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Making the Move to San Diego

San Diego is a fantastic place to live whether you're single or have a family. It has miles of pristine beaches, an abundance of sunshine and diverse cultures. With an abundance of history — it's known as the birthplace of California — there's so much to do and see, you'll be amazed to call this city home.

Finding Your Next Home

In San Diego, there's no shortage of housing options. You’ll find villas, apartments, and beach homes available for rent or purchase. Some have a beachfront location where you can enjoy beautiful ocean views, while others are in the center of town conveniently located near food and entertainment.

If you're unfamiliar with the area, research is necessary. Visit a few times and explore neighborhoods. Ask those who live there what they like or dislike about them — they're a wealth of information. Plus, there are apps like Nextdoor that allow for a direct connection to people who live there. Nextdoor’s racism-education and prevention efforts make sure the site is a safe place for anyone wishing to use it.

You'll Never Be Bored Here

There’s so much to do in San Diego that it's almost certain you'll never run out of things to do. If you love the ocean and the beach, consider day cruises that include whale watching and narrated tours that tell the story of sites along the way. You can also rent a boat and see the sites on your own — it's a great way to learn about the history of your new home. Museums are plentiful and include topics such as air & space, the USS Midway, railroads, automobiles and artwork from around the world. The San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, Sea World and many music festivals provide a day of fun — they're great ways to wind down after a long work week. If you plan to spend a day at the beach, you’ll enjoy breathtaking views and water activities like snorkeling, surfing and swimming. If you prefer, you can sunbathe, build sandcastles and collect shells or simply take a walk along the shoreline.

Chow Down on Some Local Eats

San Diego has a diverse population resulting in varied cuisine to satisfy all ethnicities: Mexican, Greek, Indian, German, Asian, Italian, and Spanish to name a few. Its proximity to the ocean gives San Diego restaurant owners access to an abundance of fresh seafood.

Liquids like coffee, beer, and wine are also a part of the heritage. With a number of nearby vineyards and brew pubs, you can enjoy the taste of local wines and a variety of craft beers. Temecula, California, the largest wine region of Southern California is less than a 90 minute drive away and San Diego was the birthplace of famous craft beer brands such as Ballast Point, Stone Brewing, and the newly launched Harland Brewing. 

Being so close to the Mexican border, tacos are a big part of San Diego’s list of iconic foods. They come with just about any type of toppings imaginable and San Diego the unofficial birthplace of the fried fish taco with avocado and crema sauce. The consistency of perfect weather further enhances each entree with restaurants for fine dining and casual meals lining the streets thanks to the surge in outdoor dining since spring 2020.

Multiple Ways to Have Fun

As the sun sets, San Diego comes to life. Tourists and residents alike enjoy places like the iconic Gaslamp Quarter, located in an established San Diego neighborhood. Old Town San Diego has a large collection of boutiques, art galleries, bars and music venues. Concerts by the bay, movies at the pearl and a live symphony, are a few other attractions worth experiencing after dark. For parents with children, after-dark activities at the San Diego Zoo or SeaWorld, a major-league baseball game, and gazing at the stars are a few excellent choices. Beach commutes north of downtown San Diego have come back to life and are buzzing with beachgoers, outdoor dining, and tourists. Just stop in Encinitas, Del Mar, or La Jolla to see for yourself.

Getting Around San Diego

There are several ways to get around San Diego. Most people drive, but if you want to skip the challenge of finding parking, you can travel by bus or trolley, or opt to rent bikes or scooters.

San Diego is a beautiful place that offers something for everyone. The diverse population coupled with warm weather and bright sunshine makes it a fun and interesting location that you'll love calling home.