North Park is an up-and-coming urban neighborhood in San Diego, California that is located to the northeast of Balboa Park. Bordered on the north by University Heights University Heights along Lincoln Avenue; on the west by Florida Canyon, University Heights and Hillcrest; on the south by Switzer Canyon and the South Park neighborhood; on the east by Interstate 805 and City Heights. With a median age of 35-37 years, the North Park area can be described as an area with laid-back Southern California feel and an old-school classic vibe. To stay up-to-date on the rapidly developing North Park area visit North Park Maintreet.
Having gained national attention Forbes magazine named North Park one of America’s best hipster neighborhoods and listed it as a “culturally diverse” neighborhood full of dining, microbreweries, shopping and a plethora of local art and galleries. The Los Angeles Times writes: “It’s edgy, it’s cool — and it’s official: San Diego’s North Park made Forbes’ list of America’s Hippest Hipster Neighborhoods in September, joining such spots as L.A.’s Silver Lake and San Francisco’s Mission District. North Park has all the ingredients for the cool school…” While Men’s Magazine named San Diego as one of the “Top 5 Beer Towns in the U.S.” and 30th Street as “clearly the nation’s best beer boulevard” for its fresh local beers, exotic imports and eagerness to experiment.
The heart of the North Park neighborhood is considered 30th Street and University Avenue where the streets are lined with an array of restaurants, shops, bars and night clubs, boutiques and art galleries. Downtown North Park, just a few blocks over from the main drag, contains the Ray Street Arts District. Ray at Night is a gallery walk held the second Saturday of every month in North Park. It is the largest and longest running art walk in San Diego’s history.
Throughout the year residents can enjoy the Birch North Park Theatre, a Farmer’s Market every Thursday, an annual holiday parade, and numerous festivals throughout the year that support the local arts and businesses in the area.
A growing urban community, North Park has a high rate of pedestrians and bicyclists, relative to other regions of San Diego County. The busiest bus line route runs through North Park. The nearest main highway, Interstate 805, is accessible from the two main roads in North Park, University Avenue and El Cajon Boulevard exits.
Known for being a neighborhood of diversity and style the south-east area of North Park is lined with Craftsman Bungalows and California Bungalows and architecturally recognized as a “Historic Distric” whereas the ‘heart’ of North Park is seeing the influx of more modern apartment buildings and live-work lofts. Combined together the entire North Park is comprised of a diverse neighborhood rich in arts and history.