Previously known as Florence Heights or Park West, Bankers Hill is an affluent San Diego neighborhood perched on a hill that overlooks both the San Diego International Airport and the San Diego Bay.
As it did to architects in the past and the wealthy today, the views the homes on the hill afford attract visitors year-round. Though the neighborhood itself is mostly residential, Bankers Hill is close enough to many of San Diego’s favorite hotspots and attractions.
Banker’s Hill is characterized by a myriad of architectural design styles, all of which draw in visitors who appreciate a charming landscape as much as they do modern conveniences and amenities. In the neighborhood, you will find Queen Anne, Victorian, Georgian Revival, Craftsman and Early Modern homes and mansions, many of which boast heirloom landscaping.
The recent additions to Bankers Hill, which include high-rises, chic restaurants and small boutiques, make up the heart of the area’s flourishing business district. The combination of traditional architecture and new business serves as the perfect example of how businesses, property owners and residents can work together in such a way as to preserve the area’s charm while bringing in revenue.
It is the fairly recent and growing business district that has served to make Banker’s Hill a vacation destination for visitors. Not long ago, individuals had to travel outside of the neighborhood to eat out or even grab a cup of coffee. Today, however, the area has some of the best restaurants in San Diego, which include an eclectic mix of coffeehouses, tasting rooms, casual eateries and upscale dining options.
Bankers Hill is also walking distance from other major neighborhoods, including Little Italy, Hillcrest and Balboa Park.
Once home to Italian immigrants, Little Italy is now home to a high concentration of Italian eateries, bakeries and souvenir shops.
Hillcrest is San Diego’s LGBQT district and comes alive each night with young people hopping from bar to lively bar. The neighborhood also has an eclectic mix of restaurants, cafes, thrift stores, brunch spots and markets that also make it a popular destination.
Balboa Park is the pride and glory of San Diego. The park encompasses 1,200 acres and contains a balanced mix of natural vegetation zones, manmade and tended gardens, greenbelts, walking paths and open spaces. Amidst all that, you will also find 17 museums, theaters and, of course, the San Diego Zoo.