Old Town, San Diego: A Historically Rich City
One of the oldest settled areas in California is Old Town, San Diego- a historic neighborhood nestled beyond Mission Hills and Bankers Hill.
This nearly-250 acre area of San Diego is the location of the very first settlement of Europeans in California. Filled with great historical significance, Old Town is the site of Old Town San Diego State Historic Park as well as Presidio Park. Both of these park communities are on the National Register of Historic Places.
After the turn of the 20th century, the area became more connected to other San Diego neighborhoods with the advent of streetcars as well as the San Diego public transportation system.
Old Town is a popular place for residents and visitors with its many hotels, eateries and specialty boutiques. Also in the area are opportunities for sight-seeing at some of the numerous art galleries, historical sites, and significant landmarks.
Things To Do in Old Town
Each year, San Diego residents gather in Old Town for a large array of Cinco de Mayo festivities. Fall is another popular time in Old Town, with the Art Festival in October and the Day of the Dead in November.
One attraction that brings many people to Old Town is the Whaley House. Spend an evening creaking around the haunted house listening to its jarring history. If you’re lucky, you may even come face to face with one of the house ghosts that passed away in the home in the early 1900s.
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Meander around the city’s farmers market and pick up a delicious chamango- a blended mango beverage spiced with tamarind and chamoy. It’s the perfect slushie-like drink to cool you off on a summer afternoon.
The farmer’s market also offers fresh produce and multiple handmade vendors that specialize in various crafts. Take home a handpainted Dia de Los Muertos ceramic skull or a hand-spun Mexican style blanket to commemorate your time enveloped in the rich and vibrant culture.
The restaurants in Old Town embody its rich history. Old Town Mexican Cafe serves incredible hand pressed tortillas with their delicious entres- you can even watch your tortillas being created in their open concept kitchen! The restaurant has been in business since 1977 because it is a perfect reflection of the culture, and, obviously, is deliciously authentic.
Ready to Make the Move?
If you are considering making the switch from renting to buying, consider Old Town for its quaint charm and historical significance. It is a great neighborhood for families, singles and couples alike.
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Old Town Academy Charter School teaches children from Kindergarten age, through the eighth grade. It is located off of the 5 freeway near Mission Hills.
Old Town has a warm, comfortable year-round climate. You can expect to see weather upwards of 90 degrees from April all of the way through November! This sunny weather allows you to spend the great majority of the year out exploring the city. Even at night, the drop in temperature is relatively mild throughout the year.
Because of the consistently high temperatures, it is not uncommon to see locals enjoying the outdoors year round.
If you’re thinking about moving to the area, we recommend you look into Old Town’s crime rate statistics.
- The crime rate in Old Town is 56% lower than the national average.
- There are 3.43 daily crimes for every 100,000 people.
- Old Town is safer than 81% of the cities in the state.
- There is a 1 in 80 chance of becoming a victim of any crime in Old Town.
- The total number of crimes in San Diego has decreased by 3% from the previous year.
Presidio Park is one of the best places to get outdoors in Old Town. When temperatures spike in the summer, you can still enjoy a shaded walk through Palm Canyon. Also known as West’s Plymouth Rock, the 50-acre oasis offers views of Mission Bay as well as San Diego Bay. The area is dusted with orange nasturtiums, big yellow sunflowers, blooming prickly pear and barrel cactus, pink raphiolepis, blue plumbago and ceanothus (wild lilac), purple Pride of Madeira, yellow trumpet vines, aloes, and hibiscus. The park is a perfect getaway, you’d never guess you were at the center of the city!
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