Walkable Neighborhoods in San Diego

Walkable Neighborhoods in San Diego

Want to learn more about living in San Diego? Then you’ve come to the right place! Today, we’re talking about the most walkable neighborhoods in San Diego County.

Downtown San Diego

The first one on my list is an obvious one, it’s downtown San Diego. Downtown San Diego has a work score of 99/ 100 and encompasses several smaller neighborhoods, including Little Italy, Cortez Hill, and Gaslamp Quarter. If you’d like to learn more about living in this area, I’ve covered it all in my Living in Downtown San Diego video tour.

Normal Heights

Normal Heights has lots of great coffee shops, restaurants, and lots of antique shops in its very own Antique Row. This neighborhood is just outside of Downtown San Diego, so you can have the best of city living without being in the thick of it.

Sherman Heights

This area may not be very well known now, but I have a feeling it will be popular soon! Sherman Heights is not the nicest neighborhood in San Diego, but it has been going through a renaissance in the last few years. Keep an eye on this neighborhood if you’re a first-time homebuyer! It’s super close to downtown and Balboa Park so it’s a great option if you’ve been house hunting in these areas.

North Park/ South Park

North Park and South Park are both metropolitan neighborhoods that are just outside of downtown San Diego. Both areas are very walkable with great restaurants, tasting rooms, and local boutiques that are a must-visit if you’re in the neighborhood! Some of my favorite spots include Waypoint Public In North Park and Buona Forchetta in South Park!

Hillcrest

Hillcrest is located just Northwest of Balboa Park, in a location very central to the city. You’re just minutes to downtown as well as freeway access and beaches. Hillcrest is very walkable and has lots of great coffee shops, bars, unique stores, and of course the famous Farmers Market! This is one of the largest farmer’s markets in San Diego so it’s worth checking out at least once; just make sure you get there early to beat the crowds!

Liberty Station

Liberty Station used to be a naval training base but has recently been renovated into a large multi-use area with an open-air market, beer garden, and event space. Local favorites include Stone Brewery, The Lot Movie Theatre, and in the winter, they have an ice rink, too! This is a great family-friendly area to hang out at year-round and there are many nice neighborhoods surrounding Liberty Station, too.

Coronado

Coronado is neat place to live or visit! Many San Diegans visit Coronado for day trips and staycations because of its vacation vibe. It is easy to feel like you’ve left San Diego when visiting the Hotel Del Coronado or simply walking around and enjoying the ice cream shops and restaurants.

La Mesa

La Mesa is a very walkable town that strives to stay that way! They have lots of crosswalks, wide sidewalks, and they even regulate new businesses to ensure that they’re all pedestrian-friendly. It’s also only about ten miles out of San Diego

Oceanside

With a walk-score of 86, Oceanside has slowly become a very walkable beach town in San Diego. There are many new developments being built in this area and the neighborhood has continued to grow. This is also one of the more affordable beach communities in San Diego!

Carlsbad Village

As with most North County beach communities, Carlsbad is a very walkable neighborhood. Carlsbad Village has some awesome restaurants, tasting rooms, and shops to explore.

Encinitas

Encinitas is another great beach community in San Diego. Downtown Encinitas has great local restaurants, breweries, and shops to explore and is growing every year!

Solana Beach

Solana Beach is another neighborhood we’ve mentioned before, and for good reason! Solana Beach has a walkable district called the Cedros Avenue Design District, full of unique shops and art galleries. They also have a small farmer’s market every Sunday that is definitely worth a visit!

Escondido

Escondido is located in the North County Inland area of San Diego County. Although it is a quiet part of the County, Escondido has a historic downtown district that has slowly become more modern and pedestrian friendly over the years. It is a great place to raise a family, with many fun attractions located nearby like the San Diego Zoo Safari Park and the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum.

Which neighborhood do you want to live in? If you’re thinking of moving to San Diego, give me a call today!

Downtown San Diego

Downtown San Diego

Today we’re talking about all of the great neighborhoods in downtown San Diego! Keep reading to check out what each area has to offer and if you’d like to take a look at any available properties, just reach out.

Little Italy

Little Italy is one of my favorite areas in downtown San Diego. This neighborhood has grown over the last few years and has become a very walkable, trendy area with some of the best restaurants in San Diego including Kettner Exchange, Juniper & Ivy, and The Crack Shack,  just to name a few. There are also great breweries, wine tasting rooms, and coffee shops to visit in Little Italy. It’s also home to Waterfront Bar & Grill, which is one of the oldest bars in San Diego! Legend has it that Wyatt Earp himself was a frequent guest at Waterfront Bar & Grill.

Local parks include Amici Park and Waterfront Park, which host concerts and other events throughout the year. Little Italy is a great neighborhood for younger people as there is a good nightlife presence and it is very centrally located in downtown. Forbes Magazine even ranked it one of the best places for Millennials to live in the US!

Columbia District

This area is mostly a commercial district, but in recent years it has expanded to include residential housing and other amenities as well. Savina is one of the new luxury condo buildings in this area that has become popular as the Columbia District continues to grow.

Marina District

The Marina District is home to the San Diego Convention Center, San Diego’s Embarcadero, and Seaport Village. Seaport Village is a large attraction for this area, with fourteen acres of walkable cobblestone streets lined with shops, restaurants, and cafes to enjoy.

Looking for a great view of the city? Be sure to stop into the Manchester Grand Hyatt in the Marina District for a panoramic view of the city! Then visit Café 222, one of my favorite breakfast and brunch spots in the area. It’s a mustptry! And if movie nostalgia is your thing, you’ll want to stop by Kansas City Barbecue, which is where many bar scenes from the movie Top Gun were filmed!

Cortez Hill

Cortez Hill is another great area of downtown San Diego! Mostly residential, it has more of a cozy, neighborhood feel than other areas of downtown. It’s also a very historic area, with beautiful architecture including the St. Joseph’s Cathedral and the California Western School of Law, which has been in Cortez Hill since 1973. Also, because Cortez Hill isn’t in the heart of downtown, parking isn’t as difficult to find in this area.

Core District

This area is home to many government buildings, the San Diego Civic Center, and the Symphony Towers. Keep in mind there is not much, if any, residential space in this area of downtown. On any given day, you’re likely to see lots of business professionals rushing out for lunch during the day and theatre lovers heading to the Civic Center in the evening. Horton Plaza also used to anchor this neighborhood of downtown, but we’ll have to wait for the revitalization work to be done to see what will go up in its place!

Gaslamp Quarter

The Historic Gaslamp Quarter is probably the most popular area of downtown San Diego. This area is frequented by many tourists and is often the place to be on any given weekend. Because of this, there are plans underway to turn the busy 5th Avenue into a pedestrian-only street, making it an even more walkable neighborhood. There are many restaurants, bars, clubs, shops, and more to enjoy year-round here. We also host San Diego Comic Con every year, along with other seasonal events that turn Gaslamp into a hub for both visitors and locals alike.

East Village

East Village is another one of my favorite neighborhoods in downtown San Diego! This neighborhood is home to the beautiful Petco Park, which opened in 2004. Since then, the area has grown and expanded because. You can even live in a condo that has a birds-eye view right into the ballpark from your balcony! How cool is that? I would love to own one of these one day.

East Village is also home to some unique restaurants, art galleries, and coffee shops, with more popping up each year. This is a very walkable neighborhood that is great for people of any age or lifestyle!

That concludes my living in Downtown San Diego tour! Which neighborhood would you like to live in? Let me know in the comments below. And thanks for stopping by!

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