Explore the communities that make San Diego known as America’s finest city!

Mission Hills

Located just west of Hillcrest and overlooking Mission Valley and Presidio Park, Mission Hills is one of San Diego’s oldest and most desirable neighborhoods. The area was developed in the early 1900s and is one of the most architecturally impressive neighborhoods in the county.

From charming craftsman bungalows to Spanish and Dutch colonial style homes, Mission Hills overflows with unique, historic residences. More than 100 heritage homes present many architectural styles and help to create the neighborhood’s welcoming appeal in Mission Hills Historic District. Once a streetcar suburb, the Fort Stockton Line Historic District showcases its own bountiful charm with inviting homes that once surrounded Streetcar Line No. 3. Spectacular estates edge the area’s many canyons, offering incredible views and secluded, spacious living as well. And if that isn’t enough you’re living nearby some of San Diego’s major freeways, allowing you to get to places like Balboa Park, SeaWorld, the San Diego Zoo, and venues like the San Diego Padres Stadium, in a flash!

Mission Hills is known for its locally owned restaurants, shops, and pubs. Nearly all businesses are within walking distance for its residents and to the community of Hillcrest as well. There are two parks in Mission Hills, Pioneer Park and Mission Hills Park that are highly utilized for picnics, walking dogs, playgrounds, and relaxing while enjoying the beautiful San Diego weather. In addition to the parks is an outdoor theatre that seasonally plays new and classic movies.

As far as your neighbors, Mission Hills boasts one of the best, educated populations in the U.S. With 34.9% possessing a Master’s degree or higher, most of its residents make their living as executives, managers, or other professional fields, who in their leisure time, enjoy a thriving cultural scene.

So many people love living in Mission Hills, and it’s easy to see why! With a captivating charm that exudes a small-town ambiance, it’s no surprise why Mission Hills is the go-to area for some living in San Diego!

North Park

Curious about what it’s like to live in North Park? As one of San Diego’s most sought after areas, it’s easy to see why so many people love this neighborhood! In recent years, North Park experienced a renaissance, building on its reputation as an ethnically and economically diverse area to become a place vibrating with energy. It both seeks to preserve the gems of the past, while retaining its reputation as a place to be.

Located directly in between the I-8 and I-805 freeway, North Park provides some of the best accessibility around, allowing those in the area to get to places like downtown or to the beach within 10-15 minutes. It also borders Balboa Park, which is directly southwest of the neighborhood. The Park always has events that take place year-round and is home to beautiful gardens and over 17 museums. You can also visit the world famous San Diego Zoo!

The land itself was bought by James Monroe Hartley in the late 1800s to establish a lemon grove, but a lack of easily-accessible water eventually caused an end to the project. As San Diego grew, Hartley began to refer to the property as “Hartley’s North Park,” and the name stuck. North Park’s first “high-rise” commercial building still stands, built by Hartley’s son in 1912, now known as the Western Dental building.

As you travel the area, you’ll notice many of the historic Craftsman Style, Spanish Style and Victorian Style Tudor homes that can be seen throughout the different neighborhoods. There are also Bungalows and Modern Style homes that have been remodeled and newly rebuilt as well. With all of the Historic Homes in North Park, the neighborhood’s character and style attract people from all over the Country.

As you drive, walk, or bike throughout the area you’ll notice Beautiful historical buildings, colorful murals, and live music are all common sights and sounds. As for the smells, you’ll likely find yourself attracted to one of the many incredible restaurants in the neighborhood, and will enjoy having coffee at one of the amazing coffee shops that North Park has to offer (Cafe Calabria is one of our favorites!). And if you’re into nightlife, there are bars and clubs with some of the best craft cocktails in town! North Park really has it all!

Ocean Beach

Ocean Beach – or OB as the locals call it, is centrally located on the coast between downtown and popular beach cities like Mission and Pacific Beach. It offers an eclectic blend of bohemian beach living and is home to surfers, bikers, college students, young professionals, and families. You’ll never be at a loss for things to do in Ocean Beach!

There are plenty of opportunities to get out and meet your neighbors, either at the weekly farmers’ market or one of the many festivals celebrated throughout the year. For example, the Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook-off take place yearly, and are complete with artists, performances, and of course, great food!

While ON may get its reputation from the many things to do on Newport, it’s the sunsets and outdoor options that are the real attraction. At Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, explore coastal bluffs, arches, and sea caves while enjoying some of the most epic views in all of San Diego (or the West Coast for that matter.) Wax up your board, and take the stairs near Ladera down to the water or venture down a nearby path to access some local surf gems. At the North Side of OB, you’ll find everyone’s favorite Dog Beach, and one of the first official leash-free beaches in the country. Here, dogs can run, swim, and even surf with you at all hours of the day. Also another cool fact, OB is home to the longest concrete pier on the West Coast and one of the few remaining places in San Diego where you don’t need a fishing license to cast your line. How cool is that!?

Lastly, you can’t talk about Ocean Beach without talking about the food! On the high end is BO-beau Kitchen located near Robb Field. Owned by the local Cohn’s Restaurant Group, they offer French comfort cuisine, and its a great place for a burger or their Tuesday date night. Locals also rave about OB Noodle House (which might just have the most beers on tap in OB), and you can’t forget the iconic Hodad’s for burgers and incredible french fries! If you’re looking for healthier options, it should come as no surprise that there are good vegan and vegetarian food spots. Places like Hugo’s Cocina, the Ocean Beach People’s Organic Food Market, or Plant Power Fast Food are all excellent options to try. You can also grab ice cream at Lighthouse Ice Cream & Yogurt or a beer at many of the brewpubs in town. There are so many amazing places to try and fun things to do, that it truly makes Ocean Beach a fun and unique neighborhood that people continue to love!

La Jolla

Located in San Diego County, La Jolla is a beautiful, seaside community within the city of San Diego. La Jolla is known for great surfing, idyllic beach hikes, excellent homes, perfect year-round weather, and a robust financial sector for all your business needs. La Jolla is a community with a rich history as old as America itself. Rumor has it that the origin of the name “La Jolla” is an alternate spelling of “La Joya”, which means “the jewel”. La Jolla’s nickname of “Jewel City” derives from this supposed origin, as well as La Jolla’s natural beauty. Its known for many of the luxury homes for sale in San Diego, and those who want exclusive living, luxury shopping, or plenty of nature can find it all in this gorgeous area!

Located along the Pacific coast line, and just fifteen minutes from downtown San Diego, La Jolla boasts a wide variety of activities. World class beaches line the warm waters where aquatic sports such as scuba diving and boating are common pass-times. The Windansea Beach is particularly attractive to surfers and sun bathers while Torrey Pines Municipal Golf Course provides more laid back recreation for those who would rather stay dry. Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve also offers a number of hiking trails with beach access and the occasional glimpse of a dolphin or gray whale is often a possibility.

Along with incredible outdoor opportunities, La Jolla’s school district is routinely considered among the better in the country, with reasonable class sizes and acclaimed teachers leading the next generation to excellence. The University of San Diego, CA is nearby, serving the community’s higher educational needs, and in terms of K-12 educational opportunities not only do all the public school options earn an A+ rating, the many private and prep schools offer a number of different educational options for children. In La Jolla you’ll also find organizations such as the Stephen Birch Aquarium & Museum and Scripps Institution of Oceanography, which further contribute to the town’s high standards for intellectual pursuits and educational entertainment.

This gorgeous seaside community truly has a ton to offer. Residents rave about the weather, scenery, and fun culture. It’s an area that thrives on living your best life and guess what, you can do it too!

Point Loma

Point Loma is a San Diego coastal community that has it all! Incredible views, proximity to insanely gorgeous beaches, world class dining, and serious historical significance to boot.

Point Loma is the peninsula bordered on the west by the Pacific Ocean, which continues to sculpt dramatic sandstone cliffs . One of the few places in California where it’s possible to find dinosaur fossils, and on the east by Old Town and San Diego Bay, where beautiful homes follow the slopes down to the bay waters.

The unique communities of Point Loma house residents of the nearby Naval Training Center, yachting enthusiasts and sport fishing hobbyists. Shelter Island connects with Point Loma via a causeway and is one of San Diego’s main boating centers. Residents enjoy summer concerts, which feature well known musicians, artists, and great comedy shows. The main attraction on Shelter Island is the encased “Friendship Bell,” which was a gift from Yokohama, Japan.

There is so much to do year round in Point Loma.The combination of oceanfront and bayfront property, in addition to the wetlands that remain from the San Diego River’s meeting with the Pacific Ocean, mean there isn’t much water-related activity you can’t enjoy. And during the holidays, it’s easy to see the sense of community. Point Loma is well-known for its Christmas decorations, including a Parade of Lights, where decorated boats cruise the bay. Neighborhoods also organize extensive luminaria displays, and the St. Nicholas Home Tour has become a cherished tradition.

Also, if you have kids, take joy in the fact that the local public schools are a part of the San Diego Unified School District, and all enjoy high-rankings! There are also a number of public charter schools and private institutions from which families can choose. A branch of the San Diego Community College District is also located in Point Loma, as is the aforementioned Point Loma Nazarene University on the former grounds of the Theosophical Society’s “Lomaland.”

With all of the amazing opportunities Point Loma has to offer, it’s easy to understand why people love calling it home!!

Pacific Beach

In San Diego, deciding which neighborhood might be a good fit for you can be a struggle, and if you’re planning to live along the coast you definitely have some great options to choose from. Pacific Beach, located directly between Mission Beach and La Jolla, is becoming one of the more popular areas people choose every single year. There are college students nearby, professionals that want to take advantage of the businesses in the area, and even families who enjoy living along the beach.

Naturally, Pacific Beach has plenty of outdoor components that make it ideal for residents and visitors alike. On its northern shore, you’ll find Tourmaline Surfing Park which provides one of the best local surf spots in Greater San Diego. Family-friendly swimming areas, gorgeous beaches, playgrounds, and even surf camps mean families have plenty of space to make PB feel like home. Many take advantage of the Tuesday Farmers’ Market and the programs at the local library or recreation center as well. And if you’re a pet owner, you’ll definitely appreciate the Capehart Dog Park as an enjoyable, spacious, enclosed grass field where the people are friendly and the dogs are energetic!

After spending the day or afternoon at the beach, you can head over to Ocean or Mission Boulevard for a meal or cocktails for happy hour. Popular spots like Waterbar and El Prez have an incredible view of the ocean to go along with food and drinks. And, if you’re looking for a good date night try the upscale seafood restaurant, The Fishery or the Spanish style restaurant, Costa Brava.

As far as education and local public schools you also have a great selection. Mission Bay Senior High School, Pacific Beach Middle School, Pacific Beach Elementary, Kate Sessions Elementary, Barnard Elementary, and Crown Point Elementary all offer families solid educational opportunities. St. Paul’s Lutheran School is also a highly-regarded private school option as well.

Given its world-class location, Pacific Beach is a great destination for homeowners and those that are truly looking to live and enjoy the beach life. Whether you’re looking for terrific condos, houses, or beach houses in San Diego, Pacific Beach is a great place to be and somewhere you should definitely consider calling home!

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