San Diego Neighborhood Guide: Normal Heights

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    Located in San Diego’s mid-city region, Normal Heights borders Mission Valley, Kensington, and University Heights and contains the same type of hipster vibe you will find in North Park. It’s known for its diversity, delicious places to eat at, coffee shops and night time entertainment. Families, students, young adults, immigrants and natives all reside in Normal Heights. Read on to find out about all that Normal Heights has to offer like competitive real estate, local coffee shops, and fun events.

    History of Normal Heights

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    Normal Heights Central School in 1912 via sandiegohistory.org

    normal heightscollege), a predecessor to San Diego State University which was located just adjacent to University Heights in 1899. The former school building is now the Eugene Brucker Education Center which serves as the central office for the San Diego Unified School District. During the founding of San Diego, Normal Heights was covered in brush and populated by rabbits. It eventually had a few farms but development was halted due to a lack of water. Land development companies were interested in the area and as a result, a water reservoir was built in 1905 in University Heights. The number of buildings in Normal Heights increased from one in January of 1906 to 43 by December of the same year. This is when the community was officially founded.

     

    A trolley barn was built in 1913 and thus the Adams Avenue Operating Division was established in 1915. In 1911, residents established the Normal Heights Improvement Association which built a county library, school and paved roads and sidewalks. The business district of Adam’s Avenue was developed in the 1920’s. Today, Normal Heights thrives with business, single family homes and condos/townhouses filled with a diverse population.

    Nozaru Ramen Bar
    via Yelp

    Top Restaurants in Normal Heights

    The food in Normal Heights is just as diverse as the people who live there. You can find anything from Ethiopian food to Japanese food. Some of the top restaurants in Normal Heights include Nozaru Ramen Bar for poke, sushi and ramen, Addi’s Restaurant for authentic Ethiopian food, DaoFu for homemade tofu, and lastly, Canada Steak Burger for one of the best burgers you will ever try. Head over to Adam’s Ave in Normal Heights for a wide variety of different places to eat at, and don’t forget to enjoy some dessert from Mariposa Ice Cream or The Incredible Cheesecake Company.

    Nightlife in Normal Heights

    If you’re looking for nightlife, don’t worry, Normal Heights has you covered. Whether you want a dive bar with food or a hookah bar, Normal Heights has it all. Visit The Rabbit Hole for an Alice in Wonderland themed bar and restaurant. You can also head over to Sycamore Den for cocktails or Cleopatra’s Lounge for hookah. If you want to be a little classy, visit Proprietors Reserve Wine Bar. For music lovers, visit Lestat’s West or Spacebar for live acts, or sing your heart out with Karaoke at The Ould Sod.

    Normal Heights Coffee Shops

    dark horse coffee roasters
    via Yelp

    One of the top reasons people enjoy Normal Heights is for the delicious coffee! If chain cafes are your thing, head over to Starbucks, otherwise, it’s recommended that you visit one of the local coffee shops. This includes Dark Horse Coffee Roasters which features coffee, iced teas, baked goods and even vegan donuts. Other spots include Lestat’s Coffee House which doubles as a café and music venue. You can also enjoy coffee and breakfast at Dos Palmas Café and Café Cabaret. These are all located on Adam’s Ave!

    Normal Heights Events

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    Every year, the Adams Avenue Business Association hosts several events. Amongst these includes Adams Avenue Unplugged which is a free music walkabout of two miles that has 30 stages with over 100 performances. Another event is the Taste of Adams Avenue where you can enjoy a taste of different local eateries all in one spot. There is also an annual street fair that features vendors, entertainment, carnival rides, arts and crafts booths and more. Lastly, the holidays get festive with the Adams Avenue Spirit Stroll and the Holiday on Adams Avenue which features fresh snow. If you enjoy lively communities, Normal Heights might be for you.

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    via City-Data

     

    Normal Heights Demographics

    Population 2016 (via city-data): 9,219

    Estimated Median House Sales Price in January 2018 (via SDAR): $649,000

    Estimated Median Condo/Detached Sales Price in January 2018 (via SDAR): $400,500

    Median Gross Rent 2016 (via city-data): $1,461

    Median Household Income 2016 (via city-data): $73,756

    Real Estate in Normal Heights

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    Real estate in Normal Height is very competitive as it is a desirable location right now. There is a wide variety of single family homes for sale in Normal Heights, as well as condos and townhouses. If you are interested in buying or selling your home in Normal Heights, you should work with an Ascent Real Estate REALTOR® to ensure you have a local expert by your side to help you through the process. View all homes for sale in Normal Height here. Contact us at Ascent Real Estate with any questions you may have about Normal Heights real estate.

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