San Diego’s 10 Most Walkable Neighborhoods

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San Diego’s 10 Most Walkable Neighborhoods

The San Diego skyline at dawn. Image via NSerrano/Wikimedia Commons
The San Diego skyline at dawn. Image via NSerrano/Wikimedia Commons

Consistently ranked as one of the cities with the best weather in the world, it’s no surprise San Diegans love being outdoors. A summer stroll in Balboa Park or along the Embarcadero is one of the sweetest pleasures of “America’s finest city.” Since walking is a way of life in San Diego, we used Walk Score to put together a list of San Diego’s 10 most walkable neighborhoods and asked our Downtown San Diego specialist, Redfin agent Lisa Padilla, for the inside scoop.

1. Little Italy – Walk Score 97

Right next to the Embarcadero and Banker’s Hill, Little Italy has old world charm and all the modern conveniences your heart desires. Home to some of the best restaurants in San Diego, Little Italy is the neighborhood for foodies. Plus, you can get a great downtown condo here for under $500k.

2. Core-Columbia – Walk Score 96

Traditionally known as a commercial zone, the Core-Columbia neighborhood has undergone quite a bit of development in recent years. There are lots of high-rise condos on offer here, which gives buyers plenty of options when choosing their downtown digs. “The Columbia district has become the new wave of high end/luxury condominiums over the past 10 years,” said Redfin agent Lisa Padilla. “Future plans include high end hotels, retail space, and additional luxury high-end condos.” Access to public transportation here is excellent. You’re right next door to the Santa Fe train depot! The museum of contemporary art is also located right next to the train depot along the trolley line.

3. Gaslamp – Walk Score 96

The Gaslamp Quarter. Image via cooljuno411/Wikimedia Commons
The Gaslamp Quarter. Image via cooljuno411/Wikimedia Commons

Living in the Gaslamp means living in the heart of it all. Not only can you run your errands with ease, but you can also walk to a rock show, go shopping in Horton Plaza or step outside your front door to enjoy one of San Diego’s many outdoor festivals.

4. Harborview – Walk Score 96

If you live in Harborview you can walk to an average of 22 bars and restaurants within 5 minutes! San Diego’s Waterfront Park is also located in this neighborhood, so once you’re done with dinner you can take a leisurely stroll along the water.

5. Marina – Walk Score 94

Home to the San Diego Convention Center, Seaport Village, and the Embarcadero, living in the Marina District is like being on vacation 24/7. “You can enjoy incredible views of the San Diego Bay and the Coronado Bridge if you live in this neighborhood — but be prepared to shell out about a million bucks for a 1,500 square foot condo,” said Redfin’s Lisa Padilla.  

6. Cortez Hill – Walk Score 93

Cortez Hill. Image via Allan Ferguson/Wikimedia Commons
Cortez Hill. Image via Allan Ferguson/Wikimedia Commons

One of San Diego’s oldest residential neighborhoods, Cortez Hill is directly adjacent to Balboa Park where walkers can stroll to their heart’s content. Plus, prices here are more reasonable than the neighborhoods located right on the water.

7. East Village – Walk Score 92

The East Village is the largest urban neighborhood in Downtown San Diego and it has undergone a significant revival since its days of vacant warehouses and dive bars. Home to the San Diego Central Library, bookworms and pavement pounders will feel right at home in this highly walkable ‘hood. “The East Village is also home to Petco Park where you can watch the greatest baseball team in the world, the San Diego Padres!,” said Redfin agent Lisa Padilla.  

8. Village of La Jolla – Walk Score 88

Walkable? Yes. Pricey? Very! If you are among the lucky few who can afford a multi-million dollar mega mansion and walkability is a top priority for you then look no further than “The Village.”

9. Sherman Heights – Walk Score 84

Sherman heights is located east of downtown and is the most suburban of the neighborhoods on our list. “Sherman Heights is not in the center of it all, like the Gaslamp or Little Italy, but it is definitely an up-and-coming neighborhood. Keep an on this walk score, it’s bound to increase as Sherman Heights develops,” said Redfin agent Lisa Padilla.

10. Normal Heights – Walk Score 84

The iconic Normal Heights sign. Image via Visitor7/Wikimedia Commons
The iconic Normal Heights sign. Image via Visitor7/Wikimedia Commons

Normal Heights is another one of those great suburban neighborhoods on the outskirts of downtown where there is a good mix of single-family homes and walkability. There are lots of quaint craftsman homes here, many of which are walking distance to “antique row” as well as some great neighborhood bars and cafes.

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