bit chilly and December through April or May is between 60 to 70 degrees. Rain is usually scarce but we might have a week or two of rain during the winter months. That’s when everyone starts to panic and stay indoors. Just kidding. The weather is awesome and there’s nothing anywhere in the states like it. And humidity is pretty rare too! If you’re planning a visit or move, anytime of year is a great time. I prefer the summertime heat so we can enjoy the beach every single day and every single night.
2. Live by the Beach
San Diego is home to some of the best beaches in the country, if not the world. There are roughly two dozen beaches to visit across 70 miles of coastline. Each one is its own unique treat with its own unique features worth a visit. Whenever summer rolls around, you’ll find the freeways packed with cars flocking to the water. The beaches are jam-packed with swimmers, surfers, snorkelers and people just looking to hang out and relax. There are a lot of water sports available like kayaking, paddle-boarding, jet skiing and many more. It’s fun to just pack some food and have a picnic or walk your dog along the coastline. Some of the top beaches everyone enjoys visiting are La Jolla, Coronado, Encinitas, Del Mar, Pacific Beach, Mission Beach and Ocean Beach. There’s a reason why folks say “We live where others vacation” in San Diego.
3. The Ultimate Fun Spot for Kids
Oh man where do we start? Aside from everyone enjoying the beach, I would say there is endless amounts of fun for the kiddos in San Diego. Aside from the 90 museums located in the San Diego County area, we also have the San Diego Zoo, the San Diego Safari Park, Sea World, Mission Beach Belmont park, LEGOLand and it’s waterpark, Aquatica waterpark, SeaWorld. Don’t forget about Disneyland and Knotts Berry Farm which are only about a 1.5 hour drive away when there isn’t too much traffic. There are many more places that I’m sure are missing from the list but these quite a few great places to start.
Photo credit: https://californiathroughmylens.com/three-sisters-falls/
4. Hiking, Trails & Outdoor Living
Not only are the beaches and coastlines impressive, but the hiking and outdoors are equally beautiful. There are close to 200 different hikes or trails in the county. Here is a great list of where to get started: http://hikingsdcounty.com/hiking-trails-san-diego-county/. One of my favorite hikes is called Three Sister’s Falls which ends at a group of three gorgeous waterfalls. It’s a tough excursion but the ending is well worth the journey. Another one I enjoy is Torrey Pines which lets you hike while you enjoy the awesome views of the ocean from above. This one is a must if you’re just visiting or want to try just one trail. If you enjoy camping, there are also numerous campgrounds throughout the county including some right on the beach such as Silver Strand State Beach. You can hear the crashing waves while you sleep, it’s totally surreal.
Every majority city in the country has jobs but San Diego has an enormous diversity of jobs. The plethora of jobs come from 5 major industries: technology, health care, tourism, military and service. Just to name a few large employers in the different sectors, we have: Qualcomm, Dexcom, General Atomics, General Dynamics, NASSCO, Raytheon, Scripps Health, Kaiser Permanente, the US Navy, Intuit, Gecio and many more. The city is a great place for engineers and health care workers to find employment. Indeed.com states there are roughly close to 10,000 current job openings in San Diego County currently.
6. World Class Restaurants With A View
The San Diego restaurant scene is exploding with new and incredible restaurants opening monthly. There is something for everyone whether it comes to American, Asian, French or whatever cuisine your heart desires. We’ve got lots of dining options with incredible views of downtown or of the ocean. The Marine Room restaurant in La Jolla is practically on the sand at the beach. You can enjoy the views of crashing ocean waves against the restaurant while you dine. Duke’s La Jolla has an incredible rooftop view of the ocean on their patio. Other notable spots are George’s at the Cove and Coasterra restaurant. There’s a number of amazing steakhouses to visit that offer that fine dining experience. Little Italy is famous for a row of delicious Italian restaurants that line India St near downtown. There are just too many great places to name them all. I would start with Eater to keep up with all the awesome trendy places. Good food and great views is definitely what you can come to expect.
7. The Nightlife
San Diego nightlife is booming all year around. Thanks to the great weather and lack of snow, the bars and happenings never tend to stop. Downtown, Hillcrest, North Park, Little Italy, Convoy and other areas are full of great bars, pubs, bands, music, comedy shows, concerts and much more. The craft beer scene is one of the top in the nation and it really shines wherever you go. Just about every local restaurant, bar or club has local craft beers on tap. San Diegans really love their craft beers: stouts, hazy, IPA’s and lagers. Many of the breweries have their own tasting rooms and restaurants as well. There are also some great wine bars and cafes if you want to take it slow and easy. One of my favorite spots is in the Little Italy district called Craft and Commerce where they serve up creative cocktails and out of this world food. Definitely a must visit.
8. Everything is Close
If you’re not interested in the heading to the beach, a short drive away is the snow at Big Bear Mountain or the desert at Ocotillo Wells State recreation area. San Diegans spend their days and nights at the desert riding quads and dune buggies from sunrise to sunset. Drive out east for about 2 hours and spend some time off-roading at the dunes which is a ton of fun for all ages. Spend your weekends camping out under the stars and enjoying the company of friends and family. Otherwise, head up north about 2 hours toward Big Bear Mountain and enjoying snowboarding, sledding and skiing for a fun weekend or day trip. Bear Mountain is home to some of the best and most exciting slopes on the west coast. Cozy up in one of the thousands of cabins in the area and enjoy the snow on your own terms. Los Angeles is also just a quick 2 hour drive from San Diego and that offers up its own unique one of a kind experience. Venice Beach, Newport Beach and Orange County are just a short drive up the coast.
9. Mexican Food
This should be the number 1 reason on my list for moving to San Diego. Mexican food is the greatest comfort food ever. Tacos, burritos, enchiladas, nachos. I don’t know where to begin and where to end. The fish tacos here are amazing, fried or grilled. The “California” burrito is made up of meat, cheese, fries, sour cream, pico de gallo and deliciousness. The surf and turf is another favorite with shrimp and grilled carne asada merged into an explosion of flavor. The rolled tacos can’t be beat and neither can the adobada tacos. If you’re ever in town, you have to check out “Tacos El Gordo” and you can thank me later. If you’re feeling adventurous and want to head south of the border, check out Rosarito Beach for some lobster and tacos Mexican style.
10. The Endless Events
Looking for something fun to do? There is always something! Want to ride electric scooters through downtown or at the beach? You can do that. Enjoy running marathons or participating in walks? There are dozens of them throughout the year. There are over 90 golf courses throughout the county. Whale watching, parasailing, cruises, wineries, breweries, casinos, hiking, biking, fishing, and well you get the idea. I’d say it’s a pretty interesting place to live to say the least.
If you’re planning on moving out here anytime, give me a call and we can chat about your needs. Always available to help.