Permanent Vacations: Living in Calfornia is like living in a permanent vaction
The year-round balmy weather, stellar beaches, famous fresh cuisine, world-class university, exciting work opportunities and healthy-lifestyle inspiration all around you is enough motivation to encourage a permanent move to our Golden State.
After enjoying a vacation here, many people yearn to stay in this glorious place and if you have felt the pull and developed the urge to make a forever home here, we can take you through the necessary steps you should consider when deciding to make your move permanently.
As you plan your grand move, it may help to glean some insider information about the do’s and don’ts of buying your new home here in San Diego. Here, we share all the information you need to know to help turn your California dream into an everlasting reality!
The desirability of living in California means that property here is significantly more expensive on average than in the US as a whole. Beautiful properties abound in San Diego, with ample outside space and a huge, eclectic range of architectural styles you are bound to fall in love with.
If you are considering a move to San Diego, the buying process is the same as elsewhere in the United States. It’s always best to start off with your dedicated ‘buyer’s agent’ who is responsible for finding suitable properties to match your brief.
Once you’ve agreed to a price on the property you desire, you will need to pay a reservation down-payment to take the property off the market for a short time and then follow this up with a formal offer; a purchase contract that will outline the terms of the sale.
Once signed, you must pay a 10 percent deposit into an escrow account. A title insurance company checks that the property has a clean title, and finally, at the closing, the balance of the purchase price is paid.
Visas & Residency Requirements
If you are planning a move from abroad then you’ll have to navigate the complex Visa regulations.
The most common method is by making an active investment in a business and obtaining an E2 investor visa, which is a non-immigrant visa. If you have more than $1,000,000 to invest then you can gain an EB-5 Green Card, which does give permanent residency. If you’re happy to stay for less than 90 days at a time, the Visa Waiver programme allows you to visit; however, you can’t extend your stay. And of course, there’s also a wide range of non-immigrant visas available too.
Perils & Pitfalls
The housing market is steadily climbing back in San Diego and purchasing a property here is still viewed as a solid investment. If you have the necessary cash and credit, if you can secure a rewarding job and you plan on moving permanently, then take the leap and invest. You won’t be disappointed!
If you’re thinking of following the muse and turning your California dream into a permanent reality, you’re not alone. As you plan your grand move, it may help to glean some insider information about the myriad San Diego neighborhoods, plus what makes each tick.
Del Mar is the only Southern California beach village with a distinct European vibe, rich with beauty, amenities, and history and filled with large, lavish, luxurious mansions. An undeniable sophistication accompanied with a peaceful ambience makes Del Mar unique among seaside destinations and a perfect choice for people seeking a relaxing and tranquil place to call home.
Rancho Santa Fe
Rancho Santa Fe remains one of the most exclusive and expensive areas to live in California and it’s not hard to see why. Rancho Santa Fe offers many large luxury homes and private estates, a host of exclusive gated communities, multiple private golf courses, and a style of sophisticated living found in other expensive communities, albeit a more rural and less pretentious one.
La Jolla is a little piece of paradise boasting one of the most stunning pieces of coastline in all of California. The scenery along with some of the best restaurants in the country, beautiful homes and award-winning schools make living in La Jolla a much sought-after lifestyle for families in San Diego.
If you want wide-open expanses and a giant, sprawling home, head a little up the coast to Encinitas, which lies on the northern edge of San Diego County. High home prices and larger property lots mean you’ll have room to spread out and build up your estate. What you lose in urban density, you’ll make up for in the laid-back outdoor lifestyle of this neighborhood.
The seaside community of Del Mar is easy to fall in love with. With its wide open sandy beaches, awe-inspiring sunsets, and the famous Del Mar Racetrack, it is no wonder that so many people visit Del Mar each year, and many never leave. The quaint downtown has an old-world charm that will inspire nostalgia for the 30s and 40s when celebrities flowed in and out of Del Mar like the ocean tides. Del Mar offers the glamour of Hollywood in a beach casual atmosphere; the best of both worlds. While in Del Mar, don’t miss one-of-a-kind sites like Del Mar Dog Beach and Powerhouse Park, first-class dining, and upscale shopping and resorts. It is no wonder that P.S. Platinum has chosen Del Mar as home to its premier real estate lounge, as well as its corporate office. Every day is a beautiful day in Del Mar, and we hope you will come see this remarkable town for yourself.
- Once you have settled on your ideal home, preparing to move is made easier with a little planning and forethought. There are three phases: Planning, Implementation, and Recovery.
- Start the planning phase by choosing your moving company early and carefully. The good ones get booked months in advance. You want your treasured possessions handled by professionals who take great pride in their work.
- Implementation begins with sorting what gets packed and what gets donated. Save money now and space in your new home by donating that box that has not been opened since your last move. Inventory and label each box with as much detail as possible; it will save time later.
- Recovery is aided by finding your comfort zone in your new locale. Arriving in a new place, the idea is to fit in and quickly feel like a local. Each city has its own culture and quirks and in our welcoming city you are sure to find your niche community quickly.
- The next step after your new home purchase is planning the design. Hiring a design professional can be beneficial for selecting surface materials like countertops and flooring, as well as furniture, window treatments, and light fixtures.
- Selecting a stylized theme and remaining consistent will help you to easily navigate through the design process. Working with a professional interior designer in the area who has positive working relationships with local contractors ensures the quality of your project is of the highest standard.