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Old 08-11-2008, 03:25 PM
 
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Default South Park?

I'm moving to San Diego soon, and I've been looking around at different neighbrohoods (yes, I've posted before). I found lots and lots of information on Hillcrest and North Park (thanks!) and several posters mentioned South Park in passing, but I can't really find much information on it. Is it a safe neighborhood? Are there things to do? Is it pedestrian-friendly? Any information is much appreciated.
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Old 08-12-2008, 12:50 PM
 
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I'm a fan... probably my favorite non-elite inner-city neighborhood. It's got a great stock of preserved craftsman homes and a population that really cares about their historical relevance. It has undergone a bit of a renaissance, and for a while you could drive through two weekends in a row and something else was bound to be undergoing restoration. Kind of a bohemian, indie vibe there now, so get some cardigans (I kid). It's old, grid-style, so has that early 1900's walkability with a pretty nice boutique-style business strip on 30th/Fern, but for the big shopping you'll have to go elsewhere. It's a bit quieter than Hillcrest or NP because it's a bit of an island, with access really only coming from North Park or Golden Hill, as it's bordered by the canyon that the 805 runs in to the East, and by the park on the west. On one side its isolation keeps it unheard of, as many San Diegans don't even know about South Park, but on the other hand, it keeps the cruddy main drags far away.

Overall, a desirable inner-city place, and moreso every day. The downside is that if you're planning on buying, affording it is often not enough since people really don't like to leave, and the rehabilitation has seen much of the area buck the home price tend.
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Old 08-12-2008, 08:30 PM
 
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I like South Park a lot, but the biggest drawback to me is the noise from airplanes - mostly landing, which I guess is better than the noise from planes taking off, although they take off in that direction sometimes too.
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Old 08-13-2008, 10:18 AM
 
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I wouldn't call South Park non-elite. I always got the impression that they were, until recently part of Golden Hill, and broke away so they their home values wouldnt be affected by the ghetto areas of GH immediately south of them.
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Old 08-13-2008, 02:48 PM
 
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Well, non-elite may sound like scraping the bottom of the barrel which isn't what I meant, but I'm saying I wouldn't group it with Mission Hills, Kensington, or Burlingame, although Burlingame may as well be in South Park. There's a bit of difference between the three and South Park, which was the more "upper middle class area" whereas the former three were for the swells. SP is more of a neighborhood for people - perhaps never the laborers, but not so elite as to only the city fathers.

I'm no expert on the GH vs South Park split, but I was under the impression from what I've read that it was originally marketed as South Park back in the day, but as the city grew, the borders mushed together, and was re-split later for the reasons you mentioned.
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Old 08-13-2008, 03:01 PM
 
Location: Rolando, San Diego CA 92115
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Well, non-elite may sound like scraping the bottom of the barrel which isn't what I meant, but I'm saying I wouldn't group it with Mission Hills, Kensington, or Burlingame, although Burlingame may as well be in South Park. There's a bit of difference between the three and South Park, which was the more "upper middle class area" whereas the former three were for the swells. SP is more of a neighborhood for people - perhaps never the laborers, but not so elite as to only the city fathers.

I'm no expert on the GH vs South Park split, but I was under the impression from what I've read that it was originally marketed as South Park back in the day, but as the city grew, the borders mushed together, and was re-split later for the reasons you mentioned.
That is a good description. The northern portions of South Park were housing for wealthy families and still is today, that includes Burlingame and the neighborhoods just east of it, as well as the neighborhoods south of switzer canyon and east of the park. As you move south (golden hill) it became more working class, but remember in the turn of the century blue-collar housing was typcially apartments, not single family homes.
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Old 08-14-2008, 07:27 AM
 
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This is great information, thank you all!
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Old 08-16-2008, 04:55 PM
 
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Default South Park has it's drawbacks

I live in Golden Hill, just right off of South Park and near the highway entrance. We just moved here (my husband and I) from the Bay area a little over a year ago. We were impressed with the great South Park neighborhoods fantastic architecture and gardens and it's hip walkability, restaurants and cafes, and it closeness to Balboa Park. It is most definitly a "nice" neighborhood, in the non-elitist sense. With a sense of "transition" on the Golden Hill side, where you can still get a decent rental. Unfortunately the noise from the planes coming in for a landing drives us insane. All hours of the morning through the night the planes come in, especially on the weekends, just when you want to have some peace and rest, and it is much worse when there is any cloud cover. The planes decelerate just a few feet over the roof of your building and you have to a) stop your conversation completely until they pass or b) if you are watching TV turn the TV way up or if you have a DVR, pause your show. We are looking to buy, and we are saddened that this will prohibit us from looking anywhere in this area. I guess a lot of Southern Califonians are use to this and have grown up with this noise pollution, but if you can't tune it out it kind of lowers your quality of life.

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Old 08-16-2008, 05:05 PM
 
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Unfortunately the noise from the planes coming in for a landing drives us insane. All hours of the morning through the night the planes come in, especially on the weekends, just when you want to have some peace and rest, and it is much worse when there is any cloud cover. The planes decelerate just a few feet over the roof of your building and you have to a) stop your conversation completely until they pass or b) if you are watching TV turn the TV way up or if you have a DVR, pause your show. We are looking to buy, and we are saddened that this will prohibit us from looking anywhere in this area. I guess a lot of Southern Califonians are use to this and have grown up with this noise pollution, but if you can't tune it out it kind of lowers your quality of life.
Yep. I'm with you. I had hoped that the people of San Diego would have voted to move the San Diego Airport to a less congested location, but that didn't happen. I guess South Park and Park West will be stuck with airplane noise for decades to come.

If it were ever decided that the airport would be moved, I think the home values in South Park would go up by at least 10% overnight.
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Old 08-17-2008, 03:29 AM
 
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We were looking into renting a property on Hawthorn St in Banker's Hill not too long ago. Absolutely beautiful inside and walking distance to Balboa Park. We ended up in Hillcrest in a not so nice house because the plane scared the **** of of the boyfriend when we were looking inside the place.
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