I did my some time living on the east coast as a kid...I swore when I became an adult..I'd never put up with that 'east coast' torture (weather) ever again! Don't get me wrong...I LOVE NYC...it's my home away from here in SoCal. Unlike like you I'd never get tired of the crowds, hustle/bustle and I'd be chained to JFK
when not nursing a hangover! However..on a winter photo shoot at JFK
once in the early 1990's....and I asked my self..'What was I thinking when I booked this trip?' I'll put myself through that kinda weather again unless I'm invited to another Trump party or I'm hiking in Alaska! And I'm talking about just visiting.
Now if NYC had our weather here...I'd never leave...Period! But it doesn't..given what you've said thus far, if you can afford LaJolla you guys would love it regardless. The only problem people do have with it is...it does have a 'clique-ish' feel to it...and after a while you do notice it. but it's beautiful. Orange County's San Juan Capistrano is just as beautiful and serene. Newport Beach area is a fair mix of that serenity with heavy dosage of 'good beach life and party atmosphere) more younger people (your age range) than SJC
and LaJolla. LaJolla is San Diego's answer to LA
's Malibu (but the malibu clique is Uber Clique..top flight...your neighbors are Steven Spielberg and the like..basically just past through enjoy the scenery and keep going you) Santa Monica/Venice Beach is LA
's very trendy down to earth bohemia environment..it ain't cheap (skanky parts of Venice may be...but also dangerous) but reminders of you're right in the LA
Basin are a stones throw away. A quiet enclave (except jet noise) south of Santa Monica/Venice is Playa Del Rey a very 30-ish area..further north from the noise towards Venice is the ritzy Marina Del Rey community perfect if being near LA
is not a problem. Top 2 choices in the LA
Area 1) Marina Del Rey 2) Santa Monica. Beverly Hills- forget it you won't like the people...it's cool if you know the 'feel' but being a newcomer..it may take a while to 'get it'. North of LA
County..Santa Barbara is LaJolla with the more laid back 'Santa Monica atmosphere' and just might be perfect for you. As you go further north it the beachside communities are just small 'Santa Barbara's if you will until you reach the Carmel/Monterrey where it takes on a just barely noticible more conservative slant..not as bad as Orange County but far more than you'll ever find in Santa Monica. San Francisco, I feel is the most beautiful city in America but it gets just too damn cold there for my blood (and that's anything near 40F -- which we are getting her some nites during our winter) but SFO
gets that stuff all yeah around in the evening. But the daytime temps are great there! But I still prefer LA
weather over SFO
weather the 5-10 degree differential makes all the difference in my book.
I hope that shines some light on some of Calif. coastal living situations..also be WARNED the entire length of 'coastal' communities -- LaJolla up to SFO
is subject to 'June Gloom' conditions. And it doesn't just happen in June it can be almost damn near year-around. What that means is the cooler Pacific (vs Atlantic) waters and high temps over the inland areas create a 'fog' that sometimes linger forever along the shoreline cities or just parts of them. They are all subject to it. That means on a typical day (or week or month) the temp in Westwood(UCLA
)/Beverly Hills can be a balmy sunny 75-80 degrees and just 1-2 miles west in Santa Monica..it's 62 degrees and complete socked in! many summer tourist/visitors wake up and confuse this with smog because the whole LA
Basin is socked in at 8AM but because ground temps..it burns off in the city far faster than the shoreline cities (where a continuous cooling breeze is blown across the beach cities) And these conditions have ruined many a summer days for the beach communities. But during the winter, like now, that's strangely enough...rarely the case. Indian summers or the Santa Ana conditions easily make Sept-Mar days and nites make the beach cities unbelievable -- clear as far as the eye can see and all you need is a T-Shirt and shorts -- at 'MIDNITE' just like this past Mon/Tues/ Wed nite. just stunning!
The only place that will take me away from this...is a home on the island of St. Martin (....the French side of cousre!) And even then I'll return back here for lengthy stays!
"Home of the Brave, made by the Slaves..Land of the Free, if you look like me.." T. Jefferson