Kensington

To Downtown San Diego: 7 Hours 43 minutes

ZIP CODE 94707-94708

Buy $4.98K - $3.65M
Rent $795 - $10K

Local information

School

1 Elementary School
1 Middle School
1 High School

Crime

Lowest crime relative to the rest of Contra Costa county.

Commute

72% of residents commute by car.

Shop & Eat

8 Restaurants
4 Groceries
1 Nightlife

General Description

Kesington: The strategic location

Located within the metropolitan area of San Diego, California, Kensington’s border is defined by Fairmont Avenue to the east, Interstate 15 to the west, Monroe Street to the south and Interstate 8 to the north. Among its neighboring communities include City Heights to the south and Normal Heights to the west.

In 1910, two sisters—Mary Hall Gleason and Abby Hall Hitchcock—filed a claim to the land. The sisters inherited the ex-Rancho Mission land and the area was later known as the Kensington Park division, until they sold their interest in 1913. The map of the Park was then re-drawn, and the area was developed to feature Kensington Manor. The name of the community resembles a district in London, but its origins are disputed—the Hall sisters were originally from Natick, Massachusetts, where streets bore English place names, so “Kensington” may actually be inspired by the east coast of the U.S.

Today, Kensington retains the close-knit community feel it had after it was founded. Most of its traditional celebrations remain in place, including:

  • Annual parties in most streets
  • The Fourth of July Block Party/Street Basketball Tournament
  • The Memorial Day parade

Franklin Elementary School is the only school physically located in the community. However, residents can reach the nearby Hoover Senior High School in just a few minutes. Children in middle and high schools attend schools in other locations in San Diego.

The strategic location of Kensington ensures that residents can easily take trips to San Diego and enjoy the services it has to offer, such as world-class education centers, hospitals, several businesses, and research institutions.

More Features

If you’re searching for a place to relax, eat, and drink in Kensington, then there are several options available. Clem’s Tap house is a tasting room-style bar that focuses on beer which residents can pair with the foods they like. Kensington Brewing Company is a family-friendly brewery that offers more than just beer—even your little ones can enjoy non-alcoholic drinks. Residents take time to relax at Ken Cinema, affectionately nicknames “The Ken,” where they enjoy the old-school vibes as well as foreign and indie films. Looking to relax? There is a collection of several specialists in Zen Sanctuary where residents can bliss out with acupuncture, massages and skincare at the boutique spa.

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