Neighborhood GuideBoats in San Diego Down Town

San Diego is the perfect blend of sun, beach, and an economic hotbed for young professionals, as well as families. We are a moderately-sized city with a "small-town feeling." Come and explore our neighborhoods.

Downtown: Downtown San Diego offers eight distinctive neighborhoods - Core, Columbia, Cortez Hill, East Village, Gaslamp Quarter, Horton Plaza, Little Italy and Marina - each with its own history, character and lifestyle. More than 24,000 people live downtown, drawn by the ability to live in a scenic, safe and vibrant atmosphere with homes within walking distance of workplaces, shopping, schools, recreation, entertainment, public transit and more.



La Jolla: La Jolla has some of the most prized real estate in the nation. Surrounded on three sides by the sea and backed by the steep slopes of Mt. Soledad, La Jolla has a mediterranean feel and enjoys a unique microclimate which rarely drops below 50 degrees or exceeds 90 degrees. The bustling business district offers one-of-a-kind boutiques, art galleries and restaurants, and the surrounding residential community is a charming mix of turn-of-the-century Spanish architecture, eccentric modern designs and everything in-between.

Point Loma: Point Loma is a neighborhood of dramatic contrasts encompassing at least four distinct districts. Up on The Point are beautiful, multi-million dollar mansions. Down by The Midway you'll find seedy strip shows. On the Ocean Beach side, surf pounds the rugged coastline, while The Harbor side is a safe haven for yachts.

Clairemont: Clairemont, also called Clairemont Mesa, is a hillside community that is a great spot for new families and retirees. Housing options range from single- to multi-family housing units. Many affordable Clairemont homes are on the hills overlooking Pacific Beach and Mission Bay Park; others view the canyons and Mission Valley. This large middleclass neighborhood is bordered on the west by I-5, east by I-805, south by I-8 and north by Highway 52. Distance is less than 10 miles to downtown, the beaches, Balboa Park, and Qualcomm Stadium, home of the Chargers. This is a favorable community for residents who are on a budget, wanting to be near job centers.

Bay Park: Bay Park resides on the water's edge with an elevation of about 125 feet, providing magnificent views of San Diego, Sea World, Mission Bay Park and Fiesta Island.

San Diego Real Estate in Pacific Beach

Pacific Beach: Pacific Beach is a neighborhood of San Diego, bounded by La Jolla to the north, Mission Beach and Mission Bay to the south, Interstate 5 to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west.[1] While largely populated by young people, surfers, and college students, the population is becoming older, more professional, and more affluent due to rising property and rental costs. "P.B.," as it is known as by local residents, is home to one of San Diego's larger nightlife scenes, with dozens of bars, eateries, and clothing stores. The architecture here is varied, with 30s-style beachfront cottages next to large, upscale, earth-toned hotels and condos.

Ocean Beach: O.B is more like a town within the city. It has a little business district along Newport Road and it truly does have a neighborhood feel, albeit one steeped in the '60s and '70s. If it didn't have it's funky charm it wouldn't be O.B.


Old Town: If you've ever wanted to live in a quaint old town redolent with history, the perfect setting is San Diego's "Old Town. " Old Town's 1000+/- residents in zip code 92110 are proud of the fact that they can call the "Birthplace of California " home. In 1769, Father Junipero Serra came to establish the very first mission in a chain of 21 missions that became the cornerstone of California's colonization. Father Serra's mission and Presidio were built on a hillside overlooking what is currently known as Old Town San Diego. In 1968, Old Town became a state park - now one of the state's top cash-generating parks, with 5.5 million visitors a year. Many homes in this area are Craftsman bungalows, often with colorful gardens. Old Town offers an array of detached single-family homes, cottages, condominiums and apartments ranging in price from the moderate up to luxurious Spanish Hacienda type estates.

Mission Hills: As you head west on Washington Street, Hillcrest turns into Mission Hills, and the aura becomes more staid and low-key. With its grand homes with manicured lawns and winding hilltop streets, Mission Hills is for the decidedly well-to-do.

Hillcrest: Hillcrest, is our closest thing to a diverse, lively, hip and colorful neighborhood. This gay-friendly 'hood just north of Balboa Park is a mix of apartments and bungalows mixed with a pedestrian-friendly business district.

North Park: The most sprawling of the urban neighborhoods, North Park is a hodgepodge. Cozy, tidy pockets of Craftsman homes on the north edge of Balboa Park (hence the name), dense apartments, and the pre-interstate retail stretches of University Ave and El Cajon Boulevard define North Park.

City Heights: East of North Park is San Diego's true melting pot, City Heights. The newly emigrated is found here: Hispanics, Southeast Asian, Somalian...you name it. Drive down stretches of University Ave. and watch the storefront signs change from Spanish to Vietnamese to Ethiopian.

Normal Heights: Or "Abnormal" Heights, as it's sometimes referred to. Bookended on the west by University Heights and Kensington on the east, Normal Heights completes the Adams Avenue 'hood trifecta along the main drag. Crowded, diverse apartment dwellings on the south side of Adams, quiet single-family homes on the north side.

San Diego Real Estate in South Park

South Park: Predominantly a single-family residence area, with some duplexes and small apartment buildings or bungalow courts, it is noteworthy for its fine and varied collection of Craftsman and Spanish Colonial Revival style homes built in the 1905-1930 period. South Park is gaining repute for its small businesses, and has long been home to a group of residents diverse in income, age, sexual orientation, and race. Pedestrianism, like in other urban mesa neighborhoods north of Balboa Park, is high relative to the rest of San Diego. Located east of Balboa Park, north of Golden Hill and Grant Hill and south of North Park, the boundary being Switzer Canyon.

Kensington: Kensington is a picturesque region southeast of Mission Valley, with attractive (and pricey) Spanish-styled homes for upwardly mobile. It's a peaceful pocket amid the hubbub of the inner city. There's a tiny business district along the single main artery Adams Ave.

University Heights: University Heights is located between Hillcrest and North Park. Similar in ways to both (not as lively as Hillcrest; not as worn as North Park), it is a mix of Craftsman bungalows and apartments. Its small retail area is at the north end of Park Blvd. where it turns into Adams Ave.

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