The Most Underrated Neighborhoods in San Diego

Summer 2018: San Diego’s Best Metro Neighborhoods

San Diego is known for much more than La Jolla seals and beautiful beaches. With a slogan of “America’s Finest City,” San Diego is an incredible place to explore and an even better place to dwell well.

Whether you’re new to San Diego or are curious about the neighborhoods around you, check out our Summer 2018 list of underrated Metro San Diego communities.

Ocean Beach
Let’s start with the quintessential San Diego beach community – Ocean Beach. This quaint, sleepy area of San Diego is far enough away from the party area of Pacific Beach while still close enough for all the action. What makes Ocean Beach so special is Newport Ave. Here you will find over half a dozen breweries, multiple antique shops, and restaurants. Located on the border of Point Loma, you’re close to the city, freeway access and of course, the beach (one of which specifically caters to pups.)

– Median Home Price: $949,500
– Median Rent: $1,734
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Photo Credit Ocean Beach MainStreet Association

Named after silent film stars, the Talmadge sisters, this metro community is known for incredibly unique architecture, the entrance gates and its small-town feel. Located near Kensington and bordered by El Cajon Blvd., Talmadge is in a great central location and is perfect for families and those who are looking for a house that’s eclectic.
The community broke ground in 1925, and many of home’s styles include Spanish Revival, California bungalows, WWII Era Cottages, Cape Cod cottages, and Normandy Style homes.

– Median Home Price: $627,715
– Median Rent: 1,467
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One of the first post-WWII suburban communities, Clairemont Mesa is a wonderful place full of single-family homes and townhomes. With close proximity to the bay and ocean, many of the homes along the mesa have beautiful views without having to deal with the hectic beach crowd. The mountain canyons of Clairemont Mesa are San Clemente Canyon to the north and Tecolote Canyon, which offer wonderful hiking trails. The community of Clairemont Mesa can be subdivided into the neighborhoods of North Clairemont, Bay Ho, Clairemont Mesa East, Clairemont Mesa West, and Bay Park.

– Median Home Price: $487,600
– Median Rent: $1,579
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Photo Credit Clairemont Times

Barrio Logan
One of the best-kept secrets, Barrio Logan is the epicenter of San Diego’s Mexican-American culture and is quickly becoming a hotspot for the arts. The art movement started when the Coronado Bridge was built in the 60’s through one of the neighborhood’s parks. To reclaim the park, residents painted beautiful, colorful murals on the bridge’s pillars. Flash-forward to 2018 and Barrio Logan continues to impress with beautiful murals, art galleries, delicious food and craft beer.

– Median Home Price: $303,625
– Median Rent: $1,096
– Check out Barrio Logan homes for sale

Photo Credit San Diego Tribune


South Park
An urban, tight-knit neighborhood just east of Balboa Park, South Park is quickly becoming an incredible spot to live, work and play. With over 70 locally-owned restaurants, breweries and shops, the sense of community in this small neighborhood is huge. “Crafted with Heart” is their slogan, which is evident as you stroll down the tree-lined streets.

– Median Home Price: $759,500
– Median Rent: $2,765
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Photo Credit Times of San Diego

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