Multi-faceted San Diego

Those looking at MLS listings in San Diego and considering a move to the sunny city by the sea may find Christopher Reynolds' recent article in the Los Angeles Times to be particularly useful as they explore the city. Reynolds detailed all the perks of the sprawling city for those who may not be familiar with the area, from the more touristy attractions to the sometimes overlooked gems.

The animals, educational experiences and public spaces
The famous San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park are highlighted extensively in Reynolds' article. The San Diego Zoo encompasses 100 acres and houses about 3,700 animals. Reynolds revealed that the zoo is unique for having a full-service restaurant on location and that a day trip costs roughly half as much for children as a trip to Sea World in San Diego.

Balboa Park is described as "among the most inviting and enlightening public spaces on the West Coast," with 1,200 acres and countless museums that span the subjects of fine art, folk arts, photographic arts, cars, planes, trains anthropology, sports and natural history. Balboa Park also encompasses a number of performing arts venues that include the Old Globe theaters, as well as numerous gardens, a handful of restaurants and a reflecting pool.

The unique parts of town
For craft beers and bustling sandwich and burger joints, Reynolds points people to the North Park and South Park neighborhoods of the city. For a bit of antiquing, he directs everyone to the 2800 and 2900 blocks of the University Heights area.

Another suggestion for those looking to get the most out of this diverse city is to explore cultures in the neighborhoods of Little Italy and Old Town. The area around Old Town State Historic Park has a thriving Latin culture as this area was "the heart of San Diego" during the 1820s to 1840s when it was under Mexican control.

An often overlooked gem of San Diego is the Cabrillo National Monument in Point Loma, where stunning cliff side views can be found near an 1850s lighthouse.

In particular, the "urban village by the sea" of La Jolla was featured recently in the San Diego Union-Tribune for its popularity as a "traditional summer destination" and also "one of the most desirable areas in Southern California to live." The source revealed that this town is in line with many other surrounding neighborhoods as the inventory of homes for sale in San Diego is very low, with units on the market in La Jolla Shores selling at an average of 24 days and many receiving multiple offers.