Hi all! My bf recently got a job at Apple and we will be moving to SD from NYC. We have never been to SD before, so looking for any kind of recommendations of areas for living (safe, chill vibes, restaurants/bars nearby). We both are in our late 20s. Also, what platform is the best to look for apartments for rent? Thank you!!

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Also, before you move, I’d recommend trying to do a quick visit to scope out these areas and see what feels right for you. It’s hard to catch the vibe without actually being there

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Sure, we will plan to visit before hand

Check out North Park. In terms of finding a place, it’s going to be tough. Housing is very competitive. When my wife and I moved here from DC, we first moved into a fully furnished rental for a couple months and then once we were here, we went apartment hunting. You pretty much have to be ready to pounce on something the day it becomes available.

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There are many neighborhoods within SD. Some have eclectic vibes and some homeless. There are high rise options, bungalows, etc. I like North County - feels like coastal suburbs but you’ll pay even more. University Heights and Bankers Hill are two of my favorite areas

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Redfin is great. North County San Diego is great and a little more affordable as it’s about 30-45 minutes away from down town San Diego. North park is cute if you’re looking to stay close to downtown, lots of bars and night life. Oceanside, CA is also a cute little beach city along with Carlsbad and Encinitas .

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Welcome to SD! I think the answer to this question depends highly on your lifestyle. Do you want to be close to everything you need like grocery stores and recreation? What about the need to go into the office? Traffic can be a bit tricky in SD, so these are some things to consider.

If you want walkability similar to NYC, then I’d look at trying to find a condo in a high rise in the Marina District, Hillcrest, or Little Italy. By far, Little Italy is the most touristy of those three neighborhoods.

On the other hand, if you want to get away from the NYC big city feel, you could consider La Jolla (more of the the Biotech area) or north Pacific Beach (known as PB to the locals). PB has the nightlife, but personally, I think the traffic is problematic. If you’re considering starting a family or raising kids, Encinitas is where I’d go because they have great schools. (Wish we’d landed there when we moved here.) But there are other areas that have decent schools too. Do your homework on those if that is a consideration. Lastly, the market is INSANE, so you’ll probably just have to take what you can get. You’ll need to use all of the various websites to find a place: Redfin, Realtor, Trulia, HotPads, Apartments.com. Good luck!

Please check the proximity to your work location. Morning traffic may slow you down as well!

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I would say Little Italy. It’s downtown but not quite as crazy as Gaslamp or East village. It’s near the water and close to a bunch of great bars and restaurants. It’s a little pricey, but so is NYC lol. Luma and Broadstone are some of the nicer buildings. Allegro Towers and the Ariel and also good but a little more affordable. Good luck with your search!

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I live in Little Italy, at one of the buildings mentioned and I’ve loved that there’s a community feel here and most things are walkable (other than groceries but I use instacart). There’s a farmer’s market every Sat, and I’ve got a few dozen people I know outside my building just from walking my dog and going to the dog park. I’ve also liked living in a building where it’s easy to meet other young professionals and make friends since I’m single and moved here not knowing anyone. Felt like a great first landing spot. And for my building, looking asap is probably a good option and starting to talk to the leasing staff so they can also let you know if things open up.

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Don’t do Pacific Beach if you are over the college party scene. Check out North Park, Bankers Hill, University Heights, Little Italy, and South Park.

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North park and little Italy are your best bets, with little Italy being more expensive.
Encinitas also works if you’re looking for more beach town but with stuff, tho it typically ranges 30-40+.

I live in West Mission Valley in one of the newer complexes and it’s really nice and central to many great areas. You are close to a lot of shops and restaurants, but not as close to bars. You are basically only 10 min or less from Downtown, North Park, Little Italy, Pacific Beach, etc

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Can you DM me and I’ll tell you? Lol

Great, more transplants. Like this place couldn’t get anymore congested with traffic and out of townners.

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Let the miserable be miserable, guys! 😂

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Check out Renaissance / La Jolla crossroads ! That area has a lively vibe and is close to most shopping centres like UTC mall, grocery stores, theatres and most importantly the beach! Most of the bars are in downtown San Diego but it is safer to stay in La jolla area. Another good location is Del Mar! But rents can be more expensive than in La Jolla

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Since it seems like your boyfriend has to go into the office and can’t work remotely, I would live as close to the Apple campus as possible. I am not sure where it is though.

I like being downtown, because I enjoy the restaurants and bars I have access to in minutes, and I can get anything I need delivered to me in a couple hours. The only thing is you will be surrounded by homeless. My building does a great job of keeping them off the building perimeter and the good buildings have 24 hour security, but downtown is filled with homeless. There will be pros / cons to any neighborhood you choose, so you really have to make a list and decide what’s most important for your lifestyle.

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Agree with not doing Pb if you don’t wanna be in the college party scene but it’s nice because you’re close to the bay and ocean but you have to deal with crazy prices and no amenities! North park is a good option, West mission valley has more up scale apts with nicer amenities, little Italy also has some nice places as well!

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Little Italy and Hillcrest are both fabulous and walkable.

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Will you travel to Apple campus? Assuming it’s the new one near Poway - you will have a fair bit of commute from downtown / both park. I would suggest Del Mar or along 56 there a whole bunch of new apartment buildings.
If it is the apple campus near UTC o recommend garden communities (3 building at 3 price points) across the west field mall - the have a great life and walking community

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Most of these comments are spot on. I would say for a New Yorker in their late 20’s, north park/South Park, bankers hill, and little Italy all make sense. But think about where the work commute will take u. North park to la Jolla/UTC might be an annoying commute, and if you’re going to poway, as another person mentioned, you prob wanna start farther north. Getting into and out of some beach communities is a traffic jam in and of itself, so PB, OB, and interior La Jolla (and downtown) will add time to your commute. I don’t recommend downtown btw, for what it’s worth. Also, Ppl tend not to cross the north county/south county line for social activities. So if you’re in San Diego proper, you’ll likely do most of your activities there. If you choose north county, you’ll likely stay there. There’s a meme that basically says that to ppl in San Diego, ppl in north county basically live in space they’re so far away, and vice versa lol. It’s overly dramatic but I will say that my north county friends and family always want me to drive to them, and I always want them to come down to me, so it is true to a point. That being said, my bf lives in Oside and it’s not a big deal. All that to say— when you come and check out the areas, pick the one u vibe with most and think you’ll make friends in/ nearby (even if that just means north county vs San Diego proper), otherwise you’ll always be the one driving to your friends to hang out lol. I personally live in bay park and I love it. It’s quiet and away from all the hustle and bustle, but it takes me 2 minutes to get on the freeway, and I’m close to all the fun hotspots in town. I’m also fairly close to La Jolla and Del Mar in pure freeway time. It’s part of the larger “clairemont” area that extends East, but u can find a home with a yard to rent here, and friends will want to come hang out at your house for backyard parties/dinners :). Last tip— being close to a freeway like the 5, 163, or 8 can help with commute times.

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I would look on hotpads and check out Pacific Beach, Mission Hills, Hillcrest, Bankers Hill for proximity to bars and restaurants.

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Bankers Hill is amazing. You will love it there. It really has such a cool vibe and the people there are great.

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Hi, I think areas that tend to have a younger vibe are places like Pacific Beach, Ocean Beach and North Park. I'm sure there are more but those are a few.

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Little Italy 🇮🇹

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Apple campus is close to the university city area , or also known as UTC area. It's a pretty nice central location, close to the beach and UCSD campus which is quite scenic. Staying close to work and cutting down on commute time is a big plus. Lots of apartments and townhomes are in UTC .

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