University Heights is a wonderful residential community that sits above Mission Valley and is surrounded by beautiful canyons. This neighborhood once featured the Mission Cliff Gardens, the Harvey Bentley Ostrich Farm and the original trolley system’s barn. Today, University Heights is home to a vibrant business district along Park Boulevard and the award-winning Trolley Barn Park.
South Park is a friendly community nestled between North Park and Golden Hill. It boasts beautiful vistas and Craftsman-style homes. The commercial area of South Park is located mainly on 30th Street and Fern Street, and is home to legendary establishments like the Big Kitchen and South Park Dog Wash.
This much loved, colorful neighborhood is the historic heart of San Diego. Created in 1769, Old Town San Diego was California's first settlement with only a mission and a fort.
California State Park is at the center of Old Town. Here you can experience life from the early Mexican-American period of 1821-1872 through rich living history programs. Watch forms come to life at the blacksmith and woodworker shops, and read a newspaper from the 19th century.
Home to hundreds of classic Craftsman houses, North Park maintains its residential character with tree-lined parkways, wide streets and charming canyon cul-de-sacs. Its business corridors along University Avenue, 30th Street and El Cajon Boulevard hark back to the 1950s when North Park was considered San Diego’s premiere suburban community. Today, with a booming revitalization underway, the business district is recapturing much of that earlier magic that defined this proud and historic community.
Normal Heights is a predominantly residential community with a vibrant business district filled with an eclectic mix of small businesses along Adams Avenue. Best known for its popular street fairs, Normal Heights also features one of District Threes classic neon signs that hangs above Adams Avenue at Felton Street.
Located in the hills above Old Town, Mission Hills is a neighborhood of stately and unique homes. Many of the community's homes date back to the early 20th century and are carefully preserved as some of the most beautiful in the city. Kate Sessions, the famed planner of Balboa Park, started the Mission Hills Nursery a century ago, and it is still the center of this quaint neighborhood, where interesting shops and cafes make it an ideal residential community.
San Diego's Little Italy District, nestled near Downtown's North Embarcadero Waterfront, is home to one of the area's premier business districts and an innovative residential community.
Bound by Laurel Street to the north, Front Street to the east, Ash Street to the south, and the San Diego Bay to the west, thousands of Italian families settled here in the early 1900s. Along with Mexican, Japanese, and Portuguese immigrants, they toiled to build a local tuna fishing industry that became a source of great wealth for San Diego.
Council District 3 includes communities located in the urban core of San Diego listed to the right. Please use these links to learn more about the individual community descriptions, regularly scheduled meetings and organizational contacts, and Council District 3 staff contact.
Hillcrest is known for its award-winning restaurants, trendy stores, medical offices, two major hospitals, and the largest concentration of gay and lesbian-owned businesses in the City. Named one of America's great neighborhoods in 2007, Hillcrest features an array of older homes mixed in with newer, upscale apartments and condominiums. The area's merchants host the annual Cityfest street fair, and the neighborhood is home to the annual LGBT Pride celebration.