5 Reasons Normal Heights San Diego is a Great Place to Live in 2022 | 2023

5 Reasons Normal Heights San Diego is a Great Place to Live in 2021

For those looking for a vibrant and diverse San Diego neighborhood to call home, Normal Heights is the place to be.

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Read on to discover all this walkable mid-city neighborhood has to offer its residents in 2021 and beyond.

Here's a quick rundown of our list:

Reason 1 - Both Economically and Ethnically Diverse.

Can’t stand the thought of living in a cookie-cutter community?

No fear of that happening to residents of Normal Heights.

With a population that’s 53% white, 25% Hispanic, 13% African American, and 9% Asian American, The San Diego Tribune noted it’s the only neighborhood in the City of San Diego that perfectly reflects the city’s overall diversity.

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For much of the 20th century, Normal Heights was known as a blue collar neighborhood. Demographics have shifted as more members of the professional class have moved in to renovate the traditional bungalows and Craftsman homes and, in some cases, replace them with larger homes, primarily in the north section of the neighborhood. To this day, though, slightly over 33% of the population remains blue collar.

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As to cost, the median home value is currently $621,200 and the average listing price stands at $576,543, according to Trulia.

Zillow breaks down home values even further by area:

  • Normal Heights $621,200

  • Adams North $712,200

  • Castle $553,900

  • Kensington $914,600

  • Mission Valley East $491,100

  • North Park $623,300

  • Serra Mesa $531,100

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Reason 2 - Normal Heights is Rated One of The Top Neighborhoods in The City for Millennials.

With real estate professionals keeping a close eye on Millennial buying habits, Normal Heights is one of those areas rated highly for this age group. Of 90 neighborhoods in San Diego, it ranks 9th as the best place for Millennials to be, and no wonder with all it has to offer the city dweller.

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With a median age of 35 and well over half the population being single, there’s plenty of company for young adults and plenty of places to keep it.

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Reason 3 - Great for those who love a neighborhood with distinct character.

Don’t be fooled by the term “normal” in the name. In fact, it’s often dubbed “Abnormal Heights” by locals.

The name stems from its history as the site of The State Normal College — the teacher’s college — that eventually became San Diego State University.

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A lack of water prevented extensive settlement until a reservoir was built in University Heights around 1905, and building started expanding in 1906. It was one of the first “streetcar suburbs,” and the residents’ reputation for an anarchical streak can be seen all the way back in the 1920's when a riot broke out over the streetcar tracks being torn up by city workers.

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More recently, apartment dwellers took a squeezed parking situation into their own hands under the cloak of night, re configuring the spaces in front of their building to a diagonal design to handle more cars. Not surprisingly, the city didn’t accept their suggestion-turned-into-action.

The neighborhood was also home to San Diego’s first radio station, KFBC. It was begun by ham radio operator Revered Wilson K. Azbill in 1922 and was dubbed “The Normal Heights Station.”

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Adams Avenue is the place to get a good taste of Normal Heights’ character. Though nicknamed “Antiques Row,” the street also offers used bookstores, coffee shops, record stores, vintage clothing stores, and a number of other small businesses.

Local venues are known for hosting up-and-coming artists, as well as popular festivals. These include The Adams Avenue Street Fair, Southern California’s largest free music festival, Adams Avenue Unplugged, and Art Around Adams.

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Dive bars are aplenty, as are unique restaurants, including vegetarian and ethnic options, with exceptional ice cream shops for something sweet to end a meal.

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Reason 4 - Convenient to All the Amenities San Diego has to Offer.

The Normal Heights area is bordered by Interstate 805, Interstate 8, and Interstate 15, so hopping on the highway doesn’t involve a long trek.

Plus, downtown San Diego is only a quick drive with all the city has to offer.

The area is also served by buses through Metropolitan Transit Services

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Reason 5 - Good Schools and Resources for Families Looking for an Urban Living Experience.

Just because Normal Heights is rated highly for Millennials doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of family-friendly activities.

The neighborhood has four well-regarded elementary schools, according to Niche.com, all earning A or B ratings.

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The local library is in nearby Kensington. Although it is the smallest of the San Diego libraries, it still offers activities for all ages. These include programs in the nearby City park, including music events.

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The Normal Heights Community Association also offers residents a whole host of activities to encourage a community feel that you can find on their Facebook page. You can find neighborhood cleanups, movies in the park, block parties, holiday home decorating contests, and so much more.

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Suffice it to say, Normal Heights has plenty to offer.

If you’re interested in exploring the possibilities of buying in this area, please contact me, and I’ll be able to help.

? I would love to help assist you with your home purchase, home sale, or home loan - please feel free to give me a call, text, or use the form below. 

Your Normal Heights Insider, 

Scott

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$1,599,900
Neighborhood: Kensington
4
Beds
3
Baths
1,914
Sq.Ft.
1933
Year Built
2
Days on Site
305716436
MLS
Charming Spanish Revival with a modern, custom design. This single level 3 bedroom home offers a detached bonus room with full bath, full 2 car garage, plus easy access to a walkable small town...
$1,479,500
Neighborhood: Kensington
3
Beds
1F11/2
Baths
1,320
Sq.Ft.
1924
Year Built
2
Days on Site
305391086
MLS
Back on the Market! Welcome to this beautiful Spanish revival home, (not historically designated) directly in middle of downtown KENSINGTON (1/2 block from Adams St.). This home boasts the original...
Open 8/13
4562 Texas St San Diego, CA 92116
$1,100,000
Neighborhood: University Heights
2
Beds
2
Baths
942
Sq.Ft.
1950
Year Built
3
Days on Site
220020597
MLS
You do not want to miss this fantastic home in University Heights - a prime location! Walking distance to some of the best restaurants and shopping in San Diego! Charming craftsman home with a bright...
$879,000
Neighborhood: Normal Heights
2
Beds
1
Baths
794
Sq.Ft.
1941
Year Built
6
Days on Site
220020373
MLS
Newly updated 2 bedroom 1 bathroom in the charming Normal Heights neighborhood! Walk up to your covered front patio where you can enjoy sitting and drinking your morning coffee or tea. Inside you...
$540,000
Neighborhood: Antique Row
2
Beds
2
Baths
892
Sq.Ft.
1972
Year Built
6
Days on Site
220020402
MLS
Upgraded resort style 2nd floor corner unit at the northern edge of Suncrest Villas with dual private balconies and excellent views. Delightful pet-friendly condo nestled along a quiet canyon-rim...
$2,250,000
Neighborhood: Kensington
5
Beds
4
Baths
2,565
Sq.Ft.
1945
Year Built
6
Days on Site
220020413
MLS
Revitalized Monterey Colonial perched above Hempstead Circle in the heart of north Kensington. The attention to detail in this home is unmatched with near perfect dark-stained original hardwood...
$475,000
Neighborhood: Antique Row
1
Beds
1
Baths
636
Sq.Ft.
1972
Year Built
6
Days on Site
220020420
MLS
Upgraded resort style one bedroom end unit at the northern edge of Suncrest Villas. Delightful pet-friendly condo nestled along a quiet canyon-rim street where University Heights and Normal Heights...
$1,299,950
Neighborhood: University Heights
3
Beds
3
Baths
1,620
Sq.Ft.
1923
Year Built
7
Days on Site
220020320
MLS
You ll love the neighborhood as much as you love this historic 1920 s Craftsman house that comes with more than just rich history and a multi-unit. When entering the 2 BD 2 BA main house you are...
$2,375,000
Neighborhood: Kensington
4
Beds
3
Baths
2,874
Sq.Ft.
1950
Year Built
7
Days on Site
305715334
MLS
A gorgeous remodel in north Kensington on a large corner lot with pool. This rare Mid Century Modern home boasts 3 BD/2BA 2,390 square feet single level main home + a legal 494 square feet Accessory...
Coming Soon on 08/12
4468 Marlborough Ave #2 San Diego, CA 92116
$419,000
Neighborhood: Kensington
1
Beds
1
Baths
507
Sq.Ft.
1983
Year Built
7
Days on Site
220020341
MLS
This cozy Kensington condo offers features that are hard to come by in other 1-bedroom homes: TWO Assigned Parking Spaces, Central Forced Air & Heat, Gas Fireplace, Walk-In Closet in the Bedroom, and...
$699,000
Condo: Phoenix II Subdivision
2
Beds
2
Baths
1,096
Sq.Ft.
2001
Year Built
8
Days on Site
220020144
MLS
The central, metro location of this home gives you the walkability to the highly popular Normal Heights, University Heights and North Park AND you also have your own 2 car garage and in-unit laundry....
Coming Soon on 08/23
5151 34Th Street San Diego, CA 92116
$1,759,000
Neighborhood: Normal Heights
5
Beds
3
Baths
2,084
Sq.Ft.
1955
Year Built
10
Days on Site
220019971
MLS
You will marvel at the stunning panoramic views of the canyon from this 4 bedroom (optional 5th), 3 full bath, 2,084 square foot estate, located at the end of a quiet street. Some of the many...
2
Beds
2
Baths
875
Sq.Ft.
1981
Year Built
16
Days on Site
305706222
MLS
Spectacular living at its best! Full renovated! No expense spared including new LVP flooring, beautiful new kitchen with granite counters, updated bathrooms, new paint throughout! Don't miss your to...
$1,575,000
Neighborhood: University Heights
5
Beds
3
Baths
11,403
Sq.Ft.
1975
Year Built
19
Days on Site
220019184
MLS
Three units! North of Adams! Canyon lot! Front building consists of a two bedroom one bath upper and a studio and bath on the lower level. The two bedroom unit has a spacious living area with a...
$1,250,000
Neighborhood: University Heights/North Park
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,250
Sq.Ft.
1928
Year Built
19
Days on Site
305706531
MLS
Welcome home to this beautifully renovated University Heights craftsman! The home features modern upgrades while retaining original craftsman charm. Step out of the master suite into your own private...
$1,550,000
Neighborhood: Kensington
4
Beds
2
Baths
5,825
Sq.Ft.
1927
Year Built
19
Days on Site
220019211
MLS
Rarely available MULTI-UNIT property located in the coveted San Diego neighborhood of Kensington. Within walking distance to shops, cafes, restaurants and parks, the property is central to a great...
$1,149,500
Neighborhood: University Heights
2
Beds
2
Baths
968
Sq.Ft.
1924
Year Built
20
Days on Site
220019072
MLS
SELLER TO PAY $5000 of BUYER'S CLOSING COSTS/LOAN FEES! 2 Bed 2 Bath Spanish Style House with modern touches throughout. Beautiful Arched Front Door leads to a Grand Living Room with plenty of...
$429,000
Neighborhood: University Heights
1
Beds
1
Baths
560
Sq.Ft.
1981
Year Built
20
Days on Site
305706053
MLS
Location, Location, Location!!! This stylish corner unit in the urban but quiet neighborhood of University Heights is move-in ready. This condo is light and bright with a gas-burning fireplace in the...
$399,999
Neighborhood: Normal Heightss
1
Beds
1
Baths
532
Sq.Ft.
1973
Year Built
22
Days on Site
305702916
MLS
Bright open upstairs unit with private balcony. Unit was renovated over a year ago with new flooring, upgraded bathroom, and windows and sliding doors. Ceiling fans in dining and bedroom. Gated...
4
Beds
4
Baths
6,996
Sq.Ft.
23
Days on Site
305702149
MLS
North Park's fantastic four units. These four exceptional units consist of 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom. Each unit has a spacious kitchen, wood floors, and great charm. This property is located in the...
2
Beds
1
Baths
742
Sq.Ft.
1925
Year Built
23
Days on Site
305702975
MLS
DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY!! PLANS ARE APPROVED to add square footage to the main house and to add an ADU, a Jr. ADU and a Guest House. ESSENTIALLY 4 UNITS. The main house is currently demoed out....
$1,199,000
Neighborhood: Normal Heights
4
Beds
2
Baths
5,169
Sq.Ft.
1958
Year Built
24
Days on Site
220018596
MLS
Prime opportunity to invest in multi-family property without the heavy lifting! This quaint duplex was recently renovated (3608 in October 2019 and 3610 in May 2022) and is situated in the highly...
$1,150,000
Neighborhood: University Heights
2
Beds
1
Baths
1,070
Sq.Ft.
2012
Year Built
24
Days on Site
220018608
MLS
Amazing opportunity to bring this Craftsman home back to its former glory with a little bit of TLC. Located in the University Heights neighborhood on a fully fenced, corner lot. Beautiful original...
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,403
Sq.Ft.
1929
Year Built
27
Days on Site
305700489
MLS
A Classic Kensington Beauty Can Be Yours! Beautiful and historic Kensington, known for its palm lined streetsand neighborhoodsfeaturing some of the most beautiful Spanish Revival and Craftsman...
$645,000
Neighborhood: University Heights
2
Beds
2
Baths
897
Sq.Ft.
1982
Year Built
28
Days on Site
305699226
MLS
Amazing opportunity to own this move-in ready top floor condo in University Heights, with a garage! Interior features vaulted ceilings and the whole home is flooded with natural light. Brazilian Koa...
$953,000
Neighborhood: Normal Heights
2
Beds
1
Baths
720
Sq.Ft.
1927
Year Built
30
Days on Site
220017877
MLS
Quintessential 1927 Spanish in the best pocket of north Normal Heights! This updated home sits on a quiet street and has everything you've been looking for. Enjoy a formal living room with custom...
$1,375,000
Neighborhood: Kensington
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,600
Sq.Ft.
1926
Year Built
33
Days on Site
220017719
MLS
Picture yourself living in this charming, Spanish-style home in one of the most desirable neighborhoods in San Diego. Its just a short stroll from your front door to the heart of Kensington's many...
$579,900
Neighborhood: Normal Heights
2
Beds
2
Baths
846
Sq.Ft.
1986
Year Built
34
Days on Site
305694435
MLS
Welcome home to Madison Park! Incredible centrally located condominium in the HIGHLY desirable area of Normal Heights, this is not your average cookie cutter community, and the highlight of this...
$1,049,000
Neighborhood: Normal Heights
4
Beds
2
Baths
4,071
Sq.Ft.
34
Days on Site
305694696
MLS
PRICE REDUCTION! Great primary residence and/or investment property opportunity! Live in one and rent the other. This 2-single family home is nested in highly sought Normal Heights offering endless...
3
Beds
3
Baths
962
Sq.Ft.
1925
Year Built
35
Days on Site
305492229
MLS
Come check out this newly renovated home right in the heart of the sought after Normal Heights neighborhood. As you make your way into the home you will be immediately welcomed with a sense of warmth...
$1,049,000
Neighborhood: Normal Heights
3
Beds
3
Baths
2,347
Sq.Ft.
35
Days on Site
305492284
MLS
Come check out this newly renovated home right in the heart of the sought after Normal Heights neighborhood. As you make your way into the home you will be immediately welcomed with a sense of warmth...
2
Beds
3
Baths
960
Sq.Ft.
1924
Year Built
37
Days on Site
305490016
MLS
Seller will entertain offers between $1.15mil to $1.22mil Beautiful Normal Heights craftsman property with multi unit potential. a approximate 190 SQ FT Workshop with full bath currently being used...
$1,579,000
Neighborhood: Kensington
3
Beds
3
Baths
1940
Year Built
41
Days on Site
220016893
MLS
Kensington! Three units close to the village! Two bedroom one bath in front, studio in the middle and a one bedroom one bath in the rear over two garages. Rents have huge upside potential...some are...
$579,000
Neighborhood: Normal Heighrs
2
Beds
1
Baths
894
Sq.Ft.
1986
Year Built
43
Days on Site
220016625
MLS
A RARE gated community, with a one car garage, and laundry in the unit! This upstairs unit features vaulted ceilings in the living room and bedroom, ceiling fans, a fireplace, gas appliances, large...
$875,000
Neighborhood: North Park
3
Beds
1
Baths
809
Sq.Ft.
1915
Year Built
49
Days on Site
220015947
MLS
Ready for Development and Investor! Contractor Special! 809 sq ft 3 bed 1 bath and 3,070 sq ft lot. Buyer to do investigations. Great property and opportunity for development in Normal Heights /...
$1,490,000
Neighborhood: Kensington
4
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
2,044
Sq.Ft.
1931
Year Built
50
Days on Site
220015900
MLS
Experience the best of Kensington in this beautiful 4 bedroom / 3.5 bath home with Owned SOLAR & gorgeous Canyon Views! Take in all the lush scenery offered on any of the three custom decks: each...

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