Cities are expensive, even in the sprawling metropolitan areas of Southern California. But renting a place in San Diego shouldn't send you into debt, which is why cheap apartments in Clairemont are a must for the finance-savvy renter.
Clairemont is a neighborhood north of San Diego's downtown area and Mission Valley district. It's not so far from the city that you'll feel disconnected from San Diego's downtown vibe, but as an outer-neighborhood Clairemont has its advantages, too - it's a bit more spacious and laid back than downtown, and it's home to a variety of fun locales and activities.
There is plenty of entertainment. Shopping, movies, beloved local restaurants and reliable chains all make their home in Clairemont. You'll find the ideal blend of local flavor and familiar businesses. Your cheap apartment rental in Clairemont is a great place to hang out, but if you're looking for a non-extravagant activity on a Friday night, you can fit in a round of mini golf or sing your heart out at karaoke. Prefer to see an art house flick, major blockbuster or take in a seasonal classic film series? Reading Cinemas Town Square has you covered with great shows and amazing variety year round.
Clairemont is home to San Diego Mesa College, which is nestled in the southern corner of this neighborhood. Stop by Merrill Douglas Stadium for a game some time, or check out some of the student bars in the area.
Don't want to pay pricey inner-city restaurant prices? Clairemont is renown for its Asian influence in food. Enjoy traditional Chinese dishes, or grab some class American Chinese at a local joint. There's also a lot of Asian-fusion food in the area, so don't miss out on those local standbys and up-and-coming restaurants.
Consider yourself an amateur golfer - or a professional stuck with an amateur's budget? Hit the links at Tecolote Canyon Golf Course or Sam Snead All American Golf Course, which are just west of your Clairemont apartment rental. Rather just take a walk? Tecolote Canyon Natural Park and Mount Brundage Park are two local favorites, and they're just a short bike ride from your new place.
Of course, one of Clairemont's biggest attractions for renters is its reasonable cost of living. You don't need to worry about running through your paycheck on beers at the bar or shelling out an arm and a limb on rent. Plus, San Diego's right there! Just hop on the 992 Bus, or drive the 8 miles to downtown by car. The dedicated or green-minded can even bike into the city.
San Diego's got a lot to offer, but it can't beat the cheap apartments in Clairemont, or the neighborhood's great energy and character.