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Hillcrest, San Diego

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Hillcrest is a small and affluent neighborhood in San Diego, California northwest of Balboa Park and south of Mission Valley.Hillcrest is known for its "tolerance and acceptance," its gender diversity, and numerous locally owned businesses, including restaurants, cafés, bars, clubs, trendy thrift-stores, and other independent specialty stores. Hillcrest has a high population density compared to many other neighborhoods in San Diego, and it has a large and active lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.GeographyHillcrest is an older neighborhood which has gone through gentrification. Many streets are lined with trees. There are Craftsman homes and Mid-Century modern apartment buildings.The neighborhood is bound by Mission Hills to the northwest, Bankers Hill and Balboa Park to the south, University Heights to the north, and North Park to the east. A large ridge overlooking San Diego Bay borders the neighborhood to the west.Hillcrest is part of the Uptown community planning area, which consists of the neighborhoods of Mission Hills, Hillcrest, Bankers Hill, Park West, and University Heights.HistoryInitially, Hillcrest was a chaparral-covered mesa. Kumeyaay Indians inhabited numerous villages scattered throughout the San Diego region. Spanish colonization brought the first of twenty-nine California missions with the founding of the nearby San Diego Mission. Presidio Park in Mission Hills and Old Town just down the hill are a part of San Diego history.
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  • August 15, 2017
    Lots to do. The nicest people around! Great fun bars and awesome choices of places to eat with top notch service. Everything is so relaxed and chill here. Must go!!  more »
  • July 20, 2017
    I strolled for Hillcrest without having a precise destination and I discovered another San Diego area rich in good ones, where you can sample the different kinds of food. I tasted a delicious Vietnamese cuisine. Here San Diego view even more and with pride his being gay friendly. Even straight I met though someone ready to make friends. California is so hospitable! Have fun
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  • July 7, 2017
    The diversity and kicked back lifestyle you feel in this area can only be experienced, not easily described. This area is predominantly LBGT and very open to all people, so leave your bias' and stereo...  more »

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