The history of the neighborhood starts in the 1880s when Abraham Klauber and Samuel Steiner purchased 240 acres of land northeast of Balboa Park with dreams of development. The development was named “City Heights” and from 1910-1912 the population in the community bloomed from 400 to approximately 4000. In 1912 the area became an incorporated city named East San Diego. In December of 1923 the city was annexed by the city of San Diego and East San Diego ceased to exist and the “neighborhood” became City Heights once more. Throughout the 1930s-1950s the community grew into a commercial center and in 1965 the Mid-City Plan was adopted by the San Diego City Council for the area to help increase business and commerce in the area once again. In the 2000s, efforts have turned to more resident focused areas with the opening of new schools, a library and community center.
City Heights is in a time of rebirth and renewal with projects in process that concentrate on smart urban growth, community pride and economic improvements.
City Heights is known as a true melting pot with residents from around the globe, it is a community of long time residents side by side with immigrants new to our nation. As you walked through the neighborhood it is almost like traveling from Spain to Africa, Asia and the Middle East with authentic ethnic businesses and restaurants. You won’t find boutiques and antique stores here, but you will find Walgreens, cell phone dealers, dollar stores and ethnic specialty shops. According to city-data.com, whose information dates from 2011, the median household income for the City Heights area was $37,595. Public education in the community is provided by the San Diego Unified School District.
The community is home to two private schools for grade school students, three charter schools as well as public schools including two high schools, three middle schools and twelve elementary schools. City Heights has a high concentration of businesses such as retail outlets and restaurants, but it also has a high concentration of residential areas. The housing market in City Heights is mixed ranging from affordable to trendy with a mix of cottages, houses, apartments and a few upscale properties like condominiums. Local real estate agents are ready, willing and able to assist you in your quest for the perfect home in lively City Heights. Read less –
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