North Park is just that, north of Balboa Park. The first subdivisions were built here in the early 1900s. Many of the homes are Craftsman bungalows that have been lovingly preserved. There is a strong sense of community among the residents who are proud of their tree lined streets and canyon cul-de-sacs.
Only a short bicycle ride from downtown San Diego and the San Diego Zoo, the community of North Park has gone through a revitalization in recent years. The business district is made up primarily of small shops, mom-and-pop businesses and restaurants and has a retro 30s style that gives it character. University Avenue is attracting new businesses and becoming a pedestrian friendly shopping area again.
The baseball field at the North Park Recreation Center is named for Hall of Famer Ted Williams, who grew up in the community. One of the treasured landmarks is the North Park Theater. North Park is home of the Toyland Parade, one of the oldest and at one time one of the largest parades in California.
The central location near downtown San Diego and the neighborhood feeling of the ar- ea make it popular with those who want to live close to work and also have the amenities of suburbia.
South Park is a friendly residential community that lies between North Park at Juniper Street and Golden Hill at A Street. Bordered on the west by Balboa Park, South Park boasts beautiful vistas and classic California Craftsman style homes. The commercial area of South Park is located mainly on 30th Street, Fern Street, and other cross streets, and boasts not only great businesses that have become part of the history of the community, but also some new ventures that have brought additional charm to the community and add to its unique character.