The Hillcrest area of San Diego is north of downtown and adjacent to Bankers Hill and the San Diego Zoo.
It’s known for many things, from its gender diversity to high population density. The area is has gone through considerable gentrification, and many of the homes range from the Craftsman period in the early 1900s to mid-century condos.
The heart of the local community features a famous “Hillcrest” neon sign just west of 5th Avenue on University, installed about 1940. The neighborhood is bounded 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.
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Before it was heavily developed, Hillcrest was a brush-covered mesa inhabited by the Kumeyaay indians, whose villages were spread throughout the San Diego area.
In 1870, Mary Kearney obtained a deed from the city for the land that eventually became Hillcrest. About a year later, Arnold and D. Choate, two real estate developers, obtained the property. George Hill, a wealthy railroad tycoon, then purchased the land. Real estate development began in 1910 and the area was built out by about 1920. During the 1920s and 1930s Hillcrest was considered a suburban shopping area for downtown San Diego, although today, it’s only five minutes from downtown.
In the 1910s, Hillcrest became one of the many San Diego neighborhoods connected by the Class 1 streetcars and an extensive San Diego public transit system that was spurred by the Panama-California Exposition of 1915 and built by John D. Spreckels. These streetcars became a fixture of this neighborhood until their retirement in 1939.