My boyfriend and I are moving to San Diego. We are 25 and want a safe place to live. Where should we go?

Question by LauraK: My boyfriend and I are moving to San Diego. We are 25 and want a safe place to live. Where should we go?
We will also be starting a business and his brother and wife will be moving too. So we need a business-like area and space for 2 families in a house for a year until we purchase.

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Answer by polargirl
Business-like areas I’m thinking of are Mission Valley or Downtown (none of which are safe to live, I can tell you from experience). For finding a house your best bet would be maybe more towards the 8 East (“College Area”) by SDSU, it’s pretty affordable and not too far from the San Diego hustle and bustle.

If you don’t mind a 20-30 min drive, going north to Mira Mesa, Rancho Penasquitos, Clairemont or even Escondido are generally the more ideal places to live in terms of housing families.

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2 Comments → “My boyfriend and I are moving to San Diego. We are 25 and want a safe place to live. Where should we go?”


  1. Joe C

    Oct 16, 2013

    Pacific Beach
    http://www.pps.org/great_public_spaces/one?public_place_id=766

    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 would be Pacific Beach, Tierrasanta, Clairemont, University City, and Mira Mesa. Pacific Beach is a mixture of apartments with college students and young professinals, 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 a lot of professionals. Mira Mesa has a large Asian population. Hillcrest is the center of the gay community. Mission Valley is young professionals and almost all condos. 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.


  2. zorro1701e

    Oct 16, 2013

    Laura, first off good luck wih your business, second, what type of business did you have in mind, if you are thinking surf shop, then my answers might be different then if you want to open a moutain climbing store.
    San Diego does not have too many REALLY bad places compared to Los Angeles and New York, but more dangerous than a tiny town in the midwest. I would only really avoid, Logan Heights, South East San Diego, and city heights, nothing else is THAT bad. Also, ignore people who say, “the further you move from the border, the safer you are, thats a racist thought process and very untrue.
    East lake, chula vista and bonita are really nice, and are towards the southern end of san diego, better than oceanside which is on the northern end.
    Good luck.


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