Regency Centers has big plans in San Diego

A $3 million transformation of the 148,638-square-foot Uptown District Shopping Center into The HUB (Hillcrest Urban Block) Hillcrest Market is just part of what owner Regency Centers has planned in San Diego.


Apartment in Hillcrest on Third sold

The five-unit apartment complex in Hillcrest at 3802-3808 Third Ave., San Diego 92103, has been sold for $1,125,000, or $225,000-per-unit, cash.


Retail building in Hillcrest on University sold

The 3,740-square-foot retail building in Hillcrest at 1477 University Ave., San Diego 92103, has been sold for $1.25 million.


Apartment in Hillcrest on Herbert sold


Apartment building in Bankers Hill sold

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Visitor Information

San Diego’s first suburb, Hillcrest, is now a diverse, vibrant retail and residential neighborhood and the heart of San Diego’s LGBT community. Established in 1907 by William Whitson, the suburb was soon connected to downtown by streetcars and was a popular shopping area. The “Hillcrest” lighted sign on University and Fifth avenues was first put up in 1940, but taken down and rebuilt in 1984.

Hillcrest went into decline after World War II, but was revitalized in the 1970s when it became the city’s LGBT center. In 2012, a large rainbow flag was put up at the corner of University Avenue and Normal Street, and Blaine Avenue was changed to Harvey Milk Street.

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Business Information

Hillcrest is a bustling business district known for its restaurants and shops, but it also has many medical offices and two hospitals. The neighborhood has a large LGBT population and is popular with urban singles. It has the largest concentration of gay-and lesbian-owned businesses in San Diego.

Hillcrest has a population of about 13,000 residents, and is densely populated at 9,700 people per square mile. The median annual household income is $61,537, slightly above the city average. Median age is 41.3 years and the average household size is 1.7 people, far below the San Diego average of 2.8; and the percentage of family households is a low 13.7 percent. About 30 percent of residents have a bachelor’s degree or higher.

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Hillcrest Businesses

Roberts Electric Service, Inc.

302 Washington St., Ste. 100
San Diego, CA
  • Contractors - Electrical
  • Electrical Services & Maintenance
  • Tenant Improvements

Foldenauer Law Group

2550 Fifth Ave., Ste. 630
San Diego, CA
  • Legal - Business Litigation
  • Legal - Civil Litigation
  • Legal - Consulting Firm
  • Legal - Personal Injury
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Spotlight on Hillcrest

This historic neighborhood north of downtown has a de facto slogan, “tolerance and acceptance,” as it’s the heart of the city’s LGBT community. The streets are constantly filled with shoppers who browse the trendy boutiques and thrift stores, and people come from miles away to dine at the popular restaurants in the area.

Movie Theaters

3965 5th Ave. #200
San Diego, CA, 92103

To find a movie theater outside this area, check the Source Movie Section.

Hillcrest Videos

KTU+A's Michael Singleton on Landscape Architecture Month, Daily Transcript roundtable

KTU+A Principal Michael Singleton talks about his landscape architecture firm's practice and discusses a roundtable KTU+A is sponsoring at The Daily Transcript on April 22 that will look at the concept of "complete streets." 

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