Golden Hill, San Diego
One of the most eclectic areas in terms of architecture, you’ll find classic craftsman homes and frilly Victorian mansions. Golden Hill began in 1870. On the fringe of the urban development of San Diego, it offered large lots and homes with bay and ocean views. For several decades, Golden Hill was the place for the upper middle class in San Diego.
Like many of the surrounding neighborhoods in the 1950’s, Golden Hill fell in to a decline as folks moved out to the suburbs. While Golden Hill hasn’t undergone gentrification at the breakneck speed of North and South Park, it’s walkability and eclectic and historic architecture is a draw for those priced out of the neighborhoods to the North.
Not as much commerce here as surrounding areas, but you’ll still have more than your share of fun restaurants and hip coffee houses. Also, downtown is a mere 7 minute car ride (or a 30 minute walk!)