Original Article Dec 2011- Wall Street Journal
With more than 300 days of sunshine per year, average temperatures in the low 70s and only about 10 to 20 inches of rain along the coast each year, San Diego is renowned for its idyllic climate, making it is a major destination for global visitors as well as a highly desirable place to live. In addition to having some of the nation’s finest beachfront, ocean view, ranch property and golf course locations, San Diego is unique in that it has incredible palette of industry, activity and culture that defines luxury living.
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Connected to downtown San Diego by the arching Coronado Island Bay Bridge and to southern San Diego County by a slender, sandy isthmus, Coronado Island is one of the area’s most beautiful communities, and technically a peninsula, not an island. The historic Hotel del Coronado is one of the city’s most famous landmarks. It is one of the few surviving examples of an American architectural genre: the wooden Victorian beach resort. It is the largest beach resort on the North American Pacific Coast. Coronado’s white sandy beaches seem to stretch on forever and have earned numerous ratings as one of the top ten beaches in the United States. Coronado offers everything for the active lifestyle with the charm of an old-fashion neighborhood.
Mission Hills and Uptown
Just north of the city and overlooking Mission Valley and Presidio Park is Mission Hills, one of San Diego’s oldest and most desirable neighborhoods. Over the years some of San Diego’s most prominent architects designed homes in the area including Richard Requa, William E. Hebbard and Emmor Brooke Weaver. Mission Hills is an upscale, family-friendly community comprised of grand historic homes and quaint craftsman bungalows lining its winding hilltop streets.
Point Loma is a seaside community of San Diego located minutes from downtown. It is known for its impressive bay, considered to be one of the best natural harbors on the western coast of North America. Point Loma is also home to the Cabrillo National Monument and Point Loma Lighthouse, which offers breathtaking views of the city of San Diego and beyond. The monument was erected in honor of Captain Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, the first European to set foot on the west coast. Also on the site is the original lighthouse, which was replaced in 1891 by the one that still steers vessels away from shore. Tidepools and hiking trails delight both tourists and residents alike. Most neighborhoods in Point Loma consist primarily of single family homes. The bayside residential area is called La Playa and includes some of the most spectacular views in San Diego.
Downtown is San Diego’s oldest and newest hot spot. With more than 12,000 housing units just built or in the works, downtown is once again becoming the center of San Diego. From the Gaslamp area restaurants, shops and nightclubs to the hip East Village surrounding downtown’s newest addition Petco Park, the new home of Padres baseball, downtown San Diego real estate is booming with apartment and condo housing shooting up into the sky.
Also known as “the Jewel By The Sea,” La Jolla is one of the most prestigious communities in San Diego County, from the grand homes perched high on the hill of Mount Soledad to the contemporary homes that line the ocean view bluffs and sandy beaches. The village is Mediterranean in design and has long been home to several famous residents who could live anywhere but choose La Jolla for its gorgeous coastline, world class restaurants, shopping, art galleries and museums. La Jolla is also home to one of the most well-known municipal golf courses, Torrey Pines, which was the site the 2008 U.S. Open golf tournament.
|A Big Small Town |
Locals often refer to San Diego as one of America’s biggest small towns, which is pretty amazing considering that San Diego is California’s second largest city and the United States’ eighth largest. San Diego has a population of close to 1.3 million residents within its City and more than 3 million residents within the County.
In addition to being known for its idyllic climate, San Diego is home to several thousand cutting-edge software and computer and communications companies and the biotechnology industry is ranked the third largest in the country. There are more than 26 accredited hospitals ranking San Diego in the top three cities for quality and costs of healthcare. San Diego is home to the largest military concentration in the county bringing in close to $20 million in defense spending each year.
The City offers a tremendous variety of things to see and do. Museums abound in San Diego, focusing on history, technology, culture and art. Annual music and stage festivals in the City include the San Diego Symphony, San Diego Opera, La Jolla Playhouse, Old Globe Theatre and San Diego Street Scene. San Diego’s theatres also regularly create Broadway hits such as “Jersey Boys,” “Memphis,” “The Who’s Tommy” and seven others in the last 10 years.
The City of San Diego alone has 34,260 acres of developed and undeveloped open space including three regional parks, 190 community and neighborhood parks, seven open-space parks, 26 shoreline parks and 25 miles of ocean and bay beaches. Balboa Park is a national treasure, housing museums, theatres, and the San Diego Zoo.
Whether it’s the dream of a larger residence, a second home, vacation or investment property, or even the perfect place to retire, opportunity abounds in San Diego.
Source: San Diego Regional Development Corp.