San Diego is known as America’s Finest City, and it’s pricey housing market reflects the title. One of the best things about living in San Diego is that there’s literally a neighborhood for everyone – whatever your taste, style, interests and hobbies. Let’s take a look at 7 of San Diego’s best neighborhoods (not in any particular order):
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If you’re looking for a place to take a pleasant Sunday stroll, eat some artisan pizza, enjoy a glass of fine wine or find unique trinkets at an independently owned antique shop, Kensington is your ideal destination. Accessible right off the 805, one of San Diego’s busiest freeways, this area has a quiet, peaceful vibe. The neighborhoods are beautifully landscaped and the homes are uniformly well-kept. You’ll love strolling along the tree-lined streets, enjoying the idyllic feel of this charming little community.
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Known as “The Island in the Hills”, Tierrasanta is one of San Diego’s best kept secrets. The small, proud, tight-knit community rallies together to regularly put on community events, including farmers markets and street fairs. City committees actively work to make sure the roads and gorgeous landscaping are perfectly maintained, giving the area a great suburban feel. Residents have access to everything you need within a three minute drive, including stores, schools, restaurants and local watering holes – but you’re not isolated to the community. With the excellent freeway access that comes along with Tierrasanta’s central location, you’re never than twenty minutes from all that San Diego has to offer. It’s the best of both worlds!
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No, this isn’t the Colorado city featured on Comedy Central. South Park, San Diego is a fantastic neighborhood with tons of rental properties, homes with lots of character, shops, restaurants and local music venues. With lots of hybrid indoor / outdoor hangout spaces, the area takes full advantage of San Diego’s abundant sunshine. It’s also a very dog friendly area. A number of local restaurants provide patio seating and allow guests can bring their furry friends. If you want a craft beer, are jonesing to see a good local band or are just looking for a fun place to spend a weekend afternoon, South Park is a great choice.
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Known for it’s impressive art scene and famous music venue, The Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach is one of the most unique communities in San Diego county. Centrally located between mid-town San Diego and the northernmost point of the county, this neighborhood makes a great rendezvous point for residents to get together. Once you get there, you can spend hours checking out the galleries, jewelry shops, unique home decor storefronts and local artist showrooms situated in the Cedros Design District. You can also spend some time enjoying a nice meal at one of the many restaurants situated along the historic 101 highway or take in the breathtaking cliff views at the beach.
Perhaps most well known for Camp Pendleton, this up-and-coming beachside city is undergoing lots o changes that are quickly transforming what was an aging city into a local hot spot. Throughout the gentrification process, the area has seen a dramatic increase in new business, but still offers residents a beach town lifestyle at inland prices. Oceanside’s main beach has a playground area on the sand for little ones to enjoy and a large wooden pier just north of the playground that offers gorgeous city views. The pier is also within walking distance of the main downtown area, which has tons of restaurants with unique cuisine, a surf museum, a bowling alley and several bars that have live music on a weekly basis. If you head north towards Camp Pendleton, you’ll find yourself at the gorgeous Oceanside Harbor, which features a marina surrounded by shops, restaurants, bars and fun places to hang out. If you’re lucky, you may even catch the seals lounging in the sunshine on the harbor’s boat docks.
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North Park is another up-and-coming San Diego neighborhood that deserves some recognition. While most of the area still has an urban feel to it, the small community has been built-up significantly over the past several years. 30th Street provides easy access to tons of trendy bars and restaurants, many of which participate in the annual “Taste of North Park” event. During the event, participating bars and restaurants provide discounted prices top dishes so visitors can stop in and experience the local food and drink scene. You’ll also find lots of diverse activity options here. Whether you’re a craft beer connoisseur looking for a hangout spot with a brewery feel, a nightlife lover looking for a fun night out on the town or an aspiring wine aficionado looking for a cozy spot to meet up with friends, you’ll find it in North Park.
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