It's no secret San Diego has the best weather. Each month we ask one of our favorite San Diegans:

What else makes this city great?

Leslee Schaffer

Executive Director,  San Diego Architectural Foundation,
Live: Golden Hill
Work: Downtown/Golden Hill
How Long: 15 years, with the first 5 and the last 10 bookending a 6-year stint in L.A.

Where did you grow up?
I was born in Rhode Island and lived there until I was 9, when my Jewish mom – who we’re convinced had gypsy DNA coursing through her veins – moved us to Tampa, Florida. My first case of culture shock.When did you move here and why?

I was introduced to sailing, and spent a few seasons “working” (i.e. playing) on a charter boat, island hopping throughout the U.S. and British Virgin Islands during the winter and heading back to my Ocean State roots in Newport, RI for the summer and real life. Then, I was lured to San Diego by my sister, who had moved here a year earlier and fallen in love with the place, and thought I would too. She thought right. 

Besides the weather, why do you continue to call San Diego home?

Can’t beat the proximity to an ocean (a non-negotiable). Then there’s the desert, mountains, L.A. (love it) and the all-important presence of family and friends. Aside from those selling points, the evolution of art, architecture/design, music and food/restaurant scenes since I first arrived have been profound. San Diego is getting to be known more for its movers and shakers, forward-thinkers and growing culture than for its island-time sleepiness and natural splendor. It continues to evolve and intrigue, and I can’t help but wonder how much more awesomeness will come out of our community in the next few years.