When you purchase a home in South Park, San Diego, expect to be welcomed. This lively community is home to a group of residents diverse in income, age, sexual orientation, and race. It’s even friendly to dogs – as evidenced by one of the few designated dog parks adjacent to a residential area.
As with neighborhoods such as Hillcrest and North Park, South Park is considered a pedestrian area, with residents enjoying quiet tree lined streets and a walkable business district comprised of small, owner operated establishments. You won’t find many chain or franchise businesses in this area. Instead, you’ll find several churches and a wide variety of small businesses.
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South Park is also home to the Albert Einstein Academy Charter School for German language immersion, the Balboa Municipal Golf Course, and a playground along 28th Street.
To promote those businesses and introduce residents and visitors to the shops and cafes of South Park, the business community hosts quarterly “Walkabouts.” During these Walkabouts, held on Saturday evenings in March, July, October, and December, shops are open late, refreshments are served, live music entertains, and a free trolley carries attendees from Beech Street to Grape Street to Juniper Street.
South Park was one of San Diego’s first suburbs and is now considered to be one of its major historic urban communities. It has long been proposed for registry as an official historic district. Construction began in 1906 and continued on into the 1930’s. Another building surge in the 1950’s utilized the few lots still empty after 1941.
Thus, the homes in South Park are primarily Craftsman and Spanish Colonial Revival styles. They include works by Irving Gill, William S. Hebbard, and Richard Requa – noted California architects of their time. Homes are primarily single-family, with a few small apartment buildings and bungalow courts. The median selling price of homes in South Park took a giant leap during 2012 – and average prices are now well above prices overall in San Diego.
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