Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Move to San Diego

Have you always dreamed of SoCal beach living at its finest? The beautiful coastal city of San Diego has so much to offer its residents. Beyond the sunshine and moderate year-round temperatures, San Diego has it all from fun family-friendly attractions to adventurous outdoor excursions. If you’re thinking about relocating to San Diego, here are 10 reasons to help convince you to call this gorgeous city home. 

1.) Beautiful Weather Year-Round

The West Coast is known for its mild temperatures and beautiful sunny skies. Of all cities in California, San Diego reigns supreme with temperatures in the 70’s nearly all year round.  If you enjoy living life outdoors, whether that means hiking, surfing, or even walking around the city, San Diego is perfect for an active lifestyle!  

2.) Diverse Neighborhoods 

Get a taste of Tuscany while strolling down the streets of Little Italy. Experience San Diego’s history and learn about their first European settlement in Old Town. Enjoy relaxed SoCal beach life in Ocean Beach. No matter where you are in San Diego, each little neighborhood has their own special charm that makes the city so unique! Before making the move, make sure to take a tour around the city to understand which neighborhood would best fit your lifestyle.  

3.) Reasonable Commutes  

When people think about commuting in Los Angeles or San Francisco, they usually picture hours of bumper-to-bumper traffic or rushing to catch the BART. Luckily, San Diego doesn’t experience as much congestion, making commutes to work more reasonable compared to other major cities. Typically, most destinations are about a 20-minute freeway drive away. Or you can take the trolley depending on where you live. 

4.) Proximity to Major Cities 

The great thing about San Diego is that if you want to escape for a day or enjoy weekend trip, there are so many diverse cities in close proximity. You can catch a Dodger's game in Los Angeles, give your luck a shot in Vegas, or cross border lines and enjoy some excellent surf and tacos in Mexico.  

Not to mention San Diego has an International Airport downtown, which is great for the frequent flyer or those looking to travel longer distances.  

5.) Lots of Outdoor Activities  

With weather as phenomenal as San Diego’s, it’s no surprise there are a plethora of outdoor adventures for people to embark on. You can challenge yourself to new heights with the many great hiking spots, catch a wave at the various beaches along the coast, take a leisurely stroll through the gardens of Balboa Park, or enjoy lunch with a beach view in the grassy slopes at Kate Sessions Park. If you’re an outdoor enthusiast or crave an active lifestyle, San Diego might be just the place for you!  

6.) Great Sports Teams  

Soccer, PGA, baseball, ice hockey and more! Whether you're a die-hard sports fan or just enjoy the action and atmosphere, watching any game or tournament in San Diego is a blast. The city is most well-known for being the home of the San Diego Padres. Not only are the games fun to watch, but Petco Park in Downtown has some of the best local food vendors in their stadium. Not to mention, the restaurants and nightlife in Gaslamp Quarter are just a walk away if you are celebrating a Padres victory!  

7.) Delicious Restaurants & Craft Breweries  

What pairs great with warm, sunny weather? An ice-cold IPA and a delicious California burrito. San Diego is home to some of the best cultural foods and craft breweries. Given the close proximity to Mexico, you can expect to find some of the best Mexican American infusions. If you’re planning a trip or looking for some authentic tacos, we suggest trying out local favorites such as: 

  • City Tacos 
  • Puesto 
  • Oscars  
  • The Taco Stand  
  • Tacos El Gordo 

Beyond tacos, San Diego also boasts fresh seafood. We suggest checking out: 

  • Dukes La Jolla 
  • The Fish Market 
  • Mitch’s Seafood 
  • Fish 101  

And of course, there is nothing better to wash down some great grub than with a local craft beer!  San Diego has some of the most unique craft breweries in California. From Stone Brewing’s al-fresco beer garden to the tasting rooms at Ballast Point, you’ll have plenty of ‘hoppy’ options to choose from.  

8.) World-Class Beaches 

San Diego’s beaches might arguably be some of the best in the U.S. Along the coast, you can experience the different beach scenes such as the mesmerizing cliffs in Point Loma where tourists and locals go to catch sunsets every night or the stunning waves in Tourmaline Beach for those looking to break out their boards. Other great beaches include Pacific Beach, Coronado, La Jolla Shores, and Encinitas.  

 9.) Top Tier Universities 

As the second-largest city in California, San Diego offers ample opportunities to embark on undergraduate studies or pursue an educational passion through graduate programs. Some of the top universities are the University of California – San Diego, University of San Diego, and San Diego State University.  

10.) Gorgeous New Home Communities  

Considering making the move to sunny San Diego? Luckily, there are many new home communities opening soon – from Chula Vista to Carmel Valley.  In fact, Shea Homes is releasing 12 New Communities in San Diego this year ranging from single-family homes to townhomes to condominiums. Whether you seek a beach, urban, or suburban setting, we have homes across the city to fit your lifestyle. Plus, a new home in San Diego offers excellent schools, modern community amenities, and plenty of nearby attractions to keep the whole family entertained when the weekend rolls around. 

Check out some of the best of west coast living, by viewing the upcoming San Diego communities being built by Shea Homes.  


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