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Old Feb 4th 2020, 8:33 pm
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Hi all,

My wife (USC) and I (UKC&USC) are moving to San Diego this summer and I'm looking for any advice on best areas to rent. My wife will be working in Balboa Park, and I'll be working from home with travel (mainly flying) once or twice a month.

Our wish-list of sorts is; 30ish minutes drive from Balboa Park and Airport (non-peak at least, I understand traffic can get bad!) and a 1000+ sqft house with fenced in yard, in the $3-4k a month range. Ideally it would be in city limits. On Zillow we are seeing good options in the east area, mainly Rolando and College Heights areas, plus some in Clairemont, are these all good places to live, and is there any other areas we should consider? It's 4 months before we move, but just trying to get ahead with the planning.

All suggestions welcome

Thanks!

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North Park is super hip and has a lot going on, 20 mins to the airport and Balboa Park. South Park, University Heights, Kensington are nice. Bird Rock, Coronado and La Jolla if being near a beach is important.
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North Park is super hip and has a lot going on, 20 mins to the airport and Balboa Park. South Park, University Heights, Kensington are nice. Bird Rock, Coronado and La Jolla if being near a beach is important.
Thanks! La Jolla or Coronado would be the dream but would also break the bank, especially as we have a big dog and want a house. North Park looks great.
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Thanks! La Jolla or Coronado would be the dream but would also break the bank, especially as we have a big dog and want a house. North Park looks great.
Sorry I don’t have specific advice. Just want to say, good luck with the move, and I envy you both! What a lovely city, and Balboa Park is an amazing and beautiful resource.

Very good to have the Amtrak service up to OC, LA and beyond, too.
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Sorry I don’t have specific advice. Just want to say, good luck with the move, and I envy you both! What a lovely city, and Balboa Park is an amazing and beautiful resource.

Very good to have the Amtrak service up to OC, LA and beyond, too.
Thanks, we're really excited. We live in VA right now, so planning an epic road trip too, will have to make a separate post about that for advice. I've been once before and absolutely loved Balboa Park, and took the train up to LA for the day too which was super easy. Think I'm going to adjust well!
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Is there a Navy connection here? Virginia and Balboa park have strong Navy ties. I have never been to Balboa Naval hospital but understand it’s actually in the park.
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Is there a Navy connection here? Virginia and Balboa park have strong Navy ties. I have never been to Balboa Naval hospital but understand it’s actually in the park.
Yes exactly, my wife is a Navy Doc. The hospital is indeed in the park, which is pretty awesome!
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Yes exactly, my wife is a Navy Doc. The hospital is indeed in the park, which is pretty awesome!
Thats great. The Navy has acquired some great real estate over the past 250 years. Check out the Hale Koa in Honolulu. Would be a great cheap vacation from west coast.
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Thats great. The Navy has acquired some great real estate over the past 250 years. Check out the Hale Koa in Honolulu. Would be a great cheap vacation from west coast.
Oh that looks awesome! We have some good friends in Hawaii too, will definitely add it to our list! Thanks :-)
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San Diego is possibly the best place in the US to live: you will enjoy it .
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San Diego is possibly the best place in the US to live: you will enjoy it .
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San Diego is possibly the best place in the US to live: you will enjoy it .


Disclaimer: I am biased as San Diego is my home town, and while I no longer live there, I will always be biased in San Diego's favor, haven't lived anywhere yet that comes close to what San Diego offers amenity and activity wise.
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Never been to VA, so no comparison, but this one sounds like a no brainer: two incomes, both USC... no requirement for good school areas so your choices of areas are not limited.

Balboa park is very impressive - I think it's the best part of SD downtown. Parking can be difficult.
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Disclaimer: I am biased as San Diego is my home town, and while I no longer live there, I will always be biased in San Diego's favor, haven't lived anywhere yet that comes close to what San Diego offers amenity and activity wise.
I hear that a lot!
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Never been to VA, so no comparison, but this one sounds like a no brainer: two incomes, both USC... no requirement for good school areas so your choices of areas are not limited.

Balboa park is very impressive - I think it's the best part of SD downtown. Parking can be difficult.
VA is ok, it's grown on me, but nobody would call it exciting (although northern VA does have Nando's)
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