Post # 1
I need your help! As I stated before, I am moving to San Diego in a month. I’m going to look at apartments early next week. San Diego is so big, that i don’t know where to begin. That’s where I need your help. My FH will be stationed at Point Loma. We will not be living in military housing. We’d like to live 20-30 minutes away from base in an affordable area. I’ve heard traffic is really bad, but I’m hoping that won’t be a problem with his early hours. I’ve applied for positions in Encinitas and Vista. I’ve been told to stay west of the freeway. But I don’t know what that means. Could you locals help me with some reasonable areas to look into, and maybe some areas to completely avoid. I would appreciate any and all your help. Thank you, thank you!
Post # 3
Welcome to SD. I am a former San Diego native now living in Baton Rouge, LA. I would recommend SD craigslist and the San Diego Reader for your apartment hunt and there are several big "apartment finder type" free mags. I think in your budget will be the biggest constraint, housing is quite pricey. In general, the closer to the coast the higher the price, so you may want to look inland. Vista (my former hometown) is at the upper end of the county and might be a bit of a commute. Escondido is quite cheap but has some rough areas. Try http://www.arjis.org/ARJISHome/tabid/36/Default.aspx toward the bottom has crime maps for all areas. That helped me. I guess I would say west of the freeway maybe encinitas or ocean beach. Inland – mission hills, hillcrest, maybe north park. Hope that helps 🙂
Post # 4
I agree with Amethyst that craiglist is a great place to look. Also ~ I’m a teacher in inland North County and I love it … however if your FI is going to be in point loma, you may want your home base to be a little more south, in the city of san diego. If you end up getting a job in north county, you’ll be opposite traffic ~ so it won’t be too too bad. I would look around the 163 so you can easily cut to the 15 if your need to. You can get great deals in Hillcrest, North Park and even the older parts of mission valley. Good luck on the home & job front! 🙂
Post # 5
Thank you so far ladies. Keep the advice coming.
Post # 6
Hi kurlynut- what exactly are you looking for? Apartment? House? Condo? What kind of community are you looking for- do you want something that is quiet and suburban, or vibrant and more urban? San Diego is really diverse!
Check out Mission Valley! I just got a 2 bed-2 bath apartment there for a very reasonable price, and I find the location of Mission Valley to be really central to most things in San Diego. Mapquest puts it at about 20 minutes from Point Loma. Mission Valley is largely a retail area but I personally spend a lot of time there and really like the area.
If you like the beach, look into Pacific Beach. It’s kind of offbeat and has a really fun community, and just kind of has this beach bum type feel to it (it also should be relatively affordable).
To "stay west of the freeway" is pretty vague…they probably mean to stay west of the 5, but if you’re working in Vista or Encinitas and living south of there, chances are you’ll have to take either the 5 or 15 to get to work anyway, so I’m not sure how that’s helpful.
I have a friend who lives in the South Park/Golden Hill area (on a map, it would be close to downtown san diego but a little to the east, I think) and loves it. She claims that it’s a really diverse community with some old, some young, some families, some professionals, some artists and has a nice mix of people with cool shops and restaurants.
I’ve spent my entire life in San Diego, feel free to PM me if you have any questions as well.
Post # 7
South Park/ Golden Hill is definitely a cute area and very diverse. It’s semi-walkable too! They have really affordable apartments there.