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Good - 12/27/2021
Visited San Diego a few times and loved everything about it.

Everything I hate about LA is absent in San Diego. The traffic, the 60k homeless population, the desertous feel, the stressful pace of life… Quality of like seemed much better there.

Four stars as it is an expensive city.
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my how things change! - 9/30/2021
I originally lived in SD from April 2014 to November 2016, moved from Denver. For what I paid in mortgage payments in Denver I was able to afford a tiny studio downtown in Cortez Hill, in a complex that looked like it used to be an old hotel that they transformed into apartments. During that time it was super fun, in a sketchy kind of way. I made friends easily by joining sports leagues, gyms, and social events. Most of it revolved heavily around alcohol, and later legal/illegal narcotics. There was a big cocaine problem in the young adult social scene. Lots of my friends would party for entire weekends with no sleep. Even so, I did many fun events and moved to Golden Hill where I rented a Studio apt built in 1910 for $950 per month. Again, very novel! Cheap rent, close beaches, cool bars, people to hang out with, and lots of young attractive women everywhere! I just moved back here a month ago to see if I could pick up from where I left off and man is it disappointing. The $950 Read More

Get three jobs and tell your social life good bye - 8/22/2021
Lived in different SD suburbs for 20 years. Every positive thing about SD is true, BUT, the high cost of living makes me move away. As a single income houshold, behold if you have kids, living here is unaffordable. Here in Escondido, 30mi from down town, 1br apartments are going for $2k and 3br for $3,5k. And believe it, people pay it. Why. Because there is not much else out there. You might get a getto apartment 1br for $1,4k, but then you better carry a gun (oops, not allowed in Cali).
I love it here, and don't like to leave, but I don't have a choice. Many people have 3 jobs to get by. Social life? You won't have a social life because you will be working for your apartment.
If you are rich, San Diego is your paradise if you like warm weather.
Single average salaries are not cutting Read More

Stick with Los Angeles - 8/8/2021
I grew up in San Diego & moved back here in 2004 after an 11-year absence. I had a successful career as an engineer here. The weather certainly beats that of Seattle, but I tend to believe there was a high price for it. I don't mean real estate. Culturally, San Diego is a provincial place full of small-minded people. You'll be lucky to find conversation on any but the most trivial topics. Nor do we compensate for that with much friendliness.

If you enjoy southern California, you are better off with Los Angeles, where, at least, people are trying to do something big with their lives (actresses, directors, screenwriters). The night life in L.A. is also livelier & more permissive. Or stick with some welcoming place like Texas, where you can talk to a stranger in a grocery store without getting a frown Read More

Tl;dr: San Diegans don’t seem to know how to smile - 8/6/2021
I lived in San Diego in 2016. I left ASAP, and haven’t looked back (by choice, anyway). My company in L.A. still sent me back to SD on occasion for work before I moved to Texas.

Let's just say, I'm a much bigger fan of most of the rest of California, and most of the rest of the West, than I am of a self-overrated bubble of a giant city which still thinks it's a small town. Basically, own up to being a metropolis (e.g., LA/OC, SF Bay Area, Phoenix, Las Vegas), or be the best version of a smaller city you can be (e.g., Wasatch Front cities, St. George, Boise); San Diego does neither, in my view.

I'll start with the positives of SD:
- SD is a safe metropolis, even by international standards, let alone American standards - even with the homeless challenges that city is facing today. Apart from a few areas along the 805 Freeway, and some side streets in Barrio Logan and San Ysidro at night, I’ve felt as safe in SD as I do in many places in Europe (still Read More

July, Aug. and September if you want beach weather - 7/19/2021
I have lived here on and off for many years. I have enjoyed living in other cities much better. San Diego is ok, and the weather yes is moderate. The ocean is cold and the city is very dirty lots of trash and many many homeless that are very aggressive. Downtown is just bars and urine. Not a real city, the suburbs are clean and neat and safe. I think if you are just wanting to check out Ca. great ! But I am excited to move out of here again. And yes it can be affordable depends what part of SD you decide to live and with a dual income not a big deal. Also if you are willing to pay the highest taxes for well, nothing.  Read More

San Diego, the America's Finest City - 6/17/2021
San Diego, CA (the SoCal area) is undoubtedly the "America's Finest City."
I've lived in the city since 1979, worked and retired in the Navy and the federal government (FAA). I own a very nice home in a safe well-planned community. I've also live in SF Bay area and my aerospace job moved me to the Boeing-Pacific Northwest (Seattle) for several years in cold, rainy and smoky environment from seasonal fires and now with my DoD job at the nation’s capital (DC/VA/MD), with its great museums and long walks. All are nice cities to live and plenty of things to do but nothing like San Diego with its nice year-round weather, nice beaches (relaxing on a beach resort environment on weekends), very good healthcare, very nice multi-lane freeways, very good burritos, great local winery and craft beer, great for boating/fishing at Baja Isla del Coronado, Mexico during Spring to Autumn (for tuna, y. tail, bonito, rockfish and lobsters). I have it all living in finest San Diego. Nothing like it Read More

The Best Unlivable City - 5/11/2021
I'm third generation San Diegan. Luckily my grandparents amassed enough wealth to pass down and keep the family going. Collectively we own 6 houses here. Five of which are over a million dollars. Unless you inherit or somehow have a significant amount of money to put down, the home buying market is really hard to get into. Don't expect to rent here either and save up a down payment. Rent is just as expensive. So... that leaves you an effing poor person with a million dollar house. Like my friend's parents who live next to NFL players etc (or did till team left), they have a mansion, but can't afford any furniture. They live in literally an empty mansion. SO what are we doing here? My parents bought their first house in the 80s for 80k. Their second for 600k in the 00's. Nice houses in nice neighborhoods. When it came my turn to buy, starting a new family three years ago, half a mil. and its in the ghetto. Last night someone left a trail of blood on my stairs in front yard. Gunshots Read More

Good for young, health conscious people - 4/21/2021
San Diego is a great city for some people. It's a great city for young, active people. It's a good city for people who love the ocean. It's a great city for health and fitness fanatics.

There are yoga classes in the park across the street from me every weekend. The farmers market has the most amazing produce. I'm charmed, on a daily basis, by the hummingbirds and pelicans. The trees and flowers which clearly inspired Dr. Suess make me want to be inspired as well (alas, my writing is limited to work emails).

For most people, it's too expensive. I make a good living but I'll never be able to buy afford a house that I would actually want to live in. What most people don't realize is that most of San Diego is desert. Once you're a couple of miles from the coast, it's hot and dry. I've no desire to live in the desert but can't afford coastal...

The art and culture scene is more in line with a city half the size. Same with sports.Read More

Its awesome, but I cannot afford it. - 4/4/2021
I am 19 years old, lived here my entire life, so here my HONEST review. I LOVE LOVE LOVEE San Diego do not get me wrong, I think the food is fantastic, the weather is unmatched, and there plenty to do here. So here are my pros and cons from a young person's POV, hopefully, will provide you with some insight.

-Food- There are really so many places you can go to eat here with massive cultural diversity, Authentic Mexican food can be found in nearly any town. Asian cuisine is all in Convoy/ Mira mesa, and there's plenty of burgers joins and pizza joints downtown in the gaslamp.
-Amenities- If it's hiking, biking, surfing, or just hanging out in a park, you can do it all here. I am an outdoorsy person, so I love how I can just go to the beach and its amazing weather. I can go for a hike in the East County area, or even take a beach hike near La Jolla.

-Weather- Yeah, this basically speaks for itself, if you're in East County is a bit hotter Read More

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