Hot San Diego Neighborhoods: Allied Gardens & Del Cerro

In previous blog posts. I’ve highlighted up and coming neighborhoods that you should know about, and I’ve also covered how to understand the lifecycle of a neighborhood. Inspired by those two posts, I thought it was time to cover two additional San Diego neighborhoods that should be on your radar in 2018.

The San Diego real estate market undoubtedly reached its peak in 2017 and has maintained momentum thus far. However, if you’re feeling discouraged from buying, there are several micro-communities in San Diego that are worth your attention. Without further aideau, here are the hot San DIego neighborhoods you should consider buying a home in.


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Allied Gardens is an eastern suburb of San DIego, resting north of Del Cerro and west of San Carlos, bordered by the 1-8 and 1-15 freeways.

A brief history:

According to our friends at Wikipedia, Allied Gardens got its start in 1955, when Louis L. Kelton and Walter Bollenbacher developed the geography. The history states that these men purchased the 1,000 acres from the Waring estate. Wikipedia also states that “their original business name was Allied Contractors, hence the name.”

What We Love:

What we love about Allied Gardens is the quality of homes for the price, first and foremost. According to AreaVibes, this community has 52% less population density than San Diego – can you say elbow room? Secondly, for those of you now wanting to leave the more urban communities of San Diego, Allied Gardens isn’t too far away from the hustle and bustle, as say, Lakeside. Being so close to two major freeways, you can be in most parts of the county in 15 minutes (traffic allowing, of course).

The styles of homes out here range from mid-century to 1970’s homes that have been renovated with modern upgrades. For this reason, you can find serious hidden gems tucked away in this San Diego community. For first-time homebuyers or investors, Allied Gardens is an up and coming neighborhood that might not have so many hidden gems much longer!

Schools Nearby:

For those of you with children or those planning to have children in the future, Allied Gardens is close to many great schools.

  • Foster Elementary
  • Marvin Elementary
  • Lewis Middle School
  • Patrick Henry Highschool


DEL CERRO 91942 & 92120:

Very close to Allied Gardens, Del Cerro is its southern neighbor. As you head east on 1-8 and exit College Avenue, turn left and you’ll enter the community of Del Cerro. It’s proximity to SDSU and Lake Murray make it a very desirable neighborhood for San Diego residents.

A Brief History:

Meaning “of the hill,” in Spanish, Del Cerro is known for its hilly characteristics and more affluent demographics. According to Point2Homes, Del Cerro has a total population of 26,644. The neighborhood began the 1950’s and residential development continued to increase in the 60’s and 70’s.


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What We Love:

Firstly, you have a mix of home styles to choose from in the Del Cerro community. Naturally, there are a lot of mid-century style homes from the periods in which many were built, but Del Cerro has quite a bit of new construction. Like Allied Gardens, many of the older homes have been completely updated with modern amenities. To anyone looking to invest in real estate, the key is to find a home with good bones, and then make the upgrades you desire after you purchase!

There are several establishments in the community, including one hidden gem that all of you should know about…Keg & Bottle! If you’ve never been to K&B in Del Cerro, you need to put it on your to-do list immediately. They are a local wine, beer, and spirit shop with an incredible bar/restaurant. The happy hour is not to miss – weekdays from 3pm-6pm!

You can also find a Windmill Farms (perfect for health conscious families!), a fantastic Mexican restaurant El Toro Del Cerro, a gas station close to the freeway, and TruSelf Fitness.


It’s so important for families or investors to consider nearby schools before purchasing a San Diego home. Thankfully, Del Cerro is near a handful of quality schools to choose from.

  • Pheobe A. Hearst Elementary
  • Patrick Henry Highschool
  • St. Therese Catholic School
  • And of course, the schools listed under Allied Gardens are extremely close to Del Cerro


These are two communities that we had to highlight for those of you looking into buying your first home or investing in San Diego real estate. Both eastern communities are close enough to the action that you won’t feel secluded. They have great schools within stones throw and there are several great establishments in each community.

If you have questions about up and coming neighborhoods, please contact us! We’d love to help you choose the neighborhood that fits your lifestyle and budget perfectly.

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