Many people dream of living in California. This is especially true when the rest of the world is experiencing cold winters or sweltering summers. Yes, the cost of living in California is much higher than in most parts of the country. The beautiful sunshine and gorgeous weather in California come with a price. The cost of living is 43% higher here than the national average. The median sales price of a two-bedroom house in San Fransisco is approximately $1,440,000, while the median sales price in San Diego is approximately $621,000. If you are not ready to buy a house and instead decide you will rent, the average two-bedroom rental in San Diego is approximately $2,400. In San Fransisco, you will be looking at a studio for that price or more. But there is a reason why people continue to pack up their belongings and move to this sunny and temperate state loved by so many.
You may be thinking you will find a cheap place to rent and live on a budget when you first move to California, but this all depends. When people think of moving to California, they are looking to live in San Diego, LA or San Francisco. Although the West Coast is lovely, I am particularly biased toward San Diego. In 1998, I was living in NYC and getting tired of the sticky summers and freezing winters. I started searching for the perfect place and traveled along the West Coast. That is when I fell in love with San Diego, specifically North Park, a metro neighborhood located 10 minutes from the beach. I made my move here and never looked back.
California is known to be laid back, has beautiful beaches, lots of things to do. There are great places for hiking and other wonderful outdoor activities. You will also find few bustling cities if that is what you are searching for. While known for its agriculture and tech economies, it is also a place of paradise for many that enjoy the sunshine year-round. The Southern California coastline enjoys 70-75’s, while inland can reach over 100 degrees. It will depend on how far away from the coast you live. In contrast, the Northern California Coastline hovers over the high 50’s.
Visit the beach and surf in the morning, then enjoy a hike in the desert or mountains in the afternoon, where you’ll occasionally experience a bit of snow now and then in the winter. There is so much to see and enjoy that most people that move to California never want to leave.
While Northern California and Southern California have completely different vibes, both are beautiful and have so much to offer. Northern California is known for the different varieties of foods. At the same time, Southern California has some of the best authentic Mexican food around. The craft beer industry has become very popular in the last several years, and the West Coast is on the top of the list, with Santa Rosa coming in as the US’s microbrew capital.
Whether you are a younger Millennium, a Baby Boomer, or anything in-between, you will love living in California. If you think of buying a house in San Diego, contact the McT Real Estate Group right away at 619-736-7003. We would love to help you find your perfect home in San Diego County.