Tell me where to live with a toddler in San Diego that's not too far from UCSD and isn't crazy expensive. Moving from North Carolina and everything seems so pricey.
We're moving from North Carolina to San Diego this summer and are having trouble figuring out a good place to live. We need to be within a reasonable (15-25 minute) commute of UCSD and ideally pay around $1,500 in rent for a 2 bedroom place. Our daughter will be two when we move and is in full-time daycare now. We'd like to find a spot in San Diego within 5-10 minutes of good, affordably-priced childcare because our toddler still isn't a huge car fan
. I called childcare places near UCSD and found that prices varied from $1,100 to $1,600. The lower-cost options had impressively long waiting lists. The university daycare has a 2-year waiting list. Yikes! We can afford around $1,000/mo.
We've spent time in downtown San Diego pre-baby and loved it but I'm not sure that it would be as much fun with a little one. Does anyone have recommendations for a walkable neighborhood near UCSD? We would like to have a park and running/biking possibilities nearby. I'd also love to be able to walk to a family-friendly restaurant where we weren't the only table with a kid. It would be great to be near the water as well, but I'm guessing that's impossible in our price range
If you have any recommendations for good daycares/preschools in San Diego, I'm all ears. Trying to find a good place from across the country is hard.
I've read through the other threads
on moving to San Diego and have definitely ruled out Carlsbad. Del Mar/Solana Beach seem nice but too expensive for us.
Thanks in advance!