Moving to San Diego in December. Some questions about location, lifestyle and prices inside.
I'm moving to San Diego from New York by the end of the year. My work is in W Bernardo Drive, close to the junction of I-15 and Rancho Bernardo Road. We're a couple with no children, but a baby may be joining us within the next year or so. Our rent budget is around $2000.
So far there's Option 1 and Option 2:
Option 1: Since I want to avoid having two cars in the household, plan A is to live in a radius of max. 5-10 miles from work and commute by bike. That would mean Rancho Bernardo and vicinity. We could probably get a large house for less than we pay for rent in New York and enjoy having some space for a while.
I wonder how bike-friendly is the region, though. I can see there's a bunch of bike lanes in the region, but that doesn't mean much if it's an area where drivers are hostile to cyclists. Do people commute by bike in San Diego at all?
Another concern with options inland are wildfires. How much of a problem are these, really? Does the risk of wildfire affects rental prices? What about the cost of rental insurance?
Option 2: Another side of me thinks that moving to San Diego and not living by the beach is like moving to New York and not living in Manhattan - you may be saving money, but you're just not getting the full experience. So another option would be finding a place close to the beach in San Diego proper or any other coastal community north of that (from LaJolla to Oceanside) and commute by car to work. I got a truckload of information from this post
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There's a lot of telecommuting in my work, and I may end up having to go to work only 2-3 times a week so traffic is less of a problem. Also, my wife works from home, so if we live in a walkable community, we may be able to stick to the 1-car plan, as she could walk and bike places and not be stranded when I'm out with the car.
From what I'm seeing, as you move closer to the coast real estate prices rise and we wouldn't be able to have a large place, but being by the beach would compensate for that. But can you find a somewhat peaceful location close to the beach that is not infested with tourists/drunk college kids/belligerent marines that doesn't cost an arm and a leg?
So, I know this is very lifestyle related and it depends on personal interests and whatnot, but how do San Diegans feel about Options 1 and 2? Are the plans realistic? We haven't decided which way we're going, and probably will only make that call once we're in San Diego and looking at the rentals available in the coast vs. the Rancho Bernardo area, but we'd like to know which scenario is more likely.
Feel free to talk about specific neighborhoods and places and we should be looking at. Thanks!