San Diego Living
San Diego has an interesting history. Prior to being discovered by Spain in
1542, it was primarily inhabited by the Kumeyaay Native Americans. The Spanish
called California the colony of New Spain. In 1822, New Spain became a part
of Mexico. The then governor of Upper and Lower California moved the capital
from the city of Monterey to San Diego. The Mexicans lost Upper California
to the United States in 1850 following the Mexican-American war. In 1886, San
Diego was incorporated as a city and linked to the rest of the nation by railroad.
San Diego is the second largest city in California after Los Angeles. The city,
located in the southwestern corner of the state of California, is the seat
of San Diego county. The city is noted for its temperate climate and beautiful
San Diego has become a center of several emerging industries including telecommunications,
biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, golf and others.
The city is a major tourist destination, attracting visitors from all over
the world. Noted San Diego tourist attractions include:
- San Diego Zoo
- San Diego Wild Animal Park
- Mission Bay
- Old Town
- Gaslamp Quarter
- Petco Park
- Qualcomm Stadium
- Balboa Park and its various museums
- La Casa de Estudillo
- Hotel del Coronado
- Mission San Diego de Alcala
- Old Mission Dam
- San Diego Presidio
- The historic Star of India sailing ship
San Diego has one of the nation's largest naval ports, and there are a number
of major defense and government contractors in the area. The city additionally
has a number of leading universities such as the University of San Diego, University
of California San Diego, and San Diego State University. The city also excels
in marine research with world class organizations.
Other than being the second largest city in California and the seventh largest
city in the U.S., San Diego is also a great place to golf with 92 golf courses.
Other than being a great attraction for tourists, the city is also a very popular
place for business conventions.
Today, with one of the highest standards of living in the country, a gorgeous
natural setting, proximity to Mexico and a lively arts, theater and cultural
scene to rival cities twice its size, San Diego is a vacation playground that
lives up to every expectation. San Diego offers the classic Southern California
lifestyle with all its various attractions and yet is free of the hectic traffic
and fast paced life one finds in Los Angeles located only a 2 hour drive to
San Diego has proven to be a popular destination for relocation. Many people
who relocate here, never return to their original destinations. The year-round
sunshine here makes San Diego an equally appealing city to all its varied residents
and is one of the prime reasons that the housing market keeps rising. Housing
styles in San Diego are of many types, from charming turn of the century Craftsmen
bungalows or Spanish Revival to Victorian or expansive executive-style estate
homes, San Diego has it all.
And all of San Diego county is attractive and offers different features, from
Downtown; the coastal cities of La Jolla, Del Mar, Encinitas, Carlsbad, Oceanside;
Rancho Santa Fe with its unique character; Poway, Escondido, Fallbrook, Bonsall;
as well as the quaint areas of Ramona, Julian and so many others.