so when's everyone coming down to sd?then it's a 2-week bender of beach, golf and liver-scarring.
haha. i'm saving money for a two week san diego vacation before the learning kicks off. "golf, beach, and liver-scarring" was basically what i had in mind for "vacation." i'll have to find you down there.
i've got to find a place to live and a roommate first but...aug. 1 is when i would ideally expect to be settled in myself. phasing myself out from work / moving down from L.A. July 23rd - july 31st and hoping to be perm by Aug. 1. i guess i should start working on the roommate and apartment thing. hmm.
i was looking at mission valley as well - what made you decide on la mirage?
I was 99% sure I wanted to live in Mission Valley. The only other consideration was the Village at Morena Vista by USD depending how impressive it was in person. IMO, it wasn't very impressive at all, especially for the price. I saw probably every complex in Mission Valley. Keep in mind they are all within about 3-4 miles of each other, so location was a non-issue. I loved most of them. Villa Dorado and La Mirage were easily my favorites. The Promenade at Rio Vista was sick too, just pricey. Archstone was nice but overpriced for what you get. Portofino is beautiful, but I think the most expensive. Then there was Cambridge Park and Arcadia, both at Stonecrest, which were nice, but not overly impressive for what you pay. Club River Run is pretty inexpensive, but I was less than impressed when driving through. I did not take tours of Portofino, Club River Run or Cambridge Park. I saw enough online or by driving through to know they weren't for me (Portofino solely due to price).
It came down to Villa Dorado and La Mirage, really. La Mirage has more (and better) amenities than several of the complexes combined. That's no exaggeration. They have 5 pools, 7 hot tubs, 5 tennis courts, beach volleyball, a REAL gym, basketball courts and a business center. No other complex came close. The apartments at Villa Dorado were hands down the nicest of any I saw. The amenities were probably 3rd to La Mirage and Promenade, but still very nice. However, it came with a bigger price tag, about $250/month more, and we figured we'd put that money to better use than some granite countertops.
Note, online if you look at reviews, pretty much all of these places get dumped on. I wouldn't put too much stock into what you read. I've spoken to people who live at all the complexes I was seriously considering and have only heard great things. I guess time will tell.
Anyway, sorry for babbling, I just thought my insight may help those looking for apartments in MV. I'd be happy to offer websites for the complexes, specific insights and/or price ranges if anyone wants. Just let me know.
And I too will be spending the month before classes start to "vacation" in San Diego!