Central San Diego County encompasses most of the city of San Diego, as well as Point Loma and Coronado. San Diego is well-known for its breweries, celebrity chef restaurants, cultural offerings, events, nightlife, and of course, the beaches. Though most of the inhabitants are transplants, it is a requisite for newcomers to embody the mellow, SoCal attitude. The weather is amazing with steady, mild temperatures, a cool ocean breeze, and seemingly endless days of sunshine.
This area is also a huge tourist draw and it is easy to see why! There are countless things to do and see including the famous San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park (with several museums and galleries), the historic Gaslamp District, Point Loma’s tide pools, the Cabrillo National Monument, and La Jolla Shores. San Diego is home to two professional sports teams, the San Diego Chargers (NFL) and the San Diego Padres (MLB). A plethora of outdoor recreation activities are also at your fingertips, and the weather is so amenable you have no excuse to be indoors!
There are several base housing options scattered throughout Central San Diego, but there is typically a wait list because of the high demand. The cost of living is higher than average, and housing is uber-expensive. When you add up the extraordinarily high utility fees and taxes, you can be priced out of a home fast.
Young professionals, students, and military (singles and couples without kids) flock to this area for the big city buzz. The city is rich in culture, ethnically diverse, and you’re likely to hear multiple languages spoken, especially if you reside near one of the many ethnic enclaves. There are “true-born” locals to be found, but the area is highly transient, and transplants hail from far and wide. One thing to note about this area?—you will have a LOT of neighbors. The population is incredibly dense and housing is compact.
San Diego is a city made up of “villages” each with their own distinct personality, but no matter the neighborhood, you will still feel the laid-back California attitude. The glorious weather entices residents to be outdoors, promoting sociable neighborhoods. Areas closer to the city center will be busier and more hectic, while outlying villages like La Jolla and Coronado are extremely tight-knit and community focused.