San Diego is a fabulous place to live and there are dozens of different neighborhoods that you can call home. There is a huge difference in price ranges but you can still find a home in a decent neighborhood at a price you can afford. Where you live has to be about more than price, for me the neighborhood needs to have some character, so here are some of my favorite places to live in San Diego.
Downtown has gone through some gentrification lately as it is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city. Gone are the rundown old building and there is a whole bunch of new housing being built. The neighborhood still has some great restaurants, bars, shopping and entertainment right at your doorstep. Downtown used to be pretty seedy but now the area has completely changed.
The old crumbling buildings are being turned into some hip new condos. The criminal element that once plagued downtown is gone and now it is a fantastic place to live. Young couples and singles are moving back into the neighborhood in droves and now it is one of the coolest places to live. There are a couple of different neighborhoods around downtown you should check out, Columbia, East Village, Gaslamp Quarter or near the Marina.
La Jolla is not like downtown in fact you are going to spend some cash to call this place home. With almost 10 miles of coastline on the north side of San Diego the area is filled with great beaches and it is considered one of the most prestigious in the city. While I don’t live here, I do take a drive around the area and admire the views and the mansions I can’t afford.
There is some amazing residential architecture here but you can expect price tags with 8 zeros at the end. There are some smaller beach houses that are a little more affordable but this is definitely not the cheapest neighborhood in town.
The Point Loma neighborhood is a pretty cool combination of the old and the new. You have a big selection of homes that were built back in the 20’s and 30’s along some newer upscale construction. The area is hilly and wraps around the entrance to the bay giving you some beautiful views. There is a mix of high end right alongside more affordable housing.
These are some of the more interesting places that you can check out in San Diego, come down and check them out for yourself. You may even find your dream home.
I consider myself a bit of a foodie but not exactly a snob about it, I love a good fish taco as much as I love pretentious French food. Fortunately living in San Diego there are more than enough restaurants to tickle my fancy.
Fortunately so far this year there have been a bunch of new restaurants that have opened up giving me the chance to try some great new food. If you want to do some fine dining about town then here are some great new places to try.
I told you I loved a good taco and this quiet unassuming place is a great place to get one. The owner of Tuétano Taqueria, Priscilla Curiel hails from Tijuana and a long line of restaurateurs. While the tacos are amazing the birria is to die for!
There is nothing quite as satisfying as a good Italian meal, you can head on over to Little Italy and get some better than average Italian cuisine but quite frankly none compare to Cesarina in Point Loma. You can find some great entrees from different regions of Italy and the pasta is freshly made to order. You can pick your choice of pasta and top it off with a variety of different sauces. It makes me want to go back and try them all!
Nicknamed by locals as BLAH, yes that is horrid but you will remember it. If you want great food in a casual environment, think upscale pub grub and you have got Blind Lady Ale House. You can sip a delectable craft beer while nibbling on some great thin crust pizza. This is a great place for getting together with friends for some great conversation with good food.
If you live or work downtown then you have got to check this place out. It is an amazing pizza/Italian restaurant using only locally sourced ingredients. While the pizza is famous there is a ton of other delicious dishes to try too. They make their own bread onsite so try one of the sandwiches. Prices are stupidly cheap, you can get a Margherita pizza for just $7 so you can’t go wrong. The run different specials everyday…the place is amazing!
There are no shortages of great places to dine out in San Diego and you’re probably just a stone’s throw away from some fantastic food. If you are looking for something new then give these places a try.