As some agents have mentioned before, it all comes down to your price point.
San Diego is mostly safe, comparing to other cities, especially long the coastline.
For a family, I'd recommend La Jolla, Del Mar, Solana beach, or maybe even some areas of PB and OB, where prices are more affordable.
If you are looking to rent, you can browse Craigslist.org first so you can get the idea of what you can get for your money here or go directly to the real estate office and get a list of properties for rent.
Either way, good luck in your search, and
give me a call if I can be of any assistance to you,
Prudential Calfiornia Realty
In addition to the beach communities that are safe and desirable (Coronado, La Jolla, North Pacific Beach, Del Mar, Carmel Valley (east Del Mar, not coastal but GREAT family community with newer construction and various price ranges), Solana Beach, Cardiff, Encinitas, and Carlsbad, http://www.greatschools.org is a valuable site for researching school districts that will be of interest to you in your search.
All of the above mentioned towns are all unique and have great offerings when it comes to community based activities (top of the line libraries, YMCA's, childrens recreation (ie skate parks, etc), and lots of fun for parents too!), as well as fabulous main street downtown areas with of course, beautiful beaches. You can search by map and that way see what price point is garnered in each area. Rule of thumb is closer to the coast has a higher price tag but a) it's worth it and b) you can always choose a neighborhood just a bit inland but still desirable and a 10 minute drive (for example, Carmel Valley).
Let me know if I can provide any additional information and best of luck in your search and relocation, you won't regret moving to San Diego!
~Jill Wheeler, Willis Allen Real Estate
1424 Camino Del Mar
Del Mar, CA 92014
Century 21 Award
I have been all over the world and there are many great places, but San Diego is definitely America's Finest City for a reason and a place you'd be proud to call home. With over 70 miles of Pacific Ocean coastline and some of the best beaches in the United States, you will find many safe communities here. The question then becomes what your price point is as there can be quite a disparity in pricing among the different beach communities. I always encourage people to move here and I don't think you'll be disappointed. For further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me at 858-997-3704 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Best of luck,
First, congratulations on your decision to move to beautiful San Diego. There are many wonderful safe beach communities here (La Jolla, Del Mar, Pacific Beach), for guidance in finding the perfect fit just e-mail email@example.com.
As a licensed Realtor I'm happy to help. There are several affordable beach communities in San Diego that are both safe and have wonderful schools. Please feel free to contact me direct to discuss your options.