San Diego, California Homes for Sale

About Hillcrest

Just a few miles from downtown San Diego, Hillcrest has long been known as one of San Diego's most welcoming and inclusive neighborhoods. It is a popular choice of residence for singles, couples, and families who appreciate diversity, terrific shopping, some of the San Diego's greatest food, and walkability.

Quick Facts

Current Prices: $425,000 to $5,200,000

Closed Prices: $300,000 to $4,543,500

Median Sale Price: $790,000

Average $ per sq ft: $885

Association Fee Ranges: $0 to $411, $121 to $1148/mo

Type: Attached Home (Condo, Townhouse, Loft, etc.), Single-Family Home

Age: 1900 to 2020

Sq. Ft.: 383 to 5739 Sq. Ft.

Bedrooms: 0 to 6 Bedrooms

Bathrooms: 1 to 7 Bathrooms

Lot Size: 0 - 5+ acres

Around Hillcrest

Part of Hillcrest's charm is the unique makeup of its housing and residents. Hillcrest offers numerous housing options, from high-end condominiums and lofts to quaint Craftsman houses and apartment buildings, both new and old. Restaurants and businesses are dotted throughout for great convenience. Washington Street and University Avenue are the major streets running through Hillcrest. Expect more noise if you live along these thoroughfares.

Hillcrest is home to some of the best dining in San Diego. Choices range from 24-hour walk-up Mexican joints to romantic, find dining. Be prepared for long wait times for weekend brunch, especially at restaurants along Fifth Avenue. University Avenue also boasts a plethora of choices in cuisines, including Afghan, Vegan Thai, Japanese, fast food chains, and Italian. Washington Avenue is also famed for some of the best pizza and Mexican food in San Diego.

Hillcrest is a popular destination for its proximity to Balboa Park, home to the famous San Diego Zoo and the Old Globe Theater. It is also home to the San Diego Pride Festival, one of the largest in the country. The area is a draw for hip professionals.

The sidewalks are bustling with residents and visitors on a typical weekend night. Throw on some shorts and flip flops and grab a bite at one of Hillcrest's casual restaurants, or dress up for more sophisticated dining. Visit one of many of Hillcrest's LGBT-friendly bars for drinks and dancing or check out one of several more sedate drinking establishments that attract more diverse crowds.

Brunch at one of trendy restaurants along Fifth Avenue or University is a must. Take a walk over to the expansive Farmers Market for fresh local produce and flowers as well as such varied offerings as jewelry, clothing, artisanal cheeses, baked goods, and olive oil. If you're not too full from brunch, grab a taco or something more exotic. Among the treats you may find at the Farmers Market are fresh sushi, lobster rolls, pupusa, fresh juices, and more.

Locals Love

  • Convenient location
  • Lots of great places to eat and drink
  • Walkability

Locals Don't Love

  • Difficult to park
  • High cost of housing
  • Traffic

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