Urban San Diego Condos

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For many, an urban lifestyle is very appealing. In a city like San Diego, you can live  Quick access to the trendiest restaurants and bars, shorter commute to work, and the overwhelming excitement that an urban city has to offer. Here’s what to look for if purchasing a condo is in your future!

Amenities:

A  perk of owning a condo  is that the community often offers amenities that may be out of reach for most people. Look for a condo that offers residents a pool or fitness center to get the most out of your purchase!

Maintenance

While living in a condo, other people handle the maintenance for you. This is great news for anyone who works, travels, or just doesn’t feel like dealing with the work.

Homeowners Association Fees:

HOA fees vary widely depending on location and the quality of your condo. These fees cover the costs of amenities such as a gym, pool, and maintenance, as well as upkeep of the property.

Privacy:

A big benefit of owning a home is the privacy it gives you to do what you please. Some condominiums lack privacy due to the fact that walls, parking, and other common areas are shared with your neighbors. Consider factors such as noise and the number of residents in your building  to ensure peace and quiet around you.

Parking:

Most condo complexes offer residents at least 1 or 2 parking spaces, but it is important to consider your social life. Explore the area surrounding your complex so you can get a good idea if your friends and family will have easy access to on-street or off-street parking.

Commuting:

Living in an urban city can be a huge time saver on your commute to work. If you work downtown, there is the option of walking, or taking public transit. If you work in the suburbs, the odds are high that you will reach your destination quickly due to “reverse commute.”

 

 

 

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Urban vs. Rural Living

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Trying to decide on what kind of environment you want to live in?  Both have their perks, however there are a few important factors to consider before making the decision.

Cost of Living

Generally speaking, city life will be a bit more pricey because your proximity to business establishments.  A 3 bedroom rural house might cost the same as a 1 bedroom urban apartment, not to mention HOA fees can be a lot higher in the city.

Amenities

The city-life has loads more to offer in the sense of clubs, restaurants, general entertainment and great for people who like to party, eat and shop outside.  However, if you are more interested in a more quiet lifestyle, then a house out in town is okay as well.

Family

Whether you have a family or thinking about starting one, being in the right kind of location is important.  Depending on your financial status, you can buy a home in the urban area if you don’t mind your kids growing up in a city.  However, if you are operating on a limited budget, you might want to opt for the rural living.

 

Favorite Neighborhoods: University City

Favorite Neighborhoods: University City

Also known as UTC and the Golden Triangle, University City lies nestled between the intersections of I-5, I-805, and CA-52. It is a hidden jewel of single-stories at affordable prices.

Divided into North and South by the popular Rose Canyon, South University City is much more residential, while North University City is home to the Westfield UTC mall and a vast assortment of apartments, townhomes, and condos, populated by young families, UCSD students, and college grads.

Map of University City

Buildings and Institutions:

University City is home to several public schools, included University City High, Marie Curie Elementary,  Doyle Elementary, Spreckles Elementary, and Standley Middle. There are also several private schools in the area.

Most notably, University City is home to the iconic, white-steepled San Diego California Temple, an LDS church. Several other churches operate in the area, including another LDS church on the south side of University City, a Catholic Church, and and Episcopalian church, among others.

The newly renovated UTC mall is a major hub for activity, featuring many stories, restaurants, and even a new movie theater, the Arclight.

There are several office parks and hotels on the North Side of University City.

Two libraries serve the area, one on the north side and one on the south.

Recreation:

The largest point of recreation in the area is the wide swath of open space that makes up Rose Canyon, effectively separating North and South University City. The walking trails in Rose Canyon are wide, sandy, and fairly flat. Entrances from Genessee and the northern side of Regents Road provide the most accessibility. For the more adventurous walker of jogger, there is an entrance located at the base of Regents Road on the south side, which is rather more hilly and difficult. Additional points of entry can be found in the scattered neighborhoods on this Western-most tip of University City.

University City is home to many parks, including several dog parks.

Well-maintained sidewalks and neighborhood areas provide plenty of safe, recreational walking space.

University City High houses a full track that is open to recreational use when not in use by the school.

Numerous gyms are available in the area, along with a couple community recreation centers.

Rose Canyon

Favorite Neighborhood Restaurants:

North:

Sushi Ki

La Jolla Strip Club

Seasons 52 (UTC mall)

Eureka! Burger (UTC mall)

Aloha Sushi (UTC mall parking lot)

Star Anise Thai

Fleming’s Steakhouse

Donovan’s Steakhouse

Apollonia Greek

Truluck’s

South:

Mitsugawa Sushi

Bite of Boston

Lorna’s Italian Kitchen

If you would like more information on University City or any other neighborhood, please contact us!