2014 so far has already seen a polar vortex descend on western and central America while much of northern Europe was drenched by downpours – so it’s hardly surprising that many of us are daydreaming about second homes in sunnier climes. While Chicago shivered and Colorado froze, California basked in one of the warmest winters on record. The sunny city of San Diego on the US border with Mexico is a perfect example of a Pacific paradise, so we’re taking a closer look at what it’s really like to live there.
Despite a population of more than 1.3 million people, San Diego’s beautiful beaches and open streets help to maintain a laid-back atmosphere – although admittedly, average temperatures of above 21°C for more than 200 days a year probably make it quite easy to keep people happy. Technology firms including Qualcomm and Nokia have headquarters here, which combined with the presence of several universities and research institutions helps to attract a highly educated, affluent population. With credentials like these, it’s easy to understand why house prices in the area have been rising steadily for years.
Although San Diego isn’t made up of individual neighbourhoods in the same way that New York is, there are still plenty of distinct areas, each with their own personalities. After being intensively redeveloped, San Diego’s Marina District, with its friendly parks and promenades and proximity to the bay, has become a popular neighbourhood for families and retirees alike. Meanwhile, the highly affluent have moved into Columbia’s new high-end condominiums, which offer panoramic views of the coastline.
The Gas Lamp Quarter and Little Italy are both characterised by quirky historical charm, while artists and entertainers congregate in the city’s East Village District. Just outside of Downtown San Diego you’ll find Hillcrest: full of gay bars, trendy clubs and excellent wine bars, this lively neighbourhood is where you’ll meet the city’s most fashionable inhabitants. For the best Asian food in town, head to City Heights. Known as San Diego’s melting pot, this area offers excellent international and fusion cuisine.
With so many different sides to the city, San Diego is equally well placed to ensure evening entertainments for every taste. Fans of any sport from surfing to soccer will find champions to support, alongside plenty of opportunities to practise their own skills. The NFL’s San Diego Chargers and Major League Baseball’s San Diego Padres are probably the biggest teams in town, but watersports are almost equally popular.
San Diego Zoo is arguably one of the best zoos in the world, while the Museum of Man provides fascinating insights into anthropology through the ages. The San Diego Symphony performs regularly at Symphony Towers, San Diego Opera holds court at the Civic Center Plaza, and the entire city’s endless summer makes it perfect for huge street festivals, including Pride San Diego and the Street Scene Music Festival.
If the combination of sun, sea and culture has persuaded you to start seeking an investment in San Diego, just visit our official E&V USA website to begin your search today. With four shops in California and over 500 others around the world, we’re always in the right place to offer our expert assistance.