Adams Avenue - San Diego, California
Kensington - Adams Avenue San Diego, Calif Normal Heights - Adams Avenue San Diego, California University Heights - Adams Avenue San Diego, California

Kensington - Adams Avenue San Diego, Calif Kensington

Normal Heights - Adams Avenue San Diego, California Normal Heights

University Heights - Adams Avenue San Diego, California University Heights

Like three charms,
the San Diego neighborhoods of Kensington, Normal Heights and University Heights
grace the golden links that form Adam Avenue.

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Kensington is named for a borough in London, England, and its pioneering subdivision dates back to 1910. Developers designed this unique neighborhood based on its geography and the non-standard layout due to its location on a narrow peninsula isolated on three sides by steep slopes, much of which is dedicated open space. Kensington offers a miniature "Main Street" along Adams Avenue, replete with coffee shops, restaurants, a branch library and the regionally famous Ken Theatre. With its stone gateways, ornamental lighting, and curving streets, the neighborhood is a strong candidate for designation as a historical district.

Normal Heights was named for the San Diego Normal School, a teacher's college that was the forerunner to San Diego State University. A major early influence on the community was Bertram J. Carteri, who arrived in 1926 and began to build single-family bungalows. With the restoration of the trolley line in the early 1920s, Carteri began to build what is now known as the Carteri Center on Adams Avenue between 33rd and 34th Streets, which has been declared a potential historic district. The most significant structure is the Louis L. Gill designed bungalow court first named El Sueño; now known as Santa Rosa Court.The Normal Heights Community is made up of three neighborhoods, which are Adams North, Adams Park, and Cherokee Park. Adams North is developed as a predominately single-family neighborhood, while Adams Park and Cherokee Park include a broader mix of single-family homes, older apartment courts and large apartment developments.

University Heights was developed in the late 1800’s on the promise of being the home of San Diego’s first college. The college plans fell through, but the name stuck and eventually a college was built here--a teacher’s college, or Normal School as it was called in those days. However, it was the botanical garden and ostrich farm that brought urban dwellers here for an outing on the edge of town in the early 1900’s.

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