San Diego is full of fun and flavorful areas, each one with its own unique, palpable vibe. There are already a good handful of well-established niches within the San Diego County that include North Park, Mission Valley, Kensington, Torrey Pines, Pacific Beach, and many, many more. As different areas continue to develop and prices continue to rise, new areas have begun to sprout color, and bring in the buzz that they might just be the next up and coming San Diego hotspot. Let’s look at a few burgeoning sections of San Diego’s garden of eclectic neighborhoods and see what’s flowering next.
Barrio Logan is bounded by Logan heights, Southcrest, the San Diego Bay, and National City. As one of the most culturally rich neighborhoods, Barrio Logan has been a longstanding testament to the evolution of San Diego. Barrio Logan was once a refuge for Mexican residents fleeing the 20th century revolution and still holds a strong Hispanic influence. Here you’ll find the best that San Diego has to offer in handmade tortillas, Mexican pastries, street art and art galleries, and artist/musician collectives. A special feature of Barrio Logan is Chicano Park, a Chicano-themed public park featuring over 60 murals created in large part by its local residents.
A quaint and tree-lined suburb, South Park is nestled between North Park, Golden Hill, Balboa Park, and downtown. Home to a broad array of independent shop owners with boutiques, cafes, and taverns, the area is well-suited to pedestrians with its walkable business district. South Park is known for its old San Diego charm, featuring single-family Craftsman and Spanish colonial style homes throughout. As one of downtown’s first suburbs, the area’s demographic remains incredibly diverse, and the community’s residents are by and large deeply involved, as is evidenced by its 70 independently owned small businesses.
Normal Heights is named after the San Diego State Normal School, a teacher’s college that regulated teaching models, or ‘norms’. Normal heights is full of quiet neighborhoods and single-family homes mixed in with some older and newer apartment developments. Full of small, unique stores, Normal Heights is the perfect area for the perusing artist or antique collector. Home to live music festivals, 24-hour coffee houses, and open mic nights, this funky area is perfect for both families and young professionals.
Home to many small and interesting establishments, you may also find yourself happening upon “Antique Row”, a stretch of Adams Avenue that is peppered with a multitude of antique stores.
El Cerrito, Spanish for “little hill”, has been marked by many as the next up and coming spot in 2015. Located near San Diego State University, this lesser known area is finally having its day as home values in pricier surrounding neighborhoods such as Kensington and North Park continue to rise. With homes in an accessible location that are recently updated and affordable, El Cerrito is beginning to boom as those seeking out a residential neighborhood in which to put down affordable roots come across this gem.
If you’re looking to bow out of the smaller historic areas of San Diego (of which there are many) take a look at the 130-block neighborhood of the East Village. If you’d rather live in in the thick of the action, the East Village is where to be. This downtown neighborhood is home to many new establishments, including the Stone Brewery and Green Flash tasting rooms.
Urban development continues to bring in residents from neighboring areas, and shops and restaurants have helped develop the East Village into a location that is trending up in redevelopment, construction, and popularity.
The city is ripe with upcoming areas that are bursting with affordable opportunities for homeowners that combine walkable neighborhoods, diverse residents, and charming business districts. While we’ve covered just a few, there are a great many more opportunities to find new, flourishing neighborhoods throughout the vibrant city of San Diego.