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North Park: A Great Place to Live
North Park is a thriving community near San Diego. For planning purposes, the medium-sized area has been defined as a larger “community” and neighborhood by the city of San Diego. It’s bordered to the west by Florida Canyon, University Heights and Hillcrest, to the northwest by Park Boulevard and University Heights, and to the southwest by Balboa Park. North Park’s eastern boundary is Interstate 805, and its southern front ends at City Heights and the South Park neighborhood and Switzer Canyon.
The history of North Park dates back to the summer of 1893, when Joseph Nash, a San Diego merchant, sold 40 acres of land northeast of Balboa Park to James Monroe Hartley, a settler who wanted to plant a lemon grove. Although the Hartley family commenced the clearing of the land in preparation for the grove, it proved challenging to provide irrigation for the trees. With time, the growth and development of San Diego gradually spread around the original Hartley lemon grove.
Today, the site of the grove is bordered by 32nd Street to the east, Ray Street to the west, Dwight Street to the south and University Avenue to the north. Hartley nicknamed his land “Hartley’s North Park,” and this phrase stuck—lending the present-day community its name.
For residents and visitors searching for fun places to visit in North Park, there is a wide range of options. Some exciting locations include:
- Holy Matcha – You can enjoy rosé lemonade as well as gluten-free Matcha donuts at this popular eatery.
- Tribute Pizza – They offer one of the most delicious pizzas, with gluten-free dough, vegan options, and bottomless mimosas.
- Pigment- Offers a selection of curated goods for your office, life, and home.
- Dark Horse Coffee Roasters – You can enjoy yummy vegan donuts along with iced coffee.
- Encontro North Park – Enjoy bottomless mimosas, a bottle of wine, and the ever-changing drink specials.
Beyond eating and dining options, residents and visitors can also enjoy many activities and events that make North Park life distinctive. For instance, there are three free Bird Park summer concerts, as well the San Diego Music Foundation’s “North Park Music Thing.” There’s also an annual holiday parade which is held in December. Residents enjoy fresh farm products sold in one of the best local farmers’ market, which is available every Thursday.
There are many shops, pubs, and restaurants in North Park. The Ray Street Arts District is the community’s most famous area for public art. In addition to its own vibrant offerings, North Park is close to other San Diego attractions. It’s a quick drive away from:
- The San Diego Natural History Museum
- Switzer Canyon Park
- The San Diego Zoo
- The Balboa Park Municipal Golf Course
- The Naval Medical Center San Diego
- The San Diego Air and Space Museum
North Park possesses every ingredient for a hip and bustling neighborhood; it’s a culturally diverse community full of boutiques, art galleries, local brews, and trendy bars with handcrafted cocktails. Whether you’re a newcomer or a San Diego local, this community is certainly a place worth seeing—there’s never a dull moment in North Park.