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.
San Diego is a great town with lots of things to do, beautiful weather and some incredible sights. But like many Southern California cities San Diego can be pricey. Don’t despair there are still plenty of things to do that will cost little or nothing. Having fun without spending a penny in San Diego is easier than you think, here are some things to do.
Southern California is all about the beaches and San Diego has miles and miles of beautiful coastline with some incredible beaches. Surfing is a culture of its own here but if catching some waves is not your thing then just sit back and enjoy the sun.
You can’t come to San Diego and skip over a visit to downtown and the Gaslamp Quarter. It is a historic neighborhood downtown and you can find a ton of pubs, great restaurant, theaters, shopping and plenty of Victorian architecture to look at. Grab a cup of coffee and an outside table and just soak up the atmosphere.
In the summer months there are a ton of outdoor concerts happening almost every night. Spreckels Organ Pavillion has free concerts every night throughout the summer from 2-3pm as well as Monday nights. You can also find concerts at Chula Vista Music in the Park, Del Mar Summer Concert Series, Concerts by the Sea and at least a dozen more. There will be something to suit your tastes.
There are a couple of different museums in Balboa Park and one of them is free to the public on one Tuesday of each month. Check out the schedule for your favorite museum. You can check out the Model Railroad Museum, Natural History Museum, The Museum of Man and a whole bunch more. Every Tuesday you can experience some different culture and it something fun to do with the kids. Here are some of the best museums in San Diego.
You can take a free tour of Balboa Park every day, the tours leave from the visitor’s center. The tours have different themes from park history to desert vegetation. The tours leave at various times so make sure that you check the schedule so you don’t miss it.
There are a ton of other things to do when you hit San Diego that won’t cost you a fortune, hit up Oldtown or the Seaport as well. If all else fails the beach is also the perfect getaway.
Sundays tend to be lazy days for me, I don’t want to do any work nor do I want to think too hard. At the same time San Diego has spectacular weather that I want to get out and enjoy. I usually hit up one of the amazing parks that are in and around town. If you are looking for things to do on a lazy Sunday afternoon then here is a cool way to pass the afternoon.
Balboa Park is the most famous park in the city, it has open spaces, spectacular gardens, walking trails and areas that are ripe with natural vegetation. Here is where you will find the San Diego Zoo, a handful of museums and theaters. You can always find something to do here to occupy a Sunday afternoon. Sometimes I head over to one of the museums but more often than not I just wander around and enjoy the sights.
If you want to see some amazing views of the city skyline with the mountains in the backdrop then you really need to check out the Cabrillo National Monument. It sits on the cliffs of the Pt Loma peninsula and you can visit the statue of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo the Portuguese explorer who discovered the area way back in 1542. You can take some great selfies here with the mountains and the city behind you.
Mission Bay Park is a personal favorite of mine, Balboa Park can be crowded and there isn’t much walking to do at Cabrillo so I head over to Mission Bay Park and hit the walking trails. With more than 27 miles of shoreline I can either hit the beach and relax for the day or watch the yachts sailing around. Mission Bay is a great place to bring the family there are bike trails too as well as a giant playground for the kids. You can pack a lunch and spend a lazy Sunday here.
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Lastly we come to this park and it too is one of my favorites. You have some amazing views and lots of nature. This park can get crowded with lots of families here enjoying a sunny day. I also love coming here at night it is a great place to lay back and see the stars. San Diego has plenty of ways to pass a Sunday afternoon, you just have to get out and enjoy some sunshine.