Neighborhood Profile: Hillcrest / Balboa Park
Hillcrest is often touted as San Diego's most diverse neighborhood, and rightly so. Just up the hill from downtown San Diego, the community is composed of a thriving population that includes young professionals, artists, intellectuals, and other free-thinkers. Because of this, Hillcrest's picturesque streets, twinkling with Christmas lights year-round, are lined by charming specialty boutiques, vintage clothing stores, international restaurants, galleries, coffee shops, and used bookstores. The community's nightlife is prosperous, with venues ranging from local dives to fancy nightclubs. Balboa Park, home of the San Diego Zoo as well as countless museums, is within walking distance, and the Gaslamp Quarter is just a short cab ride away. Few cities can boast a community as rich and distinctive as Hillcrest, one of San Diego's very best.
Like its neighbor, schools, childcare, freeways, and the airport are all within easy travel distance of Hillcrest.