San Diego is a beautiful place with its Pacific Ocean beaches on one side and mountains on the other. For most of the year, the climate is perfect. The cold ocean currents keep the coastal area from getting too hot in summer and its location in the southwest corner of the nation keeps it warm enough in winter.
There are a number of attractions in the San Diego area including their world-famous zoo and Sea World. The weather also makes it a perfect location for the Navy and Marine bases in the area as well home to a couple of major universities.
Like many others, I’ve always enjoyed my visits to San Diego, having attended graduate school in nearby Santee. Living most of my life in the Arizona desert, it was unique to spend several summers in the San Diego area, living in a room with no heating or cooling and yet being comfortable all the time.
As much as I enjoyed the San Diego area, I would never consider moving there for several reasons. One is the high cost of living. I recall a friend being ecstatic when he found a small 1,200 square foot 3-bedroom house that only cost around $700,000 for him and his new bride. At the time, I could have bought 5 houses like my 2,300-square foot home in Mesa, Arizona.