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Living in Hillcrest San Diego

Hillcrest is the 14th most walkable neighborhood in San Diego with 13,954 residents.

Hillcrest has good public transportation and is somewhat bikeable.

Nearby neighborhoods: Park West, University Heights, Midtown, Mission Hills, Mission Valley West, Balboa Park and Little Italy.

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Walk Score of Hillcrest, San Diego, CA

Hillcrest is Very Walkable

Most errands can be accomplished on foot.

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Mission Hills Florist

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M-Theory Music

Most errands can be accomplished on foot in Hillcrest San Diego.

Hillcrest is the 14th most walkable neighborhood in San Diego with a Walk Score of 83.

Find apartments in San Diego's most walkable neighborhoods: Horton Plaza, Core-Columbia and Gaslamp Quarter.

Hillcrest San Diego Apartments for Rent

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Rental info for House at San Diego in the Hillcrest area
$5,500
4 bed
Walk Score 89
Rental info for Condo at San Diego in the Hillcrest area
$3,200
2 bed
Walk Score 88
Rental info for Apartment at San Diego in the Hillcrest area
from $1,250
1 bed
Walk Score 71
Rental info for Apartment at San Diego in the Hillcrest area
$1,225
1 bed
Walk Score 92
Rental info for Apartment at San Diego in the Hillcrest area
$1,414
1 bed
Walk Score 72
Rental info for Condo at San Diego in the Hillcrest area
$1,350
1 bed
Walk Score 59
Rental info for Apartment at San Diego in the Hillcrest area
from $1,550
2 bed
Walk Score 82
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Hillcrest Neighborhood Ranking

Compare Hillcrest to other San Diego neighborhoods.

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Population

12 Corridor 84 55 67 8,036
13 Normal Heights 84 53 63 10,480
14 Hillcrest 83 55 63 13,954
15 Sherman Heights 82 68 66 3,305
16 Fairmount Village 80 50 55 6,528

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Eating & Drinking

There are about 188 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in Hillcrest.

People in Hillcrest can walk to an average of 11 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in 5 minutes.

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Khyber Pass Restaurant

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City Delicatessen & Bakery

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thumbnail for Olivetto RistoranteLocated in Mission Hills in the newly renovated Paseo de Mission Hills , Owner Angelo Fiore’s Italian inspired Olivetto Ristorante presents modern interpretations of classic Italian cuisine with an emphasis on distinct preparations of the season’s best offerings.

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on Olivetto Ristorante

Transit Score of Hillcrest, San Diego, CA

Hillcrest has Good Transit

Many nearby public transportation options. Find Hillcrest San Diego apartments for rent near public transit.

Public Transit Routes

Hillcrest has good public transportation and about 8 bus lines passing through it.

Transit Time

The map above shows how far you can travel in 30 minutes from Hillcrest on public transit.

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Hillcrest has about 5 car shares from RelayRides, Zipcar and Getaround.

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Hillcrest Cinema

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Khyber Pass Restaurant

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The Asian Bistro

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Bike Score of Hillcrest, San Diego, CA

Hillcrest is Bikeable

Some bike infrastructure.

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Hillcrest Farmers Market

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Hillcrest Cinema

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The Asian Bistro

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Whole Foods Market 7th Avenue Pub

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Mint

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Charisma Cucina Italiana

thumbnail for GatheringTwenty-six years of serving the same neighborhood consistent and tasty American face, providing a friendly bar, and adding a “unique flair” has combined to made Dan Thomas’ Mission Hills restaurant a big time local favorite. Along with innovative entrees for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the restaurant’s added attractions are the magic shows performed at your table by certified magicians such as Craig Stone and Tom McCarthy by special appearance. They will wow you and your guests (great for families gathering and parties) with a variety of tricks starting at about 6:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday nights.

Angie Good
on Gathering

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Brooklyn Girl

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Cinema Under The Stars

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India Palace

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Bombay Exotic Cuisine of India

thumbnail for 5th Av & University AvThis historic street sign marks the heart of the Hillcrest neighborhood at University and Fifth. First erected in 1940, the sign was a gift to the community from female shopkeepers.

Local Native
on 5th Av & University Av

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Ever Bloom Fresh Flowers

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Corner of University Avenue and 3rd Avenue

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Flashbacks Recycled Fashion

thumbnail for Mission Hills FloristMission Hills Florist proudly serves San Diego, family owned, operated and committed to offering only the finest floral arrangements and gifts, backed by service that is friendly and prompt.

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on Mission Hills Florist

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