Moving To San Diego

It's no wonder over 1.3 million people call San Diego home! Sunny, idyllic, and perfectly situated along the Pacific Ocean, the city experiences near-perfect weather year-round, and happens to be a craft beer, active lifestyle, cultural mecca. If you're thinking about moving to San Diego, you'll find what you need on this page.

San Diego rent prices are on the rise, according to the San Diego Union Tribune. In an article published March 2016, it was reported that rent has reached an average of $1,618 per month. While costs vary widely from neighborhood to neighborhood, you can expect to spend an average of $1,411 per month for a 1 bedroom, $1,701 for a 2 bedroom, $2,109 for a 3 bedroom, and $2,751 for a 4 bedroom.

Additionally, the available inventory is completely stretched thin. Of the apartments surveyed, only 2.46% of units were vacant.

Bankers Hill: Bankers Hill is primarily a residential community, bordered parallel to the city's gigantic Balboa Park. Parts of Bankers Hill fall right under the flight path, so some areas are noisy. The main thoroughfare of 5th Avenue runs straight through to Downtown or up to Hillcrest, and residents enjoy pedestrian-friendly access to many nice restaurants, hair salons, and boutiques.

Bird Rock: Bird Rock is a quaint, quiet community located in between the popular coastal locales of Pacific Beach and La Jolla. Lined with gorgeous homes and condos, it's often tricky to find vacant apartments here. The neighborhood is abound with coffee shops, workout studios, and small boutiques.

Encinitas: Encinitas is a quintessential California beach city, dotting the coastline just 25 miles north of the Downtown San Diego neighborhoods. With a population of over 59,000, the town isn't too small by any means. It has a lively, walkable "downtown", access to beautiful beaches and surf, and gorgeous gated communities. Cardiff and Leucadia are beautiful coastal neighborhoods within the city of Encinitas, also worth noting.

Hillcrest: A quirky, gritty, food lover's haven, with an active LGBT community, Hillcrest is home to nearly all of the city's major hospitals. It also has Whole Foods and Trader Joe's within just a few blocks of each other. The vibrant, walkable downtown is home to bustling happy hours, wine bars, thrift shops, and just about every type of cuisine you could imagine.

Little Italy: A vibrant downtown San Diego neighborhood, Little Italy is known for it's amazing Saturday Farmer's Market, some of the best Italian food in town, and it's artsy festivals and cultural events. Decidedly quieter than it's busier urban counterparts, it's a neighborhood that has gentrified and is full of life. Expect modern work-loft condos and higher density mixed-use buildings.

La Mesa: If budget is a concern, or you'll be attending San Diego State University, dart on over to La Mesa, a busy suburban area just 9 miles east of downtown. It's safe, hugs the Trolley Line, and happens to be very close to the well-trekked Cowles Mountain hike (a popular trail among locals), and Lake Murray, a cute spot to go for a walk or picnic.

Mission Hills: Mission Hills is an affluent historical neighborhood just next door to Hillcrest and only a hop, skip, and a jump from Downtown San Diego. Sporting craftsman bungalows and homes of the Spanish revival variety, the community is safe, pretty, and well-to-do, with access to a great commercial district.

North Park: Once considered up and coming, North Park is an urban gem boasting a mix of breweries, independent boutiques, coffee shops, and mixed architecture. The neighborhood is exceptionally dense, and popular with the 20-30's crowd. While there are good and less desirable parts of the area, the best thing to do is drive around and assess it on a block-by-block basis.


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San Diego is blessed with an absolutely gorgeous climate. Snow is non-existent, aside from occasional snowfall in the surrounding mountain areas.

The average year-round temperature is 72 degrees, and you can expect little to no rainfall between May - October.

May Gray and June Gloom is a weather pattern that you'll quickly hear about when you move here. Caused by a marine layer effect, locals observe thick cloud cover throughout the morning hours, which typically burns off into sunshine by the afternoon.

The warmest months tend to be August and September.

Winter mornings and nights experience the coolest temperatures, where it can dip into the 30s and 40s. Typically a sweatshirt or warm sweater should suffice, but a few days out of the year, you'll likely grab for a warmer jacket.