Why should I move to San Diego?


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Jon Beck

Trad climber
May 17, 2013 - 03:33pm PT
Four dogs are going to be an issue. Very tight rental market out here, tough to rent even with one dog. If you look long and hard you can find a good situation in a rural area, but it will not be on craigslist, more a word of mouth.

Two hours to Idllywild from north san diego county, 30 minutes less if you are inland. Crags all over the county, they are just not marketed very well by the Chamber of Commerce

Short drive to Mexico for the real adventures

Trad climber
the tip of god's middle finger
May 17, 2013 - 03:38pm PT
four dogs may be a tight issue, true.

though other tight issues may pleasantly offset the
hassle that you'll endure of your hounds.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
May 17, 2013 - 03:52pm PT
apogee POPPED his San Diego bubble!


Trad climber
May 17, 2013 - 04:06pm PT
San Diego is great. Lots of great "rural" options in the area, too. Cost of living is high, and the rental market kind of tough (especially with dogs), but there are house options here and there that can be good options in those more rural areas.

The climbing around SD is great, too, and isn't far from bigger stuff. Good luck with your decision!
Jebus H Bomz

Peavine Basecamp
May 17, 2013 - 04:09pm PT
I've always enjoyed San Diego more than L.A., but, granted, have spent more time in S.D. than the latter and don't really know what I'm talking about.

If you're tired of winter and love the ocean, you're going to love it. If you like seasons, there's probably only two there. Inland areas get baking, 10 to 20 degrees warmer than coastal. There's a ton of respectable climbing within a normal day trip/weekend drive.

I wouldn't feel crappy about moving there ;).

30 mins. from suicide USA
May 17, 2013 - 04:29pm PT
Credit: neversummer

Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
May 17, 2013 - 04:31pm PT
I've heard that SD County has more microbreweries than anywhere else in the country these days. That's not a bad thing, in my book.
The Larry

Moab, UT
May 17, 2013 - 04:33pm PT

The Granite State.
Topic Author's Reply - May 17, 2013 - 04:34pm PT
You'll be way closer to Black Rock City :)

It was better last year...

Thanks for the input, it seems split as to being a great place to live and a junkshow frat party.
I'm not into the party scene anymore.

The dog thing seems to be the real crux if I choose to move there. I feel the pain of homeowners in being approached by renters with multiple dogs. It's a shame too, as these dogs are well behaved. (Insert dog comment here)

Bouldering and surfing in fairly close proximity are a plus. A days drive to mountains is ok.

What are these rural areas you speak of? It'll help me in a craigslist search for housing.

And work? I'm a skilled carpenter but at this point a change of scenery outweighs my prior need for a high end carpentry job. I'll do whatever. Starting over is fun.

Trad climber
the tip of god's middle finger
May 17, 2013 - 04:37pm PT
just because you squat in a confine
does not necessitate that you are confined
to that dwelling.

move to san diego.
work a 6-week stint.
make mega-bank.

travel to the sierras for 2 months.
exhaust said mega-bank.

return to the promise land.

sounds grand.

do not compromise your dirtbag ideals,
though you'll be distracted by
money-pushers and silicon models,
maintain your wayward path
thru monetary mecca.

exploit the opportunities afforded
and stray from the hollow distractions
that'll abound.

it's totally slick to
skid gloriously down skid row
right next to the wingnuts
whom drag behind and within them
their metal coffins against which
they prop themselves and present
to their world their counterfeit soul.

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
May 17, 2013 - 05:21pm PT
It's a very nice city, big enough to have a lot of good food, but small enough to have a homey feeling.
It's got fantastic weather.
The beaches are gorgeous.
It's really not all that far from a lot of climbing, a few hours!

Four dogs could be a problem in any traditional type of rental. Probably the farther you are from "the city" the more likely it would be.

I hope you come out here Brandon - you'd be able to drive to the Valley for the big September party!
Jebus H Bomz

Peavine Basecamp
May 17, 2013 - 05:24pm PT
Also, yes, the mega pixels of real live chica flesh may precipitate a rise in your insurance premium as fenders get bent and your eyes develop a severe ogle-induced nystagmus.

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Joshua Tree
May 17, 2013 - 05:39pm PT
One of my guys at work lives in Escondito, loves it. Another couple are in Oceanside, both are happy there. You could become a Poway Mtn Boy...or a loner from Ramona, a crook from Fallbrook.

KP Ariza

May 17, 2013 - 05:43pm PT
Border crossings......
What more can you ask for?
lele honu

Trad climber
May 17, 2013 - 05:56pm PT
send me a pm - I live in SD, am a Realtor, lived in SD since 2002. Can give you some input on the rental situation, and the scoop on climbing areas. Joel
Anxious Melancholy

Mountain climber
Between the Depths of Despair & Heights of Folly
May 17, 2013 - 06:13pm PT
Uhmm, how to respond.....
Don't do it, last thing needed is another couple bodies and dogs moving into So Cal. Crowded enough as it is and I'm working my way to a point where I can move away (although I've home based here my whole life! Yikes)

Stuck in the corner of the nation's a drag. Long drives are in your future and only a 90 degree arc of land, unless you head to MX (which is actually quite nice).

Over-inflated property values, freeway and surface street nightmares, big city issues typical of most.

Yeah, we can sing the praises of great bouldering, crags, beaches, climate, proximity to Tahquitz, Joshua Tree, dunes, surf and micro brews....but I'm telling you I'm feeling a bit penned in, kinda claustrophobic.....

Ah hell, come on out and make the best of it. Keep your happy face on, hit the good stuff, avoid the bad, and be prepared to drive a bit longer than expected if you want to find a place where your dogs will be truly happy.

How long do you expect to stay? You going to just rent the whole time, or do you think you might want to buy? Just asking as I'll be looking to sell here in the not to distant future.....

Social climber
Joshua Tree
May 17, 2013 - 06:49pm PT
Do you have one of those rhymes for Temecula?

Are you razzing me Kos? Geez, you're like a Heckler from Temecula. (yeah, I know, strained at best). Don't ask about Murietta.
the Fet

May 17, 2013 - 08:06pm PT
San Diego is popular and being popular has its drawbacks. Crowds, expensive, shallow people. But it's like Yosemite Valley (or "the ditch" as the cool kids call it). You can focus on the negative. Or focus on the positive and learn how to avoid a lot of the negative aspects.

Tijuana is a cesspool, but a fun cesspool. Just a warning if you cross the border. The further south you head in Baja the nicer it will get. If you've ever been to Niagara Falls it's similar, but the f*#ked up thing is that Canada is nice and the US is all run down and shitty.
The Warbler

the edge of America
May 17, 2013 - 09:13pm PT
A small part of obscure San Diego:

A piece of the steep and the deep
A piece of the steep and the deep
Credit: The Warbler

That rock looks weird, but it's as good as granite gets...

San Diego's big three:

Corte Madera
Corte Madera
Credit: The Warbler

El Cajon Mtn
El Cajon Mtn
Credit: The Warbler

Eagle Peak from Boulder Creek
Eagle Peak from Boulder Creek
Credit: The Warbler

Eagle Peak main wall - 500 ft high in the center
Eagle Peak main wall - 500 ft high in the center
Credit: The Warbler


May 17, 2013 - 09:21pm PT
I like the inland empire. Menifee, Hemet, Lake Elsinore ect..

4 hours to lone pine, and an hour to everything else in So Cal.

Fake plastic people leave. They go to SD, OC, or LA like a moth to a flame. There is an enclave of fake plastic people, but we keep them locked up in Canyon Lake.

Smog, crime, and traffic, but cheapest rent in so cal, and people are real.

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