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Central San Diego Neighborhood Guide


The Heart of San Diego

Central San Diego is a collection of smaller communities that stretch from the beaches of San Diego Proper into the coastal mountains and hillsides. This area includes the vibrant Downtown areas, as well as the family-friendly neighborhoods surrounding Balboa Park. It also encapsulates the upscale beach communities of La Jolla and Torrey Pines.

Bankers Hill is a mix of historic homes, detached residences, and brand-new condos.

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Diversity, low crime rates and plentiful amenities make Bay Ho a great place to raise a family.

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Bay Park has been referred to as one of the “hidden gems” of San Diego.

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Clairemont’s architects designed streets that wind through canyons and mesas, taking advantage of the views.

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Coronado is an upscale resort city with one of the best beaches in the Continental United States.

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Downtown San Diego, also known as Centre City, is full of historic landmarks such as the Gaslamp Quarter Historic District and the Spreckels theater

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Hillcrest has been San Diego’s LGBT center since the 1970s, and proudly flies a rainbow flag at the corner of University Avenue and Normal Street.

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Kensington is a small, quiet neighborhood in the central section of San Diego right next to Mission Valley.

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La Jolla is one of the sought-after neighborhoods in all of California.

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Mission Beach is built right out on a sandbar between Mission Bay and the Pacific.

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This prosperous community was originally developed in the early 20th century, and features many houses from that period, often beautifully restored.

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The Mission Valley neighborhood is built around the San Diego River Valley.

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Normal Heights – or ‘Abnormal Heights’, as it’s sometimes called – is one of the most affordable and diverse areas in San Diego.

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North Park is home to many craft breweries, coffee shops, art galleries, and boutiques to satisfy your cultural leanings.

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Ocean Beach, or OB, is known for its beaches, its pier, and its colorful residents.

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Old Town has the oldest settlement by Europeans in San Diego.

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Pacific Beach, known affectionately as ‘PB’, has one of the most active nightlife scenes in San Diego.

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The neighborhood of Point Loma is built on a hilly peninsula that helps separate San Diego Bay from the Pacific Ocean.

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South Park is a centrally located neighborhood, just east of Balboa Park.

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Most of the houses in Talmadge date from the middle of the 20th century, with several styles to choose from.

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Tierrasanta is known as ‘The Island in the Hills’, because it is somewhat isolated from the rest of the city.

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University City is known as the ‘Golden Triangle’ in recognition of all the opportunities it brings to the city of San Diego.

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University Heights is a central neighborhood just minutes from downtown San Diego.

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