What I enjoy most about North Park is the diversity of the neighborhood. Within minutes you can be transported from University Avenue, a central hub with its “big city” grunge (in a good way) feel to a more traditional residential area — complete with charming Craftsman homes of every color and accompanying architectural landscapes. I have spent many an hour walking the streets of North Park’s neighborhoods with my dog and never, ever got bored of the scenery.
Also interesting is the fact that there is a relatively even mixture of apartment complexes and homes — a cohabitation of owners and renters that doesn’t work so well in many other parts of San Diego. I lived in North Park near Morley Field for two years and never had a problem despite the foot and car traffic along Texas Street. In fact, if you’re looking for some good trick-or-treating action come Halloween, Texas Street is the place for you.
In my opinion, much of North Park’s charm is the result of stable buildings and businesses, like the North Park Theatre or Claire de Lune Coffee Lounge, which have been around for years. The business district along 30th Street starting at University Avenue was first developed in 1911, but it seems there are always newer, hipper additions popping up that are worth a perusing.
North Park also has an active night life and dining scene whatever your socialite status may be — and it comes without the hassle of Downtown’s one-way streets or expensive parking. If you’re willing to walk a little, you can find a space free of charge. Or you can always ride your bike.
All photos by Annie Lane.
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