March 21, 2013 (San Diego)--Moving to a new town or city is always very exciting and sometimes also a little nerve racking.
When contemplating relocation, therefore, it is always a good idea to take a long hard look at all the pros and cons in order to arrive at a balanced view. Here are just some of the things to take into account of for anyone contemplating moving to San Diego.
Standard of living
When considering the standard of living in any location, always look beyond the bottom line.
Although the cost of living is higher in San Diego than in some parts of the country, the standard of living is measured by factors other than the price of real estate; for example, the transportation system, the crime rate, the quality of schools and recreational and cultural facilities.
Consider the issue of housing; as with many other parts of the US, the real estate market in San Diego hit bottom and is now starting to rebound. This means that the potential for investment in real estate is good and a quick survey of USA houses for sale indicates the best time to buy is when the market is low and before real estate prices rise again. Prices vary in different parts of the city, but generally homes are less costly in areas away from the coast.
Climate and transportation
The weather in San Diego is Mediterranean, with mild temperatures throughout summer and winter - another big attraction for those thinking of moving here. Trips to the beach, swimming in the ocean and walks in the parks are possible all year round and the climate is such that excessive heating or air-conditioning costs are highly unlikely.
The freeway systems and public transportation, including trolleys, buses and commuter trains, are exceptionally good in the city and while the nation spent, on average, around 23 percent of income on gasoline last year, San Diego residents spent slightly less, at 22 percent, according to research carried out by the Center for Neighborhood Technology.
San Diego has many fabulous attractions that are right on the doorstep of its residents; San Diego Zoo and San Diego Wild Animal Park; for example, are firm family favorites. In terms of natural habitats, there are beautiful publicly accessible mountains and peaks, such as Cowles Mountain and the Laguna Mountains, some of which have snow in winter. There are beaches suitable for a gentle swim or surfing and within a short drive there are deserts and stunning rural areas.
‘Forbes’ magazine declared San Diego to be the ninth-safest US city in 2010, while the educational infrastructure covers a wide range of public and private schools, libraries, colleges and universities. The cultural amenities include museums, galleries and a range of performing arts facilities, such as those dedicated to music, dance, theater and opera. East County holds many street fairs and festivals throughout the year, which provide free entertainment for all. A wide range of sporting activities takes place in the arenas and stadiums dotted across the city.
City of Villages
In 2008, San Diego adopted the concept of developing a ‘City of Villages’ and popular places to live include charming small towns and suburbs with more than 100 neighborhoods. Several venerable cities are incorporated within San Diego County, including La Mesa ‘Jewel of the Hills’ and El Cajon, both of which recently celebrated their centennials.