City Living: San Diego, CA

San Diego skyline

Fondly referred to as America’s Finest City and the Maui of the Mainland, San Diego lies at the intersection of coastal cool and cosmopolitan chic. More than 3 million people call the San Diego metro area home – and it’s not hard to see why. The city boasts 266 days of sunshine a year, average January lows of 50 degrees, average August highs of 78 degrees and miles of pristine Pacific beaches.

Oh, and did we mention the city’s vibrant food, shopping and nightlife scenes?

Whether you’ve found your dream apartment at The Lofts at 655 Sixth, Avana La Jolla, The Village at Morena Vista or any other Greystar apartment community in San Diego, plan your next adventure in the heart of sunny Southern California. Get stoked!

Astonishing attractions at every turn

Take a walk on the wild side at the 100-year-old San Diego Zoo, home to 3,700 animals representing more than 650 species – including giant pandas. To see lions, tigers, gorillas and elephants roam about in free-range enclosures, travel a few miles north to the sprawling San Diego Zoo Safari Park. If you’re more of an intellectual than an animal lover, check out one of the city’s myriad museums – the San Diego Air & Space Museum and the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center are absolutely fascinating. When baseball season rolls around, look no further than Petco Park, home of the beloved San Diego Padres.

Are your interests more aquatic in nature than terrestrial? SeaWorld San Diego, Birch Aquarium and the USS Midway Museum are all places to indulge your love of the sea.

Breathtaking beaches and parks

Speaking of the sea, did we tell you that San Diego boasts some of the most beautiful beaches on the planet? Local favorites include Mission Beach, known for its lively boardwalk; La Jolla Cove, one of the area’s top scuba diving and snorkeling spots; and Coronado Island, home of the famous Hotel del Coronado. Whether you’re a water sports enthusiast or a shameless beach bum, rest assured that there’s a San Diego beach that will leave you breathless.

For San Diegans who prefer hiking and biking to surfing and skiing, visit Balboa Park, Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, Chicano Park or Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. Just south of the reserve is the renowned Torrey Pines Municipal Golf Course, the ideal place to hone your swing or work on your short game.

Sensational shopping, dining and nightlife

If you’re a fashionista, you’re in luck. San Diego offers an array of spectacular shopping centers, including Fashion Valley, Westfield Horton Plaza and the Carlsbad Premium Outlets. When you’re searching for unique souvenirs to send to out-of-state family and friends, Seaport Village is your best bet, and Little Italy is the place to go for specialty food items, artwork and unique jewelry.

A city of diverse cultural influences, San Diego is the perfect place to broaden your culinary horizons. From authentic Mexican food to flavorful Filipino fare to super-fresh sushi, the options are guaranteed to entice any true gastronome. After dinner, head to the Gaslamp Quarter for drinks, dancing, live music and stand-up comedy.

Discover America’s Finest City for yourself!

Night owls, gourmands, fashionistas, surfers and sunbathers alike can agree: San Diego is basically paradise on Earth. Reach out to a Greystar representative today to find your new apartment home in this scenic city by the sea.