South Park: Destination for late-night eats, drinks

Once considered "up and coming,"  South Park has arrived. The community, rich with restaurants, breweries and art galleries, is just east of Balboa Park. As one of the city's most historic neighborhoods, it's become a destination for many looking for a great night of food or just a stiff drink.

Living

The neighborhood has an eclectic array of homes, apartments and condos at varying price points.  The average studio runs about $1,300, with one-bedroom units in the $1,600 to $1,800 range. You can expect to pay between $1,900 and $2,100 for a two-bedroom apartment.

"There are homes (in the neighborhood) that rent for much higher," real estate agent Anthony Torregiani said. "There are options for one-bedroom and two-bedrooms and even some three-bedroom homes. But there is not a lot inventory for studio apartments." The area is popular with young couples and those recently out of college, along with well-established families. "Average market time (for homes rented) in the market is under 30 days," Torregiani said.

Getting around

Put on your walking shoes, because most everything is just a short stroll away. Walkscore.com gives South Park a walk score of 69, mentioning that "some" errands can be accomplished on foot. The recent opening of a Target Express can only make shopping easier. The site also gives the neighborhood a bike score of 48, noting the lack of bike lanes.

Parking

Although it may seem as if you can never find a parking spot on a weekend, the neighborhood itself has good parking for residents. Most rentals offer one to two parking spaces. In addition, there is public and metered street parking.

Outdoors

Switzer Canyon serves as a border between North Park and South Park and provides three trailheads and two walking trails. Balboa Park's golf course, tennis courts, swimming pool, dog park and numerous hiking trails are a bonus. Smaller community parks also dot the area.

Vibe

Torregiani describes the area as "vibrant and trendy." New restaurants, bars, coffee shops, boutique shops and craft breweries have infused the area. ­It is not uncommon to see people lined up for Italian food at Buona Forchetta or satisfying their sweet tooth at Eclipse Chocolate, which also has a bar and bistro. Bar/restaurants such as Kindred, Hamilton's Tavern, Station Tavern & Burgers and Whistle Stop Bar are go-to spots for many San Diegans.

Anthony Torregiani is a real estate agent with Sal D'Acquisto Real Estate Group. To contact him, call (619) 838-0435, send an email to torrea@san.rr.com or visit saldacquisto.com.

Source: Discover SD

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