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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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  • We spen our Saturday here at the farmers market and then went over to the Hillcrest brewery. Got some great things at the market. Cheese, bread, pastries, t-shirts, plants, and good food.  more »
  • Went to the hill crest district, much quieter than gas lamp, some lovely bars local area. Worth a look if you have a car  more »
  • When in San Diego look to the Hillcreat neighborhood for good eats. We didn't plan it but it seemed we ended up in the neighborhood almost every time we wanted to eat. Lunch or dinner. (check it out  more »