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Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets, CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego (Big Block Realty 858.232.8722)

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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

I lived in San Diego long ago.  It was my first experience living on my own after many years in Orange County. 

My first apartment was in the UTC area which I know is very familiar to you.  I then moved to Cardiff by the Sea with work colleagues.  San Diego was and is a beautiful spot in our state.  At the time, I thought it was laid back and I was anxious to move north to Los Angeles County for a job promotion.  

Feb 17, 2024 10:18 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

It has been many years since our visit. 

If we returned, we would want to visit the zoo and to see our family  members who live in Oceanside.

Feb 17, 2024 10:54 AM
Liz and Bill Spear
Transaction Alliance 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
Transaction Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

I had a stretch of about 10 years where I'd come out once or twice a year.  I had a supplier in La Jolla with a plant in TJ.  We (both of us) came out for a RE/MAX convention.

I didn't ever visit the zoo or Seaworld.  Maybe my favorite thing to do was drive up to Point Loma and just enjoy the view from up by the old lighthouse.  Enjoyed the food in Old Town and The Marine Room in La Jolla and a brunch at Hotel Del Coronado.  Did catch a game at Petco once, still have the ticket stub on my bulletin board in Cubicleland.  The weather was always great, as long as we didn't go too far inland, then amazing how quickly the temps picked up.

Feb 17, 2024 07:45 AM
Shayne Stone
HomeSmart - Fulshear, TX
"Your Rock Solid Choice Realtor" RETIRED

I haven't been in San Diego, since I was last station at Miramar having my IT training with the Marines in the late 70's. So, I can't recall much except for our visits to Tijuana on leave!!!

Feb 17, 2024 10:11 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services


Most of my family lives in San Diego.  Brothers, Sisters, Nieces, Nephews, the entire tribe, except one brother lives there. Yet the one brother who no longer lives there owns 7 properties in San Diego. His children and grandchildren live there.  They all love it there. 

Me, not so much.  I spent one semester living in Ocean Beach while attending college.  I enjoyed being closer to my siblings.

Both parents lived in San Diego as well. That is where they decided to reside after they were finished traveling (empty nesters). They likely chose San Diego because, at that time, 3 out of 6 of their children were living there.

I have spent a lot of time there over many years. I have nothing bad or negative to say about it.  The weather is amazing.  






Feb 17, 2024 12:42 PM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I visited San Diego once, for a week, in 1978. I remember the weather was amazing, San Diego was very clean, and the Zoo was a lot of fun. I don't remember much else from that trip!

Feb 17, 2024 11:18 AM
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Thomas, we have been there three times and the climate was just amazing in the summer time with the ocean breeze;  it was actually chilly in the shade in a short sleeve shirt, and this was such a welcome and unexpected respite from the summer humidity of Indiana. 

I just love looking at the aircraft carriers across the bay over on Coronado when they were in port.  Our kids enjoyed Sea World and the Zoo, and there was a neat little park on the water by Seaport Village where you could relax and enjoy the locals flying some very intricate and fancy kites.

  I was, however, disappointed with the beaches in the area as the water was very cold, murky, and some of the beaches to the north would pound you with rocks the size of eggs with each new wave.  

It was a beautiful city and for me the climate around the harbor was the main attraction.  I  would have no interest in baking in the 100+ degree heat living outside the city to the east.  We loved the older homes around the Point Loma area!

Feb 17, 2024 10:59 AM
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

I visited on a trip out west during my childhood and always remembered the trip to the Zoo, went back again with my kids when in town for a convention and it's still the best Zoo I have been to. Also enjoyed the Hotel Del Coronado on another trip for a convention.

Feb 17, 2024 10:42 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

The Zoo, Sea World and Wild Animal park are worthy of a visit. Then, pick-out a nice restaurant on the wharf & C-FOOD (seafood) away.

Feb 17, 2024 10:41 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

It's been awhile since I've been in SD.  When I used to go more regularly (which has been quite some time) it was to sail with some friends which was always a blast.  And of course we did the zoo and sea world etc as well as lots of great little cafes and restaurants. 

Feb 17, 2024 10:34 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

We have visited San Diego briefly. We enjoyed the good weather while were there. We dined at an excellent Mexican restaurant in Old Town. We drove over to Balboa Park and drove around to see the sights. We had a drink at the Hotel Del Coronado.

Feb 17, 2024 09:55 AM
Katina Hargrove 352-551-0308
Stake Your Land Realty, Inc. - Eustis, FL
Broker/Owner, SFR®, e-PRO®, GRI, AHWD, REALTOR®

Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets 

I have never been to San Diego, California, my mother did live there in the 70's and has some wonderful pictures of the area. If I ever did visit, I would expect to see palm trees by the beaches and spectacular food and sites to see. 

Feb 17, 2024 07:56 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

We were in SD County 2 years ago and fell in love with Carlsbad ! 

Feb 17, 2024 07:56 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

My first visit to San Diego was in the late 1970's, on a road trip from Phoenix.  I drove west on Interstate 8, then drove up to Los Angeles and returned via Interstate 10. 

San Diego was absolutely beautiful.  A view of the Pacific Ocean that is spectacular.

I returned in the 1990's, another road trip, driving south from San Francisco.   My visit then was very short.


My brother talks about moving to La Jolla.  He lives in Scottsdale AZ, he goes there for vacations.

Feb 17, 2024 07:50 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

The zoo is a good one in the states.

Feb 17, 2024 07:49 AM
Eileen Burns 954.483.3912
Trans State Commercial Realty Inc. - Fort Lauderdale, FL
FLorida Real Estate Connector

I have never visited San Diego as an adult.  I would do harbor cruising, Little Italy for a food experience and count me in for a wine tour.😎

Feb 17, 2024 07:39 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Can you believe with all my travels, I've never been to San Diego? If I ever go to San Diego, it would be to see you, Thomas. 😊

Feb 18, 2024 05:30 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Never been and likely never will. My son was there twice and he and his wife loved it! They had an opportunity to go boating and really liked that and the zoo.

Feb 18, 2024 04:29 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Oh, it has to be the 75º beautiful weather - YEAR-ROUND! The coastline and the wineries are favorites too.

Feb 17, 2024 09:46 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Yep, you guys a short drive from my hood:) 

Feb 17, 2024 08:58 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I was there for my brother's wedding in 2000, now the only reason to go there would be to meet up with Mr Nelson.

Feb 17, 2024 08:15 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I have visited San Diego CA Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets but I was there with my parents nearly 60 years ago. I don't remember anything BUT because of your posts I feel like I'd be right at home there.

Feb 17, 2024 06:25 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Thomas- I was there for a trade show about 20 years ago. What I saw of it, I loved. The weather was perfect.

Feb 17, 2024 01:06 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I have visited many times as my inlaws lived there.  So over the past 23 years I have been about 15 times for a week or longer each visit.  My husband also lived there in his teenage years.  I love some of the touristy things like sea world and the zoo along with old town.  Authentic Mexican was good also and I learned what in Georgia is Mexican isn't in fact Mexican at all.  Chula Vista and El Cajon are two of my favorite towns because they are on the smaller side and more like home and while I like to visit cities, I'm a country gal through and through.

Feb 17, 2024 08:09 AM
Matthew Sturkie, CRS, GRI 909-969-3805
Action Realty - Apple Valley, CA
CRS, GRI 909-969-3805

Well, I am in SO CAL so I have been to San Diego many times going back to the 1970's. Two of my kids live in North Park. I like Old Town, The Gaslamp Quarter, Balboa Park, Point Loma and the lighthouse, The San Diego Zoo, and Seaworld. If I had to pick a favorite, I would say Balboa Park.   

Feb 17, 2024 04:08 PM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Have not been; would love to go. Hear it's quite a beautiful ocean city. 

Feb 18, 2024 10:32 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I visited for ComicCon 13 years ago.  It was a good time.  The gaslight district then was good.

Feb 18, 2024 09:23 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

🎶But first . . . are you . . . experienced🎶

I lived in Corona CA 31 years and that's less than an hour from
San Diago which means 'Whale's Vagina'  


Plus my stepson lives in Esco.

So many many times over the years . . . San Diego is historically rich, and I especially have enjoyed Coronado Island and Hotel Del Coronado.

And of course, I'd say besides MX, San Diego invented the fish taco!

Feb 18, 2024 02:08 PM
Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Group Valencia & Aliso Viejo

The thing I enjoy most about San Diego is leaving it.  I've lived in the Los Angeles area for about fifty years and have been there about a hundred times so I've burned out on going there.  It seems like we end up there anyway and can't wait to leave.

Feb 18, 2024 09:30 AM