Old Town  san diego apartments OLD TOWN & NEIGHBORHOODS

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NEIGHBORHOODS

Old Townshort term housing rental
Old Town Place is named after its neighborhood and the nearby state park. The landmark distinction as "Birthplace of California" makes the neighborhood of Old Town one of San Diego's most visited attractions. Only 2 blocks away from the tourist district of shops, historical museums, art galleries and restaurants, Old Town Place is a fun residence for you to call home. It also makes it convenient for family and friends to visit. When your visitors arrive, they can stay at one of the many nearby hotels. The Holiday Inn Express, the Courtyard by Marriott, and the Western Inn & Suites are all located within one block from your home.

History
Old Town San Diego is considered the "birthplace" of California. It was here in 1769 that Father Junipero Serra established the very first mission in a chain of 21 missions, becoming the cornerstone of California's colonization. Father Serra's mission and presidio were built on a hillside overlooking what is currently known as Old Town San Diego.

Upon the arrival of the first Spanish explorer in 1542, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo discovered the presence of the indigenous Kumeyaay people who had been living in San Diego for 9,000 years. By 1769, the mission was established and settlers began referring to the Kumeyaay as "Diegueños" to identify those Indians associated with the mission.

Soon thereafter in the 1820's, the Kumeyaay retreated to the hills, leaving a small Mexican community of adobe buildings that attained the status of "El Pueblo de San Diego" in 1835.

In 1846, a U.S. Navy Lieutenant and a U.S. Marine Lieutenant raised the American flag in the Old Town San Diego Plaza thus beginning California's future incorporation into the United States.

In 1968, the State of California Department of Parks and Recreation established Old Town State Historic Park to preserve the rich heritage that characterized San Diego during the 1821 to 1872 period.

Today
The Old Town San Diego Historic State Park is thriving with its main plaza, exhibits, museums and living history demonstrations. The park site includes the historic buildings of La Casa de Estudillo, La Casa de Bandini, La Casa de Altamirno Pedrorena and the Mason Street School (San Diego's first one-room schoolhouse).

A short walk down San Diego Avenue from the park site is the Whaley House (an officially designated haunted house), the Little Adobe Chapel on Conde Street (the first Church in Old Town San Diego) and El Campo Santo on San Diego Avenue (a Catholic Cemetery dating back to 1850). Just up the hill from the historic park, you'll find Heritage Park where several of San Diego's most notable Victorian homes have been relocated and authentically restored to their original splendor. Mixed in with the rich history of the park and neighborhood are many restaurants and shops for both visitors and residents to enjoy!

Nearby Downtown Neighborhoods
Old Town is centrally located near the major freeway interchange of I-5 and I-8 and is only 4 miles from both downtown and the airport. With the San Diego Transit Center as a transportation hub for buses, trolleys and trains, access to the rest of San Diego is just a few blocks away.

Hillcrest
san diego international student accomodationWell known as San Diego's gay and lesbian Mecca, Hillcrest is a "Village in the City" with its eclectic mix of shops, boutiques, bookstores, stylish thrift stores and art galleries. There are many sidewalk cafés, coffee houses and restaurants with a variety of ethnic specialties - as well as numerous bars and nightclubs from which to choose. The center of the neighborhood is located at the corner of University and 5th Avenues.

Little Italy
intern temporary lodgingA stable ethnic business and residential community since the 1920's, Little Italy today represents Downtown San Diego's oldest continuous neighborhood business district. At one time it was home to more than 6,000 Italian families who contributed to San Diego's successful tuna fishing industry. India Street, the main thoroughfare, is alive with restaurants, small cafes, galleries and specialty shops.