Bordering North Park, Golden Hill, and Stockton, South Park is a historic San Diego neighborhood filled with beautiful old craftsman and Spanish colonial revival homes, over 70 local businesses, dogs, bike riders and craft beer. It’s a thriving neighborhood growing in popularity amongst young professionals and new families. Learn more about what one of San Diego’s most unique neighborhoods has to offer as far as things to do, real estate, restaurants, craft beer and homes for sale and more.
History of South Park San Diego
South Park, San Diego is one of the first established suburbs of Downtown San Diego, with serious development beginning around 1905. South Park was also one of the first San Diego neighborhoods to be connected to the Class 1 streetcar public transit system in the 1910’s. These streetcars ran through the neighborhood until 1939. It also contains a historical section known as Historical 30th & Fern. This is a unique commercial center made of three historic buildings including San Diego’s oldest surviving fire station, Fire Station No. 9 (1913-1949), Rose Grocery Store (1923-1941) and Burlingame Garage (1914-1945). These buildings now serve as local businesses.
San Diego’s Most Dog-Friendly Neighborhood
If you have ever walked around South Park, then you will know that it is one of San Diego’s most dog-friendly neighborhoods. It’s impossible to walk down 30th/Fern Street without seeing at least 10 people walking their dogs. One of the reasons it’s so dog-friendly is not only is it a very walkable neighborhood, but most of the restaurants and shops welcome you to bring your pup in with you. You can enjoy a cold glass of craft beer all while petting your dog. There are lots of pet shops and even one of the few designated dog parks in the area. If you want a neighborhood both you and your dog will enjoy, South Park is a dog-lover haven.
Outside Activities in South Park
If you love the outdoors, you can either choose to walk around this historic neighborhood to enjoy all of the vintage houses, or you can opt outside to Juniper Canyon, Grape Street Dog Park or the Balboa Park Golf Course. Juniper Canyon features less foot traffic than Balboa Park but offers indigenous vegetation and hilly vistas for a nice and quick escape to nature. You can find native animals and plants in the canyon. Grape Street Dog Park is one of San Diego’s few designated dog parks and features lots of grassy fields for fetch and other play with your dog. Lastly, if you’re a golfer, the Balboa Park Golf Course is the perfect place to spend the day.
South Park’s Best Restaurants
South Park is a hub spot for local restaurants and you will never run out of delicious options when it comes to food. The diverse range of food includes authentic Italian food at restaurants like Buona Forchetta or Piacere Mio, vegan food at Kindred, or you can enjoy burgers and craft beer at what used to be an old trolley station at Station Tavern & Burgers. South Park has a large number of dining options for you to enjoy.
Shopping in South Park
If you hate chain stores and love to find unique home goods, clothing, and gifts, South Park has a large number of options for you to shopping locally. At Gold Leaf, you can choose from unique home décor, furniture and gifts like homemade candles. There’s also the Graffiti Beach Boutique which is also filled with home décor, gifts, and clothing. For those who enjoy consignment stores and secondhand items, Bad Madge and Company features some great consignment clothes, furniture and home goods you won’t find at your local target. For a unique and local shopping experience, South Park is a go-to spot for shopaholics.
Craft Beer & Bars in South Park
South Park is home to a few local breweries including South Park Brewing Company. There is also Hamilton’s Tavern which is a fun dive bar featuring delicious bar food and a large variety of craft beer to choose from. If beer isn’t for you, there is also The Rose where you can enjoy a variety of wine, food, and of course more craft beer.
South Park Demographics
South Park Population (via City-Data): 6,949
Estimated Median House Value in October 2018 (via SDAR): $450,000
Estimated Median Condo/Detached House Value in October 2017 (via SDAR): $250,000
Median Gross Rent 2015 (via City-Data): $1,366
Neighborhood Events in South Park
South Park has quarterly events to look forward to every year, known as the Walkabouts. The quarterly Walkabouts take up several blocks of South Park to feature local restaurants and shops. During the holiday season, the Walkabout includes a tree lighting ceremony. In addition, South Park also hosts the Old House Fair which is a home tour and street festival to showcase local businesses and to celebrate the historic homes and character of the neighborhood. There is also the Taste of South Park where residents can eat their way through South Park to find their next favorite restaurant.
Real Estate in South Park San Diego
Homes for sale in South Park San Diego go off the market quickly as this is a popular neighborhood to be moving to in San Diego right now. There are old craftsman style and colonial Spanish revival homes which are appealing to people who want a unique and non-cookie-cutter house. View a map of homes for sale in South Park. South Park is also home to lots of small cottages, condos, and townhouses which are ideal for young and single professionals. If you enjoy walkability, local businesses and want a dog-friendly neighborhood, South Park might be for you. If you are interested in moving to this exciting neighborhood, contact one of our real estate agents at Ascent Real Estate today to find your next condo or house for sale in South Park.
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