Q&A: Where is the best place in Southern CA (near SD) to live?

Question by alisha09088: Where is the best place in Southern CA (near SD) to live?
I’m planning to move out to southern California at the end of this summer, but i’m having a hard time finding a suitable apartment in a safe city. I would like people’s thoughts and experience.
Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks!!

Best answer:

Answer by Joe C
Check out Pacific Beach. It’s a mixture of apartments with college students and young professionals, and single family homes. It’s bordered by Mission Bay, La Jolla, and the Pacific Ocean. It’s like a small city within the city. If you can afford it, it’s one of the best places to live in the city. It also has a great nightlife with lots of restaurants and bars along Garnet Ave.

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 (I-5 if you can afford it).

There are several beach communities along the north county coast that are all great places to live
(Del Mar, Lucadia, Encinitas, Solana Beach, Carlsbad)

Go to these sites for more info

BTW 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. 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.

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