This Pacific Beach in San Diego real estate spotlight focuses on the community rather than a specific condo building. A while back we wrote about The Plaza Condos at Pacific Beach. Here
Pacific Beach, San Diego Spotlight
Pacific Beach offers one of San Diego’s liveliest nightlife scenes. Best known as “PB” by the locals. It’s Garnet Avenue and Mission Boulevard streets contain ample restaurants, bars, and clothing stores.
But, it’s more well-known for the numerous parks and beaches.
Pacific Beach, San Diego Real Estate
In 2019, the average price for a Pacific Beach home is $1.3 million. Pacific Beach neighborhood homes stay on the market an average of 49 days.
The total population in Pacific Beach is around 50,000. Their median age is 31.3 years. The population evenly divided between men and women. Most obtained a college degree.
Most PB’s are white-collar workers at private companies. Average household income at $95,000. Nearly 23,000 households in Pacific Beach. Almost everyone owns a car.
Pacific Beach, San Diego Parks
Imagine seven parks in one neighborhood!
Pacific Beach even boasts the biggest aquatic park in the U.S. Here’s summary and links to each park.
Mission Bay Park with more than 4,230 acres of water and land makes it the country’s largest aquatic park. Includes 19 sandy beaches along 26 miles of shoreline. Eight of them offer designated swimming areas. Over 15 million visitors enjoy this park every year.
Kate Sessions Memorial Park loved by dogs and picnickers for frolicking and enjoying fabulous views.
Crown Point Park on the bay where locals gather for the traditional Fourth of July fireworks display.
Law Street Beach Park offering fantastic sunset views and yoga.
Tourmaline Surfing Park provides a remote beach location near Pacific Beach where locals enjoy surfing.
Pacific Beach Recreational Center Park offering recreational facilities like lighted tennis and basketball courts, gyms, weight rooms, games room, lighted multi-purpose athletic field, and a children’s sandlot.
Fanuel Street Park located at the end of Pacific Beach. Popular with local joggers. Loved by families due to its large playground facilities perfect for toddlers and older children.
Besides the seven parks, Pacific Beach also enjoys open space and rich wetlands through Rose Creek flowing through Pacific Beach before reaching Mission Bay.
Pacific Beach, San Diego Beaches
Three beaches known as “The Strand” by locals consisting of:
Mission Beach nestled on the south side of Mission Drive.
North Pacific Beach located north of the Boardwalk and Crystal Pier.
Pacific Beach, San Diego Attractions
Trip Advisor recommends these Pacific Beach, San Diego attractions:
Pacific Beach Boardwalk known as the “Ocean Front Walk on Ocean Boulevard”, but the locals call it the “Boardwalk”. Providing a 3-mile beachfront pedestrian walkway. Offering lots of bars, restaurants, small shops, and hotels. A great “people watching” spot.
Tuesday Farmers Market for fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, bread, meats, flowers, and produce. Open every Tuesday between 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Located at Bayard between Garnet Ave, and Grands Ave. The prepared foods include take out and on the spot stands and gourmet foods. Their Information Booth allows using your debit or credit cards to purchase Market Money accepted by all vendors.
Crystal Pier offers a public pier and hotel located near the Boardwalk on Garnet Avenue.
Mission Bay Golf Course a 46-acre 18 hole executive golf course. San Diego’s only golf course with night lights. A par 58 course where Tiger Woods won a Junior World title. Features waterfalls, lots of trees and foliage, and ponds in a luxury setting. Buy a local Resident Card for $25 and get year-round discounts.
Pacific Beach/Taylor Library (12,480 square foot) hosts many events year round. So many, they maintain an online calendar of upcoming events. Here
Pacific Beach, San Diego Restaurants
Restaurante Costa Brava for their Spanish tapas, sangria, and paella.
Oscar’s Mexican Seafood especially for their fish tacos.
JRDN for their steamed mussels, fantastic risotto, and beet salad with warm mussels. Reviewers loved dining in their outdoor patio.
Trip Advisor recommends these Pacific Beach, San Diego restaurants:
The Fishery rated 4.5 Stars (out of 5) by 360 reviews for its fresh seafood.
Sushi Ota another 4.5 Stars from 820 reviews for their fresh sushi.
Kono’s Café got 4.5 Stars from over 1,170 reviews for their American style breakfasts.
Taco Surf also got 4.5 Stars from 211 reviews for their Mexican food and fish tacos.
Best Bars in Pacific Beach, San Diego
So many great bars located in Pacific Beach!
Here’s a link to a list and description of the 13 best bars (with photos) published by the San Diego Entertainer Magazine. Here
Pacific Beach, San Diego Schools
A member of the San Diego Unified School District. Pacific Beach community schools include:
Barnard Elementary teaching students K-5 grades both English and Mandarin Chinese.
Kate Sessions Elementary a small school located in North Pacific Beach.
Crown Point Elementary where their “Music Opens Minds” program focusing on music to educate their students.
Pacific Beach Middle School a 60-year-old school also offering Mandarin Chinese language classes.
Mission Bay Senior High School a public magnet high school with a renowned jazz program. Since 2006, they offer an International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) a two-year program for 16 to 19-year-olds.
Our Pacific Beach in San Diego real estate spotlight describes a small community loaded with beautiful parks and beaches. Also, “P.B.” provides an active nightlife.
Renowned public schools with two of them offering courses in Mandarin Chinese. Another teaches their students through music. Also, their high school offers an IBDP college prep program.
Great restaurants especially for seafood and Mexican cuisine.
Steven Rich, MBA – Guest Blogger
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