I spent the past 3 days researching San Diego, Denver, co and Austin, Tx. Reading everyone's posts, I have gained more insight and everyone is very helpful. Can someone help me with our situation?
We are currently in Brooklyn, NY, and husband works in Manhattan. I love how there is so much history here, and so many things to do. But unfortunately, it's just been our experience, that it is not safe as we need it to be here. We have a 2 year old, and while we love the mass transportation...with that comes all the WEIRDOS and seriously CRAZY people wandering the subways and in every area, whether it's a good area, or bad area. The last straw was the quote "you're not really from NYC, unless you've been mugged once." Well, my husband was mugged and beaten, and we've realized this is not how we want to live. I've also encountered a very disturbing experience on the subway, and we both know half of these crimes are not even reported. Too put it bluntly, I just don't safe here, especially with my 2 year old.
So, now it's San Diego, Denver, or Austin. I'm leaning towards San Diego. I've lived in LA for a little bit, and I'm originally from Seattle. I outgrew Seattle, and thought it was too small. Love NYC, but it's not the place to raise our child. San Diego seems like the largest choice of my 3 final pics. Our max for a home is 900,000 - 1.2 mil. I'd rather stay near 900,000, but if we need to, we can go higher. That said, I went online and entered the values, and nothing came up in our price range of 900,000 for La Jolla. I was surprised. I thought I entered the numbers wrong, and Tahdah...I didn't! Are the prices really that bad? :) If we can't live there, can someone recommend a very safe neighborhood, not too much commuting, great schools for our son, and in our price range of 900,000-1.2 mil? I really wanted brand new construction, but am starting to see, we may not be able to get that. We do not have jobs in SD yet, so I guess central to the areas where most people work? I will be looking for an entry level position in a company, once I return back to the workforce from Mommyville. Thanks everyone in advance! :)