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North Park

North Park

The most sprawling of San Diego’s urban neighborhoods, North Park is a mixture of cozy, tidy pockets of Craftsman homes on the north edge of Balboa Park (hence the name), dense apartments, and the pre-interstate retail stretches of University Avenue and El Cajon Boulevard. In 1893, San Diego merchant Joseph Nash sold 40 acres of land northeast of Balboa Park to James Monroe Hartley who wished to develop a lemon grove and the rest is history, as they say.

In 1911, the plot was developed into one of San Diego’s first residential and commercial districts. Although North Park is a neighborhood of mixed architectural styles from many eras, one area of note is Morley Field. Named for its proximity to Balboa Park’s Morley Field Sports Complex, this area is lined with turn-of-the-century homes and Bungalows. Many of the historic homes in the area were designed by renowned designer and builder David Owen Dryden.

In recent years, North Park has found great popularity as an arts and dining district with its array of restaurants, bars, independent coffee shops, art galleries and theatres. The Ray Street Arts District with the “Ray at Night” gallery walk is held the second Saturday of every month and is the largest and longest running art walk in San Diego’s history. Nearby, the Birch North Park Theatre reopened after major renovations in 2005.

Community resources:

~ North Park Main Street
~ Birch North Park Theatre
~ Learn more about North Park
Lisa Ashkins
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