South Park, San Diego, California
Central portion of San Diego and neighborhood boundaries
South ParkÂ is a neighborhood ofÂ San Diego,Â California, east ofÂ Balboa Park, north ofGolden HillÂ and Grant Hill and south ofÂ North Park, the boundary beingÂ Switzer Canyon.Â The area is part of Greater Golden Hill for San Diego city planning purposes. While some refer occasionally to it as part of Golden Hill, the South Park name is older, dating back to the original South Park Addition designation registered on May 17, 1870.Â Serious development in the neighborhood started around 1905-06 with the extension ofÂ streetcarÂ service by the Bartlett Webster developing company. South Park is one of the major historicÂ urban communities of San Diego.
Predominantly a single-family residence area, with someÂ duplexesÂ and small apartment buildings orÂ bungalowÂ courts, it is noteworthy for its fine and varied collection ofÂ CraftsmanÂ andÂ Spanish Colonial RevivalÂ style homes built in the 1905-1930 period. These include works byÂ Irving Gill,Â William S. Hebbard, and Richard Requa. South Park is gaining repute for its small businesses, and has long been home to a group of residents diverse in income, age, sexual orientation, and race. Pedestrianism, like in other urban mesa neighborhoods north of Balboa Park, is high relative to the rest of San Diego. The elevation is about 200 feet above sea level but still reasonably flat within most of the area. South Park can be found offÂ 30th StreetÂ via car or bicycle, or served by the number 2 line bus.Â Zip codesÂ are 92102 and 92104.
Old House Fair
The Old House Fair is an annual community event in South Park, centered on the intersection of 30th Street and Beech Street. It occurs on a Saturday in the middle of June. Vendors are primarily local businesses selling home furnishings and other items of interest for owners of the Craftsman homes in the area. Musical groups also perform on a stage on Beech Street. www.theoldhousefair.com.
Quarterly South Park Walkabouts
The South Park retail and restaurant community hosts quarterly Walkabouts on Saturday evenings in March, July, October and December. Shops are open late, free music and refreshments are provided, and a free Trolley carries attendees from Beech St. to Grape St. to Juniper St. More information is posted on the South Park Scene website: www.southparkscene.com.