North Park

North Park

Hip uptown neighborhood with a diverse cultural scene.

Welcome to North Park

North Park is an eclectic San Diego neighborhood known for its great nightlife, trendy restaurants, vibrant arts scene, and independent fashion boutiques. Forbes included North Park on its list of America’s 25 Hippest Hipster Neighborhoods, and The Los Angeles Times wrote that “culturally diverse” North Park “has all the ingredients for the cool school.

”North Park’s real estate mix is as diverse as its cultural life. The most distinctive properties are its beautifully maintained early-20th-century Craftsman-style bungalows, many of which were designed by renowned builder/architect David Owen Dryden. These attractive homes are mainly concentrated in the Dryden Historic District close to Morley Field, where you’ll also find California Bungalows and Spanish Colonial Revival properties. Other North Park homes include contemporary industrial-inspired designs, comfortable mid-century single-family houses and townhomes, and modern apartments and condominiums.

What to Love

  • Craftsman bungalows
  • Cultural diversity
  • Youthful energy
  • Walkable neighborhood
  • Craft beer spots
  • Trendy restaurants
  • Live music

People & Lifestyle

North Park is a neighborhood high on youthful energy, with young urban professionals and students hanging out at its many cool bars, restaurants, and coffee shops. Businesses are dotted throughout the neighborhood, placing most homes within walking distance of a wealth of places to eat, shop, and drink. For commuting or getting out and enjoying other San Diego areas, additional cities and beaches are just 15 minutes away.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

North Park’s thriving restaurant and bar scene have plenty of choices for enjoying high-quality food and drinks. Encontro pairs hearty salads and flame-grilled meats with an extensive craft beer selection. Alexander’s on 30th is an intimate, upscale Italian eatery with well-executed pasta, pizza, seafood, and meat dishes. Industrial-chic Japanese restaurant Underbelly serves delicious ramen, yakitori, and rice bowls.

Cool coffee shops are just as plentiful, with Communal Coffee’s espresso beverages, pastries, and lunch menu being a standout. Shops include Pigment, which carries a curated selection of unique items for the home.

Things to Do

The Thursday Farmers’ Market on Main Street features more than 90 stalls offering fresh produce and artisanal grocery items, along with art and live music. Mike Hess Brewing is a must-visit for craft beer fans--its tasting room overlooks an active brewery, with a rotating line-up of food trucks from local favorites such as Encontro. Modern Times’ Flavordome tasting room pours craft beer classics and experimental new concoctions in a large industrial warehouse space. More craft beers are on offer at Seven Grand, along with a large selection of bourbon, whiskey, and hand-crafted cocktails. The Observatory is a major hub of North Park’s vibrant cultural scene, showcasing live music performances and touring acts in an exquisite restored 1930s theater.


Public schools in North Park are operated by the San Diego Unified School District. Highlights include:

  • McKinley Elementary, Public, K-5
  • Edison Elementary, Public, K-5
  • Jefferson Elementary, Public, K-5
  • Alba, Public, Alternative, 1-12
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