North Park San Diego

North Park, San Diego: Community Spotlight

The blue North Park Sign standing in the middle of University Avenue
The North Park sign standing tall in the center of University Avenue.

When you think of San Diego, a few neighborhoods immediately come to mind: Ocean Beach, Pacific Beach, La Jolla, and North Park. North Park had a massive Cinderella moment around 2012 when it transformed into one of the most bustling parts of the city. The craftsman homes, proximity to Balboa Park, and nightlife make this neighborhood highly-desired and a perfect place to build your life.

Things To Do

Where do we even start, guys? North Park has whatever-you-want-to-do things to do. Let’s start at the south end of North Park. This is where you will find Balboa Park. On this end of Balboa Park, there are hiking trails, tennis courts, a dog park, disc golf, and even fitness classes out on the grass every day. You could spend your entire day wandering around and enjoying all of the things to do right there. But, if you are looking for food and drink, North Park has it all! Stop in at Coin-Op for cocktails and arcade games, walk over to Cardamom Cafe for a delicious breakfast and cup of joe, or watch your favorite artist do a set at The Observatory. Just walking around 30th, University Avenue, El Cajon Boulevard, or Adams Avenue, will get you in front of some of the best bars, restaurants and coffee shops in all of San Diego. So, do it! See what ya find. 

Coin Op in North Park, San Diego's sign hanging above the front outdoor space of the arcade bar.
Coin Op is a fun place to grab a cocktail and play arcade games.


If the “Things to Do” section didn’t convince you—yes, North Park is highly walkable. In fact, North Park is central to several walkable areas in the city. You can get your steps in heading to Normal Heights, University Heights, Kensington, Hillcrest, and South Park from the North Park neighborhood. But, if you aren’t looking to have a long quest, you can easily walk around the North Park community to anything you need—even Target! It is it’s own little downtown within San Diego and is almost entirely self-sufficient. 


North Park is home to a wide range of people from students to families and single folk to everyone in between, which makes it an exciting place to live. The median age is 35.9, which is close to the median age in San Diego, which is 34.2 years old. The median household income is $60,335 with San Diego, in general, coming in at $71,481. Since this is a popular, diverse area, getting into a single-family home can be pretty expensive, but if this is where you want to call home, we can get you on the right track. 

Cardamom Cafe's in North Park. The corner of the bakery showing the large mural of skeleton mermaids.
Grab breakfast and a coffee at any of the wonderful cafes in this neighborhood.


Education can be pretty personal to how you want your children to learn. Check out this map by Voice of San Diego where you can learn more about schools near your new home, their ratings, test scores, and more. 

Freeway Access

You can access the 805, 163 and 8 easily from North Park. You either slide onto University Avenue to grab the 163 and 805 or mosey your way up Texas to catch the 8. The central location means that you can get to downtown in 5 mins, 10-15 to the beach, and just a hop skip and jump away from anywhere that you can imagine. 

If this downtown-vibe sits pretty with you, contact us. We would love to help you with your real estate needs, whether you are buying, selling, remodeling, or leasing your home. We cannot wait to get to know you! 

To find out more about some other incredible San Diego neighborhoods, click the links below: 

Normal Heights


University Heights

Allied Gardens