We have a few good eateries. The Station makes yummy carnivor burgers and an outstanding vegetarian one. It's dog friendly and kids can come and run around a wooden protected/fenced trolley replica. Many take yoga at Ginseng. They offer yoga for kids. Enjoy pottery studios and a terrific bookstore called The Grove. Grape Street is home to the largest acre dog park in San Diego. Grants Market sells organic coffee and Bread and Cie bakery goods on a consistent basis.
What's not to love? Buildings are well built from the 20's, and not as pricey as other areas i.e. Mission Hills. Come visit South Park ! Come to the Old House Fair on June 19.
South Park is a *very* cute community adjacent to Balboa Park. It's pricier that most of North Park but for vibe and culture it's pretty great. Let's put it this way, I wish I had a few listings there. ;)
I suggest you walk North Park with your family, and see what you think. The closer you are to the main streets, the more activity there is related to the businesses surrounding the area. As mentioned below it is very mixed. There are smaller individual complexes-some that have been upgraded, and larger hotel style complexes that are a bit more urban intermingled with older detached homes. You are on the right track as far as investigating the schools. Once you have your pre-approval in place your agent can help you further investigate your preferred areas.
Marcie Sands, REALTOR
Simply The Best Real Estate Co., Inc.
Hope that helps
North Park is a desirable, trendy, up and coming neighborhood with lots of newer developments taking place. Affordability is great right now. If you want to set up a free search go to my website. http://www.TheSDLife.com or visit my blog on trulia http://www.trulia.com/profile/justinbrennan/. Thanks and have a great day.
You got great advice from Mark and Shea about getting a pre approval letter first. You can find lots of useful information about areas you are interested in at...
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As before, you will get many answers to your questions. In moving here from out of the country, know there are parts of North Park that are very safe for a family and parts that are not. What Justin stated is correct as it is very desirable for investors as it is close to downtown and a very popular rental area. Also know that "redevelopment areas" are undergoing a transformation and have a mixture of rehabbed properties and older properties.
The key for you is to speak to some lenders and find out what you can afford, get a pre-approval letter and then engage an agent. We have had many clients buy there, two bedroom, two bath condos are selling for $200,000 to $245,000. Three bedroom from $225,000 to $325,000 with small single family (1,100 to 1,500 SF( sell from $325,000 to $650,000. The largest determining factors are location and property condition.
We hope this helps.
Mark and Kari Shea
Real Estate Experts Serving San Diego County
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