If you want to be close the San Diego urban center, you'd probably be interested in the following areas: North Park, Mission Hills, Kensington.
If you want more of a coastal atmosphere, Cardiff, Encinitas, Leucadia will do the trick, expecially coming from Hawaii!
Do you want a house or a condo? Do you want to live in an older established neighborhood or an area with mostly newer homes? Newer homes may be easier to maintain but you may find homes in newer neighborhoods too similar for your taste, as many newer homes can appear to be cookie-cutter-type homes. Call me and let me know what type of home (house or condo), what age and size of home and what price range you are interested in. I can send you detailed listings of properties in various areas that meet your criteria.
Congrats on selling the house. My wife and I got married over there 7 years ago and love that island. #1 Answer- Encinitas
Downtown is cool, you can walk to almost everything and there's public transit and the gaslamp is awesome (great sushi at Taka http://www.yelp.com/biz/taka-san-diego ). And it is also high density, a little louder than you may be used to and the beach is further away even though you can see water everywhere.
La Jolla is stunning and has great beaches and restaurants, the traffic can be a little brutal.
Del Mar is trendy and hip and the beaches are better in Encinitas.
Swami's and Moonlight are both excellent spots. The restaurants are fantastic and there's plenty of them. There's a Whole Foods on the main road along with bars, restaurants, beer places, clothing, bikes, and the real estate is diverse. It's also sort of hippie so you get the farmers markets and granola feeling along with the beach vibe along with the successful professionals.
Give me a call if you want me to show you around and talk business too. My direct line is: 760-618-1490. Best of luck to you.
Keller Williams Carlsbad
Please let me know if I can assist you further.
And, just FYI, here are a couple of links for music events and things to do, from the Union Tribune and one from the Reader, to give you an idea of what's happening here now.
Cory La Scala, REALTOR
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Do you want a condo? Then I would suggest downtown up to Mission Hills or some of the beach communities. If you are looking for a house then your options may be Mission Hills. Kensington (where I live), North/South Park and the beaches.
A lot depends on your price range. I am a native of San Diego and have lived in several parts of the county. I would be glad to help you find the right place, but need a bit more information.
We used to have a condo on Maui up on Honoapiilani Rd. I do miss it but San Diego is a great place to live.
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I would say Downtown San Diego, Little Italy, North Park, South Park, Mission Hills, Pacific Beach, Kensington, La Jolla.
What price range? bed/baths? are you looking at?
Hector R. Gastelum
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Downtown San Diego properties have an exciting alternative to the â€œcookie cutterâ€ condo and has everything you want within walking distance or just a short cab ride away. With just minutes away to Gaslamp District, Petco Park, San Diego Bay, Balboa Park, Horton Plaza as well as the finest night clubs, restaurants and Copley Symphony Hall. Downtown also holds stunning views of the Bay, Coronado Bridge, Petco Park as well as other historic landmarks. I would also consider Little Italy. Metro San Diego properties have the alternative to the â€œcookie cutterâ€ condo like Bankers Hills, Mission Hills and North Park,Talmadge they too have great restaurants, shopping, nightlife, and entertainment also within. If youâ€™re considering coastal, then I recommend Pacific Beach, La Jolla and Del Mar. If you want me to email you great listing, my contact information is below. If you decide to come to San Diego, I can you find you a temporary rental while searching for your perfect property. I recommended you view at least view 20-30 properties in the locations I've mentioned or wherever else suites your needs. This way you will get the feel of what you want and feel confident when purchasing. I assure you, you will not find a harder working, knowledgeable realtor as committed to my clientâ€™s satisfaction as myself.
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