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Why It Could Be Beneficial to Invest in San Diego Real Estate

San Diego is world renowned for it’s beautiful coastal wild life, historical and modern cities, and of course its sunny, beach culture. There is no doubt that San Diego attracts tourists and visitors from all around the world to experience the San Diego lifestyle. Both locals and outsiders can both agree that San Diego is a beautiful place with an overabundance of exciting activities and new adventures to embark on, but one also has to wonder if San Diego is also a good place to invest in property or to own a home?

Currently, the overall US housing market is thriving and many individuals are looking to invest in property all over the country, but of course there are some specific location that would be better than others to invest in property. Experts conclude that San Diego housing prices will continue to increase, and even if there is an unexpected decline, it will still be above the rate of inflation. In the NAR Quarterly Report released in February, 2016 it was that San Diego ranked 5th in the most expensive housing markets in the United States where the median sales price was up 5.9% at $486,000. However like many other cities, economists predict that San Diego’s surge up in home prices will start to slow as some estimate that it is close to peaking.

In terms of rent prices, San Diego was ranked number 10 in American cities where rent was growing the fastest. There is a high level of competitiveness among renters in San Diego since the rent-ability is only around 5% in latest statistics, however this can mean great news for property investors and landowners. If the property you are investing in is decent condition in a fairly nice location, you will receive many applications and options to rent out your house or apartment. With this level of competition and demand, owning a property and renting it out is an effective and smart way to have another solid source of income and increase cash flow.

San Diego is also one of the few places in the US where out-of-town investors are encouraged and willing to invest and buy property. Due to San Diego’s low crime rates, comfortable climate, and a bustling economy in the tourism, technological, and medical fields, non-San Diegans have goods reasons to safely invest in property with minimal risk. Finally, the cultural and ethnic diversity in San Diego makes its a very warm and welcoming city; on top of which, San Diego is also renowned place to live for it’s top rated schools, efficient public transportation, and is environmentally aware and friendly. There is no question that San Diego is a great and amazing city and owning or investing in a property here would only be beneficial and positive!

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Where to See July 4th Fireworks in San Diego

4th of July in San Diego

When it comes to Independence Day, San Diego goes big. So big, in fact, that the city is home to one of the largest firework displays on the West Coast (if not the largest). It’s a time-honored tradition that never fails to deliver a good time. So where can you go to catch the show?

Luckily, T+L has you covered. From a rooftop speakeasy in the Historic Gaslamp Quarter to a cruise around San Diego Bay to the terrace of one of the city’s most celebrated hotels, read on for the best tricks, tips, and spots to make the most of your holiday this year.

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There are only three words to describe July Fourth in downtown San Diego: Big Bay Boom. Starting at 9 p.m. and launched from barges located around the bay, not only is this the largest fireworks show in town, but the display is so big and so loud, it can be seen and heard from pretty much any part of downtown.

If you want to be in the thick of the action, your best bet is to heed Horace Greeley’s advice and “head west.” You can’t go wrong in Pacific Beach, Mission Beach, Harbor Island, and Shelter Island—all great locations to see the fireworks. Get there early and post up at the beach with all your essentials. These areas tend to fill up fast and it will be more rewarding if you come prepared with beach blankets and beverages in tow.

As in years past, a free shuttle service will be available to and from Harbor Island and Shelter Island. Mission Bay is a perennially popular party spot, made all the more fun if you have access to a boat.

Speaking of boats, harbor cruises are a really fun and exciting way to spend the holiday. Check out Hornblower Cruise Line’s special 4th of July Fireworks Dinner Cruise. Included with the price of admission is a dinner buffet and some killer views of beautiful downtown San Diego.

If you’re hoping to stick around the city, The Nolen’s rooftop bar and lounge in the heart of the historic Gaslamp Quarter is your best bet. Likewise, the views from Mister A’s rooftop will go un-paralleled, as will the experience of dining at one of the city’s most distinguished locales.

For those looking to mix in a bit of history on this already historic occasion, Old Town will be hosting a free, old-fashioned Fourth of July celebration where guests can relive the excitement of an 1800s Independence Day party. The all-day event starts at 10 a.m. and includes activities and games for all ages. Guests are encouraged to participate in the parade around the plaza reminiscent of the July 4 parades of early San Diego with music, animals, banners, and people in historical costumes.

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La Jolla Shores

Working your way up the coast, La Valencia Hotel—also known as La Jolla’s Pink Lady—will come alive with music and entertainment for this year’s Fourth. Perched above the cliffs of La Jolla Cove, this timeless hotel offers extraordinary views of the Pacific Ocean and overlooking Ellen Browning Scripps Park guests and diners can enjoy drinks on the terrace of the hotel which affords both the views and a sense of respite from the crowds below.

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Del Mar

If you’re looking to celebrate in style, guests of the Fairmont Grand Del Mar will be able to partake in their own private fireworks show. As in previous years, the party will take place on the resort’s Aria Lawn and feature a sunset barbecue buffet including all-American favorites, live music, and some of the best fireworks in town. Non-resort guests can enjoy a Fourth of July brunch from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., or dinner from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Amaya.

For more information about where or how you can celebrate this fourth of July, check out SanDiego.org.

San Diego Events January-March 2018

Looking for fun events and activities? Here is a list of upcoming events and happenings in San Diego!

Poway Winter Festival

January 12th

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Join us for Winter Festival! Whether you’re building a snowman, sledding down the snow hill, roasting marshmallows by the campfire, making silly faces in our free photo booth, or taking a spin around the synthetic skate rink; there is bound to be something for everyone!  Click here for more information.

 

Kids Marathon Mile at Legoland

January 13th

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Though created for kids ages 12 and under, everyone is welcome to participate. Moms, dads, and big kids are invited to join the fun in this noncompetitive 1-mile run/walk through Legoland California! Click here for more information.

Travel and Adventure Show

January 13 – 14

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At the Travel & Adventure Show, the #1 series of travel shows in the U.S., you never know who you are going to meet. Get expert packing tips, technology trends and budget travel hacks on the Savvy Traveler Theater. Talk to local destination experts who have the inside knowledge of where to go and what to do at the Destination Theater. Click here for more information.

San Diego Multi-Cultural Festival

January 13th

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The San Diego Alpha Foundation Inc. is excited to host the Multi-Cultural Festival in partnership with the Port of San Diego, Commission for Arts and Culture, the World Beat Cultural Center, Pazazz and many other Community organizations. The Festival is free and open to the public and is being held at San Diego’s beautiful downtown waterfront park at the corner of Harbor Drive and Pacific Highway. Click here for more information.

Monster Jam

January 20th

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Monster Jam is one of the world’s largest and most famous monster truck tour featuring some of the biggest names in monster trucks. Don’t miss this chance to see the carnage unfold! Click here for more information.

San Diego Restaurant Week

January 21 – 28

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The 14th Annual San Diego Restaurant Week returns Sunday, January 21st through Sunday, January 28th with a FEAST for the senses at over 180 participating restaurants. Dine deliciously at restaurants offering prix-fixe menu options throughout San Diego County. This foodie-favorited week is the perfect time to take a culinary tour throughout the diverse and thriving food culture of San Diego. Click here for more information.

 

Farmers Insurance Open

January 25 – 28

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Mark your calendars now, because one of San Diego’s biggest events of the year returns January 25-28, 2018, at the iconic Torrey Pines Golf Course. Come enjoy everything San Diego has to offer! The ocean views, the world-class competition, and fan attractions including, The Michelob Ultra Zone, Fan Village, autograph areas, a variety of locally themed concession stands and much more! Click here for more information.

Big Bay Boat Show

January 25 – 28

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Welcome to the 2018 San Diego Sunroad Boat Show. If you are a boater, don’t miss this once a year event! We’ll have the brands and companies you’ve come to know and love, as well as new marine services and products, free boating seminars, boat rides, libations and more. Click here for information.

 

Shen Yun

February 2 – 4

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After sold-out shows last season, Shen Yun is back with a brand-new production. Embark on a wondrous journey through China’s 5,000 years of divine culture. Watch glorious legends and heavenly realms spring to life. See dazzling costumes and powerful flips fill the stage with color and energy. Let the orchestra’s exquisite melodies uplift your spirit, and the dynamic animated backdrops transport you to another world. An inspiring experience not to miss. For more information click here.

Cardiff Kook Run

February 4th

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The Cardiff Kook Run 5K, 10K and Costume Contest is a celebration of one of the greatest community in the most amazing town on the map. The course starts under the world famous “Encinitas” sign on historic HWY 101 in beautiful Encinitas, California. This scenic loop passes by the famous “Cardiff Kook” statue, rises above some of the most popular surf breaks in the world and heads down to Cardiff.  Click here for more information.

 

Mermaid Half Marathon

February 10th

Mermaid returns to San Diego’s Mission Bay for a scenic women’s 5k, 10k, and half marathon. Come out and experience the joy of crossing the finish line. The course features beautiful Bay views and the majority of the course takes place on closed roads. The flat course is ideal for both runners and walkers. Click here for more information.

Gaslamp Quarter Mardi Gras

February 13th

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Experience Gaslamp Mardi Gras, Southern California’s most beloved block party, parade and celebration headlined by Warren G! The famous Fifth Avenue in downtown SD will be transformed into a gigantic street party filled with 20,000 international revelers, 3 mega stages, DJs, dancing, live entertainment and an epic parade with fabulous floats and tossing of beads, beads and more beads! Click here for more information.

 

San Diego Tet Festival

February 16 – 18

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The San Diego Tet Festival features Lion Dancing, Music, Rides, and More! Join us in welcoming the Year of the Dog as we Spring To New Horizons! This prosperous Year of the Dog will be celebrated at Mira Mesa Community Recreation Park. Click here for more information.

San Diego Winter Brew Fest

February 24th

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This special 1-day only fest will celebrate craft beverages from California and beyond and features live local music, food, and other vendors. Get first taste of great brews by getting in an hour early with this exclusive, limited admittance VIP power hour including a special beer and Venissimo cheese sampling. Click here for more information.

American Ninja Warrior Experience

March 3 – 4 

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Test your skills and race on an authentic American Ninja Warrior course and watch the very best American Ninja Warriors from the show compete live! Do you have what it takes? You’ve seen the show, now experience the course for yourself! Click here for more information.

EC Craft Beer Invitational

March 4th

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Calling all enthusiasts and explorers of the Craft Beer Scene! The EC Craft Beer Invitational invites you to join us and celebrate the finest craft beers from breweries nationwide along with food trucks, live music, entertainment, and great company! Click here for more information.

Saint Patrick’s Day Half Marathon

March 4th

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Join in the fun at the St. Patrick’s Day half marathon and 5k, the Green Mile for kids and adults with special needs in Downtown El Cajon. The ultimate St. Patrick’s Day Competition and Fun!  Click here for more information.

 

Shamrock San Diego

March 17th 

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San Diego shamROCK is back to celebrate its 24th year! Over 20,000 attendees from across the U.S. flock to the Gaslamp Quarter and East Village each year to partake in a celebration so grand that it will leave you wondering what side of the pond you’re on. Grab your friends, don your green attire, and head to the Gaslamp Quarter this St. Patrick’s Day. Click here for more information.

Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival

March 31st

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You don’t pay for food at MVCBF. It’s a festival! You cannot be festive if you’re not feasting, and let me tell you what, we’re getting festive. Allows entrance 90 minutes early, a MVCBF Brew Caddy (a lanyard that holds your beer while you stuff your pie hole with  awesome food) and exclusive specialty beer samples. Click here for more information.

Everything in San Diego You Must Do This Summer!

Looking for summer fun in San Diego? Check out our guide to what you absolutely must see and do this summer!

San Diego County Fair

June 2 – July 4

San Diego’s annual county fair is the largest fair in California, offering a variety of food, entertainment, exhibits, rides & games throughout the beautiful and historical Del Mar Fairgrounds in the oceanfront village of Del Mar.

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San Diego Brew & Food Festival

June 4

Beer and food collide at Waterfront Park for a midday festival showcasing San Diego’s finest eats and drinks!

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San Diego Festival of the Arts

June 11-12

The San Diego Festival of the Arts has moved locations to Waterfront Park for the first time in 29 years. Saturday and Sunday, from 10am-5pm, almost 200 artists will be set up in the park along with live entertainment, food from local restaurants, and SD craft beers.

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Oysterfest

June 17-18

What started as a simple ode to the oyster has become one of San Diego’s most popular events for live music, beer, food, bay-side views and a whole bunch of good-looking locals!

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Del Mar Summer Solstice

June 23

A handful of Del Mar’s most applauded restaurants will gather at Powerhouse Park for a bountiful culinary showcase alongside selections of California wine and beers!

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37th annual OB Street Fair and Chili Cook-Off Festival

June 25

This local favorite combines endless chili samplings, five stages of music, a beachside beer garden and a lively artist’s alley all under the sun in Ocean Beach!

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Big Bay Boom 4th of July

July 4

The Big Bay Boom July 4th Fireworks Show is back, promising another spectacular display over San Diego Bay. Fireworks will be discharged simultaneously from barges placed strategically around the Bay off Shelter Island, Harbor Island, Embarcadero North, Seaport Village, Embarcadero South Marina Park and Coronado Ferry Landing!

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Sun & Sea Festival

July 15-16

As “the original Imperial Beach sand castle competition,” the Sun & Sea Festival brings together world-class sand castle sculptors plus a pancake breakfast, live music, a parade and more. Don’t miss the intricate and impressive creations that give playing in the sand a whole new meaning!

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San Diego LGBT Pride Parade and Festival

July 16-17

The San Diego Pride Festival features multiple stages of entertainment with more than 200 musicians, bands, comedians and dance performers. Attendees can celebrate LGBT pride throughout the two-day fest, which also includes vendor booths, a beer garden, a dance floor and an artist area!

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Del Mar Racing Season

July 19 – September 3

Horse racing at its finest! Fun for the entire family where the turf meets the surf!

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San Diego Comic Con

July 20-23

Comic-Con has presented literally thousands of special guests at its conventions over the years, bringing comics creators, science fiction and fantasy authors, film and television directors, producers, and writers, and creators from all aspects of the popular arts together with their fans for a fun and often times candid discussion of various art forms. Don’t miss one of the biggest San Diego events this summer!

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Heroes Brew Craft Beer Fest

July 22

Even superheroes need a beer break. The annual Comic-Con beer fest brings caped crowds together at Waterfront Park downtown to sip from more than 40 breweries. Dress to impress because the costume contest offers major prizes for best original costume, superhero look-alike, best group costume and best super villain!

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Oceanside International Film Festival

August 7-14

The Oceanside International Film Festival showcases features, documentaries, shorts, animation, and student works along with workshops and after-parties! 

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Stone 20th Anniversary & Invitational Beer Festival

August 19-20

Celebrate the anniversary with a brewers reception on Friday night or beer fest on Saturday featuring more than 150 beers from 60-plus breweries. The fest will also showcase Stone Anniversary IPAs from their 1st, 5th, 10th, 15th and 20th anniversaries, all on tap!

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Sharp Hospice Care Annual Benefit Dinner Regatta

August 25

Hosted by Sharp Hospice Care, the benefit regatta brings together racers, community organizations and local families for an important cause!

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San Diego Spirits Festival

August 27-28

This two-day event will boast more than 70 alcohol brands while heightening all of the senses with chef demonstrations, bartender competitions, dance performances and live music. Meet great liquor purveyors, talented mixologists and top chefs while indulging in unlimited cocktail and food samples!

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San Diego Bacon Fest

September 3

At the San Diego Bacon Fest, there is no limit to bacon or beer samples, meaning you’ll be double-fisting your way through the day. VIP ticket holders receive a brew caddie, which essentially hangs around your neck and holds your beer for you while you stuff your face.

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