University Heights is located immediately North of Hillcrest and North Park. It features a large amount of homes that have the most spectacular canyon and Mission Valley views. It centers on the intersection of Park Blvd and Adams Avenue. The most common architecture of this neighborhood are quaint Spanish Colonial Bungalow communities.
Trolley Barn Park is on the north side of Adams Avenue offering large views of the valley and a wide open space having multiple uses by a large amount of the local residents. There are free concerts during the summer every Friday night in this same space. Sidewalks around the playground in the park are laid out in a pattern mimicking the local street plan, a design also echoed on the carved stone plaque.
The University Heights sign is located at the intersection of Madison Ave and Park Blvd. Near this sign there has been an explosion of amazing restaurants such as El Zarape, Plumeria Vegetarian Food, and Bahn Thai. Lestat’s Coffee shop is open 24 hours a day.
Hillcrest is one of the most affluent and culturally diverse neighborhoods in San Diego. It has a high population density for good reason. Numerous locally owned businesses include all types of restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs, trendy thrift stores, and other independently owned specialty stores.
CityFest is an annual street festival which features food, live entertainment, a beer garden and street vendors. Other regular events in Hillcrest include a weekly farmers market on the grounds of the local Department of Motor Vehicles, a Book Fair and Mardi Gras.
San Diego Pride takes place every year in July for the LGBT community in this neighborhood. It features the Pride Parade on a Saturday morning, preceded by the Hillcrest Block Party on Friday night and followed by a two-day festival in Balboa Park. It is sponsored by San Diego LGBT Pride and is considered to be the largest civic event in the city of San Diego.
Hillcrest is an older neighborhood that has undergone a large transition over the years. There are a large amount of craftsman homes and mid-century modern apartment buildings. Developers over the most recent years have built amazingly stunning modern condos and townhomes with flawless aesthetic.
The uptown shopping center is considered the “hub” of the neighborhood with a large condo community and lots of shops and eateries. This community is bordered by Bankers Hill, University Heights, North Park and Balboa Park.
As you walk along 5th Avenue towards University Avenue you’ll notice a wide variety of midcentury architecture within the many restaurants along this corridor. Some of the most popular eateries are Snooze, Chocolat, Pho on 5th and so much more!
Mission Hills is an upscale affluent neighborhood of San Diego. It is located on hills just south of the San Diego River valley and north of downtown San Diego, overlooking Old Town, Downtown, and San Diego Bay. It was subdivided on January 20, 1908. It is part of the Uptown community planning area.
The area is primarily residential, with a lot boutique shops and restaurants. Pioneer Park and Mission Hills Park serve as recreational parks within the neighborhood. The San Diego Public Library has a branch located on corner of Washington Street and Hawk Street called the Mission Hills Branch Library. The Mission Hills community is within walking distance to Hillcrest restaurants and shops due East and the Old Town restaurants, shops, and museums to the Northwest. It is also just North of Little Italy.
This area was developed in the early 1920’s and features amazing architecture from that era. Homes there were also often designed by San Diego’s premier architects including William Hebbard, William Templeton Johnson, Emmor Brooke Weaver, Nathan Rigdon, Richard Requa, and Joel E. Brown.