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South Park is the quieter, but no less vibrant sister neighborhood to San Diego’s North Park community. Living in South Park truly gives you the best of both worlds: outstanding food, culture, and access to some of San Diego’s best entertainment, along with a bit more peace and tranquility. Nestled along Balboa Park’s southwest corner and north of the 94 freeway, this is an ideal location for those who work downtown or in Mission Valley. If you’re looking to buy a home in the heart of San Diego, see what South Park has to offer.

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$735,000 Median

$565,000 Median

San Diego Unified

15 Min to Beach

10 Min to Downtown

10 Min to Airport

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About South Park

Steeped in history and architectural beauty, South Park is a neighborhood that stands as a living testament to the early 20th-century charm of San Diego. It began to truly take shape in the early 1900s, thanks to the vision and efforts of E. Bartlett Webster and his Bartlett Estate Company. Purchasing the South Park Addition subdivision in 1905, Webster brought sidewalks, water, electricity, and other amenities to the area. The allure of the neighborhood was further enhanced by the opening of the South Park and East Side Railway in 1906, marking a significant milestone as South Park became the city’s very first streetcar suburb. South Park’s growth continued to flourish, with the neighborhood becoming part of the extensive San Diego public transit system, inspired by the Panama-California Exposition of 1915 and built under the guidance of the visionary John D. Spreckels. The iconic streetcars were an integral part of the community until their retirement around the middle of the century.

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South Park Education

South Park Schools

South Park schools are part of the San Diego Unified School District. As South Park is a smaller neighborhood, many students attend schools that are technically located in North Park, Golden Hill, City Heights, Grant Hill, or Sherman Heights.

Area elementary schools include Golden Hill Elementary School, Kimbrough Elementary School, and McKinley Elementary School. Golden Hill Elementary offers a unique K-8 dual language immersion program in English and Spanish! Additional schools near South Park include Albert Einstein Academy Charter School and King Chavez Primary Academy.

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South Park Living

South Park Shopping & Local Businesses

There are more than seventy independently owned small businesses in South Park! Shops like Thread + Seed, Gold Leaf, and Bad Madge & Co offer home goods, gifts, jewelry, clothing, and more. Head to Native Poppy’s South Park location to pick up fresh flowers to brighten up your home. Collect records? Vinyl Junkies has a great selection for browsing. This neighborhood also offers excellent vintage and antique shopping if that’s more your speed.

South Park’s commitment to small and local means it also has some amazing restaurants, coffee shops, and bars. Our favorites include Buona Forchetta’s original San Diego location, Communal Coffee, Café Madeleine, Kindred, the Rose Wine Bar, and Matteo.

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South Park Lifestyle

Living in South Park means embracing a lifestyle that revolves around supporting local businesses, savoring unique flavors, and enjoying the lush surroundings and vibrant culture that make this neighborhood a cherished gem in San Diego.

Fern Street and 30th Street form the main business district of South Park, where you can wander the local boutiques to pick up gifts, home décor, and other treasures. Don’t miss the quarterly Walkabout, where local shops and restaurants stay open late, offering special deals and bites, showcasing the neighborhood’s diversity, and celebrating its local arts, crafts, and culture.

Prefer the outdoors to shopping? South Park’s proximity to Balboa Park is a definite advantage, with much of the neighborhood within walking distance of the park’s endless attractions. Whether it’s spending time at Grape Street Dog Park, enjoying the golf course, or exploring the hiking trails that lead into the neighborhood canyons like Switzer Canyon and Juniper Canyon, nature and recreation are always at your doorstep.

South Park’s renowned breweries and bars, including Fall Brewing, Station Tavern, and Whistle Stop Bar, add an extra layer of enjoyment to your evenings, providing a perfect way to unwind and connect with the local community.

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