Why should I move to San Diego?

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Dave Kos

Social climber
Temecula
May 17, 2013 - 07:25pm PT
pittsburg?
talk about a place detroit wishes it were...

I'd say that was spot on.
the Fet

climber
Tu-Tok-A-Nu-La
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

climber
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

Psilocyborg

climber
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.

WBraun

climber
May 17, 2013 - 09:41pm PT
Warbler always finds all the good stuff.

He has hawk eyes .....
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
May 17, 2013 - 09:43pm PT
Kind, too. Not everyone will tolerate being called a bubble boy. :-)

DMT
The Warbler

climber
the edge of America
May 17, 2013 - 10:00pm PT
Hey, it's not my fault I was born in La Jolla 100 yds from the Pacific Ocean in the same hospital my dad was born in. I love San Diego - I didn't appreciate it growing up, but I do now. It's expensive to live by the beach, but if you do good work, people who live here and have money will pay good wages.

I don't really understand why SD is so overlooked by climbers on a national level. Could be partly because it's in the corner of the country, and the beach lifestyle is definitely the dominant culture. There is so much rock here it's incredible, and the local mountains might only reach 6,000 ft, but they're gorgeous. The desert is awesome too. San Diego's backcountry is wild as can be if you get away from the few highways that pass through it. Next to no San Diegans spend any time in the backcountry unless they're within sight of their car.

There's a lot of diversity here, culture wise. Many, many different neighborhoods, each one with a different character, lots of entertainment and food options. Traffic can be bad at the wrong time, but it's easy to work around it, mostly.

I'm trying to get access to the best climbing around the County for all you guys, but it hasn't been easy...


Sincerely,

Bubble Boy
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
May 17, 2013 - 10:08pm PT
There's some great bouldering down there in SD...Almost worth moving for...
TMJesse

Mountain climber
Olympia, WA
May 17, 2013 - 10:41pm PT
I lived there and regret leaving. I should have made do with what I had. Housing is a challenge; but, if you realize the climate requires minimal housing (small place), then many options open up in what is reputed to be the best place on the Left Coast to live; I agree. We lived near Del Mar, Solana Beach and Cardiff, and this is the best place to live anywhere on the Pacific Coast, I think. I didn't care for the city proper; up in north county, it is awesome. If you can't afford a coastal hang up north, go slightly inland in the NE. Avoid the core and east of there. Don't dare go south.

Biggest problem is it is nearly as far from Yosemite as up here in beautiful and cheap Washington!
The Warbler

climber
the edge of America
May 17, 2013 - 10:54pm PT
Rainbow is super good bouldering, for moderate stuff it doesn't get much better, but it's owned by climbers who don't want it public, at least not yet. There are rumors, however....

North County is nice, I'd probably live in Encinitas or Leucadia. Both those towns have a lot of soul.
WTF

climber
May 17, 2013 - 11:29pm PT
San Diego.

GHEY.


Herpes capital of the USA.

Squaw valley is calling. Return to paradise bra.
The Warbler

climber
the edge of America
May 17, 2013 - 11:30pm PT
If you want rural, Valley Center and Ramona are about an hour from the city. Alpine is closer. Lakeside is right below El Cajon Mountain and just down the hwy from Woodson. There are some nice rural throwback neighborhoods up the SD River Canyon from Lakeside toward El Capitan reservoir. Lakeside is about 25 minutes from the beach and is probably pretty dog friendly.
mechrist

Gym climber
South of Heaven
May 18, 2013 - 01:02am PT
All the climbers I know who moved down there are now surfers. We visited and went out to Eagle Rock or whatever it is. Cool place, but the drive took WAY longer than expected. I could never consider that a "local" crag for SD.
TMJesse

Mountain climber
Olympia, WA
May 18, 2013 - 01:49am PT
Leucadia Is the spot. A former artist's colony. Avocado trees on city streets. A dream. I came closest to buying a place there. All one needs there is simple bivy.
salad

climber
May 18, 2013 - 02:17am PT
well i wont say anything good or bad about the place, but if you come down for a recon mission, im in escondido and can house 1 or 2 for a few nights. big yard so a coulpla dogs would be fine, prob best outside though as we have a queen feline in the house.
Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
May 18, 2013 - 09:40am PT
The greatest natural asset SD has is the ocean, if you are passionate about the activity surrounding such an asset go for it. If you're passionate about mountain activity you'll be driving a whole lot both winter and summer. It's a long ways to the alpine from San Diego.
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Topic Author's Reply - May 18, 2013 - 11:31am PT
This has been very helpful. Thanks all.

Lets see some San Diego County climbing and surfing photos to keep the stoke high!

It's crazy, but I'm pretty excited to move to a place I've never even visited.

New chapters in life and all that.
The Warbler

climber
the edge of America
May 18, 2013 - 11:43am PT
Credit: The Warbler

Credit: The Warbler

Prime Rib Eagle Peak
Prime Rib Eagle Peak
Credit: The Warbler

Soy Chango
Soy Chango
Credit: The Warbler

Tribal Boundaries
Tribal Boundaries
Credit: The Warbler

Homeboy, EP
Homeboy, EP
Credit: The Warbler
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Topic Author's Reply - May 18, 2013 - 11:51am PT
Wow, Soy Chango looks like fun, my crack skills might have to take a backseat to pulling on steep faces. I like.
splitter

Trad climber
SoCal Hodad, surfing the galactic plane
May 18, 2013 - 12:00pm PT
when you say san diego, your actually referring to san diego county. where in san diego county is the question. for each mile you go east, it is around 1 degree difference in temperature. down during the winter, and up during the summer. when you get the sd temps nationally, they are taken at lindberg field/airport, which is on san diego bay, which gets the ocean breezes. so, if its 78 at lindberg field, it can easily be 98 inland, eg. santee boulders or woodson (but maybe 88, depends on various factors, eg. time of year, overcast, fog, etc).

the only reason to move here, imo, would be its proximity to the ocean. and to either have an interest in surfing, sailing, boating/fishing, or scuba diving, etc! mission bay is an excellent place to learn to sail, and san diego bay is an excellent place to sail in and out of. plenty of great beaches to learn how to surf. other than that, you can fish for free without a license from any of the piers, or better yet, invest in a sea worthy boat.

there is always something to do outdoors in the beach/bay areas. whether its going for a walk along the beach, a bike ride, a jog or hop on a skateboard to go down and check out the surf. lots of shops, food and beverage, etc, also. but the traffic in and out of the beach areas gets backed up in the morning and evenings. you can live just east of mission bay, the rosecrans area of pt loma, pt loma itself, old town, or mission hills and have easy access to the ocean/bay.

i would also avoid pacific beach & mission beach, proper areas. but pacific beach a half a mile or so inland isn't so bad, or the la jolla foothills/north pacific beach. or on the other (east) side of I-5 with views of mission bay. la jolla is kinda pricey, although really nice and with lots of interesting things to see and do, plus people are relatively friendly/cordial. ocean beach has the traverse wall/pump wall. and if you have 4 dogs, it has dog beach where dogs can run free. and there is plenty of free parking available at the beach itself.

i would stay within 2-4 miles of the ocean or less. it gets way to hot inland. i live in lakeside, and there ain't much to do. its generally to damn hot (it was 102 the 13th of this month) during the summer to jog or ride your bike, and just doesn't have the same appeal (isn't as conducive) that the ocean or bay areas have, even to simply go for a walk. you can sit for hours by the ocean and read a book, or on the jetty watching the sailboats, etc! or walk, jog or ride your bike along the coast or out sunset cliffs. there's nothing like that out here (lakeside). the place sucks in my opinion.

woodson is fairly close to lakeside as are magnolia boulders and santee boulders, but unless your planning on going to woodson a minimum of 3+ times a week, there is no other reason to live out here unless you have horses, you would be better off living in poway or ramona. and as far as dogs go, most houses that are up for rent in san diego allow you to have dogs. you might consider the northern coastal areas (del mar & north) for proximity to the ocean and less crowds, but as far as sailing goes mission bay and san diego bay are your best bets. there are a lot of small burroughs and communities just off the I-5 corridor, like tecolote canyon and sorrento valley, or the la jolla town center, etc, or I-8 corridor like kensington, and areas of north park, tierrasanta, and many more that are within 15-20 minutes from various beaches, and great places to live. You just need to know where to look. LOTS of places to avoid, also though.

as much as i like all the various, bouldering, top rope, and climbing areas in sd county, i wouldn't move here specifically for that. its primarily the ocean that has kept me here or what has drawn me back. if your not going to take advantage of what the sea has to offer, there are many other much cheaper and better places to live, imo! but kevin w. might convince you otherwise.

and as far as real estate, rents have been steadily climbing for decades (very small 1 bedroom or 500sq/ft studios start at around $800+ a month), but as far as buying goes, prices are back down to where they were around 10-15 years ago, and its a buyers market. if you can finance, it is cheaper than renting. a house that i purchased new at 350K in '02 and went for 775K in '06/'07 is now available for around 340K! My brother and sister still have homes in the same neighborhood. Could have sold them for around 800K in '06, but would probably be on the market for months now before they could sell them for around 350K, if at all. its like that all over sd county. But evidently it has been slowly going up the past year or so. might be a good time to buy, dunno!

edit: as far as politics go, its not necessarily that conservative. the current mayor (bob filner) is a democrat & a liberal! out of the last 7 mayors, 5 were democrats and 2 were republicans. it fluctuates, just like it does nationally.
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