Guide to Moving to San Diego

San Diego has a ton to offer – you can explore the ocean, check out diverse cuisines, and enjoy the hustle and bustle of the downtown area. It’s no surprise that after visiting many people decide to relocate to sunny San Diego. But before moving, it is vital to figure out the cost of living, consider what your necessary amenities are when renting an apartment, and getting suggestions for what to do when in the city. Here are our tips on what to review before making a move to your dream home:


Figure Out the Cost of Living:

Depending on where you’re moving from, San Diego can seem more expensive than what you’re used to. Ranked as one of the top 10 most expensive cities to live in the United States, the median household income is around $75,000, with a median home value of approximately $650,000. The U.S. Department of Labor reports that San Diego residents spent almost 36% of their budget on housing, overriding the U.S. average at 33%. Using tools like a rent calculator can help you budget how much of your earnings that you’ll have to set aside each month. With a wide range of options available, this is a great way to start narrowing down your search.

The next step is knowing the type of living situation that you envision for yourself. Do you want to live alone? Or would you feel more comfortable with roommates? Do you need a pet-friendly apartment for you and your furry pal? Are you interested in a studio, or would a 2 bedroom suit your family’s needs? It’s great to take a look at tons of different styles and layouts to understand exactly what would make your future home perfect for you.

It’s also important to figure out your moving costs and to factor them into your budget. Moving prices fluctuate based on distance, the number of belongings, moving dates, and moving supplies. Furthermore, add-ons include having movers pack your items for you or re-assembling furniture once it reaches your final destination. If you have too many items and would like to put some things in storage, that will cost you extra moving fees and monthly storage payments.


Pick Your Essential Apartment Amenities:

What are your most critical must-haves and deal breakers when choosing where to live? People often focus on location and love to be at the heart of the area they move. Restaurants, bars, shopping and entertainment are all at the top of the list for many. A great example of a phenomenal location is the Little Italy neighborhood, which is close to tourist hot spots such as the San Diego Zoo, Old Town Trolley Tours, and SeaWorld. It is also surrounded by popular museums, such as the San Diego Museum of Art and the San Diego Natural History Museum, Finally, the San Diego Symphony Copley Symphony Hall and Horton Grand Theatre make this area a hotspot for entertainment and the arts.

Apartment community amenities must also be carefully considered before moving to San Diego. What appliances and features are absolutely necessary? Things like a dishwasher, ceiling fan, fireplace, in-unit washer/dryer, central heat and air, and large patios or balconies to enjoy breathtaking views, are all must-haves for many. Moreover, think about what services such as water, sewer, and trash systems you’d like to have included in the cost of the rent.

Views from Allegro Towers

When it comes to exterior amenities, start a wish list of what you dream of having to help you narrow down your options even further. Maybe having panoramic views of the city is important to you, or a private access gate to keep your community safe? Additional amenities that can make or break a rental include having a 24-hour fitness center (so you save money and time from not needing to commute to a crowded gym elsewhere) and pool and spa on a rooftop (to throw those summer parties).

Lastly, how are the on-site management team and maintenance staff in taking care of your needs and making you feel safe at home? All of these elements will help you narrow down your search to find the perfect fit for you.

Gym at Allegro Towers, San Diego


Know What to Check Out:

There are a plethora of things to see and do in San Diego, many of which encompass the Little Italy neighborhood. In addition to what was previously mentioned, you’re a hop, skip and a jump away from Balboa Park and its famous botanical gardens, or you can surf and stroll around nearby Mission Beach, Coronado, or Pacific Beach. The Gaslamp Quarter is often frequented for its nightlife and trendy restaurants and bars. In contrast, Old Town San Diego has a different vibe, though it’s also filled with popular Mexican food, museums, and local shops. Petco Park is a great place to catch a baseball game, and Liberty Public Market will introduce you to over 30 food vendors that will delight your palate. There is also an abundant number of tours and cruises, where you can go whale watching, take a sailboat at sunset and drift along the harbor. Our best advice for really experiencing San Diego like a local? Get out and ask! San Diegans are not only friendly, but love to share their city with others.

San Diego Beach




We understand how much of a huge ordeal it is to move to a new city, but it is also exciting to venture off and explore a place as fascinating as San Diego.

To learn more about moving to San Diego and choosing the best apartment for you, contact the experts at Allegro Towers at (619) 737-1711. Our professionals will be happy to answer any questions you have.