NEIGHBORHOODS

AZALEA PARK

Azalea Park is one of City Heights best kept secrets.

Set apart from its neighbors by canyons and on a plateau that receives breezes from San Diego Bay it has an ideal temperate climate. Manzanita Canyon and Hollywood Canyons provide natural boundaries that give this neighborhood a secluded feeling. The Azalea Park Recreation Center and Park are the focal points for this neighborhood. A walk around the beautiful garden is very peaceful and shows how much this neighborhood cares for its surroundings. If one drives through the neighborhood one can also make a game of trying to see all the signs that were put up commemorating the floral street names. Each floral street has a sign of its own such as: Violet, Tuberose, and Shamrock (to name a few).

BAYRIDGE

The community consists of 160 duplex town homes with 2, 3 and 4 bedroom floor plans. Bayridge is conveniently located just minutes from downtown San Diego adjacent to the community of Fairmont Park with nearby access to Interstates 15 and 805 and State Route 94.

Our community includes a private park area consisting of a tot lot, green space, and a large swimming pool.  The park is for the exclusive use of Bayridge residents and residents may bring guests with them to the park.

CASTLE

The Castle neighborhood in City Heights has many distinct homes that are castle-like in appearance.

Homes with turrets and battlements are some of the unique features that one will see in this neighborhood. The area also has a large number of Spanish style homes, since this area was largely developed in the 1920’s and 1930’s when that style was most popular. The commercial core of the Castle neighborhood is located on Fairmount and University Avenues. This area has seen large scale re-development projects in the recent past and the area has been re-vitalized with the added developments. The Castle neighborhood is surrounded on all sides by the other neighborhoods of City Heights. Castle’s neighbor to the north is Teralta West and to the South it is Azalea Park. The eastern boundary is Fairmount Village. The western boundary is made up the 15 freeway and Cherokee Point.

For more information, visit:

http://www.city-data.com/neighborhood/Castle-San-Diego-CA.html

CHEROKEE POINT

Cherokee Point is a neighborhood of mostly single family homes.​

The majority people keep up the front of their homes with well maintained front yards. Park De La Cruz is the neighborhood park. Cherokee Point Elementary is a brand new state of the art school that is the pride of the neighborhood. Cherokee Point is shaped like a wine glass with the mouth of the glass making up University Avenue on the northern boundary. The other boundaries are the 15 freeway on the east and the 805 freeway on the west. The freeways cross at the bottom of the “wineglass”.  This area is also going to be home to a new skateboard park that will be coming soon to the neighborhood.

CHOLLAS CREEK

The Chollas Creek neighborhood in City Heights got its name from the arborescent cacti that grow in Chollas Creek.

Chollas Creek is a 30 mile watershed that winds its way from Lemon Grove to San Diego Bay. The neighborhood of Chollas Creek is on the eastern edge of City Heights and shares boundaries with: Ridgeview, Isle ‘n Air, Fox Canyon, and Colina Del Sol.

For more info, visit:

http://www.city-data.com/neighborhood/Chollas-Creek-San-Diego-CA.html

 COLINA PARK

  • One of city heights’ 16 sub-communities without a neighborhood association

  • A low-cost neighborhood shuttle that is currently in the work, The City Heights Community Development Corp. is in the first stages of planning the shuttle, which will operate within the neighborhood and connect residents to nearby commercial strips.

  • The Latino, Vietnamese and African businesses along University Avenue and El Cajon Boulevard reveal our truly multicultural colors.

For more info, visit:

http://www.city-data.com/neighborhood/Colina-Del-Sol-San-Diego-CA.html

CORRIDOR

Corridor is at the western tip of City Heights and is a mix of residential and commercial.

Each of the commercial corridors has its own unique feel. University Avenue has a dense mix of small businesses that cater to a large immigrant population. El Cajon Boulevard has some bigger national chain stores with a mix of small businesses. Sandwiched between these streets is a mix of single family and multiple housing dwellings. Corridor has seen an upswing in recent years of neighborhood development that has greatly improved the area.

The boundaries are the 805 and the 15 freeways on the east and west. El Cajon Boulevard and University Avenue are the northern and southern boundaries.

FAIRMOUNT PARK

The Fairmount Park neighborhood was first established in the early 1950’s and has over 500 single family homes. Later construction in the 1980’s filled in most of the remaining real estate making the neighborhood almost totally developed.

When the neighborhood was originally built, there were no highways–now they are surrounded on all three sides by major freeways. You might say that Fairmount Park is the other “Golden Triangle”!  Home Avenue is the main throughfare of the area and serves as the neighborhood’s ‘business district’.

Each April the neighborhood holds a Whole Neighborhood Yard Sale that brings together neighbors for a little fun and the thrill of finding bargins.  In June ,the Fairmount Park Neighborhood Association in association with our City Councilmember’s office, coordinates a neighborhood cleanup that allows for residents to bring items for disposal that otherwise would have to be hauled some distance to the Miramar Landfill or remain an eyesore on local properties. June also features the annual Fairmount Park Block Party held on the grounds of the First Church of the Brethren & The San Diego Peace Center.

Fairmount Park is unique due in its distinction of having the highest owner-occupancy rate in City Heights.  Even though the neighborhood is over 50 years old, several of the original residents still reside here and now several homes in the area are owned by different generations and branches of the same families.

The Fairmount Park Neighborhood Association holds monthly meetings on the third Wednesday of each month (except December) at the First Church of the Brethren’s Education Room, 3850 Westgate Place.  For more information, please email:  fairmountpark92105@yahoo.com

FAIRMOUNT VILLAGE

Fairmount Village’s north/south boundaries are University Avenue to Thorn St. — and the east-west boundaries are Fairmount Avenue to Euclid Avenue.
The neighborhood was developed at the turn of the century and was annexed by the City of San Diego in 1926. So, you will find a mix of homes throughout the neighborhood ranging from cute craftsman cottages to mid-century ranches to multi-family apartment units.

 

Fairmount Village possesses excellent parks, recreational facilities and a great shopping center — making the neighborhood very walkable, and safe, at all times day or night. Because the main park of City Heights is located in Fairmount Village we can offer many things within our great neighborhood. The library puts on summer movie nights that are always popular. Fairmount Village also has: soccer competitions, arts and cultural performances, and food events. Fairmount Village also has two San Diego Unified schools within its boundaries –Rosa Parks Elementary and Monroe-Clark Middle School.

Our neighborhood also has canyon trails that are home to many native species of mammals and bird. The 47th Street canyon is a particularly nice canyon for a short hike.

Kenton Finkbeiner

Fairmount Village Neighborhood Association

FOX CANYON

Fox Canyon is home to the historic Egyptian Garage and Euclid Tower.  Located south of University Avenue, and bordered by historic Islenair to the south and Euclid Avenue to the West.

The Fox Canyon Neighborhood Association meets on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at Lotus Garden Restaurant on Euclid Avenue and University Avenue at 6:30 pm

HOLLYWOOD PARK

Hollywood Park is one of the smallest of the neighborhoods of City Heights.

The areas main feature is Hollywood Canyon. Hollywood Canyon is a beautiful canyon that runs the length of Hollywood Park. Most of the homes in this neighborhood have canyon views and give a sense of countryside in the middle of the city.

ISLENAIR

The City designated historic district of Islenair reflects San Diego’s small house movement. Most of the homes in the area were built between 1926 to 1952.  The architectural trends of the neighborhood are Spanish eclectic, minimal traditional and Ranch Style house types. The houses in this area were designed with quality in mind and the neighborhood has retained its charming neighborhood feel. The Islenair historic district is located along Euclid Avenue; Belle Isle Drive; Isle Drive; Isla Vista Drive; and Thorn Street.

  • Means Island in the Air, land was high above Chollas Valley surrounded on three sides by open canyon space

  • The development of Islenair was a product of and was contingent upon the construction of new infrastructure necessitated by the increase in automobile ownership

  • Developed as demand for a semi-rural, community-centered way of life grew and advances in transportation technology made development in outlying communities both affordable and practical

  • Developers/Real estate investors James Love and William Touhey planned Islenair as a self-contained, mixed use subdivision, taking advantage of their location on Euclid Ave by allowing a variety of uses including business, “semi-business”, and multi-family uses

  • Islenair reflects the diversity of City heights as a whole, and includes property owners and renters from a wide range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds, illustrating the ethnic and cultural evolution and integration of City Heights and San Diego as a whole

  • “Islenair is a small, working class, early auto-oriented suburb that reflects the small house movement which took hold following World War I and became a national standard of development in the wake of the Great Depression and the Post-World War II housing shortage.”

  • Only neighborhood in City Heights to be designated a Historic Community by the City of San Diego.

For more info, visit http://www.sandiego.gov/planning/programs/historical/pdf/islenair/ihdhistoric.pdf

or http://www.city-data.com/neighborhood/Islenair-San-Diego-CA.html

RIDGEVIEW

The Ridgeview neighborhood is situated on a mesa and surrounded by the canyons of Chollas Creek.

This neighborhood has its own community garden that the residents share which is a charming addition to the area. The neighborhood is mostly made up of single family residences and is considered a very walkable neighborhood. The main access points for Ridgeview are: Ridgeview Drive and Federal Boulevard.

SWAN CANYON

Swan Canyon encompasses the boundaries of Fairmount Avenue to Euclid Avenue, Thorn Street to Home Avenue.​

​Founder, Becki Schwartz grew up in the Swan Canyon area. During those years City Heights was a peaceful, family friendly neighborhood. Neighbors knew each other, kids stayed out until porch lights came on. Neighbors looked out for neighbors.

Schwartz grew up and moved away to pursue her college goals. She returned in 1995 with her husband and baby. When she returned to the family home, she was shocked by the changes that occurred in her absence. Neighbors no longer spoke. Graffiti marked the corners and litter filled the street ways and  canyons. Children no longer laughed together and doors were closed tight.

Having learned about neighborhood watch in her Culver City home, she decided it could be done in San Diego too. She was unaware of the work that was already being done by the City Heights Town Council (CTHC). She passed fliers out door to door in different areas and had her first meeting at Hamilton Elementary.

Momentum was building and more people became involved. The CHTC sent representative Michael Sprargue to support her efforts. In learning all the services that the CHTC could assist, the Swan Canyon Neighborhood Association expanded.

Faith Webb-Calloway joined in the effort and the organization took off. Key representatives were identified on most of the streets in Swan Canyon. A newsletter with local information and ads for the businesses was delivered monthly.  The organization also obtained grants from the San Diego Foundation for projects, performs canyon clean-ups and street and graffiti clean-ups.  The organization now meets as needed.

TERALTA EAST

Teralta East has its borders of El Cajon Boulevard on to the north and University Avenue to the south.

Fairmount Avenue is the western border and Euclid Avenue is the eastern border. Teralta East has as its core the Little Saigon Cultural and Business Center. The area has a strong Vietnamese presence as well as a growing Somali community.

TERALTA WEST

The neighborhood of Teralta West is one of the better known of the 16 neighborhoods of City Heights. 

The commercial district of El Cajon Boulevard and University Avenue, respectively, make up the northern and southern boundaries. The eastern boundary is Fairmount Avenue and the western boundary is the 15 freeway. Teralta West started life out as East San Diego in the 1880’s as a rural suburb of San Diego. The neighborhood was an important commercial center during the 1930’s, 1940’s and 1950’s. 

There are many houses that still date from the early part of the 19th century as well as bungalows from the 1920’s, 1930’s and 1940’s. Teralta West is currently a mix of single family dwellings, multi-family residential and commercial areas.