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Welcome to North Park, one of San Diego’s most vibrant, lively, and culinarily adventurous neighborhoods in San Diego! From the unmistakable North Park sign at 30th Street and University Avenue to the buzzing nightlife, North Park beckons adventurers, foodies, and art enthusiasts alike to discover what makes this community so special. Whether you dream of walking to weekend brunch, painting on the porch of your historic Craftsman-style home, or spending evenings relaxing at your neighborhood brewery, if you’re in the market to buy a home in San Diego, check out what North Park has to offer!

$1,200,000 Median

$615,000 Median

San Diego Unified

20 Min to Beach

15 Min to Downtown

15 Min to Airport

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About North Park

North Park’s roots stretch back to 1893 when James Monroe Hartley purchase 40 acres of land near present-day Balboa Park with dreams of developing a lemon grove. Water soon proved to be a challenge, and the Hartley family struggled to grow their lemons as the city of San Diego expanded through the turn of the century. Hartley called his part of town “Hartley’s North Park” and when Hartley’s son and brother-in-law built the first high-rise commercial building in the area, the developing residential neighborhood soon became known as just “North Park.” A fun fact about this area: Balboa Park was the site of the Panama-California Exposition of 1915. As part of the event, an extensive public transit system was installed that included streetcars built by John D. Spreckels. They ran through North Park until their 1949 retirement!

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North Park Education

North Park Schools

North Parks schools are part of the San Diego Unified School District. While the schools in North Park aren’t as highly rated as in other San Diego communities, students still receive a quality education through the public school system. There are also many alternative schooling options in the area including private schools and Montessori schools.

Elementary schools in North Park include Garfield Elementary School, Jefferson IB Steam Magnet, and McKinley Elementary School. The nearby public middle school is Roosevelt Middle School. Other schools in the area include Saint Patrick’s School, the Academy of Our Lady of Peace, the Charter School of San Diego, Saint Augustine High School, and several Montessori schools.

North Park Living

North Park Shopping & Local Businesses

Shopping for a gift for a friend or looking for some unique décor for your home? North Park offers great local shopping! Some of the highlights include Pigment, a haven of curated homeware, plants, and delightful hostess gifts, Artelexia, a vibrant celebration of Mexican culture that offers authentic home decor, jewelry, and gourmet foods, and Verbatim Books, San Diego’s largest bookstore which carries rare books and special editions along with the latest titles.

In the mood for some fun? Coin-Op Game Room is San Diego’s first arcade bar. This laid-back establishment invites you to set high scores on beloved childhood games like Galaga, Ms. Pac-Man, and NBA Jam. Don’t forget to sample the rotating selection of craft beers on tap!

There are so many great, unique restaurants to try in North Park that we can’t possibly list them all. Instead, we’ll share a few of our favorites that you must try while you’re checking out the neighborhood. Mabel’s Gone Fishing, Hammond’s Ice Cream, Encontro North Park, The Smoking Goat, Dunedin New Zealand Eats, and Underbellyshould all be on your radar!

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North Park Lifestyle

North Park’s vibrant cultural scene pulses day and night with artistic energy, good food, and great conversation. Throughout the year, the streets of North Park are often closed off and transformed into a block party as residents enjoy live music events, fairs, holiday celebrations, and more. The North Park Farmer’s Market is a cherished weekly tradition where you can find local farm produce, homemade baked goods, fresh-cut flowers, and artisan crafts for sale every Thursday evening. The historic Observatory North Park hosts a year-round lineup of music shows and performances while beautiful Balboa Park provides unparalleled access to art, culture, and wonder at its many museums.

Known as a craft beer mecca, North Park boasts a rich assortment of brewpubs and craft-beer establishments. From Mike Hess Brewing to North Park Beer Company, Thorn Brewing, and more, you’re in for a beer-tasting adventure like no other. Food trucks, pop-up events, and trivia nights add to the fun.

Craft cocktails are also popular in North Park with hotspots like Polite Provisions, Seven Grand, and 619 Spirits crafting imaginative concoctions. Enjoy a night out with friends while indulging in upscale gastropub fare!

As you explore the streets of North Park and browse the many small, independent stores, keep an eye out for the captivating murals by local artists. These urban masterpieces make for fantastic photo opportunities and remind you that creativity isn’t confined just to art galleries. Whether you’re in the mood for a sumptuous meal or a cozy spot to browse local treasures, North Park has it all.

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