Moving to Morena San Diego, California and Surrounding Areas
If you love being in the middle of all the great attractions San Diego has to offer, Morena is the perfect place for you. It is located just north of Downtown and overlooks Mission Bay and SeaWorld San Diego. The weather is sunny year round and residents enjoy taking advantage of outdoor and water activities. Not only does Morena offer have convenient access to SeaWorld and Mission Bay, but Downtown, Little Italy, and the Gaslamp are not far away. The amenities this little city has to offer are quite powerful, but it is important to understand the cost of living, attractions, and what to do when you are ready to move. Allow us to guide you through the answers you need to make the decision making process a bit easier!
Cost of Living
Above all else, while you might be in love with a city, you need to be sure it makes financial sense for you to take the plunge and move there. Morena is located in San Diego County and much of the costs such as housing, groceries, utilities, and transportation parallel that of the county, so let’s take a look at some of the average costs in San Diego County. According to Payscale, housing prices in San Diego are 136% higher than the national average. If you consult a local, they will tell you it’s called the “sunshine tax”. The weather here is always sunny and there are no real “seasons” that making everyday tasks difficult, and thus everyone would like to live in Sunny San Diego where the sun always shines. The median cost of a house in San Diego is $817,185, that’s with the sunshine tax to be correct. If you plan on renting the average rent asked is $2,560 a month. Utility prices are 15% higher than the national average, but if you chose Morena and you’ll be near the water and most likely will never need AC, which typically drives that cost even further up. Gas prices are always fluctuating but you can expect to see an average gas price of $3.36 a gallon. It is clear why locals say the sunshine puts a tax on all costs in San Diego, but there aren’t any other places like this one of a kind city!
We hope that you can see past the “sunshine tax” because living in Morena will put you in paradise and when you look at some of the housing options it’s so hard to say “no”! If you're in need of plenty of room, a garage, and your own space, you’ll want to look at houses off of Gertrude St, Riley St, or Caminito Salado. Here you will find an array of houses offering anywhere between 2 bedrooms and 6 bedrooms. Houses in this area start in the low $400,000s and work their way up to $1 million near Gertrude St. In the case you do not need a full family style home, apartment options are plentiful south of Linda Vista Rd. Pacific Ridge, Arrive Mission Valley and The Village at Morena Vista are all fan favorites you will want to look into. Rent at these locations starts at $1,900. You can expect luxury facilities equipped with pools options ranging from studios to 3 bedroom apartments.
Living in Morena offers the best access to Mission Bay. Locals and tourists alike are attracted to this saltwater bay for its water sports, camping, swimming, boating, and more! The bay consists of miles of trails and sandy beach to soak up your daily dose of vitamin D on. There is a place for everyone at the bay. If you’re looking to hit the water and paddle out you can find paddle boards, wakeboards, jet skis, and other water sports equipment at Santa Clara point. For anyone looking to study the life below sea level, scuba diving is offered at Quivira Basin. Boat lovers and sailors set off into the wide open waterways at Dana Landing. Fiesta Island is another quite popular region of the bay where everyone is welcome to host bonfires, swim, and join in on charity walks and other local events. Better yet you can bring your dog to join in on the fun at Fiesta Island! It truly is a party island where everyone comes together for some fun in the sun!
Things to Do
When you’re living in Morena and have access to all the major freeways you can do anything and get just about anywhere in San Diego within 30 min! If you take Friars Rd you will eventually find yourself at Fashion Valleywhere luxury designers and chic restaurants meet. This is the shopping hub of San Diego and the outlet stores in Mission Valley reside just minutes away! I-5 will take you right into Downtown where you will be greeted by Little Italy, the Gaslamp, and Petco Park. Little Italy is home to the best Italian food in San Diego. In fact, you’ll find the locals at Little Italy Mercato, the local Farmer’s Market held on Saturdays. What better way than to get to know the locals and support small business while getting your grocery shopping done? Not to mention the street food and treats you’ll find!
You can learn more about the aquatic life just across the freeway at SeaWorld San Diego. Take the kids out for the day or grab a friend to learn about dolphins, stingrays, and so much more. Expect to get your hands wet where you will have the chance to engage with starfish and stingrays. You’ll even find a rollercoaster and sloth exhibit! Speaking of sloths, the San Diego Zoo houses animals who prefer a drier living environment. A trip to the Zoo is just a short 15-minute drive from Morena. Visitors can experience animals in their own environment and have the opportunity to learn about giraffes, jaguars, polar bears, koalas, and so many other species you won’t find hanging out at the bay. The lucky ones may even see the baby animals if “mama” is feeling social.
If you thought the small city of Morena couldn’t get much better, the Padres play at Petco Park just 20 minutes away. You aren’t a true “San Diegan” unless you go to the Padres game. Get your vocal cords ready because they will play “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”. And who doesn’t get excited over peanuts and cracker jacks anyways?
Time to Move
If you are now convinced Morena is the place for you, you won’t be disappointed. There is an endless amount of things to do. In fact, A-1 Self Storage in Morena can help you start experiencing all the fun things this area has to offer. Don’t let your stuff bog you down while moving in. Our storage professionals are available to assist you in finding a storage unit to fit any budget or size. Our office sells everything you need for storing and moving your items including boxes, tape, packing peanuts, and more. Visit our website, call us, or stop by A-1 Self Storage in Morena today!