University Heights, San Diego real estate spotlight emphasizes its central location to downtown and the beaches.
Defined by its neon “University Heights” sign spanning Park Boulevard.
The Welcome to San Diego site describes the University Heights neighborhood as:
“Home to a diverse population who enjoy the area for its convenient location, strong sense of community, great restaurants, and its unique combination of history, architecture, art, music, and theatre.” Source
The Neighborhoods.com site describes University Heights as the:
“Heart of San Diego’s vibrant ‘Mid-City’ region. A popular, well-established neighborhood yet somewhat low-key neighborhood. Known for its small but superb dining options, low congestion, and closeness to both Downtown San Diego and the beaches.” Source
University Heights, San Diego Location
The University Heights neighborhood in central San Diego lies between Adams Avenue and Park Boulevard. Next to the Normal Heights and Hillcrest neighborhoods.
Its boundaries include Lincoln Avenue to the south, the edge of the mesa on its north and west, and Boundary Street near Interstate 805 to its east.
Both Adams Avenue and Park Boulevard provide its main area of live entertainment most nights along with artist studios, coffee shops, restaurants, and boutiques.
Getting to University Heights
From Interstate 8 (I-8) travel south on Highway 163 and take the Washington Street (east) exit. Then, turn left to Park Avenue which takes you into the heart of University Heights.
University Heights History
Founded in 1888, the “University” name evolved from the original plan to build a University of Southern California branch there. Alas, the plan never materialized. But, the land eventually became San Diego State College later named San Diego State University which moved to a larger area in the 1930s. The land currently headquarters the San Diego Unified School District.
The only historic district in University Heights consists of Shirley Ann Place which the City of San Diego designated as a historic district in the 1920s due to its bungalows featuring a Spanish Colonial Revival architect style.
University Heights, San Diego Real Estate Market 2019
Most housing in University Heights consists of smaller single-family homes in the 2 to 3 bedroom range. Also, some small apartment and condo buildings exist.
Living near Park Boulevard puts you close to Downtown and the beaches. If you desire a quiet street look east with the streets named after U.S. states.
Few tourists wander around University Heights largely populated by locals.
University Heights homes remain on the market an average of 50 days and sold very close to the listed price. Homeowner’s fees average $295. Property taxes average $5,630 per year. Other facts for 2019:
- Prices Range from $178,000 to $2,650,000;
- Sales Prices close at $150,000 to $2,225,000;
- Median Sales Price at $508,000
- Average homes sell for $581 per square foot; and
- Ages from 1903 to 2018.
University Heights, San Diego Demographics
The demographics of University Heights reveals:
- Housing units of 5,920;
- Total population of 11,152;
- Nearly equally divided between males and females;
- Median age of 35.1;
- U.S. born citizens of 9,210 (82.5%);
- Lived in the same house last year 82%;
- Nearly 60% white collar employed;
- Households without children 42%; and
- Owns a car 90%.
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University Heights, San Diego Parks
Rated 4.5 Stars (out of 5) by Yelp. Viewers love the cushy padding under the playground equipment.
Located at 1998 Adams Avenue very popular with young families for its large playground and chess tables.
Very popular for hosting Friday evenings free concerts during the summer.
The local street plan mimicked by the pattern of the sidewalks around its playground also echoed by its carved stone plaque.
Also, offering a large grassy lawn overlooking a canyon perfect for picnics.
Yelp rated 4.5 Stars (out of 5) for its “off the beaten path” far away from freeway noises favored by locals. Perks include:
- Offering a beautiful vantage point above a valley.
- Joggers and dog walkers love this quiet park.
- Rustic in that no playgrounds, tables, park benches or picnic areas exist.
University Heights, San Diego Things to Do
Shopping in the antique shops and boutiques became popular years ago. For instance, visit La Loupe Vintage – A little folk and a little “rock n roll” in this petite boutique with accessories and jackets from the 60s to today.
Theatre – Local productions of LGBT themes by the Diversionary Theatre on Park Boulevard draws large crowds.
Best Entertainment and Drinks – Small Bar, a hipster hangout offering a large variety of local beers on tap and excellent food. The Lancers for a local dive bar. Great coffees and live music performances at Twiggs.
Best Eats – Twiggs for coffee and baked goodies. El Zarape for Mexican food. Adams Avenue Grill for meat, chicken, and fish grilled. Also, the Parkhouse Eatery for their Southwest crab benedict topped with California chili hollandaise.
Best Hangout – Lestat’s coffee shop open 24/7 attracts large crowds.
Adams Avenue – The many thrift shops and antique stores makes the stretch to Normal Heights known as “Antique Row”. Also, the host of Southern California’s biggest free music street festival held annually.
Park Boulevard – Walk down to Balboa Park to enjoy drinks, food, and live music. Visit the Botanical Garden and Museum of Man.
Park & Rec where adult fun (beers and cocktails) blends with childhood nostalgia games. Offers a huge space including an outdoor patio, large indoor bar, and even a bungalow hosting DJ’s dance parties. Try the mezcal cocktails end play table tennis in their outdoor area including Connect 4 and Jenga games. Check out their Instagram for photos of their complex.
University Heights, San Diego Restaurants
Madison – Its cedar walled dining room displays geometric patterns and vaulted ceilings. They recommend the gluten-free pasta, salmon skewers with couscous, and Portobello fries with chipotle sauce.
Pop Pie Co. – Their motto “In Pie We Crust” displayed on a neon sign in their wall says it all. They prepare unique pies including Thai Panang Curry roasted vegetable pie for lunch or dinner and a coconut cream pie for dessert. Look at their Instagram page for great photos.
Hundred Proof – A gastro-cocktail bar also serving great meat-heavy food menu. They also serve a fried chicken sandwich and pizza. The décor includes a large Marlene Dietrich photo with rabbit print wallpaper as a background. Check out their Instagram page for lots of photos.
Grains – A farm to table rustic establishment featuring vegan Asian cuisine on Adams Avenue. Local beers on tap along with “non-meat” foods like duck larb, non-GMO local tofu, tom ka soup, and calamari mushrooms.
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University Heights Schools
The University Heights schools come under the jurisdiction of the San Diego Unified School District.
Florence Elementary School – Public grades K-5 with around 550 students.
Garfield Elementary School – Public grades K-5 with over 330 students.
High Tech Elementary School – a Charter school grades K-5 with around 400 students.
University Heights, San Diego real estate spotlight best summarized as a friendly, quiet residential suburban neighborhood.
Adams Avenue and Park Boulevard offer unique bars, restaurants, activities, and entertainment venues. In the summer, the Adams Ave. Street Fair provides the biggest free music event in Southern California.
The locals consist of white-collar workers, the U.S. born, the median age of 35 and 90% owning a car appreciating the proximity to beaches and downtown San Diego in a quiet neighborhood.
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Steven Rich, MBA – Guest Blogger
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