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8/21/2017 6:11 PM

Hey guys,

I have a potential career opportunity in downtown San Diego, and besides a few visits to see family, have never really scouted the area for where people live and ride.

Any help you can offer on where to live/ drive time to tracks/ commute - drive info/ nice areas - bad areas etc. would be awesome!

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Washed up moto and enduro weekend warrior.

8/21/2017 6:21 PM

Encinitas/Cardiff by the sea. That's where I lived when I was in California. It's beautiful.

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8/21/2017 6:22 PM

I'm not sure about the MX scene...

I just freaking LOVE SD!!! I've worked there for a few months back in the 90's, & it's jut 5 1/2 hrs from PHX. We go there twice a year. I was in a sailing club on Harbor Island for 7-8 years up until last year. We always stay in PB at The Beach Cottages.

We looked at SFH's to purchase a few years ago for a rental, never materialized.

Great music scene, great weather, great food. Traffic is getting bad though.

I listen to 91X off their APP 3-4 times a week.


What work will you be doing?

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8/21/2017 6:36 PM

rpoint116 wrote:

I'm not sure about the MX scene...

I just freaking LOVE SD!!! I've worked there for a few months back in the 90's, & it's jut 5 1/2 hrs from PHX. We go there twice a year. I was in a sailing club on Harbor Island for 7-8 years up until last year. We always stay in PB at The Beach Cottages.

We looked at SFH's to purchase a few years ago for a rental, never materialized.

Great music scene, great weather, great food. Traffic is getting bad though.

I listen to 91X off their APP 3-4 times a week.


What work will you be doing?

Dude.... I'm from Michigan.... all those abbreviations went WAY over my head lol.

If my wife and I decide to go, it will be for an Executive director/Manager position at a natual gas utility.

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Washed up moto and enduro weekend warrior.

8/21/2017 7:16 PM

Brittneyb30 wrote:

Encinitas/Cardiff by the sea. That's where I lived when I was in California. It's beautiful.

Couldn't agree more.

Grew up in North / East County San Diego and moved to Leucadia (north Encinitas) as soon as I was old enough. I've bounced around quite a bit since then but if I ever land back in SD it wont be anywhere but the Encinitas / Leucadia area.

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8/21/2017 7:48 PM

Brittneyb30 wrote:

Encinitas/Cardiff by the sea. That's where I lived when I was in California. It's beautiful.

akillerwombat wrote:

Couldn't agree more.

Grew up in North / East County San Diego and moved to Leucadia (north Encinitas) as soon as I was old enough. I've bounced around quite a bit since then but if I ever land back in SD it wont be anywhere but the Encinitas / Leucadia area.

Just be prepared to put a lot of money into the cost of living. I paid $1100 a month and rented a bedroom.

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8/21/2017 7:50 PM

MxKing809 wrote:

Hey guys,

I have a potential career opportunity in downtown San Diego, and besides a few visits to see family, have never really scouted the area for where people live and ride.

Any help you can offer on where to live/ drive time to tracks/ commute - drive info/ nice areas - bad areas etc. would be awesome!

I grew up in the suburb of Mira Mesa (just north of MCAS Miramar), and I'd avoid that place like the plague. Back in the 80's, it was absolutely awesome, but over the last 20 years, it's turned into a complete shithole.

If I ever end up back there – which is highly doubtful – I'd probably look someplace like Poway. It's a bit inland, and hot as balls in summer, but I've always liked it there.

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8/21/2017 8:16 PM

MxKing809 wrote:

Dude.... I'm from Michigan.... all those abbreviations went WAY over my head lol.

If my wife and I decide to go, it will be for an Executive director/Manager position at a natual gas utility.

Nice. I'm in a related industry, get a good amount of work from gas facilities in MI.

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8/21/2017 11:01 PM

Brittneyb30 wrote:

Encinitas/Cardiff by the sea. That's where I lived when I was in California. It's beautiful.

akillerwombat wrote:

Couldn't agree more.

Grew up in North / East County San Diego and moved to Leucadia (north Encinitas) as soon as I was old enough. I've bounced around quite a bit since then but if I ever land back in SD it wont be anywhere but the Encinitas / Leucadia area.

North county is nice but it's definitely a drive from Downtown SD. Especially in traffic. No thanks. Housing is very very expensive here but for me its worth it. So much to do in this city and its beautiful. Wouldn't want to live in any other city. If you are looking to buy an actually house here, I hope you are making some serious money. There are several tracks within 1.5-2.5 hours from SD.

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8/21/2017 11:26 PM

I'm in North San Diego county in Fallbrook near Temecula and it's an hour to get down town without traffic. It gets hot in the summer, but every other season is nice.

Pala is 15 minutes away from me. Probably 45 minutes from down town. I'm not sure if there are any other tracks closer to San Diego. Cahuilla Creek and Glen Helen would be a 2 hour trip if you're down town.

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8/22/2017 3:08 AM

rpoint116 wrote:

I'm not sure about the MX scene...

I just freaking LOVE SD!!! I've worked there for a few months back in the 90's, & it's jut 5 1/2 hrs from PHX. We go there twice a year. I was in a sailing club on Harbor Island for 7-8 years up until last year. We always stay in PB at The Beach Cottages.

We looked at SFH's to purchase a few years ago for a rental, never materialized.

Great music scene, great weather, great food. Traffic is getting bad though.

I listen to 91X off their APP 3-4 times a week.


What work will you be doing?

MxKing809 wrote:

Dude.... I'm from Michigan.... all those abbreviations went WAY over my head lol.

If my wife and I decide to go, it will be for an Executive director/Manager position at a natual gas utility.

Ebs wrote:

Nice. I'm in a related industry, get a good amount of work from gas facilities in MI.

What do you do? I work for Consumers.

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Washed up moto and enduro weekend warrior.

8/22/2017 5:48 AM

Are you really willing to leave the snowstorms?

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8/22/2017 8:32 AM

I asked a similar question about 5 years ago. We moved from the dirty butthole of upstate NY. I had a 2 year old at the time so my wife was focused on schools and we ended up in Poway. It's a bit sleepy but that's ok and we're 30min from everything (downtown, beaches, zoo etc).

Working downtown you'll probably want to be more south for commuting. Pick a few areas and check out googlemaps traffic at the times you'd be commuting to get an idea. I found it's pretty accurate. I'd recommend renting for a few months before buying (if that's your goal) just to get the feel of different areas.

Plenty of tracks within 2 hrs. For offroad, Ocotillo wells is about an hour and a half and Glamis is 3 hrs. Other OHV areas within 2hrs or less. This is important for me since my girls ride with me and they wouldn't fare well on tracks.

My only regret is that we didn't move here years ago. I would've loved to be here in my 20s. But at least my daughter gets to grow up here.

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8/22/2017 8:39 AM

brogge wrote:

I asked a similar question about 5 years ago. We moved from the dirty butthole of upstate NY. I had a 2 year old at the time so my wife was focused on schools and we ended up in Poway. It's a bit sleepy but that's ok and we're 30min from everything (downtown, beaches, zoo etc).

Working downtown you'll probably want to be more south for commuting. Pick a few areas and check out googlemaps traffic at the times you'd be commuting to get an idea. I found it's pretty accurate. I'd recommend renting for a few months before buying (if that's your goal) just to get the feel of different areas.

Plenty of tracks within 2 hrs. For offroad, Ocotillo wells is about an hour and a half and Glamis is 3 hrs. Other OHV areas within 2hrs or less. This is important for me since my girls ride with me and they wouldn't fare well on tracks.

My only regret is that we didn't move here years ago. I would've loved to be here in my 20s. But at least my daughter gets to grow up here.

No shit.

I was born and raised in Poway.

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8/22/2017 9:28 AM

I grew up in Ramona, then moved to Fallbrook and later San Marcos in my adulthood. I love it there and I want to move back someday.

If you get a job in downtown, be prepared for some traffic getting in and out. It's not as bad as LA, but getting worse all the time.

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8/22/2017 3:04 PM

MxKing809 wrote:

What do you do? I work for Consumers.

In the valve industry, we do valve automation and pressure safety valves.





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8/22/2017 3:15 PM

I work downtown and live in San Diego (University Heights/North Park) like 10 minute commute. As far as suburbs, really the only option I'd dig is North County, coastal like mentioned above.

I work with plenty of people who come in to work no problem (leave early) but when they go back home to somewhere like East County, it is 90-100 degrees when it's 80-85 at my place. Some of these people have $200+ electric bill a month from running AC all the time.

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8/22/2017 4:00 PM

seth505 wrote:

I work downtown and live in San Diego (University Heights/North Park) like 10 minute commute. As far as suburbs, really the only option I'd dig is North County, coastal like mentioned above.

I work with plenty of people who come in to work no problem (leave early) but when they go back home to somewhere like East County, it is 90-100 degrees when it's 80-85 at my place. Some of these people have $200+ electric bill a month from running AC all the time.

I went out there alone for a work conference a few months ago, and stayed in Gas Lamp.

Well.... The Roots were playing at the Observratory in North Park on a Tuesday, so I said what the hell, and went.... with no ticket. They were sold out, but was given a VIP ticket by a stranger. Hit a few bars with the new friends afterwards and had a blast. That arcade bar was awesome.

I would love to be in the North Park area, just can't justify 500k for a 1000 sq. foot house I'd have to gut.....

Thank you everyone for the input!!!!

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Washed up moto and enduro weekend warrior.

8/22/2017 4:31 PM

Be prepared for a cost -of-living sticker shock. I grew up in NE Iowa, but have been in the San Diego area 25+ years now. Love it hereAll of the "big" tracks you read about are within 2 hours (all north), with Glen Helen being the farthest at 1hr 45 min with no traffic. I work all over SD, and if your are looking for a nicer area, fairly close to downtown, check out Tierrasanta, CA (zip 92124) It's about as close to a small town feel as you are going to find and still be within a 1/2 hour morning/evening commute. For my $$ -- stay away from the beach areas. They are mostly shit with tons of homeless people and partiers on every corner. You can go visit it any time you want , but don't live there...Flame on SD beach lovers!! Ha!

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8/22/2017 4:49 PM

A long time ago in a galaxy far far away there was that secret practice track near El Cajon where guys like Marty Smith and Tommy Croft use to ride and get good. But I'm sure that area became houses decades ago.

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8/22/2017 5:28 PM

Reese95w wrote:

A long time ago in a galaxy far far away there was that secret practice track near El Cajon where guys like Marty Smith and Tommy Croft use to ride and get good. But I'm sure that area became houses decades ago.

I rode one that was frequented by Ron Lechien, Rick Johnson and Broc Glover. I wonder if it's the same spot? South of Lakeside, east of hwy 67, North of I-8?

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Braaapin' aint easy.

8/22/2017 6:26 PM

Reese95w wrote:

A long time ago in a galaxy far far away there was that secret practice track near El Cajon where guys like Marty Smith and Tommy Croft use to ride and get good. But I'm sure that area became houses decades ago.

Falcon wrote:

I rode one that was frequented by Ron Lechien, Rick Johnson and Broc Glover. I wonder if it's the same spot? South of Lakeside, east of hwy 67, North of I-8?

I'm sure those guys rode there also. I don't know where the track was but I do remember an article in Dirt Bike or perhaps Motocross Action that talked about the track but did not give the location, and showed a picture of a huge drain pipe, maybe 12 ft in diameter that you had to ride thru to get to the track.

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8/23/2017 9:14 AM
Edited Date/Time: 8/23/2017 9:16 AM

I worked downtown and lived in Point Loma but it was very expensive. In addition, although I loved the coastal community, I have always preferred the mountains so I recently moved back to the rural community of Jamul.

Jamul is awesome! It is an unincorporated town in East County, San Diego. It feels very rural but you're only 30 mins away from downtown. The only drawback is that, a casino was just opened in the area and traffic has increased.

I also love Alpine, CA. The community there is very welcoming and there are many motocross enthusiasts.

Finally, the coastal communities in North County are cool too. I have a few close friends who live in La Costa and Encinitas and they love it. I like it too but I don't enjoy the traffic on the 5.

Like anything there are good areas and bad ones. In San Diego, It's crazy how just driving down a few streets will transform in socioeconomic conditions.

Overall, San Diego is an awesome place to live and raise a family. I've grown up here my entire life and I have never been bored.

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8/23/2017 11:14 AM

Brittneyb30 wrote:

Encinitas/Cardiff by the sea. That's where I lived when I was in California. It's beautiful.

akillerwombat wrote:

Couldn't agree more.

Grew up in North / East County San Diego and moved to Leucadia (north Encinitas) as soon as I was old enough. I've bounced around quite a bit since then but if I ever land back in SD it wont be anywhere but the Encinitas / Leucadia area.

MW19 wrote:

North county is nice but it's definitely a drive from Downtown SD. Especially in traffic. No thanks. Housing is very very expensive here but for me its worth it. So much to do in this city and its beautiful. Wouldn't want to live in any other city. If you are looking to buy an actually house here, I hope you are making some serious money. There are several tracks within 1.5-2.5 hours from SD.

Housing doesn't have to be expensive, just set up a tent downtown with the other hundreds of bums that live there.unsure
I do like SD though great cliamate.

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8/23/2017 11:22 AM

akillerwombat wrote:

Couldn't agree more.

Grew up in North / East County San Diego and moved to Leucadia (north Encinitas) as soon as I was old enough. I've bounced around quite a bit since then but if I ever land back in SD it wont be anywhere but the Encinitas / Leucadia area.

MW19 wrote:

North county is nice but it's definitely a drive from Downtown SD. Especially in traffic. No thanks. Housing is very very expensive here but for me its worth it. So much to do in this city and its beautiful. Wouldn't want to live in any other city. If you are looking to buy an actually house here, I hope you are making some serious money. There are several tracks within 1.5-2.5 hours from SD.

neverwas wrote:

Housing doesn't have to be expensive, just set up a tent downtown with the other hundreds of bums that live there.unsure
I do like SD though great cliamate.

Indeed, there is a large population of transients in the downtown area. However, after many years of actively participating in transient outreach programs, I can assure you, that the majority of them are nice people. Many of them are suffering from mental illness or drug abuse consequences. There also those who are enduring genuine hardships in their lives and have no choice. In no way, am I justifying their actions or advocating for them. I'm just trying to raise awareness about the reasons why some people are out there.

Anyways, the climate is great though. Can't beat it wink

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Vital Mx is not safe...

8/23/2017 2:00 PM

seth505 wrote:

I work downtown and live in San Diego (University Heights/North Park) like 10 minute commute. As far as suburbs, really the only option I'd dig is North County, coastal like mentioned above.

I work with plenty of people who come in to work no problem (leave early) but when they go back home to somewhere like East County, it is 90-100 degrees when it's 80-85 at my place. Some of these people have $200+ electric bill a month from running AC all the time.

MxKing809 wrote:

I went out there alone for a work conference a few months ago, and stayed in Gas Lamp.

Well.... The Roots were playing at the Observratory in North Park on a Tuesday, so I said what the hell, and went.... with no ticket. They were sold out, but was given a VIP ticket by a stranger. Hit a few bars with the new friends afterwards and had a blast. That arcade bar was awesome.

I would love to be in the North Park area, just can't justify 500k for a 1000 sq. foot house I'd have to gut.....

Thank you everyone for the input!!!!

Ha ya Coin-Op! That place is cool. There are a bunch of cool/chill brewery's around the area now as well. The prices do suck. I still almost can't comprehend this one, there is a 750 sq.foot house a few down from me that was on the market for 700k and it sold relatively quick.

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8/23/2017 7:56 PM

Reese95w wrote:

A long time ago in a galaxy far far away there was that secret practice track near El Cajon where guys like Marty Smith and Tommy Croft use to ride and get good. But I'm sure that area became houses decades ago.

Falcon wrote:

I rode one that was frequented by Ron Lechien, Rick Johnson and Broc Glover. I wonder if it's the same spot? South of Lakeside, east of hwy 67, North of I-8?

Reese95w wrote:

I'm sure those guys rode there also. I don't know where the track was but I do remember an article in Dirt Bike or perhaps Motocross Action that talked about the track but did not give the location, and showed a picture of a huge drain pipe, maybe 12 ft in diameter that you had to ride thru to get to the track.

It was actually in Sorrento Valley, right where the 5 and 805 freeways merge. When I rode there in the 80s, we would park on the west side of the freeway in an industrial park and ride through the drain pipe under the freeway to the track. It was a really fun area with a lot of off camber turns and hills galore.

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8/23/2017 8:17 PM

San Diego is great!! It all depends on what you're after. If you can live with the traffic we have everything and then some.
Also depends on your budget as to where you want to live. Poway, Rancho Bernardo, Encinitas, all great places. Do you have kids? Is the school system important? There are nice areas in San Marcos, Vista, Escondido, Oceanside, but you have to look. Carlsbad is great also. How long are you willing to drive every day? I personally would look in the North County area. You have MX, surf, ski (water and snow), mountain biking, road biking, rock climbing, hiking, kayaking,
just about anything withing 1 1/2-2 hours driving time. Also, if you are in the right area people are great.
TM

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8/23/2017 8:18 PM

Brittneyb30 wrote:

Encinitas/Cardiff by the sea. That's where I lived when I was in California. It's beautiful.

Why did you move away?

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8/23/2017 9:03 PM

Brittneyb30 wrote:

Encinitas/Cardiff by the sea. That's where I lived when I was in California. It's beautiful.

ToolMaker wrote:

Why did you move away?

Sick grandma. Helping taking care of her after her significant other passed away. Also cost of living. I enjoy traveling and doing things. California wasn't good for my budget.

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