If the Road to Italy is Paved with Spaghetti, What Leads to Hillcrest?


Hillcrest is jam packed with wonderful gastronomic treasure chests and something we have an absolute abundance of is sushi joints.  Lots and lots (and lots) of sushi joints.  There’s the eclectic and casual Kiki Sushi who’s mascot is a pink plastic pig named, of course, Kiki.  We have Ebisu which is an elegant, upscale and intimate sushi house with dim, romantic lighting.  Then there’s Sushi Deli which is the economically minded diner’s den and is always packed with people overflowing out the door.  There is Nami which is open and airy and located right smack dab in the middle of everything.  There’s the famous Sushi Itto which stands out because of its huge red presence and trendy decor.  And then there’s Sushi Ono which is a long time favorite of locals and maintains a loyal following in its quiet little spot on University Avenue.  I have a friend who is a fellow San Diego urbanite and travels frequently to Japan.  He tells me that the Japanese eat sushi for breakfast but, that aside, the sushi we enjoy here is comparable in quality and taste and I believe him (he is a very credible guy).  Hillcrest is truly a sushi lovers paradise.  It is also a neighborhood rich in culture, color and energy.  If you’ve never come to visit this part of the city, it is an absolute must see.  Here are some local listings within walking distance to these delectable, delightful dining sensations.

522 Arbor Drive

  • 2005 Rowhouse with 2 beds, 2.5 baths
  • Asking $600,000 (Zestimate $716,000)
  • 1,661 square feet, priced at $361 per square foot
  • On Redfin 139 days

4204 3rd Avenue #2

  • 1988 condo with 2 beds, 2 baths
  • Asking $375,000 (Zestimate $415,500)
  • 1,197 square feet, priced at $313 per square foot
  • On Redfin 3 days

3825 First Avenue #324

  • 2007 condo with 2 beds, 2.5 baths
  • Asking $494,900 (Zestimate $448,500)
  • 1,069 square feet, priced at $463 per square foot
  • On Redfin 41 days

If you liked this post you might also enjoy:

Learn from the Stats – Recent Hillcrest Area Home Sales

Bang for Your Buck – Hillcrest Homes Under $400/Square Foot

Recent Price Reductions on Trendy 1920′s Hillcrest Homes

  • Mark

    Thanks for the posts, Carol. I’m very interested in Hillcrest – you even posted comments about a couple of places that have caught my eye – 3819 First Avenue and the house/condo on Arbor Drive – but with prices dropping, it would seem that the advantages of waiting and watching are much greater than the disadvantages.

  • Carol

    Mmmm. Just depends. Some sellers are holding firm on price despite the depreciation of the market, but others are realizing they are not going to be able to sell their properties at boom pricing and so there are some fantastic deals out there but it does take some conscientious watching to know which are which. I do highlight good buys from time to time so stay tuned :)