Planning to move to San Diego, need advice

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    May 01, 2012 2:50 AM GMT
    I don't know if this is the best forum to post this in, but I'm a third generation Iowan who is planning to try to move to San Diego in the next six months. I've lived in Iowa my entire life and have never lived anywhere further than 30 miles from where I was born.

    I recently visited San Diego in September and fell in love with the city. I've always wanted to live somewhere warm and by the ocean, but just hadn't found the right destination until now. I would consider Miami, but I haven't gotten the chance to visit there and have no idea if I would be as happy living there instead.

    I was hoping to get some advice on which part of San Diego I should live in, or how to make this move happen. I recently accepted a position back in October at my current job for a mortgage company, and I told my boss I would stick with it for a year. To keep to my promise, I couldn't move before this October.

    I was planning on applying for positions in banking/mortgage industries in San Diego around August or September and then moving to an extended stay inn for a few months once I actually accepted an offer. During that time, I would apartment shop and try to find roommates.

    Does that seem like a pretty good course of action? I apologize if this thread seems silly, I was just hoping to find one or two people who have moved before and would have helpful tips or advice to share so I can make sure I get started off on the right foot.

    Thanks for any words of wisdom you are willing to offer! icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 01, 2012 3:37 AM GMT
    Hillcrest is the gayborhood, Downtown is...downtown (pricey, but there are smaller neighborhoods around downtown like Banker's Hill, Little Italy), La Jolla is the wealthy beach part (really pricey), Mission Beach is...near the beach, PB is kinda the beach hippy place (older surfer stoner types), Point Loma... I guess those are the livelier places to choose from (there are cheaper more isolated alternatives).
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    May 01, 2012 4:30 AM GMT
    My company actually has an office in Dallas, but it's still not near the ocean. Austin does sound like an amazing place, but I'd really like to leave near a beach since it's been a life-long goal.

    It's hard to settle for something you've literally saved for and planned your whole life. I guess I'm not the kind of guy that accepts anything less than my maximum effort. icon_smile.gif

    I appreciate the suggestion, mizzouguy10. It can't hurt for me to take a look around when I'm applying.

    It helps that I have a cousin who lives in La Jolla with her husband for the past 10 years, and a friend that lives in Mission Hill. I feel like I'm already set up for success as long as I can get a job offer.