Moving from NJ to San Diego? What neighborhood is best to live in?

Question by David: Moving from NJ to San Diego? What neighborhood is best to live in?
My wife and I are moving out to San Diego next year and want to know what neighborhood is best to live in. Thanks for the help.

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Answer by Joe C
Here is a quick summary of some of the areas in the city of San Diego. La Jolla and Scripps Ranch are upscale and wealthy. The nice middle class areas of town are Pacific Beach, Tierrasanta, Clairemont, University City, and Mira Mesa. Pacific Beach is a mixture of apartments with college students and young professionals, and single family homes. If you can afford it, it’s one of the best places to live in the city. University City is near La Jolla and UCSD and is mostly upscale professionals. Clairemont is middle class single family homes and has a lot of military families living there. Mira Mesa has a large Asian population. Hillcrest is the center of the gay community. Mission Valley is young professionals and almost all condos and apartments. Ocean Beach is a lot of druggies, hippies, and beach bums. Mission Beach is the seasonal rental party animal types. Point Loma is a lot of retired military. The College Area is near San Diego State on the eastern edge of the city. Linda Vista is lower middle class and ethnically mixed.
http://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/neighborhoods/pacific-beach/

In general, the farther south you go (closer to the border), the lower the property values. IMO you want to live north of I-8 and west of I-15.

There are several beach communities along the north county coast that are great places to live. A lot of San Diego commutes from there.
http://www.beachcalifornia.com/encinit.html

There are also nice bedroom communities along the I-15 corridor, such as Poway, Ranch Penasquitos and Rancho Bernardo.

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