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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.

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.

There is an active chamber of commerce and much of the historical preservation and promotion planning is undertaken by the local community groups, including Save our Heritage Org. or SOHO. SOHO operates a couple of museums in the area: the Adobe Chapel and the world famous Whaley House Museum.

When you move to Old Town, transportation is a breeze with the city buses, San Diego Trolley and the regional rail system of Amtrak to take you all around.

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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