The Downtown area of San Diego has been in a major boom for the last several years. With the new Petco Park, (home of the San Diego Padres), as well as new restaurants, night spots, urban living developments, art studios, and street improvements, Downtown San Diego is the ideal place to live and work.
Hillcrest is a popular neighborhood in the Uptown area of San Diego. Nearby attractions include Balboa Park, “The Village” (and area that runs along Washington and University avenues, between Fourth and Fifth Ave., The Hillcrest Farmers Market, and some of the best dining and nightlife San Diego has to offer.
Tucked away just past Normal Heights, along the hip and fabulous Adams Avenue, Kensington is a quitter, quainter and more luxurious neighborhood, rooted deeply in history. Formed in the early 1900’s, and stocked full of Craftsman and Revival style homes by Richard Requa and Cliff May, and more modern classics such as by Allard Jansen, Jim Brown, and Jim Gates, this 5 block stretch boarders I-15 on one side, I-8 to the north, Fairmount Ave to the east, and El Cajon Blvd to the south. Many street and businesses featured English names, as does the name Kensington itself.
Normal Heights is one of the hippest sub divisions in the Uptown area of San Diego. Widely know as one of the most “walkable” neighborhoods in San Diego, most things of interest are along the Adams Avenue corridor. Supermarkets to small businesses, book stores, upscale bars, art stores, and old favorites are all easily reachable by foot or bike in this somewhat densely populated fun part of town.
There are several distinct neighborhoods in the historic Point Loma peninsula. Most neighborhoods in Point Loma consist primarily of single family homes. The commercial and retail heart of the peninsula is called Point Loma Village. The streets in Point Loma Village are lined with hundreds of jacaranda trees as a result of community beautification efforts. The newest commercial and retail area is found at Liberty Station, site of the former Naval Training Center San Diego, which also has residential and educational sections.
University Heights is a small pocket community of San Diego. Located near the central Uptown area, University Heights is a thriving community with wide sidewalks and an active art, theater, music life. University Heights has also small and excellent restaurants, coffee shops, a bakery, antique and bookstores, florist, custom furniture makers, woodworkers, and gallery framing. There are an extraordinary variety of personal artists ranging from hair stylists to body workers and they are as much a part of the neighborhood as the churches, grammar school, UH Athenaeum School of the Arts, Trolley Barn Park and library.