Should You Move to Imperial Beach?

There are more than 26,000 people living in Imperial Beach, California, and that leaves plenty of space for you to make this neighborhood your new home.

There are many San Diego neighborhoods to choose from and you will find that Imperial Beach has its own charm compared to other areas in San Diego. But what makes this neighborhood so special, you might ask?

How can you know that it will make a good choice for you and your family? Keep reading and learn more about living in Imperial Beach and why it's such a great option. 

Imperial Beach Has the Best Weather in the United States

Everyone knows that California is supposed to have good weather, but Imperial Beach has perhaps some of the best weather not just in California but in the entire United States. This neighborhood's weather has been optimal for years and years. In fact, the original settlers of this neighborhood decided that the area was a good place to settle because of how agreeable the climate was.

Just a little while inland, you will find that the weather is quite hot and dry. Without the pleasure of air conditioning, it could be unbearable, even in the summer. But Imperial Beach is right on the water, hence the name. From the water, cool breezes constantly blow into the neighborhood and keep the hot, dry, inland weather at bay. 

This is ideal for those who can't stand the heat. Many people think that California's weather is always horribly hot, but if you move to Imperial Beach, the weather will be quite enjoyable even in the middle of summer or the middle of winter. In the summer, the majority of California tends to suffocate under temperatures that rise up into the 90s and sometimes even 100s. 

The Details

However, in Imperial Beach, you will rarely experience a day that is hotter than the low 80s even if the heart of the summer. During the winter, it will still be warm enough to go swimming or surfing in the ocean for most people since the temperature will hover around the 60s and hardly ever go lower.

Imperial Beach's famous climate is so consistent that many of the houses and other buildings in this area don't even have air conditioning. 

All you need to do in the summer is open your windows and let the cool, ocean breeze flow in. This is not to mention that Imperial Beach boasts sunny days for the majority of the year. It is a rare occasion for clouds to roll in or for there to be a storm in this area. 

Cloudy weather tends to be more common during the winter months. By that time, all you'll need is a light sweater to keep you warm. But, of course, the weather is not the only benefit you can expect to experience if you plan on moving to Imperial Beach. 

Another benefit is that housing options in this area are very plentiful compared to other nearby neighborhoods in San Diego.

A Vast and Varied Housing Market

Everyone knows that any real estate on the water is prime real estate. For that reason, many pieces of property on the water are almost always unavailable. Even properties that are remotely near the water are often unavailable in California. 

But you won't have to deal with this problem if you decide to move to Imperial Beach. That's because the housing market in this area is booming and only seems to be improving by the year. When looking at housing options on the internet in this area, you'll be surprised by all the housing options that you'll have to choose from. 

There are, of course, many very expensive houses right on the beach while there are also some more affordable houses that are somewhat inland. Even if you choose a house that isn't right on the water, you will still be close enough to walk to the beach if you feel like it. But what about the Imperial Beach costs?

You might think that a neighborhood so close to the ocean would be far too expensive for most people to live in. However, this is not quite true. Perhaps the most important benefit of Imperial Beach is that it is surprisingly more affordable than most other similar neighborhoods. 

On average, most houses in this area are not more than half a million dollars. This is a lot more affordable compared to other areas that have houses for sale that are several million dollars. So, if you've always had the dream of living right next to the ocean, then Imperial Beach might allow that dream to come true. 

What You Need to Know

Besides the relatively affordable housing, you should also know that there are many different housing options to choose from. If you're not looking for anything extravagant, there are some nice, suburban-style homes to choose from. They are less expensive and tend to be a bit farther away from the water (but still within walking distance to the ocean).

There are also some very spacious options such as villas and mansions. Even if you can't afford such homes, it is enjoyable to look at them as you pass through the neighborhood. Many of the houses are inspired by the Spanish style, so you will see plenty of terracotta roofs and tan and beige colors for the houses.

The neighborhood itself is not populated by many people, so you'll never feel crowded or cramped as you would when in downtown San Diego. Instead, you will have plenty of space to relax and breathe in the fresh ocean air. This makes this neighborhood a perfect place to start a family. 

If you already have children, then they will have plenty of space to run around or enjoy the beaches. The extra space also makes it ideal if you have a dog. This is not to mention that the community in this neighborhood is quite tight-knit and tends to take care of itself while still being very welcoming to newcomers in the area. 

Natural Beauty and Community

As the name suggests, Imperial Beach is indeed on the beach. For that reason, you'll never get tired of all the fantastic natural views that this neighborhood has to offer. After all, since the weather is almost always perfect, you won't have any excuse not to go outside and enjoy the natural attractions that this neighborhood has to offer.

This neighborhood boasts around 4 miles of beautiful beaches. The great thing about these beaches is that they are almost always supervised by lifeguards. So, you will always be safe when jumping into the water, even in the middle of winter. 

The waves that come into Imperial Beach are perfect for surfing - they are not too big and not too small. This makes them perfect whether you're an experienced surfer or a beginner. 

What to Know

Even children can have a great time learning how to surf on these waves. If you're not up for surfing, then don't worry, because there are still plenty of other things to do on the beach. For example, some of the beaches have volleyball that you can enjoy as long as you have friends or family members to play with. 

There are also plenty of fishing spots that you can't miss out on if you are a passionate fisherman. In particular, many love to fish off of the Imperial Beach Pier where you can catch all sorts of fish. But what if you just feel like relaxing?

If that's the case, you can enjoy the many restaurants scattered throughout Imperial Beach. Most of them are along the water so you can enjoy the sight of the ocean while you eat some delicious food. As you traverse these different areas in Imperial Beach, you will notice a certain sense of community. 

The community loves to get together throughout the year and put together fun events. For example, you will find sandcastle competitions, surfing competitions, and more in Imperial Beach. Even if you're a newcomer to this area, you will certainly be welcomed as soon as you take the community to heart. 

All About Living in Imperial Beach

If you're thinking about moving to the San Diego area but don't know which neighborhood to choose, living in Imperial Beach might be the best option. There are many Imperial Beach homes to choose from and they are surprisingly affordable. More than that, the area experiences perfect weather throughout the year and there are plenty of community activities to enjoy. 

If you're thinking about moving to this area of San Diego, contact us here to learn more.

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