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Living in Hillcrest - A San Diego Gem

vintage neon red and white street sign that reads "Hillcrest"

Hillcrest is a bustling and diverse neighborhood located in the heart of San Diego. This inclusive community is considered the cultural center of the LGBTQ+ community, and the many shops, restaurants, and cultural offerings keep locals and tourists alike wandering its lively streets. People love living in Hillcrest because of its:

  • Diverse and inclusive community
  • Rich cultural scene with frequent community events
  • Lots of great food vendors and restaurants
  • Excellent shopping, with unique stores and boutiques
  • Central location near downtown San Diego
  • Strong sense of community and active neighborhood association
  • Accessibility to public transportation
  • Close proximity to major healthcare facilities
  • Beautiful public parks and outdoor spaces
  • Great nightlife and entertainment options

Where is Hillcrest Located?
Hillcrest sits between Mission Hills and Bankers Hill, making it very centrally located with easy access to the rest of San Diego, including downtown. The neighborhood is a focal point for public transportation, with multiple bus routes enhancing connectivity.

What's the Architecture Like?
This eclectic neighbohood offers everything from beautiful craftsman bungalows and stucco Spanish revival homes to sleek and modern new apartment complexes. Commercial spaces are just as lively, with everything from small boutiques to large retailers open for business on busy streets. This blend of residential and commercial offerings attracts a diverse population, adding to the neighborhood's character.

What Does Hillcrest Offer?
For those who are looking for amenities, Hillcrest offers plenty. In addition to a great local shopping and dining scene, the Hillcrest Farmers Market is set up every week, selling local produce and artisanal products for locals to enjoy. Numerous coffee shops dot the streets along with fashionable boutiques and restaurants. Hillcrest is also a hub for health and wellness, with multiple yoga studios, gyms, and holistic health centers. Families and students in Hillcrest also benefit from access to reputable schools and educational programs within the San Diego Unified School District, as well as several private and charter schools.

Is Hillcrest Safe?
Hillcrest is considered very safe, with a strong community feel. Multiple community events are held every year, and neighborhood associations are active in preserving the safety and well-being of the community. Like most San Diego neighborhoods, Hillcrest residents take pride in their homes and their community and work hard to make it a great place to live.

What is There to Do in Hillcrest?
* Hillcrest Farmers Market: Just 0.5 miles away from Denizen, this vibrant market is within easy walking distance, providing convenient access to local produce and artisan products every Sunday.
* Cinema Under the Stars: Roughly 0.3 miles away, it's a very short walk, ideal for an evening out to enjoy outdoor movies in a unique setting.
* Balboa Park: Also just 0.5 miles away, Balboa Park, often referred to as the crown jewel of San Diego, spans over 1,200 acres and is a grand showcase of arts, culture, and nature. This historic park is home to 17 museums, beautiful gardens, and the world-famous San Diego Zoo.
* The San Diego Museum of Art: About 1.2 miles away, located within Balboa Park the SDMA is a brief drive or a scenic walk away, perfect for art enthusiasts looking to explore diverse art collections.
* Walk in Art - Hosted the first Thursday of every month in Mural Alley (South of University between 4th and 5th St) with lively entertainment, art, food, and music.
* LGBTQ+ Events - Pride is year-round in San Diego - and Hillcrest is the beating heart of San Diego’s LGBTQ+ community, not to mention the annual San Diego Pride Parade and Festival.

Food & Dining
While there are dozens of great spots to check out, here are a few favorites all within walking distance of Denizen:

  • Mattarello Cooking Lab -0.5 Miles Away - Rustic Italian food made from scratch as well as popular cooking classes.
  • Common Stock - 0.1 Miles Away - Legendary chicken sandwiches and fried chicken dishes.
  • HiroNori Craft Ramen - 0.1 Miles Away - Unimpeachable handmade noodles and rich broths.
  • Bread & Cie 0.2 Miles Away - Artisanal French bakery known for its handmade breads, baguettes, pastries, and sandwiches.
  • Quiet Storm Roasters & Bakers - 0.5 Miles Away - A lovely and serene plant-filled cafe with superb coffee, outdoor seating, and yummy food.

With its central location, cultural richness, and strong community bonds, life in Hillcrest stands out as a top choice for those looking for a dynamic and fulfilling urban experience in San Diego. Come join us at Denizen!