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City Heights Information and Highlights

City Heights is a large community in San Diego, California, known for its ethnic diversity. Along the main streets (which include University Avenue, El Cajon Boulevard and Fairmount Avenue) one can find Hispanic, Northeast African, Near Eastern, South Asian and Southeast Asian immigrant businesses. The area was previously known as East San Diego.

City Heights has a high concentration of retail outlets, restaurants and other examples of self-employment resulting from the newly arrived immigrant communities. Businesses tend to be smaller and wider spread than to the north and east. Like other urban neighborhoods north of Balboa Park, City Heights also has a high rate of pedestrian activity relative to the rest of San Diego.


In the 1880s, Entrepreneurs Abraham Klauber and Samuel Steiner purchased over 240 acres of unincorporated land that sat 400 feet above sea level northeast of Balboa Park in hopes of developing the area. Together they named it "City Heights" or the "Steiner, Klauber, Choate and Castle Addition" after the original developers of the property. With the opening of the Panama Canal and the planned Panama-California International Exposition in 1915, the voters of the area voted for City Heights to become an incorporated city known as East San Diego Nov. 2, 1912. Population boomed in the next few years from 400 in 1910 to 4000 during the incorporation.

The 2000s saw redevelopment efforts continue and new public facilities open. New services were provided to residents of City Heights, including schools, a library and a community center. Crime rates also fell and a new urban retail village began serving the community.


City Heights is large and diffuse, with many subneighborhoods. The neighborhood is divided into two pieces by Fairmount Avenue: City Heights East and City Heights West. The area is bounded by Interstate 805 to the West, El Cajon Boulevard to the north, 54th Street to the east, and Home Avenue/Euclid Avenue/Chollas Parkway to the southeast.

"Downtown" City Heights is generally regarded as around Fairmount and University Avenues.

The neighborhood is further divided into 16 sub-neighborhoods: Teralta East, Teralta West, Corridor, Cherokee Point, Colina Park, Castle, Fairmount Park, Fairmount Village, Fox Canyon, Islenair (a city-designated historic district), Chollas Creek, Swan Canyon, Azalea Park, Hollywood Park, Ridgeview and Bayridge.


San Diego, California, gets 10 inches of rain per year. The U.S. average is 37. Snowfall is 0 inches. The average US city gets 25 inches of snow per year. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 42.

On average, there are 266 sunny days per year in San Diego, California. The July high is around 75 degrees. The January low is 48. The comfort index, which is based on humidity during the hot months, is a 45 out of 100, where higher is more comfortable. The U.S. average on the comfort index is 44.


City Heights is regarded as “The Poor Man’s Rich Town.” Although the town is more adult-oriented than child-friendly, there’s still plenty to see and do before the daylight is gone.

  • UCP Thrift Store – 4341 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92105 – (619) 285-9014
  • WSS – 4102 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92105 – (619) 516-0437
  • Pet Zone Tropical Fish – 4266 University Ave., San Diego, CA 92105 – (619) 283-1812
  • City Farmers Nursery – 4832 Home Ave., San Diego, CA 92105 – (619) 284-6358


There are so many small mom-and-pop eateries here that a few of them made the Landmarks list! Of course, with this many small restaurants, it’s no wonder that City Heights is the restaurant destination in San Diego!

  • Asmara Eritrean Restaurant – 4155 University Ave., San Diego, CA 92105 – (619) 677-3999
  • Pho Hoa – 4717 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92115 – (619) 283-6431
  • El Borrego Restaurant – 4280 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92105 – (619) 281-1355
  • Canada Steak Burger – 3604 University Ave., San Diego, CA 92104 – (619) 283-4345


There are more bars, karaoke joints, and unique clubs in City Heights than in almost any other part of San Diego. Where do you go for a night on the town? You don’t need to look any further than City Heights!

  • The Tower Bar – 4757 University Ave., San Diego, CA 92105 – (619) 284-0158
  • Til-Two Club – 4746 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92115 – (619) 516-4746
  • The Hideout – 3519 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92104 – (619) 501-6540
  • Soda Bar – 3615 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92104 – (619) 255-7224


City Heights is home to 12 public elementary schools, three public middle schools, two public high schools, and two private grade schools, and three charter schools.

  • Wilson Middle School – 3838 Orange Ave., San Diego, CA 92105 – (619) 362-3400
  • Monroe Clark Middle School – 4388 Thorn St, San Diego, CA 92105 – 619) 344-4200
  • Herbert Hoover High School – 4474 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92115 – (619) 344-4500
  • Arroyo Paseo Charter High School – 3773 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92105 – (619) 677-3017


Some of the finer wine bars made this list, so if you want to spend an evening under the stars with that special someone, this is the place to do it.

  • City Heights Recreation Center – 4380 Landis Street, San Diego, CA 92105 – (619) 641-6125
  • Romeo & Julieta Wine Café – 4715 Monroe Ave., San Diego, CA 92115 – (619) 546-6919
  • Village Vino – 4095 Adams Ave., San Diego, CA 92116 – (619) 546-8466
  • Clem's Bottle House – 4100 Adams Ave., San Diego, CA 92116 – (619) 284-2485


In City Heights, you’ll find more than enough things to do. Some people will call it a “rougher” part of town, but wait to draw your conclusions until you’ve tried it for yourself! Do you know what really sets City Heights apart from just about any other neighborhood in the Southwestern United States? City Heights has culture. Real, unrefined, raw culture. There’s definitely something authentic brewing in City Heights that you won’t find anywhere else!

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