I have lived in New York City (Brooklyn Heights and Upper East Side), Chicago’s Lincoln Park and Wrigleyville, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Washington D.C., Mexico City, San Diego and now call Temecula (or as some call it, “RedNeckula”) home.
I have friends/pseudo-family in West Marin County (Pt. Reyes) and have traveled to San Francisco regularly for work for years.
I think all of this “North vs. South” stuff is interesting. With all of the moving I’ve done, I have learned that every place is WHAT YOU MAKE IT. If you are bitter and angry in San Diego, you will probably be bitter and angry in almost any another city. Positive people find things to enjoy and appreciate wherever they are.
San Diego has some decent restaurants and cultural stuff to make it interesting enough. No, it’s not NYC or SF but any sane person would have known that BEFORE moving here and would not have moved to San Diego for the “culture.”
I lived in NYC for 3 years, and when I found out I was leaving I spent my last two weeks running around trying to frantically catch up on all of the museums, long-running shows and restaurants that I had never had time for as a full-time, working resident.
TuVu, if I were in your shoes I would rent an apartment up in SF for 6 mos or a year. Rent out your house in SD and just go up there and play and have fun. You dont have to pack up lock, stock and barrel. Especially in this RE market.
For example, this site features two condos…I think one of them is $3500/mo for a 1 mo. minimum rental.
I love San Francisco, too. But, I’m quite happy to be in a quieter, slower place – and thankful for SW Airlines!