Hillcrest is the center of the LGBTQ+ scene in San Diego, with some of the best award-winning ethnically diverse restaurants in San Diego as well as some of the best Bars and nightlife. This San Diego neighborhood has it all and offers an easily walkable setting, small-town feel, and a real sense of community. It is located just north of Downtown San Diego close to Balboa Park and has a very welcoming vibe. the city is close to many major freeways and is very conveniently located. Close to Mission Valley, Old Town, North Park and the Beaches.
The First thing you notice as you’re driving down University Avenue at the corner of Normal Street is the towering rainbow Pride Flag which sets the stage for how wonderfully diverse and accepting this little community is. As you drive west on University Ave., you will pass many small boutiques, antique shops, wine bars, and specialty shops. As you continue west on your tour of Hillcrest, you’ll come upon the famous neon Hillcrest sign, and to the right of it is another renowned sign – the Golden Dragon, where many of the Hollywood elite from the 50’s through the 90’s use to eat. It used to be my Great Grandfathers favorite place. Unfortunately, the Golden Dragon is no longer there, but it was replaced by the Asian Bistro, an excellent restaurant specializing in Thai cuisine as you continue down University Ave. You’ll see Mo’s, another Hillcrest staple, great food, stiff drinks, and everyone is always very friendly. Hillcrest has so many great places that it will be tough to mention them all in this write-up, but stay tuned because I may just do a review section soon.
If you’re looking to get your style on, you must walk 5th avenue from The Rail to the corner of University Ave. There are a few vintage clothing shops that you just must check out.
The architectural design of homes in Hillcrest have a very extensive range from the Turn of the century Victorians to craftsman homes and to more modern newly built or renovated homes. It’s just one of those neighborhoods you just fall in love with.
The average home price in Hillcrest is $663,000; this includes condos and Single homes. Detached Homes start in the mid $700,000 range and can easily see some homes in the 2 million dollar range, while a Condo can start around $500,000.
The Public Schools in the area are Florence Elementary which boasts an 8 out of 10 rating according to Great Schools. There are also many private Schools and charter Schools in the area as well.
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