City Heights – Named by San Diego Magazine in 2015 as “Best Places to Live in San Diego”, City Heightscontinues to be a settling spot for many San Diego residents. This cozy east county neighborhood is known for its ethnic diversity, respect for the arts and high pedestrian activity.
Although located miles inland from beach activity, many outdoor activities are found around every corner in City Heights. With funding from The Tony Hawk Foundation, the half-acre Central Avenue Skate Plaza is designed to provide hours of skateboarding, in-line skating and biking excitement. Copley Price Family YMCA provides two pools, a demonstration kitchen and full gymnasium for interactive community classes for all ages. Azalea Park, a local gathering place, shines bright every day and especially on holidays with large celebrations for Halloween and Christmas. Family and friends can romp and play safely and as loud as they want at Azalea Park’s Tot Lotpublic playground. The Manzanita Gathering Place off 43rd Street overlooks Manzanita Canyon and is sprinkled with wooden benches, murals and sculptures to give residents and guests a relaxing place to sit, reflect and even meditate.
Like many San Diego communities, City Heights embraces every opportunity for a community celebration. A stroll down Fairmount Avenue gives visitors a chance to go around the world in one single afternoon with a wide variety of international cuisine options. San Diego IndieFest, a 3-day celebration of independent films, music and art is held every year at City Heights Urban Village on Fairmount Avenue. Each year sponsors like 91X and Rock to Stop the Violence make appearances at the festival to support independent thought, action and recognizing one’s inner conscious.
Live music plays a huge role in City Height’s persona with venues, stages and dives hidden everywhere around town. The Hideout hosts weekly quirky theme nights like “Trivia & Tacos” or “Burgers & Bingo” to help keep the work week light-hearted and lively. Located in City Farmer’s Nursery, Nate’s Garden Grill has a remarkable brunch menu and dog-friendly patio that pair perfectly with an acoustic Sunday serenade. The Soda Bar, a local favorite for upcoming indie artists gives fans a chance to see their favorite bands perform up close and personal in a cozy, retro environment. City Heights proves that you don’t need a beach or gaslamps to let loose and enjoy local surroundings.