This mid-city neighborhood encompasses about .65 square miles and is home to about 12,000 racially diverse residents. Rent is about 20 percent less than the rest of the city. (2008) Houses and single family attached homes sell for about half the city average. The main business district is Adams Avenue where there are supermarkets and small businesses ranging from restaurants, to antique stores (Antique Row), to popular coffee shops, pubs and dive bars. The community hosts a Farmer’s Market every Wednesday afternoon. There are several other community events throughout the year including the Adams Avenue Street Faire, Taste of Adams Avenue, Roots Fest, and Art Around Adams.
What Staff are Saying:
- Residents of Normal Heights find that accessibility to coffee shops and cafes, along with friendly neighbors are the best things about their community. Some residents rated the availability of parking higher in Normal Heights than in other communities in the City of San Diego, such as Hillcrest and North Park.
- Most survey respondents gave other aspects of Normal Heights an average or above average rating, but a few ratings gave lower ratings in regards to accessibility to the beach.
- “Houses have front porches, so you know your neighbors because people walk by with their dogs, or on their way to the neighborhood market. I also like the architecture - California bungalows and craftsman style. Close to Hillcrest and Mission Valley for retail/restaurants.”
- “The rent is relatively less expensive than communities closer to UC San Diego; food selection is abundant, and culture venues bountiful.”
- “Although diversity is a great feature of Normal Heights, there are some issues with frequent law enforcement sirens, helicopters, and general city-like living.”
- “There are lots of bars and coffee shops but not very many restaurants within walking distance.”
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