Del Mar, California

Serene Ambiance Meets Exhilarating Events

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What's it like to live in Del Mar?

Moving to SD- So many neighborhoods! It is looking like I have a job offer in San Diego, and will be moving from Arizona in the next couple of months. Yay for not melting this summer! That said- I don’t even know where to begin looking for a place.

I’m turning 38, female, with a dog. I don’t go out very often, and when I do I’m back home and in bed at a decent hour. I eat out a lot (which I should stop doing). I like to be in or around nature, but am not super active-outdoorsy, just laid back outdoorsy. If that’s a thing. I won’t know anyone, so making friends will be a priority. My job will be in Mission Valley, but I don’t mind somewhat of a commute.

Any suggestions?

Nightlife is downtown/hillcrest/little italy. Hipsters are south park/north park. The beach scene is ocean beach/mission beach. La Jolla is swanky/snooty.

Based on your comments, I think Del Mar might be a good option. Laid back, outdoors things to do (beach and hikes), good restaurants, upscale but not dickish, and about 30 min. to mission valley.

Moving to San Diego area! Can’t decide between Del Mar, Downtown or mission valley area. Any advise? No family/kids. I prefer quite places with lots of nice restaurants.

Are you buying or renting? Mission Valley is convenient. But very boring. It's condos, apartments. And strip malls situated between highways.

Downtown - can be very nice if you pay $$$. Lots of homeless. It isn't like many cities and most people almost never go downtown unless they are going to a baseball game or clubbing or work there.

Del Mar is quiet and $$$. Rich, beach vibe. May be great if you work around there.

Insight into San Diego living

San Diego is generally known for its friendly and laid-back atmosphere, and many people find it relatively easy to make new friends. The city attracts a diverse population, including locals and transplants, which contributes to a welcoming and inclusive environment.

Some of the nice and safe areas to stay in that are close to the beach and walkable include:

La Jolla: Located along the coastline, La Jolla is an affluent neighborhood with beautiful beaches, upscale shops, and restaurants. It offers a luxurious and picturesque living experience.

Del Mar: Situated north of downtown, Del Mar is a charming coastal community known for its stunning beaches, upscale homes, and a laid-back lifestyle.

Coronado: Just across the bay from downtown San Diego, Coronado is an idyllic island community with pristine beaches, a historic hotel, and a quaint downtown area. It offers a luxurious and relaxed atmosphere.

Encinitas: Located north of San Diego, Encinitas offers a coastal living experience with beautiful beaches, a vibrant downtown area, and a thriving surf culture.

Areas to exercise caution and potentially stay away from in San Diego include certain neighborhoods with higher crime rates, such as parts of Southeast San Diego, City Heights, and some areas near downtown. It's always recommended to research specific neighborhoods and consult with locals or real estate professionals for the most up-to-date information on safety.

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