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La Jolla Neighborhood Spotlight
All about living in La Jolla: The neighborhood of La Jolla is home to one of the most stunning pieces of coastline in all of California. That scenery along with great restaurants, beautiful homes and excellent schools make it one of the best places to live in San Diego –- if you can afford it.

San Diego Community Profile: Del Mar
Del Mar is an affluent beach community in San Diego County, famous for the Del Mar Fairgrounds and its surfing beaches.

Neighborhood Profile: Mission Beach

San Diego Community Profile: Del Mar
Del Mar is an affluent beach community in San Diego County, famous for the Del Mar Fairgrounds and its surfing beaches.

Coronado
Actually, a city in of itself, Coronado lies on an isthmus across San Diego Bay and reachable by the Coronado Bay Bridge. A quaint village, Coronado is home to the venerable Hotel Del Coronado.

Where to Dine in San Diego: Hillcrest
Looking for a place to eat in the Hillcrest neighborhood of San Diego? Here are some suggestions for dining in this newly revived area of San Diego. Mind you, this isn't a "best" or "top" list, nor is it exclusively focused on fine dining. It's simply a subjective list of places to try while in this part of San Diego. Now, get out and eat!

Where to Dine in San Diego: Hillcrest
Looking for a place to eat in the Hillcrest neighborhood of San Diego? Here are some suggestions for dining in this newly revived area of San Diego. Mind you, this isn't a "best" or "top" list, nor is it exclusively focused on fine dining. It's simply a subjective list of places to try while in this part of San Diego. Now, get out and eat!

La Mesa
Actually, a city of 59,000, La Mesa is known for it's quaint village center in the old part of the city. Lined with antique shops and eateries, the village offers a Midwestern hometown feel.

San Diego Neighborhood Profile: Ocean Beach
Ocean Beach is San Diego's funky beach community that best exemplifies the characteristics of San Diego's urban neighborhoods.

San Diego Neighborhood Profile: Ocean Beach
Ocean Beach is San Diego's funky beach community that best exemplifies the characteristics of San Diego's urban neighborhoods.

La Jolla
La Jolla, or "the jewel" in Spanish, is one of the most affluent communities in San Diego County. This prim and proper community has a downtown retail district comprised of fashionable boutiques, and restaurants, and some of the choicest seaside real estate around.

Neighborhood Hangouts: Shopping in Little Italy
One of the benefits of the gentrification of Little Italy is that the neighborhood is attracting a clientele that seeks out unique retail experiences. Mix that in with longtime neighborhood businesses and Little Italy becomes a pleasant excursion for San Diego shoppers.

Neighborhood Hangouts: Shopping in Little Italy
One of the benefits of the gentrification of Little Italy is that the neighborhood is attracting a clientele that seeks out unique retail experiences. Mix that in with longtime neighborhood businesses and Little Italy becomes a pleasant excursion for San Diego shoppers.

Mission Hills
This charming and affluent neighborhood boasts large, gorgeous homes on perfect yards, a shopping district, wonderful nursery, and some great views.

Neighborhood Hangouts: Shopping in Hillcrest
Hillcrest is San Diego's most vibrant neighborhood, and its bustling business district offers up lots of opportunities for shopping. Boutiques, mom and pops, and retail chains make shopping in Hillcrest an all-day excursion. Here are some suggestions to shopping in Hillcrest.

Neighborhood Hangouts: Shopping in Hillcrest
Hillcrest is San Diego's most vibrant neighborhood, and its bustling business district offers up lots of opportunities for shopping. Boutiques, mom and pops, and retail chains make shopping in Hillcrest an all-day excursion. Here are some suggestions to shopping in Hillcrest.

Kensington
Just east of Normal Heights lies Kensington, a neighborhood of lovely Spanish-tiled homes and the best art house cinema (and one of the few single-screen ones at that) in town, the Ken Cinema.

Neighborhood Hangouts: Shopping in North Park
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Neighborhood Hangouts: Shopping in North Park
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North Park
Another of the "sign" neighborhoods, North Park is a fascinating hodgepodge of businesses, apartments, and wonderful Craftsman homes.

San Diego Neighborhood Profile: South Park
South Park is a neighborhood of San Diego, east of Balboa Park and north of Golden Hill.

San Diego Neighborhood Profile: South Park
South Park is a neighborhood of San Diego, east of Balboa Park and north of Golden Hill.

Normal Heights
Affectionately known as "Abnormal Heights," Normal Heights is one of San Diego's "sign" neighborhoods - like Hillcrest, North Park and Kensington, it's busness district is marked by a large, lighted sign spanning the main drag. Just in case you weren't sure where you were.

San Diego Neighborhood Profile: City Heights
City Heights is a large neighborhood in the eastern part of city of San Diego with an ethnically diverse population.

San Diego Neighborhood Profile: City Heights
City Heights is a large neighborhood in the eastern part of city of San Diego with an ethnically diverse population.

Ocean Beach
O.B. is the land that time forgot...when beach communities weren't commercialized and gentrified. And when the word "hippy" still meant something!

About San Diego Profile: Little Italy
Little Italy is San Diego's longtime ethnic neighborhood enclave in the downtown area.

About San Diego Profile: Little Italy
Little Italy is San Diego's longtime ethnic neighborhood enclave in the downtown area.

Hillcrest
San Diego's most eclectic - and gay - neighborhood, Hillcrest has dining, shopping and entertainment. It's cool, it's hip, and it's fun.

San Diego's Public Library Branches
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San Diego's Public Library Branches
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San Diego's Top Urban Neighborhoods
San Diego isn't exactly known as a city of neighborhoods, but they do exist in this bastion of suburbia. Here is our guide's Top Picks for urban neighborhoods.

San Diego neighborhoods
San Diego neighborhoods

Scenes from San Diego neighborhood City Heights
City Heights is a large, dense, and ethnically diverse neighborhood of San Diego. Long a victim of neglect and urban blight and crime, the Heights is starting to see a bit of a renaissance, with new businesses and programs moving back into the neighborhood. San Diego photographer Minh Nguyen lends a photographic eye to this vibrant ethnic...

Neighborhood Profile: Pacific Beach
Pacific Beach is one of San Diego's premier party neighborhoods. However, great food and a close proximity to the ocean make it appeal to people of all ages, even those long past their party days.

The Beach Neighborhoods of San Diego County
San Diego's coastal beach communities not only are scenic, but they are genuine neighborhoods with their own personalities.

San Diego neighborhoods
San Diego neighborhoods

Best Suburbs in San Diego County
San Diego is a place of suburbs and bedroom communities. Here are some of the best places to live in the county.

About San Diego Profile: North Park
North Park is the most sprawling of San Diego's urban neighborhoods.

About San Diego Profile: North Park
North Park is the most sprawling of San Diego's urban neighborhoods.

San Diego Walking Tour: Downtown La Mesa
Downtown La Mesa offers a quaint and friendly small town environment, offering a mix of antique shops, restaurants, and business services.

About San Diego Profile: Normal Heights
Bookended on the west by University Heights and Kensington on the east, Normal Heights completes the Adams Avenue 'hood trifecta along the main drag.

About San Diego Profile: Normal Heights
Bookended on the west by University Heights and Kensington on the east, Normal Heights completes the Adams Avenue 'hood trifecta along the main drag.

San Diego's Urban Neighborhoods
San Diego isn't known as a city of neighborhoods, but they do exist in this bastion of suburbia. Here are the top urban neighborhoods in the city of San Diego.

About San Diego Profile: University Heights
University Heights is a neighborhood in San Diego.

About San Diego Profile: University Heights
University Heights is a neighborhood in San Diego.

About San Diego Profile: Hillcrest
New York has Greenwich Village. San Francisco has the Castro. Vancouver has the West End. And San Diego has Hillcrest, our closest thing to a diverse, lively, hip and colorful neighborhood. This gay-friendly 'hood just north of Balboa Park is a mix of apartments and bungalows mixed with a pedestrian-friendly business district.

About San Diego Profile: Mission Hills
Mission Hills is an older neighborhood in central San Diego.

About San Diego Profile: Mission Hills
Mission Hills is an older neighborhood in central San Diego.

About San Diego Profile: Kensington
Kensington is an upscale, quiet neighborhood in mid-city San Diego.

About San Diego Profile: Kensington
Kensington is an upscale, quiet neighborhood in mid-city San Diego.

About San Diego Profile: Hillcrest
New York has Greenwich Village. San Francisco has the Castro. Vancouver has the West End. And San Diego has Hillcrest, our closest thing to a diverse, lively, hip and colorful neighborhood. This gay-friendly 'hood just north of Balboa Park is a mix of apartments and bungalows mixed with a pedestrian-friendly business district.

San Diego's Urban Neighborhoods
San Diego isn't known as a city of neighborhoods, but they do exist in this bastion of suburbia. Here are the top urban neighborhoods in the city of San Diego.

San Diego Walking Tour: Downtown La Mesa
Downtown La Mesa offers a quaint and friendly small town environment, offering a mix of antique shops, restaurants, and business services.

Best Suburbs in San Diego County
San Diego is a place of suburbs and bedroom communities. Here are some of the best places to live in the county.

San Diego's Top Urban Neighborhoods
San Diego isn't exactly known as a city of neighborhoods, but they do exist in this bastion of suburbia. Here is our guide's Top Picks for urban neighborhoods.

Hillcrest
San Diego's most eclectic - and gay - neighborhood, Hillcrest has dining, shopping and entertainment. It's cool, it's hip, and it's fun.

Ocean Beach
O.B. is the land that time forgot...when beach communities weren't commercialized and gentrified. And when the word "hippy" still meant something!

Normal Heights
Affectionately known as "Abnormal Heights," Normal Heights is one of San Diego's "sign" neighborhoods - like Hillcrest, North Park and Kensington, it's busness district is marked by a large, lighted sign spanning the main drag. Just in case you weren't sure where you were.

North Park
Another of the "sign" neighborhoods, North Park is a fascinating hodgepodge of businesses, apartments, and wonderful Craftsman homes.

Kensington
Just east of Normal Heights lies Kensington, a neighborhood of lovely Spanish-tiled homes and the best art house cinema (and one of the few single-screen ones at that) in town, the Ken Cinema.

Mission Hills
This charming and affluent neighborhood boasts large, gorgeous homes on perfect yards, a shopping district, wonderful nursery, and some great views.

La Jolla
La Jolla, or "the jewel" in Spanish, is one of the most affluent communities in San Diego County. This prim and proper community has a downtown retail district comprised of fashionable boutiques, and restaurants, and some of the choicest seaside real estate around.

La Mesa
Actually, a city of 59,000, La Mesa is known for it's quaint village center in the old part of the city. Lined with antique shops and eateries, the village offers a Midwestern hometown feel.

Coronado
Actually, a city in of itself, Coronado lies on an isthmus across San Diego Bay and reachable by the Coronado Bay Bridge. A quaint village, Coronado is home to the venerable Hotel Del Coronado.

Scenes from San Diego neighborhood City Heights
City Heights is a large, dense, and ethnically diverse neighborhood of San Diego. Long a victim of neglect and urban blight and crime, the Heights is starting to see a bit of a renaissance, with new businesses and programs moving back into the neighborhood. San Diego photographer Minh Nguyen lends a photographic eye to this vibrant ethnic...

The Beach Neighborhoods of San Diego County
San Diego's coastal beach communities not only are scenic, but they are genuine neighborhoods with their own personalities.

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