San Diego has neighborhoods and homes to match any budget and lifestyle. Since we know San Diego intimately, we will help you find the perfect location to match your needs, whether that’s commuting to a job downtown from a beautiful spot with ocean views, or finding a quiet suburb to raise a family.
San Diego Communities
University City (UC) is an active community of 56,000 people that encompasses the University of California, San Diego, the Westfield University Towne Centre shopping center, and many of the high-tech, bio-tech, and clean-tech businesses and research institutes that have become San Diego’s economic engine. Sometimes referred to as the “Golden Triangle,” UC is roughly bordered by La Jolla on the west, State Route 52 on the south, and Interstate 805 on the east. Scenic Rose Canyon separates the higher density apartments, condominiums, and town homes of North UC from the mainly single-family homes of South UC. UC has a great community and neighborhood feel that offers some of the best schools and parks in San Diego, making it great for families. We are proud to call UC our HOME and are intimately familiar with the local market!
La Jolla is an affluent, hilly seaside community located along 7 miles of coastline inside the city limits of San Diego. La Jolla had the highest home prices in the nation in 2008 and 2009, with an average four-bedroom home in La Jolla reported as $2.1 million in 2009. There are about 42,000 residents in La Jolla, which is surrounded on three sides by ocean bluffs and beaches about 12 miles north of Downtown San Diego, and 40 miles south of Orange County.
Pacific Beach is a neighborhood of San Diego, bounded by La Jolla to the north and Mission Beach and Mission Bay to the south. A popular hangout for surfers and college students due to its proximity to San Diego State University in La Jolla, the population is becoming older and more professional due to rising property costs. The beach stretches from the Mission Bay jetty to the cliffs of La Jolla, and has some great properties available.
Point Loma is a hilly seaside community and is a peninsula that separates the San Diego Bay from the Pacific Ocean. Point Loma is close in proximity to Downtown San Diego and the San Diego International Airport. Fishing and boating shops line the streets of this quite little community located by the Marina. Experience places like Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay, an intimate outdoor venue where popular artists perform. Or try one of Point Loma’s many seafood restaurants which are said to be some of the best in town. Point Loma’s most recognized landmark is the Old Point Loma Lighthouse completed in 1854. Also home to Point Loma are two military Naval Bases, a National Cemetery, Cabrillo National Monument, as well as Point Loma Nazerine University.
Del Mar is an upscale beach town near San Diego with a population of only about 4,000. The Del Mar Horse Races are hosted on the famous Del Mar Racetrack every summer. Del Mar is known for being a quiet retreat from city life, with beautiful horse property and ocean views still available in the upper price ranges.
Downtown San Diego
Downtown San Diego is a City by the Sea. One of the most beautiful natural harbors in the world attracts visitors and residents from all over. Over the last 10 years downtown San Diego has come a long way with redevelopment and urban revitalization which include modern and sophisticated high rise condominiums, boutique shopping, one of a kind restaurants and nightlife. The Historic and popular Gaslamp Quarter is home to over 100 restaurants, 40 Nightclubs and entertainment along with shopping galore. Neighborhoods within the downtown area include Littly Italy, Gaslamp Quarter, Marina District, Cortez Hill, and Downtown’s newest neighborhood “East Village” which continues to be developed and is also home to Petco Park where you can see the San Diego Padres Play baseball while watching the fireworks in the summer from your high rise condo.
Mission Hills is a historic well sought after neighborhood in the hills just north of Downtown San Diego. This neighborhood is mostly made up of older, large stately homes with immaculately manicured lawns nestled in the hills on quiet streets overlooking San Diego Bay and Old Town with some small shops. The area is one of the oldest neighborhoods in San Diego developed in the early 20th century with most of the houses being reminiscent of that era; often carefully maintained and restored. Many of the homes are of various styles of Craftsman, Spanish Revival, Mission Revival, and English Tudor and designed by San Diego’s finest architects. Several private and religious schools can also be found in Mission Hills.
North Park is a neighborhood of San Diego which is situated northeast of Balboa Park. To the north are the canyons overlooking Mission Valley, and on the south is Switzer Canyon. The North Park sign can be seen at 30th Street and University Avenue, and this intersection is often considered to be the heart of the neighborhood. North Park includes the sub-neighborhoods of Burlingame, Altadena, and the Morley Field area (site of the proposed Dryden Historic District).
Ocean Beach is a neighborhood of San Diego where the San Diego River meets the Pacific Ocean. Previously known as Mussel Beach, the area is a trendy location with a main street that includes antique shops, restaurants, tattoo and piercing shops, coffee houses, bars, bike shops, and surf shops. Home prices can easily break the $1 million threshold in Ocean Beach.
The San Diego Lifestyle
If you’re searching for a home in San Diego, you’re in on the secret – you already know about San Diego’s rich maritime history, culture, and charm. You know about the museums and IMAX theater in Balboa Park, the San Diego zoo, and Sea World. Those are just the icing on the cake.
Walking the beaches of Coronado Island, or staying in the historic Hotel del Coronado for a special occasion is a treat like none other. Living in the San Diego area gives you easy access to things like La Jolla’s scenic rocky cliffs, catching a play downtown, or taking the kids to Lego Land.
When you’re ready to get serious about searching for the perfect piece of San Diego real estate to call home, please call us here at The Liberty Team. We know the neighborhoods and will help you make buying a San Diego home the exciting experience it should be!
The Liberty Team
Mike and Alicia O’Sullivan