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Normal Heights is centrally located next to celebrated artistic districts like North Park and tourist centers like Balboa Park, which houses over 15 museums, gardens and other attractions like the San Diego Zoo. The cost of living in Normal Heights hovers much lower than the San Diego average, making it a very affordable place to call home, with shopping, dining and transportation options close by. The neighborhood sits between Mid-City to the east and Mission Valley to the west and lies to the northeast of downtown.

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Rent Trends

As of August 2017, the average apartment rent in San Diego, CA is $897 for a studio, $935 for one bedroom, $1,185 for two bedrooms, and $1,319 for three bedrooms. Apartment rent in San Diego has increased by 1.8% in the past year.

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$897
1 BR
332
$935
2 BR
561
$1,185
3 BR
476
$1,319
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Ratings

87 Walk Score® Very Walkable
51 Transit Score® Good Transit
59 Bike Score® Bikeable

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Shopping

The center of commerce in Normal Heights sits on Adams Avenue, especially between 35th Street and Wilson Avenue, including high-end and high-value specialty shops and boutiques. Back From Tomboctou Gallery & Imports, located on Adams Avenue, features Latin American folk art and antiques, with heavy inventory focusing on items to celebrate the Day of the Dead. Stuff Furniture Consignment Shop, also located on Adams Avenue, offers a unique selection of home furnishings, such as art and lamps. You can also find some patio and garden items to complete the outside of your home.

If you need a quick stop for groceries, North Park Produce, located on El Cajon Boulevard, carries a wide selection of produce and cheeses. You might even be able to sample a few before you buy. Normal Heights does not host a farmers' market, but North Park has one just across I-805 on North Park Way. It runs on Thursday afternoons in the CVS parking lot.

Cost

The cost of living in Normal Heights hovers just over $40,000 a year, around $30,000 a year less than the San Diego average. A one-bedroom apartment in Normal Heights costs $1,100 a month, compared to nearly $2,200 a month in the rest of the city. Other expenses, like food and entertainment, remain comparable between the two areas.

Transportation

Walking remains a very popular option for getting around the neighborhood, thanks to the central location of the area’s shopping and dining establishments. Despite its walkability, bike riding remains a less attractive option since the neighborhood only has one bike lane or route, which runs along 35th Street.

Five bus routes pass through Normal Heights, including 1, 11, 170 and 215, and residents can also call a cab or book a ride through Uber. The neighborhood does not offer any public parking lots or garages, but three garages sit just over the boundary in North Park, when coming from the east side of University Avenue. CA-15 and I-805 run along the eastern and western boundaries of the neighborhood and meet I-8 to the north, making all three highways easily accessible to residents.

Parks

Parks in Normal Heights include Ward Canyon Park and Mountain View Mini Park, all free to visit and located in the northern portion of the neighborhood. You can also grow your own vegetables at the Vera House Community Garden off of 34th Street.

Ward Canyon Park, off of 39th Street on the east side of the neighborhood, houses a small amphitheater, a playground for the kids and a basketball court. Mountain View Mini Park, off of North Mountain View Drive, features a small space covered in foliage, which provides good views of the valley. Normal Heights does not have any off-leash dog parks, but Morley Field Dog Park lies to the west of the neighborhood, in Balboa Park.

Restaurants

International and American fare collide in Normal Heights. Find barbecue and burger joints next to Greek and Mexican establishments as you stroll down the main thoroughfare. The nightlife in Normal Heights includes lots of bar and clubs, so residents can always find a way to spend the evening. Most restaurants in the neighborhood sit along Adams Avenue, from Bancroft Street to Wilson Avenue.

At DaoFu, located on Adams Avenue, you can experience Japanese cuisine with homemade tofu and soy milk. Chow down on a berry vinaigrette salad and the tofu while you wait for your shrimp spring rolls and garlic chicken. Look around for online coupons before heading out.

Get an authentic, home-cooked Mexican dinner at Super Cocina, located on University Avenue. This mom-and-pop eatery features caldo de res, lamb barria and the popular pozole, serving it fresh without emptying your pocketbook. Sample a few selections if you're having trouble deciding what to eat.

Located in the middle of a liquor store on Adams Avenue, Alaskan Seafood Connection is not your average quick-service restaurant. From the jumbo lump crab stuffed inside the crab rolls to the perfectly cooked salmon and fish, this eatery is fast-food heaven for seafood lovers, with seafood so real that you might even find a claw.

The Soda Bar, located on El Cajon Boulevard, features live local bands nearly every night of the week. Grab a brew while the band plays; the Soda Bar has a television showing the concert above the bar so you don't miss a thing. With unique craft beers and cheap martinis, the Hideout has found its place as one of Normal Heights' more popular night spots. Also located on El Cajon Boulevard, this bar has a Cards Against Humanity night, a bingo night, a karaoke night, and a trivia and tacos night.

History

Named after the State Normal School, a predecessor to San Diego University, the area remained largely undeveloped until the turn of the 20th century. After a reservoir was built in 1905, and over 40 buildings quickly sprang up before the end of 1906. At that time it was still independent from the rest of the San Diego area, but a trolley system connected it to the city by 1913, along with paved roads and sidewalks. The neighborhood was finally annexed to San Diego in 1925. A large fire broke out in 1985, destroying nearly 70 homes, some of which were built that first year of development in 1906.

Normal Heights does not have any museums, but the San Diego Natural History Museum, San Diego Air and Space Museum and San Diego Museum of Art all sit near Balboa Park, just to the southeast of the neighborhood. The Andrea Rushing Academy of Art, located off of Adams Avenue, offers classes in oil painting, pastels and drawing, as well as art shows on the first Saturday of every month. The arts scene expands to the annual Art Around Adams event, featuring two miles of live music and art, stretching along Adams Avenue from Normal Heights into Kensington.

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Normal Heights is centrally located next to celebrated artistic districts like North Park and tourist centers like Balboa Park, which houses over 15 museums, gardens and other attractions like the San Diego Zoo. The cost of living in Normal Heights hovers much lower than the San Diego average, making it a very affordable place to call home, with shopping, dining and transportation options close by. The neighborhood sits between Mid-City to the east and Mission Valley to the west and lies to the northeast of downtown.

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