North Park

The most sprawling of the urban neighborhoods, North Park is a hodgepodge. Cozy, tidy pockets of Craftsman homes on the north edge of Balboa Park (hence the name), dense apartments, and the pre-interstate retail stretches of University Ave and El Cajon Blvd. define North Park.  Besides its diversity, North Park is special for the architecture that predominates the neighborhood. North Park is synonymous with the Craftsman cottages and bungalows that reflect California’s era of suburban development. Recent years has seen a resurgence of North Park and the gentrification of its sub-neighborhoods.  North park is a diverse neighborhood of single family homes, apartment complexes, businesses, and arts. It has a business district that is almost a downtown unto itself – unusual for a neighborhood. The intersection of University and 30th is a bustling central point of North Park. There’s lots to do in North Park: dining, nightclubs, arts, entertainment, shopping. It’s self-sufficient, and its close to neighboring ‘hoods like University Heights, Hillcrest and Normal Heights, and, of course, Balboa Park. North Park is the place for dive bars: Scolari’s Office, the Whistle Stop, the Live Wire, Red Fox Lounge, the Bar Pink Elephant. There’s a place to fit your style in North Park. The newly renovated North Park Theatre is home to San Diego Lyric Opera, and Claire de Lune coffee house has local music.  To get to North Park – From I-805, take either the El Cajon Blvd. or University Ave. exits and go west. The neighborhood is roughly bounded by Balboa Park on the south, I-805 on the east, El Cajon Blvd. on the north, and Florida Street on the west.