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Moving to University City
Thinking of Moving to University City? You’re probably doing some research in hopes of finding the right neighborhood to suit your needs. San Diego is a diverse city with many unique neighborhoods. There is something for everyone! However, if you are looking to move to a great family neighborhood, University City is one of our top picks. Rated #9 in San Diego by www.areavibes.com, it has an extremely livable score of 79/100 which is much higher than the California average score of 63, and here is why…
Everything you could want or need is within a five-minute drive or even walking distance. From grocery stores, coffee shops, libraries, fitness centers, public transportation, schools, and parks. It’s really no wonder University City received an A+ score for amenities. You could spend an entire day at the local mall! Westfield Mall UTC, located in the heart of University City, is undergone a $600 million transformation. Equipped with ArcLight Cinemas, a revamped food court, ice-skating rink, luxury stores, fine-dining establishments, outdoor playground, two indoor family lounges with private breastfeeding stations, pop jet splash pad for kids, multiple gardens and rest plazas, a beautiful koi fish pond, indoor/outdoor event spaces, and a palm-tree lined valet drop off area. Westfield UTC is quickly becoming one of the most luxurious shopping malls in Southern California.
If you are thinking of moving to University City with children, you’ll be happy to know that the majority of schools are highly rated according to www.greatschools.com. With 8 schools to choose from, public and private options, you are bound to find a good school close to your new home. University City schools are part of the San Diego Unified School District and have an average rating of 8.8/10. Curie Elementary is a popular choice with an overall rating of 10/10, 571 students ranging from preschool to 5th grade and a 20:1 student/teacher ratio. Academically this school performs well above the California State average. You can be assured that your elementary student will transition to a highly rated middle school and high school. Both Standley Middle and University High School are one of the top-ranked schools in the district, each one rated 9/10.
If you are already thinking of your child’s college education, the University of California, San Diego is located just two miles from the center of University City. UCSD was named the world’s 4th best public college, and the 13th best university overall in the U.S by the Center for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, a public research university located in Shanghai, renowned as one of the most prestigious universities in China. Many UCSD disciplines were listed as the best in the world, including natural sciences, engineering, life sciences, medical sciences, and social sciences. Check out UCSD’s rankings here.
Housing and Safety
Another great reason to move to University City is the safety factor. According to Area Vibes, University City is safer than 67% of the cities in California, and the crime rate is 30% lower than the national average. The housing market is stable and offers a year over year appreciation rate of 7.36 percent. The median home price is $428,450, which is a great value considering the amenities, education, and low crime rate. If you aren’t ready to buy a home, there are plenty of rental options in the area. Being professional movers, San Diego Moving Company can help get you moved into the apartment of your choice. Average rent is about $1700. 68% of the area is renter occupied due to the many luxury apartment buildings in and around UTC mall area. Convenience is a huge factor in the rental properties being located within walking distance to the mall, grocery stores, and restaurants. The cost of living is considered to be average in the city of San Diego, therefore University City receives an A- housing score.
As for location, it doesn’t get any better. Quiet suburbs surrounded by three major freeways means you can get in and out of University City very quickly and you are just a short 10-15 minute drive from all the major attractions in San Diego. Being centrally located also means a potentially short commute to and from work every day. If you decide to move to University City, you can escape to the beaches on warm summer days. La Jolla Shores is located just five miles west of University City. SeaWorld is a quick 15-minute drive. Downtown San Diego is just a little further and an 18-minute drive from the center of University City.
The weather in University City is another great reason to pack up and move to the area. The average temperature is a sunny 71 degrees. San Diego Moving Company is ready to help you make that move to University City whenever you are ready. It is a great place to rent, buy, work, play, and raise a family.