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San Diego Neighborhood Guide Where To Live



San Diego divides its neighborhoods into what they call ‘Community Planning Areas’. There are a total of 52 across San Diego. Each area consists of several districts, and natural landscapes are used to divide the areas from one another. Some areas straddle the Pacific Ocean, and of course there is the border with Mexico that stretches across the south side of the city. The areas all have there own distinctive neighborhoods, so which area will you choose?


San Diego Downtown Area


There are many attractions in San Diego, the greatest number of which can be found downtown. For shopping destinations and nightlife, downtown is the place. There are things to do for all the family in downtown San Diego.


East Village

Petco Park and San Diego Padres are located in this beautiful area. This is great for people who want to live in peace and tranquility.


Gaslamp Quarter

If you are looking for a buzzing area packed with entertainment, this is the place to go. It is famous for having many places to eat and great nightspots.



This area is a big tourist area, famous for Pantoja Park and Seaport Village. It’s a great destination for water sports.

Northeast San Diego


Balboa Park

Balboa Park is a beautiful natural green garden with authentic stone paths. The park itself houses numerous excellent museums. San Diego Zoo and a number of theaters can also be found in this area. There are a great range of activities available in the Balboa Park area.



Are you looking for friendly neighborhood that is welcoming to any sexual orientation? This is the place to go for the most thriving LGBT community. The community certainly lives in harmony with the locals. It is also surrounded by the most beautiful green landscape.


North San Diego


Kearny Mesa

This place is famous for its Marine Corps Air Station located close to Miramar. Despite having this military base it is a very peaceful neighborhood. Convoy Street offers a great cosmopolitan feel with many different Asian cultures represented. The food is absolutely amazing as a result.


Mira Mesa

Mira Mesa is fast-becoming a thriving technological hub. This once barren land is now full of pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies who are pushing the boundaries of science. If you are looking for a futuristic place where technology development is the main focus, Mira Mesa is the perfect place for you.


Scripps Ranch

Scripps Ranch is great for water sports and related activities. The fishing is excellent too. And watch out for the Koala Bears feasting on all those Eucalyptus trees. Beautiful!


Torrey Pines

This is a gorgeous place where you can find wild animals roaming in the woods. It offers a fine view of State Beach which is located across from the Municipal Golf Course. Some serious pro golfers have been known to grace this part of San Diego. Since the landscape is beautiful and residential area is limited, expect to pay a premium for accommodation here.


The Peninsula


Ocean Beach

This place is famous for its surf. The best farmer’s market in San Diego can also be found in Ocean Beach as well. If you move here you will benefit from a jam-packed entertainment calendar that includes many festivals and events, particularly related to surfing.


Pacific Beach

Pacific Beach is the most popular beach area of San Diego, packed with diverse people who come for surfing, studying, and those who are looking for lively nightlife. All the usual range of water-sport activity is available here.


Point Loma

Point Loma is the perfect combination of beautiful landscape and a stunning ocean view. ‘Loma’ is a Spanish word that means ‘hill’, and there are certainly plenty to look at. The adjoining hills and the Sunset Cliffs provide the most amazing backdrop for the evening sunset. Point Loma is also an historical place. The first European expedition to California was said to have landed in Port Loma.

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