San Diego, California

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The Area

San Diego is situated in the southwestern corner of the US. It’s the second largest city in California and the eighth largest city in the country. Considered the cooler, more chill younger sister city of Los Angeles, it’s south of LA and Irving and is north of Chula Vista (on the border). The city itself is bordered on the north by the famous San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park. The city itself can feel really clogged, especially during rush hour and peak tourism seasons. The location of the city influences the city a lot: it’s a border town, a beach town, and in California, which means it’s expensive. The city has a lot of great neighborhoods, but if you want to escape the dreaded traffic you’re going to want to head to any one of the super popular San Diego suburbs like Encinitas or Chula Vista which are nice, but definitely not San Diego.

University City

College Students

San Diego is home to a couple of great universities including UC San Diego, University of San Diego, San Diego State, and National University. One of the more popular universities, UC San Diego, is right next to University City, which is a large residential and university district close to campus. Through the center of the neighborhood is Rose Canyon Open Space Park, which has hiking trails and woodland areas perfect for weekends away from campus. There’s also a ton of great restaurants, shopping, and more in the area— what else can you ask for?

  • University City
  • La Jolla Village
  • College Area

Hillcrest

Young Professionals

Young Professionals
What better way to spend your time after work than on the beach or grabbing drinks with friends on an outdoor patio? Living in San Diego as a young professional makes the 9-5 sludge almost bearable. If you’re wanting to relocate, we’d suggest starting your search in Hillcrest. This neighborhood is just north of downtown near the Zoo and is known for its friendly neighbors, walkability (by San Diego standards), and is at the heart of the LGBTQ+ community in SD. It has a ton of restaurants and bars, has live events, and a plethora of townhomes and apartments to choose from.

  • Hillcrest
  • North Park
  • Ocean Beach

North Park

Young Families

Young families looking to relocate to San Diego are in luck. On top of everything that’s great about the city, San Diego also has amazing schools. If you’re looking to settled down, but not embrace suburbia yet, we suggest starting your search in North Park. The neighborhood has a city feel to it, but there are a ton of single-family homes, condos, and townhomes to choose from. On the weekends, you can get out and wander around art galleries, attend a festival, or hit the farmer’s market with the fam!

  • North Park
  • Mira Mesa
  • La Mesa

Carmel Valley

Established Families

San Diego has a lot to offer for families with older children like great schools and some pretty stellar neighborhoods. That being said, it can get pricey. If you can afford it, Carmel Valley is our vote for the first place to check out in the city. It has a really family-feel to it, you won’t get side-eyed for saying “hello” to neighbors, and there are great schools!

  • Carmel Valley
  • Torrey Hills
  • La Jolla