Hillcrest

REAL ESTATE

Building in Hillcrest on W. University sold

The free-standing, two-story, mixed-use and 3,800-square-foot retail building in Hillcrest at 127-131 W. University Ave., San Diego 92103, has been sold for $1.45 million.

HOSPITALITY

Popular Bay Area sandwich shop to open in Hillcrest

Ike’s Place, a San Francisco-based sandwich shop known for its irreverent menu and cult following, will open its first San Diego location in August at The Hub in Hillcrest.

FINANCE

SDCCU branch opens in Hillcrest

San Diego County Credit Union opened a new branch located in San Diego’s Hillcrest neighborhood, located at the corner of Fifth and University avenues.

REAL ESTATE

Medical office building in Hillcrest on 4th sold

REAL ESTATE

Apartment in Hillcrest on Fifth sells

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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

Oster and Associates Inc

3525 5th Ave.
San Diego, CA
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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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BE HERE NOW: The Journey of Ram Dass and So Small A Thing

Vantage Theatre presents the life and works of Richard Alpert, aka Ram Dass. From his years with Timothy Leary at Harvard, through India, the Summer of Love, the perils of the Guru life, the re-birth through the Dharma path, the Stroke, to the present. For tickets visit: https://sdfringe.ticketleap.com/so-small-a-thing/dates
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BE HERE NOW: The Journey of Ram Dass and So Small A Thing

Vantage Theatre presents the life and works of Richard Alpert, aka Ram Dass. From his years with Timothy Leary at Harvard, through India, the Summer of Love, the perils of the Guru life, the re-birth through the Dharma path, the Stroke, to the present. For tickets visit: https://sdfringe.ticketleap.com/so-small-a-thing/dates
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