Our Normal Heights San Diego real estate spotlight focuses on a neighborhood more than “normal”. Families, immigrants, students, and natives occupy this diverse neighborhood.
In fact, locals refer to it as “Abnormal” Heights. That’s because of its “funky” diversity in comparison to its two neighbors. The “quiet” University Heights and the “upper class” Kensington.
Normal Heights offers diversity, more eclectic, often rowdy at night and always exciting.
Normal Heights San Diego Real Estate History
When San Diego became a city only rabbits and brush populated the Normal Heights area. Insufficient water limited its development. Not until a land boom started in San Diego in the 1880s did the area interest land speculators.
When a reservoir built-in 1905 in the University Heights neighborhood supplied water to the Normal Heights area the first house sprang up in 1906. That’s when developers George Hawley and D.C. Collier submitted a map subdividing the area to the county.
Once the San Diego Railway electric trolley system included the Adams Avenue stop this neighborhood began to grow. In 1913, a trolley barn erected in Normal Heights established a community.
In 1985, a fire burned 69 homes in Normal Heights including bungalows built-in 1906. Normal Heights became a finalist for the prestigious All America City award later that year for its support to the fire victims.
Normal Heights San Diego Real Estate Geography
Located in the center of San Diego city, Normal Heights sits on a mesa near Mission Valley. Normal Height’s borders begin with Interstate 8 on its north, El Cajon Boulevard in its south, State Route 15 in its east, and Interstate 805 in its west.
The two most notable buildings in Normal Heights include:
- A Carmelite monastery on Hawley Boulevard; and
- A bungalow court called the Santa Rosa Court on Adams Avenue.
Normal Heights San Diego Demographics
Back in 2001, Normal Heights consisted of:
- Median Age of 31;
- 53% White;
- 25% Hispanic;
- 13% African American; and
- 9% Asian American.
In 2019, the current population estimate stands at 15,186.
Normal Heights Standard of Living in 2019
Also, Niche ranks the neighborhood in other standards of living categories such as:
- Diversity = A;
- Nightlife = A-;
- Crime and Safety = B;
- Good for Families = B; and
- Public Schools = B.
Niche also shows the Median Household Income of $60,594.
Normal Heights Community Organizations
Normal Heights contains many community organizations. The most important ones include:
The Normal Heights Recreation Council works with the city to resolve recreation and local parks issues.
The Normal Heights Community Planning Group (NHCPG) works with the city on land-use issues. Especially about local zoning for historical properties, traffic problems, and local facilities like libraries and parks.
The Adams Avenue Business Association oversees the local commercial improvement district. They also sponsor big local festivals.
Other community groups include:
- The Normal Heights Community Association;
- The Normal Heights Cultural Council (NHCC);
- Friends of Normal Heights Canyons; and
- Normal Heights Community Development Corporation.
Normal Heights Real Estate Market 2019
The diversity of Normal Heights goes beyond ethnicity.
Its Mission Valley ridge north of Adams Ave. provides single-family homes. It also offers high-density, multi-residential housing south of Adams Ave.
- Median Home Value = $421,200; and
- Average Listing Price = $376,540.
The Niche site claims a 2019 Median Home Value of $394,414 with the Median Rent at $1,247.
- Normal Heights = $421,200;
- Castle = 353,900;
- Adams North = $612,200;
- Mission Valley East = $391,100;
- Serra Mesa = $531,100;
- North Park = $523,300; and
- Kensington = $814,600.
Normal Heights Things to Do
This neighborhood defined by its landmark neon sign over Adams Avenue and Felton Street.
Typical of every mesa neighborhood north of Balboa Park, expect plenty of pedestrian traffic in Normal Heights. From Adams Street between Ohio Street to its east and Texas Street to its west known as “Antique Row” because of its many antique stores.
The Adams Avenue Street Fair, the largest free music festival in Southern California held during the last weekend of September.
The Adams Avenue Unplugged, another free music festival held during the last weekend in April.
Art Around Adams, a local community arts festival showcasing unique talented local artists inside locals and outside areas along Adams Avenue.
Normal Heights Best Restaurants
DeMille’s offers Italian cuisine and pizzas. Locals love this neighborhood spot.
Incredible Cheesecake Company for cheesecake desserts, but no dining.
Ould Sod, an authentic Irish pub with real Irish grub.
Triple Crown Pub, famous for their wide variety of strong beers and ales on tap from 7% to 11% alcohol.
Lestat’s Coffee House where the “hipsters” hangout also provides live entertainment with local musicians every night along with great coffee and real fruit smoothies.
Yelp recommends these Normal Heights restaurants:
The Rabbit Hole, 4 Stars from 745 reviews. New American food with their Slow Cooked Pork and the Smoked Duck Wings as the favorites.
CRACK Taco Shop, 4 Stars from 202 reviews. Every reviewer agreed about their great tacos!
Addis Restaurant, 5 Stars from 103 reviews. Ethiopian cuisine with the most popular as Veggie Combo and the Awaze Tibs.
Great Maple, 4 Stars from 3,419 reviews. Breakfast and Brunch
100s Seafood Grill Buffet, 4 Stars from 1,049 reviews. Their lobsters were most popular.
DaoFu, 4.5 Stars from 1,211 reviews. Japanese & Vietnamese cuisine with their Mango Chicken as the most popular.
Sabores Colombianos, 4.5 Stars from 219 reviews. Colombian with their Carne Desmachada and Arroz con Pollo the most popular.
Dos Palmas Cafe, 4.5 Stars from 174 reviews. Coffee, Breakfast & Brunch with their Paninis very popular.
Thai Joint On Adams, 4.5 Stars from 137 reviews. Thailand foods with their Pad Thai and Drunken Noodles the most popular.
Normal Heights Schools
The Niche website rates Normal Heights schools either an A or B.
The San Diego Unified School District oversees the:
Also, the St. Didacus Catholic School, a private school grades pre-school – 8.
This Normal Heights San Diego real estate spotlight shows why it’s called “Abnormal Heights” by the locals.
Normal Heights offers diversity, great ethnic restaurants, good Irish pubs, sometimes rowdy at night and always interesting.
Famous for their culture and popular outdoor street fairs with free music and entertainment.
Lower home values than their nearest neighbors.
Normal Heights offers individuals and families good schools, safety, plenty of community organizations to join, and a great nightlife.
Contact Us so one of our Realtors can show you the benefits of relocating to Normal Heights and what available homes beckon you and your family.
Steven Rich, MBA – Guest Blogger
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