Golden Hill got its name back in the late 1800s, when it shined as one of San Diego’s most fashionable neighborhoods. Evidence of those luxurious times remain in the gorgeous Victorian, Craftsman, and Colonial Revival homes lining its hilly streets. The gardens of many of these historic homes adds another layer to the charm of Golden Hill, a delight that’s free for anyone to enjoy. This neighborhood is one of the best places to live in California and offers residents an urban, suburban feel with its allotment of coffee shops, restaurants, parks and bars. Balboa Park and downtown are both walkable from Golden Hill. Over a quarter of the community boasts a fifteen-minute or less commute time, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune, given the 5, the 94 and the 15 are easily accessible for residents.
Locals are wary of giving up their community to the forces of gentrification, even if you can find a gastropub or two in the neighborhood. The Greater Golden Hill Community Development Corporation (GGHCDC) has been operating since 1991 and, clearly, their efforts have paid off. To ensure the neighborhood retains its diversity and family-friendly feel, it operates a number of affordable housing units geared toward ensuring a place for all as the area changes.
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