South Park – tree-lined streets and a vibrant business district

South Park is a pleasant surprise. There are hip cafes, nightclubs, art galleries and shops. Homes are well maintained on charming tree-lined streets. Many homes look like they've been restored or remodeled. Evenings find streets filled with people going out to eat and you can hear the sound of live music being performed in local cafes, nightclubs and coffee houses.

South Park outdoor dining
There are sidewalk cafes and great restaurants in South Park.

Central Urban Location With Small Town Feel

South Park is located at the Southeast corner of Balboa Park just up the hill from downtown situated between Golden Hill and North Park. The main business area is along Beech Street between 28th and 30th, along 30th and Fern north of Beech up to Laurel St, and on Juniper between 31st and Fern. Living next to Balboa Park offers residents great opportunities to visit museums, The Old Globe Theatre, and the San Diego Zoo.

South Park is one of the major historic urban communities of San Diego. The neighborhood was built primarily between 1906 and the 1930's. Development in the neighborhood started around 1905 with the extension of streetcar service by the Bartlett Webster developing company.

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Tree-lined streets add charm to the South Park business district.

In the 1910s, South Park became one of the many San Diego neighborhoods connected by the Class 1 streetcars and an extensive San Diego public transit system that was spurred by the Panama-California Exposition of 1915 and built by John D. Spreckels. These streetcars became a fixture of this neighborhood until their retirement in 1939. This area has long been proposed as a registered historic district.

View from South Park
There are views of the downtown skyline and Balboa Park from many homes and streets in South Park.

Real Estate

In May, 2015 the median sales price for a single-family home in South Park was $539,000. This neighborhood includes a wonderful collection of Spanish-style, bungalows, and Craftsman homes. Many of the houses in South Park are historically designated. There are also a few apartments and new custom homes. The last ten years has been a time of extreme change with the restoration of most homes, and rapid expansion in the business district. There are great views of the downtown skyline and Balboa Park from many homes and streets. Residents are an eclectic mix of artists, professionals, singles, couples, young families and not-so-young families. There are over 40 unique businesses here. The feeling of the South Park neighborhood is that of a friendly small town within a big city.

Pepper trees, purple jacaranda, gold medallion and stately palm trees line many of the streets. Many homes have lovely gardens. South Park stands out in San Diego for its tree-lined streets, compact blocks, and its unique and convenient business district.

Dining at South Park restaurant

Dining and Shopping

There are many fine restaurants to choose from including, Big Kitchen (3003 Grape Street), Alchemy Restaurant (1503 30th Street), Station Tavern & Burgers (1947 Fern Street) and Grant's Marketplace (2953 Beech Street). One of the coolest-looking Mexican restaurants I've seen is the El Camino (3023 Juniper Street). On warm summer days, check out Daily Scoop on Juniper (3004 Juniper Street) for delicious ice cream.

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South Park is a dog-friendly neighborhood. The flat terrain is perfect for walking and biking.

There is a vibrant live music scene here including Rebecca's Coffeehouse (3015 Juniper Street), the South Park Abbey (1946 Fern Street) and Whistle Stop Bar (2236 Fern Street).

The business district is centered along 30th Street. There are many shops where you can find unique gifts, pet supplies and antiques. Thomas Bikes (1635 Fern Street) has been in operation since 1937 and is one of the longest family-owned businesses in South Park. There are a number of art galleries that showcase the work of local artists. This is a fun and easy neighborhood to explore.

You get a sense that people love living in South Park. It's got charm and a sense of San Diego history. It has quiet, wide streets with beautifully restored homes. Pubs and cafes, boutiques and salons all packed on a few friendly city blocks. This is a great place to live, work, shop or relax. It's also a nice neighborhood to visit.

South Park photo
South Park has a beautiful collection of Spanish-style, bungalows and Craftsman homes.



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San Diego High School
1405 Park Blvd.

San Augustine High School
3266 Nutmeg St.


Clark Middle Scool
4388 Thorn St.

McKinley Elementary
3045 Felton St.

Golden Hill Elementary
1240 33rd St.

Albert Einstein Academy
3035 Ash St.

St. Patrick's Catholic School
3266 Nutmeg St.

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