Welcome to Off the 56! Today’s video is for the Millennial who is looking to move to San Diego. If this sounds like you, keep reading to learn which neighborhood is right for you. I hope you enjoy!
North Park & South Park
North Park is located just north of Balboa Park and is very centrally located in San Diego. In contract, South Park is located (you guessed it!) on the south side of Balboa Park. This area is full of great restaurants, breweries, coffee shops, and bars to enjoy. In fact, South Park is home to one of the best Italian restaurants in all of San Diego, Buona Forchetta. The school district isn’t the best in this area, but Garfield Elementary School is does have high rankings in San Diego County. The median home price in this area is $715,000.
The quaint neighborhood of Normal Heights is a great area for Millennials and families alike. The main street of Adams Avenue has many coffee shops, restaurants, and lots of antique shops housed in its Antique Row. The homes in this area have a lot of charm and are much more affordable than in North Park and South Park. The median home price in Normal Heights is currently $608,000.
This is one of my favorite neighborhoods in all of San Diego- and it’s not just for Millennials! Little Italy is very walkable and has some of the best restaurants in the city. Some of my favorites are The Crack Shack, Juniper & Ivy, and Mona Lisa Deli just to name a few. This area is not the most affordable, but it isn’t the most expensive either! The median home price in Little Italy is $520,000.
UTC/ University Town Center
University Town Center, also known as UTC, is located just east of La Jolla. This area is best known for the great shopping at the recently renovated Westfield UTC Mall where you can go browse a wide variety of stores, as well as enjoy dining and entertainment. They are currently building a trolley line that will connect UTC to Downtown San Diego, which will be great for commuting! The median home price in UTC is $645,000.
Solana Beach is a very walkable area, as are most of the neighborhoods on this list! Cedros Design District is full of cool art shops, furniture stores, coffee shops, and eateries to enjoy. The Belly Up is a great live music spot that is a local favorite! Solana Beach is very centrally located to Downtown San Diego as well as other beach communities, making it an easy pick for many Millennials. It is one of the most expensive areas to live, with the median home price at $1,255,000.
San Marcos sits on the edge of North County San Diego. Because it is a little out of the way, San Marcos is on the more affordable side compared to other neighborhoods on this list. And it has some great food options, too! Some of my favorite local spots in San Marcos are Urge Gastropub and Old Cal Coffee. There are lots of breweries in this area too, including the famous Stone Brewery in Escondido. If you have kids, San Marcos has some of the best schools in all of California! There is also great entertainment nearby, including LEGOLAND California and the San Diego Safari Park! The median home price in San Marcos is $607,0000.
This hidden gem of San Diego is located about nine miles east of Downtown San Diego. La Mesa has a great main street that has a very charming feel to it. The main street has great restaurants and shops to explore, perfect for Millennials looking to get out and socialize. La Mesa also has an impressive 21 parks and sports fields! It is a very community-centric area; they hold lots of seasonal events every year like Oktoberfest and a Christmas festival. It’s worth noting that it can get pretty hot in La Mesa. The average temperature tends to sit around 85 degrees! It’s a more affordable area of San Diego though, with a median home price of $585,000.
That wraps up my list of the 7 Best Places to Live in San Diego for Millennials! What did you think of my list? Let me know in the comments below!