if you are considering a move to san diego...

Old Sep 9th, 2003, 10:38 AM
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if you are considering a move to san diego...

you may want to check this article from today's paper
http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/business/
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Old Sep 9th, 2003, 11:04 AM
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We almost moved there in May and ran into the same concern.
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Old Sep 9th, 2003, 12:17 PM
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A coastal california city with high rents - who knew?
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Old Sep 9th, 2003, 12:24 PM
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This definitely isn't news.

However, my brother and his gf just moved there a month ago. They have a one bedroom apartment in LaJolla for 700 a month. Not too bad for LaJolla standards!

You have to do your homework though.
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Old Sep 9th, 2003, 12:25 PM
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Yeah, freaks me out too....

Time was, I rented a one-bedroom on the beach in Belmont Shore (Long Beach-- a pretty ritzy neighborhood) for $600/month. It wasn't that long ago....

Wait, that was 1995. Maybe it WAS that long ago...!!!
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Old Sep 9th, 2003, 12:35 PM
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1 bedroom for $700/month - that's a great deal.
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Old Sep 9th, 2003, 12:40 PM
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J, that's an INCREDIBLE deal! I don't even think that kind of rent can be found in a relatively downmarket neighborhood like Little Italy...!
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Old Sep 9th, 2003, 12:54 PM
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Yeah I thought it sounded incredible. Rent is about that here in Ohio, but that would be a nice big roomy townhouse. Apparently his apartment is TINY. I'll see it first hand this Thanksgiving. ha.
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Old Sep 9th, 2003, 01:32 PM
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Having moved down there, been laid off, and moved back to Northern California all in the past year, I feel qualified to address this subject!

The "news" shouldn't be that SD housing is expensive, it's that the job market and subsequent salaries are horrible.

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Old Sep 9th, 2003, 02:23 PM
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I'd DIE to get a two bedroom for that price! East coast city rents are much higher than that. I guess the real issue is how low the salaries are in comparison to the rent.
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Old Sep 9th, 2003, 03:25 PM
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Salaries in SD are notoriously lower than in other areas with a similar cost of living because people are willing to make less to live in such a great place.
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I was raised in San Diego. The above poster is so right. Salaries are considerably lower. I moved away to the East Coast in my early 20's. The one reason I never returned was the low paying jobs and high housing costs. I rooted myself in the East Coast. I have never regretted it with the exception of WINTER. I will never like winters. It is the only time I miss Sunny Cal!
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I don't think the "sunshine pay" adage is true for San Diego anymore. Of course, it may depend on your marketable skills, but if you are in bio-tech or software (either Telecom or defense) the job market is still very good.

If you are in retail or other service industry you may be out of luck.

I guarantee the $700 rent in La Jolla is probably UTC and not near the village or beach.
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Old Sep 14th, 2003, 09:24 AM
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Actually nolists,
I wouldn't be surprised if that $700 rent is down in LJ proper. If you consider UTC is nearly all newer apts and condos, none of them would be priced that low, not even a studio.
I can see an older place where the landlord has owned the property for years and is either clueless as to its true value or really doesn't care is more likely.
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Even with marketable skills, salaries in SD aren't all that competitive.
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He told me where he lives is actually considered the UTC.
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I have over 12 years in the software industry. Jobs that pay $100K+ in the SF Bay area we're offering less than $70K in San Diego.

And there weren't many of them either!

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I don't pretend to know other's situation, but if you are being offered such low salaries, maybe your skills didn't impress or are you in IT? IT is not software.

Embedded systems programming and integration jobs pay your so-called bay area wage.

Check the Useless Tribune, this weekend had numerous ads for software developers, integrators, and test engineers for defense, telecom, etc.
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My husband is a sales manager. We lived most of our entire lives in San Diego County, north county. When he finally figured out his salaray was half what he could make working in Orange or Riverside County we moved. Funny thing is we are happier now!!
Since we have left we have seen massive growth, traffic worsen and IMHO quality of life go downhill. But for others San Diego is better then where they are coming from so it is a great trade for them!
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