Noted primarily for its great weather, proximity to the sea and its world-class Zoo, San Diego is also a city of many varied communities. Let’s take a look at a few of them here, as we get to know some of the neighborhoods of San Diego.
Downtown/Centre City comprises the areas known as Columbia, Core, Cortez, the East Village, the Gaslamp Quarter, Little Italy and Marina. This is where you’ll find the city’s finest dining establishments, most noteworthy museums, the ballpark, and predictably—tourists. Still, it’s also an interesting area in which to live, with an abundance of activities literally right at your doorstep. Parking can be tough, but it’s hip and family-friendly, which is an unusual combination for a central urban neighborhood.
Hillcrest is noted for its gender diversity and urban-chic thrift shops, as well as a broad selection of restaurants, cafes and nightclubs. San Diego’s LGBT Mecca boasts tree-lined streets, Craftsman homes and Mid-Century modern apartment buildings. You’ll find some of the most reasonable rents in the San Diego area, in addition to easy access to Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo, which is a big draw for young families.
Mission Hills hosts some of the best schools in San Diego. One of the city’s oldest neighborhoods, it has an old San Diego vibe. Perhaps underscoring this fact is its proximity to San Diego’s Old Town, the original settlement from which the city grew. Young professionals tend to favor the area’s aura of casual elegance and views of San Diego Bay.
North Park — with its collection of cafes and diners, coffee shops, microbreweries, boutiques, and the North Park Farmers Market — is San Diego’s “hipster’s haven.” Culturally diverse and dripping with Craftsman cottages, art galleries, boutiques and trendy bars, North Park also houses the Ray Street Arts District and the North Park Theater. Rents are pretty reasonable and there are lots of things for young adults to do.
Coronado, which is actually a city in itself, merits a mention here because of its location directly across San Diego Bay from downtown. If you’re looking for a small-community feel, Coronado blends this with the sophistication that comes from being a resort-oriented area located directly on the water. Slightly touristy, thanks to the presence of the famed Hotel Del Coronado, the village tempers it with a laid back vibe and an easy elegance.
Point Loma is the landing place where the first Europeans came ashore in what is now known as California. The neighborhood has a quiet nature, thanks to the military bases, national cemetery, national monument and university located within its boundaries. Single-family homes comprise the majority of the housing. San Diego International Airport is known as Lindbergh Field because Charles Lindbergh tested “The Spirit of St. Louis” in the Point Loma area back in the 1920s.