San Diego, CA is known for its beautiful weather and many beaches. Since San Diego is geographically so large, apartment renters have a large number of areas to choose from. Even if a renter lives in one neighborhood of San Diego, a short car ride can take them to the other side of the city in no time. While the cost of living is high due to the desirability of the city and its great location, there are many affordable rental options in San Diego.
Those who enjoy going out to bars, restaurants and clubs may choose to live downtown, in North Park, or in Hillcrest. The downtown San Diego area has many high rise buildings with amenities such as rooftop pools and balconies. For those who can't afford to live in the heart of downtown but still want to be near the action, Little Italy, Banker's Hill and Mission Hills are all great choices. These areas are also conducive to family life, and close to the beautiful Balboa Park. Another popular area to rent in San Diego is Mission Valley. This hub of hotels, restaurants and shopping has mostly luxury apartments, but some more affordable options as well. Mission Valley is intersected by many San Diego freeways, making it a central point that allows easy access to both beaches and the downtown area. Those who want to live by the beach will probably have to pay higher rent for a lower quality apartment. Many of the apartments in Ocean Beach, Mission Beach and Pacific Beach are smaller, but their close proximity to the downtown beach areas makes them perfect for those who enjoy walking. The most expensive neighborhoods in San Diego are La Jolla, Del Mar and Rancho Santa Fe. La Jolla and Del Mar have excellent ocean views and superb restaurants and shopping, making them some of the most expensive places to live in the nation.