Bankers Hill is an uptown San Diego neighborhood bordered by Mission Hills and Hillcrest to the north, by Downtown to the south and Balboa Park to the east. It sits perched on the hillside over the San Diego bay and airport. It was named "Bankers Hill" because of its reputation for being home to the affluent. Many of the homes, designed by the likes of Irving Gill and other notable architects, date back to the late 1800s and some have been restored into bed-and-breakfast inns and office suites occupied by accountants and attorneys.
Many of the homes have views of the ocean or Balboa Park and the walk-ability to restaurants, cafes, bars and the world famous Balboa park make it one of the best urban neighborhoods in San Diego. 5th Avenue is the primary business section, many of which are medical and dental offices, which have led to the area being dubbed "Pill Hill." In 2014 Sharp Reese Steely constructed a beautiful new medical facility with urgent care, general practitioners and even doctors specializing in many areas of medicine.
Today Banker's Hill is experiencing a renaissance with new luxury condo developments, new restaurants and bars, shopping, the addition of services such as beauty salons and spa services and has become a great walkable neighborhood that is meets the needs of its residents.
Balboa Parkis the largest urban park in the United States. It is home to 15 major museums, renowned performing arts venues, beautiful sprawling gardens and home to the world famous San Diego Zoo. The Park has an ever-changing calendar of museum exhibitions, plays, musicals, concerts, and classes—all in the beautiful and timeless setting. There are multitudes of walkways, hiking trails, fountains, grass areas for picnics, restaurants and even a beer garden. Balboa Park is truly a would class amenity right in your own back yard.
Mission Hills is located just to the north of Banker's Hill overlooking Old Town and the San Diego Bay and Downtown, west of Hillcrest and south of the San Diego River valley. It is one of San Diego's oldest and most desirable neighborhoods. The Mission Hills neighborhood is primarily residential with small storefront shops and restaurants along the Washington corridor. It is one of the most architecturally impressive neighborhoods with many homes from the early 1900s that have been carefully preserved and restored. Modern homes were built as infill along canyon rims in the 1950s and 1960s. Mission Hills is highly sought after with its stately homes, quaint Craftsman bungalows and large mansions pristinely manicured on quiet streets. The business district is home to a variety of restaurants, shops, pubs and services.
Hillcrest is a neighborhood immediately adjacent to Banker's Hill. It is an accepting urban village with a small town feel. Hillcrest is known for its tolerance, diversity and locally-owned businesses including eclectic restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs and boutique shopping. It is also known for its salons and spas, medical offices, two major hospitals and the largest concentration of gay and lesbian-owned businesses in the city. Hillcrest has a high population density compared to other neighborhoods in San Diego and residents enjoy a variety of housing options including older homes mixed with newer ones, upscale apartments and condominiums. Hillcrest likes to party, local events include the Hillcrest Mardi Gras on Fat Tuesday and Hop in the 'Hood, a block party with great bands, friends, games and fun including the Flower Power Parade. Hillcrest has blossomed into a "hip and happening" community.
Little Italy is a charming urban village comprised of historic single-family homes, high-rise, mid-rise and low-rise condominiums, apartments and a variety of restaurants, cafes, galleries and boutiques. The Little Italy sign sits prominently over India Street in the center of the neighborhood. A walk down India Street will delight the senses with the aroma of delicious Italian food and coffee, the sound of Italian being spoken, and the beautiful flowers and art. Whether it be for coffee and dessert, wine and appetizers, or a multi-course meal, the cuisine of Little Italy will thrill your taste buds. With fantastic annual events such as Art Walk, Festa and Carnavale and the weekly Little Italy Mercato farmer's market and stick ball games, Little Italy is alive with culture. Residents of San Diego enjoy having Little Italy right at their fingertips. Little Italy is located at the northern most end of downtown, minutes away from the waterfront and Embarcadero, the San Diego International Airport, the historic Gaslamp Quarter, and with convenient freeway access. Little Italy condos San Diego provide a variety of living opportunities in this unique neighborhood.