Top 7 San Diego Neighborhoods to LIVE in

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SAN DIEGO- Rated as one of the safest cities in the United States, San Diego is a sunny, beautiful place to live, perfect for singles, couples and families. Broken up by many classic neighborhoods, San Diego county is relatively large. For anyone looking to move to the beach area, these are the top 10 areas to seek out.

1. La Jolla

Nicknamed the Jewel City, La Jolla is an affluent neighborhood in San Diego. A hilly seaside community of curving coastline along the Pacific Ocean, La Jolla is home to many thriving businesses, restaurants, boutiques, and medical practices as well as outstanding scientific research programs and the Birch Aquarium.

UCSD, one of the top colleges in California, is located in La Jolla, giving the city an college town feel. Additionally, as the San Diego County website acknowledges, La Jolla is one of the safest, crime-free neighborhoods in the area.

2. Del Mar Heights

An upscale, wealthy neighborhood in San Diego, Del Mar Heights borders Solana Beach, North City and Carmel Valley.

The beaches of Del Mar in North County offer trail runs, paddling, fishing and diving in the area. With the Giant Sea Kelp forest and an abundance of local fish, this area is a local hot spot for seaside activities. Del Mar is also home to a racetrack and fairgrounds with a strong equestrian community.

3. Torrey Highlands

Mainly residential, Torrey Highlands is a newer community in northern San Diego. Only about 14 years old, this community borders Del Mar Mesa, Black Mountain Ranch, and Pacific Highlands Ranch.

One of the top rated high schools in the area.

4. Sunset Cliffs

In the Point Loma community, the Pacific Ocean, Ocean Beach and the Sunset Cliffs Natural Park border the Sunset Cliffs area. The place takes it name from the sheer cliffs which border the ocean that are well-known for great surf and beautiful hikes.

The neighborhood is almost entirely residential with custom homes, but there is a small commercial strip found along Ocean Beach. The area also contains two top rated elementary schools, Sunset View and Warren-Walker.

5. Mission Hills

Mission Hills, a wealthy community in San Diego, is located on the hills overlooking Old Town, Downtown San Diego and San Diego Bay. The area is primarily residential with a few boutiques and local restaurants, but it is also walking distance from Hillcrest restaurants and shops as well as historic Old Town.

6. Del Cerro

Spanish for “of the hill,” Del Cerro is located within the eastern part of San Diego and borders the communities of San Carlos, Allied Gardens, and La Mesa. The city is adjacent to Lake Murray and SDSU.

This community contains Mission Trails Regional Park, and each year, there is an annual block party with live bands, food and entertainment for children.

7. Carmel Mountain Ranch

In the northeastern part of San Diego, Carmel Mountain is a community near Rancho Bernardo and Rancho Penasquitos. This area is both commercial and residential. However, the neighborhood is family oriented, as the schools in the area are known for their community out reaches.

Beautiful, sunny, and full of rich history, moving to San Diego proves an easy adjustment. Other cities like Carlsbad and Encinitas also offer coastal living in a safe environment for families. You can check out the security website to find additional home safety ideas.