Whether you prefer a Craftsman bungalow, an apartment, a condo, or a million-dollar dwelling, you’re likely to find the kind of home you seek in University Heights. The median sale price of homes in University Heights in the period from November 2012 through January 2013 shows an increase of 48% over the same period a year earlier – an indication of rising prices, and an indication that buyer attention has shifted to the higher priced homes in University Heights.
One of the oldest neighborhoods in San Diego, University Heights is located between Hillcrest and North Park, and is similar in ways to both communities. All three neighborhoods enjoy strong community bonds, walkability, historical homes and commercial buildings, and a variety of small neighborhood businesses including galleries, boutiques, restaurants, and night clubs where live entertainment can be found most nights. Even grocery stores are within walking or biking distance.
Located only five miles from downtown San Diego, the quiet, safe neighborhoods of University Heights are only minutes away from Balboa Park, the San Diego Airport, Mission Valley, and San Diego State University.
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So…Where’s the University?
It isn’t there. The name “University” stems from a plan that didn’t work out. Back during the land boom of the 1880′s, developers set aside money and pledged a percentage of every lot sold for the construction of proposed San Diego College of Arts. This would have been a branch of what was to become the University of Southern California.
Unfortunately, the land boom burst in 1889 and the plans dissolved. The land was later donated for use as the State Normal School, completed in 1899. In 1925 the school was granted college status, and in 1931 was relocated.
Now, what might have been the University is a parking lot for the headquarters of San Diego Unified School district.
Kids are welcome, too
A major attraction for families in University Heights is the playground at Trolley Barn Park, with free concerts every Friday evening during the summer months. This park was once the site of the “trolley barn,” where trolley cars went for repairs and down time until the trolley system was replaced by buses in the 1950′s.
Concerned and involved residents…
Residents have a strong commitment to preserving the history, integrity, and charm of their neighborhood. This is evidenced by two organizations: The University Heights Community Development Corporation (UHCDC) and the University Heights Community Association (UHCA).
Both groups are actively involved with enhancing and promoting both the residential and commercial entities of the University Heights Community. Both seek to provide a safe and aesthetic environment going into the future.
The fortunes of University Heights have risen and fallen over the past century and a quarter, resulting in a rich and interesting history involving an amusement park turned botanical garden, ostriches, and even silk worms.
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