South Park is one of San Diego’s older neighborhoods in the vicinity of Balboa Park. South Park is actually east of Balboa Park, but it is south of the neighborhood of North Park, hence its name. It is predominantly a neighborhood of single-family homes, with some duplexes, bungalow courts and small apartment buildings. South Park was one of the first suburbs of downtown San Diego. It is often thought of as part of Golden Hill, but in actuality it is its own neighborhood. The first homes in South Park were constructed in 1906. Steady growth continued to be constructed into the 1930s. The very small number of lots remaining empty after 1941 were built out in the 1950s. Retail and mixed-use structures, constructed in the 1910s and 1920s run along 30th and Beech streets. Though the streets were unpaved, sidewalks were poured in 1906. Many of the 1906 sidewalk stamps still exist. Besides the quiet, tree-lined streets, South Park is special for its old San Diego charm. South Park homes were constructed primarily in the Craftsman and Spanish Eclectic styles, styles predominant in Southern California during that period. it is noteworthy for its fine and varied collection of Craftsman and Spanish Colonial style homes built in the 1905-1930 period. These include works by noted architects Irving Gill, William S. Hebbard, and Richard Requa. South Park has long been home to a group of residents diverse in income, age, sexual orientation, and race. As with other urban neighborhoods north of Balboa Park like Hillcrest and North Park, pedestrian activity and lifestyle is high compared to the rest of San Diego. The authentic architecture of Spanish Colonial and Craftsman homes give the neighborhood its charm and identity. The South Park business community hosts Walkabouts on Saturday evenings in March, July, October and December. South Park is all about a relaxing time. The small business area concentrated along Fern Street and 30th Street. Restaurants, pubs and shops make it great for strolling. And the classic home architecture make for scenic walks along the quiet streets. There is a playground along 28th Street, the Grape Street Dog Park and the Balboa Municipal Golf Course.
To get to South Park-From I-805 take University Avenue westbound. Turn south on 30th Street. From SR-94 westbound, take 30th Street exit and head north. 30th Street turns into Fern Street in the center of the neighborhood and business area. Public transit is served by bus route 2.
NOTE: All homes in South Park will not be shown below, please contact me for full list of active homes in South Park