Bordered to the north by the 8 and to the west by the I15, Kensington in San Diego is an extremely sought after community in San Diego. Kensington is an urban neighborhood with unique architecture and a unique neighborhood feeling within the city. Homes overlooking the canyon are notoriously more expensive and a very sought after area within this neighborhood. With gorgeous Spanish revival architecture, beautiful single family homes and mid-rise condominium buildings, Kensington is a fantastic community to call home.
Kensington San Diego was founded on April 9, 1910. The Kensington Park Subdivision was established by two sisters who inherited the property, Abby (Hall) Hitchcock and Mary (Hall) Gleason. Abby’s husband was a Realtor and her brother-in-law was a land use attorney and early mover-and-shaker in San Diego. Their connection to William Douglas, a real estate promoter from Los Angeles, really began the real estate development movement in this neighborhood. The first properties were built in 1910 and maintained the craftsman style. Kensington Park also became connected to other neighborhoods in San Diego by the Class 1 street cars. The area’s architectural style is primarily Spanish revival as many of the homes were built after the 1920s. The neon Kensington sign hangs over Adams Ave and acts as the business and cultural center of the neighborhood.
Kensington has kept its “small town” feel by participating in neighborhood wide 4th of July parties and Memorial Day Parade. Kensington’s median house price is $794,174 and the diverse properties are mainly single family homes and mid-rise condominium buildings. The proximity of this neighborhood to North Park, Mission Hills, Hillcrest, Balboa Park and downtown makes Kensington an ideal neighborhood to live or rent. Kensington is primarily owner occupied and filled with urban sophisticates who enjoy a walkable community that is considered a quiet oasis in the city.
Most of the residents in this area are considered trendy and “artsy” as well as extremely tolerant. Approximately 8.5% of households are same sex, which is markedly higher than 99.9% of neighborhoods in the U.S. Furthermore, residents of Kensington are extremely education and NeighborhoodScout notes that 35.6% of residents have an advanced degree, which includes a master’s, PhD., law degree or medical degree. Buyers attracted to the Kensington area want a small community feel with progressive views and access to great amenities around the area.
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