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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Favorite Neighborhood Restaurants:
La Jolla Strip Club
Seasons 52 (UTC mall)
Eureka! Burger (UTC mall)
Aloha Sushi (UTC mall parking lot)
Star Anise Thai
Bite of Boston
Lorna’s Italian Kitchen
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