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Guide to San Diego
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Vivid orange and red wildflowers coat the ground like a fiery blanket. Spindly yellow blooms on tall spikes shoot from the ground in scattered patches. In the distance, cliffs of wind-carved sand and rock flank a narrow passage that leads to the dazzling blue of the Pacific Ocean. You may think you’ve found paradise … and perhaps you have! Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is just one of San Diego’s most beautiful treasures. This wild stretch of unspoiled beach and breathtaking pine trees covers 2,000 acres and includes a lagoon, eight miles of hiking trails, and a visitor’s center. But while San Diego provides gorgeous, white-sand beaches under brilliant sunshine, that’s only the beginning of this Southern California city’s charms.
By choosing to rent an apartment in San Diego, you’re choosing to live in what is called “America’s Finest City.” The Farmer’s Almanac named San Diego one of the 10 best climates – and it’s easy to see why. San Diego has warm summers, mild winters, and an average of just 42 days of rain per year. San Diego is the eighth-largest city in the US and California’s second-largest city. It is home to a deep-water harbor, several military bases, biotechnology companies, the University of California-San Diego, and the UCSD Medical Center. When you choose a San Diego apartment as your home, you are gifting yourself with gorgeous beaches and a city filled with exciting things to do, wrapped in the country’s best weather. Here’s everything you need to know about living in San Diego!
Things to Do in San Diego:
When you look out your apartment window at a gorgeous landscape basked in sunlight, you’ll have trouble staying indoors. San Diego residents like to be out and about – this is, after all, a vacation destination. Living here gives you options most only dream about. Feel like snorkeling, scuba diving, and kayaking? Head for the crystal-clear waters and sheer cliffs of La Jolla Cove. Would you prefer shopping and perhaps having lunch at a sidewalk café? Then you want to spend the day at the Gaslamp Quarter, enjoying the shops, restaurants, entertainment venues, and the Victorian National Historic District. Looking for a fun night on the town? Then visit the saloons, bars, and the trendy Float at Hard Rock Hotel San Diego in the Gaslamp Quarter. Or, go gambling at Valley View Casino, Viejas Casino, or the Pala Casino Spa Resort.
Art and culture is well-represented in San Diego, as well. Catch a show at the historic Spreckels Theatre, the Balboa Theatre, or the San Diego Civic Theatre. Movie buffs will enjoy the San Diego Film Festival, while animal lovers will enjoy the San Diego Zoo, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and SeaWorld San Diego.
La Jolla, the jewel of San Diego, features a village filled with art galleries, boutiques, and fine dining along the amazing coast. Go golfing at the Torrey Pines Golf Course, or visit the Birch Aquarium at Scripps. Other attractions include Scripps Park, La Jolla Playhouse, and the Museum of Contemporary Art.
You could easily spend a week at Balboa Park and still not do everything. This vast park is home to several museums, including the San Diego Art Institute, the San Diego Air and Space Museum, the San Diego Automotive Museum, the San Diego Museum of Natural History, the San Diego Museum of Man, and the San Diego Museum of Art. The park also contains several theaters, including the Starlight Theatre, the Old Globe, and the Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater. Attractions in Balboa Park include a carousel, a miniature railroad, and the San Diego Zoo. Gardens include the San Diego Zoo Botanical Collection, a Rose Garden, Marston House Garden, the Old Cactus Garden, the Japanese Friendship Garden, and the Children’s Ethnobotany Garden. Balboa Park also has a gymnasium, a sports complex, hiking and biking trails, an activity center, a tennis club, and a golf complex.
If all of that isn’t enough to keep you busy, Old Town San Diego State Historic Park features seasonal events and festivals, a living history museum that includes five original adobe buildings, museums, shops, and restaurants. The park’s Historic Plaza features live music, a working blacksmith shop, and the Schoolhouse Museum.
If you still need more to do, San Diego is home to the NFL’s San Diego Chargers and the San Diego State Aztec football team, both of which play at Qualcomm Stadium. The MLB’s San Diego Padres play at Petco Park. You can also go surfing, whale watching, camping, biking, hot-air ballooning, boating, sailing, and jet-skiing. Or go on a cruise, for a gondola ride, or on a walking or trolley tour. You can even try out a jetpack, trapeze, or Segway.
What to Consider When Moving to San Diego:
The attractions and gorgeous beaches draw the tourists to San Diego, but the local economy draws new residents to San Diego apartments. San Diego is home to a deep-water port that contains the only major submarine and shipbuilding yards on the West Coast. San Diego has the world’s largest naval fleet, and it is home to several military bases and stations, including Naval Base San Diego and Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. Because of the port, San Diego is also a major international trade facility. Major businesses such as Qualcomm are located in San Diego, as are several research and biotech companies including Pfizer, Neurocine Biosciences, Biogen Inc., and Merck.
There are some terrific and diverse neighborhoods to consider when looking for apartments in San Diego. Gaslamp is a downtown neighborhood filled with shops, restaurants, and entertainment. La Jolla is a stunningly beautiful seaside community along the Pacific Ocean and has some of the highest home prices in the US. Harbor Island is a unique peninsula dotted with marinas and restaurants and is close to the San Diego Airport. East Village is San Diego’s largest downtown neighborhood and is close to everything. Mission Valley is located along the San Diego River and was the site the first Spanish settlement in California in 1769. For that true California beach lifestyle, Pacific Beach is an oceanfront neighborhood containing a wide variety of bars, restaurants, and shops.
Why San Diego Apartments Are Golden:
It isn’t just the sunshine – San Diego is fun, surf, sand, and that laid-back coastal Southern California lifestyle. But it is also packed with things to do. San Diego’s strong and diverse economy, its proximity to Mexico, and amazing shopping in places like Old Town, Balboa Park, and Seaport Village are just some of the reasons it was once named one of the top 20 “Most Fun US Cities.” Neighboring Tijuana blends with San Diego to create an international metropolitan area, with easy access to Mexico’s beachfront resorts and festivals.
San Diego isn’t just fun – it is stunning. The deep canyons and steep hills create beautiful pockets of untouched green space. The San Diego River runs east to west across the city, creating a lush river valley. La Jolla and Torrey Pines provide stunning vistas of sheer cliffs and ocean waves. There’s a reason San Diego residents are so friendly – they live in a city that truly sparkles.
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Nearby Colleges & Universities
- California Western School of Law
- Fashion Institute Design-Merch San Diego
- Newschool of Arch & Design
- San Diego City College
- Devry University San Diego
Nearby Military Bases
- San Diego Naval Medical Center
- North Island Naval Air Station
- San Diego Marine Corps Recruit Depot
- US Marine Corp Recruit Depot
- Pacific Fleet Training Center
Why San Diego?
- Miles of white sand beach
- Renowned for its mild weather, named one of the country’s 10 best climates by the Farmer’s Almanac
- Attractions include Sea World San Diego and the world-famous San Diego Zoo
- A shared border with Mexico creates an international metropolitan area, with easy access to beachfront resorts
- The San Diego Opera was ranked by Opera America as one of the top 10 opera companies in the US
- Qualcomm is the largest private-sector technology employer in San Diego County, is located here
The Alcazar Gardens, Balboa ParkLynn Watson/Shutterstock.com
Torrey Pines State Natural ReserveDhoxax/Shutterstock.com
Point Loma Lighthouse, San Diego BayNatalia Bratslavsky/Shutterstock.com
The Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo Statue and the San Diego SkylineNatalia Bratslavsky/Shutterstock.com
The Coronado Bridgepinggr/Shutterstock.com
Downtown San DiegoElena Koulik/Shutterstock.com