Real Estate Prices and Overview
Hillcrest median real estate prices are $518,099, which is more expensive than 68.7% of the neighborhoods
in California and 92.9% of the
neighborhoods in the U.S.
Average rental prices in Hillcrest are currently
$1,621, based on NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis. Rents here are currently lower in price then 44.7% of California neighborhoods.
Hillcrest is a densely urban neighborhood (based on population
density) located in San Diego, California.
Hillcrest real estate is primarily made up of small (studio to two bedroom) to medium sized (three or four bedroom) apartment complexes/high-rise apartments and single-family homes.
Most of the residential real estate is renter occupied. Many of
the residences in the Hillcrest neighborhood are established but not old, having been built between 1970 and 1999. A number of residences were also built between 1940 and 1969.
Hillcrest has a 13.0% vacancy rate, which is
well above average compared to other U.S. neighborhoods (higher than
67.0% of American neighborhoods). This could either
signal that there is weak demand for real estate in the neighborhood,
or that much of the housing stock is seasonally occupied,
which can occur in some markets dominated by colleges or vacation homes.
Either way, if you live here year round, you will find many of the homes
or apartments are empty for all or a portion of the year.
Notable & Unique Neighborhood Characteristics
When you see a neighborhood for the first time, the most important thing
is often the way it looks, like its homes and its setting. Some places look
the same, but they only reveal their true character after living in them for
a while because they contain a unique mix of occupational or cultural groups.
This neighborhood is very unique in some important ways, according to
NeighborhoodScout's exclusive exploration and analysis.
Notable & Unique: People
The first thing that you'll notice if you moved to this neighborhood is
that an astounding 5.7% of the households are same sex couples.
According to NeighborhoodScout's analysis, this is a higher proportion of
same sex households than in 99.9% of the neighborhoods in
America. This is one indicator that this neighborhood is likely a gay-friendly
neighborhood. So if you are looking for such a neighborhood, the
Hillcrest neighborhood should definitely be on your list of places to
Notable & Unique: Diversity
Did you know that the Hillcrest neighborhood has more
Spanish and Yugoslav ancestry people living in it than nearly
any neighborhood in America? It's true! In fact, 2.9% of
this neighborhood's residents have Spanish ancestry and 1.6% have Yugoslav ancestry.
Hillcrest is also pretty special linguistically. Significantly, 2.4% of its residents five years old and above primarily
speak Russian at home. While this may seem like a small percentage, it is higher
than 97.4% of the neighborhoods in America.
Notable & Unique: Real Estate
In addition, the Hillcrest neighborhood is very unique in that it has one of the highest proportions of one, two, or no bedroom real estate of any neighborhood in America. Most neighborhoods have a mixture of home or apartment sizes from small to large, but here the concentration of studios and other small living spaces is at near-record heights. With 86.6% of the real estate here of this small size, this most assuredly is a notable feature that makes this neighborhood unique, along with just a handful of other neighborhoods in the U.S. that share this characteristic.
Furthermore, one of the really unique and interesting things about the look and setting of the Hillcrest neighborhood is that it is almost entirely dominated by large apartment buildings, such as apartment complexes or high-rise apartments. 69.8% of the residential real estate here is classified as such. This puts this neighborhood on the map as having a higher proportion of large apartment buildings than 95.8% of all neighborhoods in America.
The Neighbors: Income
How wealthy a neighborhood is, from very wealthy, to middle income, to low
income is very formative with regard to the personality and character of a
neighborhood. Equally important is the rate of people, particularly children,
who live below the federal poverty line. In some wealthy gated communities,
the areas immediately surrounding can have high rates of childhood poverty,
which indicates other social issues. NeighborhoodScout's analysis reveals
both aspects of income and poverty for this neighborhood.
The neighbors in the Hillcrest neighborhood in San Diego are upper-middle income, making it an above average income neighborhood.
NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis reveals that this neighborhood has
a higher income than 61.9% of the neighborhoods in America.
With 24.1% of the children here below the federal poverty
line, this neighborhood has a higher rate of childhood poverty than 65.1%
of U.S. neighborhoods.
The Neighbors: Occupations
A neighborhood is far different if it is dominated by enlisted military personnel
rather than people who earn their living by farming. It is also different if
most of the neighbors are clerical support or managers. What is wonderful is
the shear diversity of neighborhoods, allowing you to find the type that fits
your lifestyle and aspirations.
In the Hillcrest neighborhood, 59.5%
of the working population is employed in executive, management, and professional occupations. The second most important occupational group in this neighborhood is
sales and service jobs, from major sales accounts, to working in fast food restaurants, with 20.5% of the residents employed.
Other residents here are employed in manufacturing and laborer occupations
(12.3%), and 7.7% in clerical, assistant, and tech support occupations.
The Neighbors: Ethnicity / Ancestry
Culture is shared learned behavior. We learn it from our parents, their parents,
our houses of worship, and much of our culture – our learned behavior - comes
from our ancestors. That is why ancestry and ethnicity can be so interesting
and important to understand: places with concentrations of people of one or
more ancestries often express those shared learned behaviors and this gives
each neighborhood its own culture. Even different neighborhoods in the same
city can have drastically different cultures.
In the Hillcrest neighborhood in San Diego, CA, residents
most commonly identify their ethnicity or ancestry as Mexican
(10.3%). There are also a number of people of German ancestry (9.7%) , and residents who report Italian roots (9.5%) , and some of the residents are also of Asian ancestry (6.3%) , along with some English ancestry residents (5.1%), among others. In addition, 13.7% of the residents of this neighborhood were born in another country.
The Neighbors: Languages
The languages spoken by people in this neighborhood are diverse. These are
tabulated as the languages people preferentially speak when they are
at home with their families.
The most common language spoken in the Hillcrest
neighborhood is English, spoken by 80.5% of households. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Russian.
Getting to Work
How you get to work – car, bus, train or other means – and how much of your
day it takes to do so is a large quality of life and financial issue. Especially
with gasoline prices rising and expected to continue doing so, the length and
means of one's commute can be a financial burden. Some neighborhoods are physically
located so that many residents have to drive in their own car, others are set
up so many walk to work, or can take a train, bus, or bike.
The greatest number of commuters in Hillcrest neighborhood spend
between 15 and 30 minutes commuting one-way to work (48.2% of working
residents), which is shorter than the time spent commuting to work for most Americans.
Here most residents (75.0%) drive alone in a private automobile to get to work.
In addition, quite a number also hop out the door and walk to work to get to work (11.6%) and 7.2% of residents also carpool with coworkers, friends, or neighbors for their daily commute. In a neighborhood like this, as in most of the nation, many residents find owning
a car useful for getting to work.