Substantial development in the South Park neighborhood started around 1905 with the extension of streetcar service by the Bartlett Webster developing company. In the 1910s, Golden Hill and the area now referred to as South Park became one of the many San Diego neighborhoods connected by streetcars and an extensive San Diego public transit system that was spurred by the Panama-California Exposition of 1915 and built by John D. Spreckles.
South Park is now considered one of the major historic urban communities of San Diego and has long been proposed as a registered historic district.
Urban Sprawl Meets Classic Neighborhood
South Park stands out in San Diego for its tree-lined streets, compact blocks, and walkable business district. Predominantly a single-family residence area with some small apartment buildings and bungalow courts, it is noteworthy for its fine and varied collection of Craftsman and Spanish Colonial Revival style homes built between 1905 and 1930. Many of the houses are historically designated and an official historic district has been in the pipeline for a number of years.
South Park has been gaining repute for its small businesses since the 1990s, and has long been home to a group of residents diverse in income, age, sexual orientation, and race. Pedestrianism, like in other urban mesa neighborhoods north of Balboa Park, is high relative to the rest of San Diego. The elevation is about 200 feet above sea level but reasonably flat within most of the area. Thirtieth Street forms its main business district and has been called the nation’s best craft beer boulevard by Men’s Journal. Chain and franchise businesses are not common in the area; the 7-11 store at Hawthorn Street being the only one. The area is home to several churches, three bicycle shops, coffee houses, popular restaurants, one medium-sized grocery store, taverns and a wine bar, art galleries, a dog wash, a retail tea store, yoga studio and other business concerns.
South Park has a reputation as a dog-friendly area, supported by one of the few designated dog parks adjacent to a residential area (at Grape Street).
Agent Jon regularly writes about interesting topics like upcoming events and interesting dates in San Diego history, personal finance, real estate trends, the market, decorating, and home improvement.
21 of San Diego’s most haunted houses, trails, hotels and other paranormal places
It is said San Diego has many places with paranormal activities, and most popular during the month of October. From the...
Top 9 Hikes In San Diego
Who hikes and climbs mountains on dates? Apparently we, in San Diego, do. There are quite a few hidden hiking gems around...
4 Things Smart Homeowners Always Do in May
Giving your home a little extra love this month can save you time and money. Savings on a new fridge or mattress are best...
10 Signs of a Bad Real Estate Agent
1. Doesn't get back to you In life, quick and clear communication is key. A delayed response can mean losing out on a home....
You have several home types to choose from!
When most people think of real estate, they think of a traditional purchase, with a home for sale on the Multiple Listing...
Real Estate in 2022
Over the last year home prices are up a staggering 19.8%! According to Fannie Mae the U.S. housing market will cool...
Sign up for Updates
Decorating contest updates, San Diego Events, History Nuggets, Market Info and more from Agent Jon!