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Discussion in 'Southern California' started by MomofTwingles3, Jul 11, 2006.

  1. MomofTwingles3

    MomofTwingles3 Earning My Ears

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    We are going to San Diego in Oct :banana: . We have found a rental in Ocean Beach and I was wondering if anyone can tell me about this town. It will be with my husband, three daughters, and father-in-law. Any info will be greatly appreciated.
     
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  3. captaincrash

    captaincrash <font color=darkorchid>!!!Surrender over yer LOOT!

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  4. MomofTwingles3

    MomofTwingles3 Earning My Ears

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    CaptainCrash:thumbsup2

    Thank you so much for the info on Ocean Beach. We have booked a condo there for the end of Oct. The pictures are wonderful, and the web sites are very helpful. Thanks again.
    Debbie :thumbsup2
     
  5. captaincrash

    captaincrash <font color=darkorchid>!!!Surrender over yer LOOT!

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    Debbie...

    Glad it helped. And may I ask what your condo rental cost and what size or configuration it is? IE - Bd/Baths - and distance to water - and whether it has any views. I would consider renting in SD too - but have not done so yet.

    Also - I don;'t know if you saw this other posting I made for someone else on another thread asking about San Diego - and ideas on what to do. Although I am not a SD native - I do travel there often for work over the past 15 years. SO - I copied and posted it below - hope it helps your family have a little more fun and save a extra bolar or two than otherwise.

     
  6. MomofTwingles3

    MomofTwingles3 Earning My Ears

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    Captaincrash Sorry I didn't respond earlier, our computer was down :badpc: We are staying in a condo with three bedrooms and two baths for $1925.00 a week. It is right on the water, looks beautiful. The place is called On the beach. I guess I am not allowed to post web sites yet because I haven't been on long enough. The way I found it was I went to san diego web site and looked for vacation rentals. I believe it is the second one down. Hope this helps.

    Thanks again for all the info. Our daughters are 14, 12,12 and the brunch etc.. looks fun to them!

    Debbie
     
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  8. captaincrash

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    This place has a nice site... Sound WAV and all.... ooooHHHH. :lmao:

    Seriously, it looks like a nice place. And if it's rentable for $6K a month then that's a good rate. I didn't look too closely - but the pix look gorgeous. Which reminds me of something - plus a mild cautionary note - that they always show their very best pictures.

    My story... we once saw a web liting on Go-today.com for a hotel in Paris. SO - we booked airfare for $0 using frequent flyer miles and booked the hotel directly. WHen we got there we got the exact same room as was shown in the photos... but the room was terrible! It had beds that were seriously worn out with broken springs and collapsed frames; the bathroom photo did not show the exposed plumbing and 3rd world quality to the entire appearance. Plus numerous other things we were mildly disappointed by. HOWEVER, being our 1st time in Paris it was very romantic and memorable - more so since it was with a funny (moderately expensive) hotel that was a dump in disguise.

    At any rate - your property looked to be beach front with views. If so then it is probably 1.25 million up through potentially 2 million. No less than 1 million. And if it is set back then it is no less then 800,000 as it is very nice looking. SO - just mortgage payments on the jumbo with 25% equity in would be sizable. No to mention taxes, insurance, upkeep and routine repairs - plus cleaning between guest visits. We have rental properties - so we know what everything costs to keep it up... plus property management if the owners are out of town or lazy like my spouse and I. SO - the rates seem quite tolerable - if not a fair deal... for a HOUSE at/on or near the beach!

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    When you get back post a report/comment on how it was - and whether you tried any of the ideas I posted up above.

    Oh yeah - the traffic at GRAND by the freeway can be nasty. Try taking the 8 as much as you can. Better than taking surface if you ask me - but taking surface will expose you to community conveniences - like super markets. OH YEAH... I bet there is an OPEN AIR Farmers' Market near by on one of the days a week. You might consider emailing the property manager or owners to ask about that. THe fruits and veggies are fresher there - and SOMETIMES cheaper and sometimes slightly more then the markets. AND the organic produce is usually cheaper. Plus the ubiquious kettle corn, mexican food, and probably some swap meet merchants.

    With a place like the one ya got - I would consider cooking in! You like live crab or lobster, or live fish? Look for a 99 ranch market and their mean and seafood department has it all. I am Chinese so I know about these things. Live dungeness crab is about $3.50-4.99 a pound not ... not those tiny reddish (junky) rock crabs. Live maine lobster is 7.99-9.99 for the small through monster ones - that is if you're lucky enough to get the monster ones. Live fish - they will FRY IT UP for you on the spot. Be warned though - if you go near 4-6PM when everyone whats their dinner goods - then it will be crowded and buying a live fish for them to fry it up right there can be tedius - and annoying as they get BUSY.

    Do yourselves a favor... try to stay out of Mexico unless you absolutely must go in for some reason. Even if you want to step foot out of the USA... then just watch yourselves - as it IS a 3rd world country. BEaqutiful friendly people otherwise - and they are by and large simply wonderful. But in TJ there can be many shady sorts who haunt such places. OK - maybe I'm paranoid - but lets just say I've heasrd of ... things.

    Aside from that - if you have any questions or thoughts to aire - post here or private message me as your preferences suit you. I am happy to do what ever seems reasonable to help out! :dance3:
     
  9. AStarOnMars

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    Does this picture look familar to anyone? This is the street that was used for the opening scene in the film Almost famous hehehe :)

    Mined you, I am 24 years-old, lived in SD all my life and a history teacher (my reasoning for adding in "worthless" facts below along with cheese ball humor lol ;) ) ...

    Ocean Beach, Mission Beach, and Pacific Beach all flow into each other ... as you move through each community from OB to PB you will see increases in the college lifestyle

    OB used to have a crazy homeless man running around town ... the city actually banned him from re-entering the town about 1-2 years ago, there was a lot of local news coverage on the topic lol ...

    Beach life in Southern Cali is very different from North Cali and I will leave it at that ...

    I do feel OB is better of the three, although I do not have a relaxing feeling walking through some parts of that neighborhood at night (mainly the areas around the picture above lol) ... Sunset Cliffs is wonderful very very $$$$ ... Janet Jackson used to have a home on Sunset Cliffs back in the late 80s/early 90s

    Jewel and Jason Mraz were discovered in OB at Java Joe's which has relocated and under a new name ... the further south you are in OB the nicer it is ... but every community has its less attractive areas
     
  10. kaze1sd

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    Hey guys,

    Another SD native here. Welcome to the city. The way I describe SD to newcomers is its like a very laid back version of LA. Not as hectic, really friendly, easy going!

    I'm not sure what your agenda is but here are some some points of interest in SD (aside from the beaches).

    San Diego Zoo
    located just north of downtown off the 5, 163, or 94 freeways

    Wild Animal Park (SD Zoo's sister park)
    located in Escondido (North SD) off the 15 freeway

    Sea World
    located in Mission Beach just off the 5 or 8 freeways

    Legoland (don't bother if you don't have little kids)
    located in Carlsbad (Northern SD) just off the 5 freeway

    Downtown
    located off the 163, 94, and 5 freeways
    Home of the Gaslamp District, Petco Park, and Horton Plaza Shopping Center
    I wouldn't recommend going anywhere but these three places at night. Not to try to scare you but it isn't the best place for a mom and daughter to be late at night and not knowing where you are or what to do. The three above is PLENTY safe with lots of friendly people to help you out.

    Balboa Park
    located just North of Downtown (right next to SD Zoo)
    Plenty of scenery and museums (natural history, art, model railroad, sports, botanical gardens, etc.). I would leave the area by nighttime (if you aren't with someone who knows what they are doing).

    Mexico
    I would only do this with someone that again knows what they are doing. You have to remember that it is indeed a different country so some of the rules are a bit different. There are really two parts of Mexico in MY mind: Tijuana and non-Tijuana. Both have there pro's and con's but again if you are with someone that knows what they are doing then he/she can explain.


    On any account hope that you enjoy your stay in our little town.
     

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