Setting Up A Bussiness In OB
Favorite thing: If you are planning to move to OB and have an entrepreneurial bent, you should have no problem, as long as you are not looking to open up a franchise for a "chain." (In that case, you will be most unwelcomed.)
Because it is more difficult for an individually owned business to survive on it's own, it is encombant upon the business person to be rather creative, which is another favorite quality of OB'ceans.
This small restaurant is located on Voltaire Street which is several blocks north of Newport Avenue and doesn't usually get the added "tourist" trade. To solve the problem, they also operate San Diego Catering Concepts which brings in even more business.
Fondest memory: San Diego Catering Concepts/O'Bistro Restaurant
4934 Voltaire St., 223-1722
San Diego Catering Concepts
- Business Travel
- Family Travel
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
The Community of OB
Favorite thing: Of the many neighborhoods of San Diego, OB seems to have the strongest sense of community. This may not be a hot spot for tourists, but there is usually something going on every month. OBceans seem to celebrate everything possible. So, if there is room in your plans for a visit, check out their Calendar of Events.
Every Wednesday they hold a Farmer's Market, two blocks of Newport Avenue are open to only foot traffic and bicycles.
Annually they have a Kite Festival, Fourth of July Fireworks, a Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off, a Jazz Festival and there are events going on almost the whole month of December, the OB Christmas Parade is lots of fun, but I think the Tree Event is a unique experience for most of us. It's thrilling to watch a bunch of guys trying to put up a huge Christmas tree in the sand! So many things can go wrong.
The photos here are of various residential areas of OB not usually seen by visitors, just to give an idea of the whole place.
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- Family Travel
Moving To OB?
Favorite thing: If you are thinking about moving to Ocean Beach this page will give you an idea of the community's "ambiance." The photos I've included may help to give a visual of the residential areas.
Expect to pay between $800.00 a month for a studio apartment to $2400.00 a month for a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, house with a two car garage. The price does not necessarily indicate the quality. How close the unit is to the beach is a better indication. A low rent for something near the beach will most likely be a dump and a high priced unit near the beach doesn't mean that the living quarters will be luxurious.
Buying property is pretty expensive in all of San Diego and OB is no exception. Expect to pay between $495,000.00 and 2.6 million for a house and between $289,000.00 and $675,000.00 for a condo.
Most of the housing in OB is older and though some new construction has taken place over the years it will be mostly older, though refurbushed, homes that you'll find in this area.
- Family Travel
- Study Abroad
Ocean Beach's Famous Sign
Favorite thing: Take Interstate 8 to Sunset Cliffs Blvd.; turn right on West Point Loma Boulevard and when you see this sign, you'll know you're in OB.
The Ocean Beach Sign is popular and can be seen on things, like T-shirts, keychains or mugs, all of these would make a nice souvenir to take home.
Fondest memory: When I first saw this logo, it was on a shirt and I thought it was the signature of a surfboard designer. Actually, I don't know the history of the OB logo, but will try to find out and share it with you here.