City Heights is one of San Diego’s oldest residential communities and is increasingly becoming a destination for locals. Hip bars, specialty markets, skate parks – this is city living. And, with new behemoth transit plazas at University Avenue and El Cajon Boulevard, this community, with its affordable cache of Spanish Revival and Craftsman homes, is more accessible and appealing to home buyers.
At its north, the broad, bustling El Cajon Boulevard book ends City Heights. This is where I go for live music. Both Soda Bar & Space (formerly The Hideout) are good options for an unpretentious evening of indie music and dark ambiance. Step out to the street between sets and be soothed by the sounds and visuals of passing city traffic in the nightscape.
Just a few blocks south, University Avenue’s mom-and-pop shops create a vibrant pedestrian avenue with restaurants serving food from all over the world. Want something trendier, walk west here and you’ll shortly be in North Park’s bar and restaurant district.
Towards City Heights’ south end, Azalea Park, Hollywood Park, and Swan Canyon are perfect residential neighborhoods to find your San Diego oasis. Throughout these neighborhoods canyons buffer much of the buzz of the rest of the community. Satisfy your artisanal itch and deck out your home garden with a morning at City Farmers Nursery & Nate’s Garden Grill. Truly San Diego.
Recommended: Eat, Drink & Live Music (day): Nate’s Garden Grill (3120 Euclid Ave); Sustainable Urban Living: City Farmers Nursery (3110 Euclid Ave); Drinks & Live Music (night): Soda Bar (3615 El Cajon Blvd), Space Bar SD (3519 El Cajon Blvd)