San Diego Neighborhoods

Pacific Beach

The Neighborhood of Pacific Beach

Pacific Beach, also known as “PB”,  is a popular coastal neighborhood of San Diego. Depending on the time of year, this popular San Diego neighborhood is often considered a young 20’s favored destination, but truthfully, it has plenty to enjoy for all ages.

With three miles of boardwalk to enjoy along the Pacific coastline, you could spend an afternoon biking down the boardwalk. Or maybe soak up the sun laying out at the beach. And when you get hungry, you can easily walk to one of the many incredibly delicious bars and restaurants in Pacific Beach (we’ve listed a few of our favorites below!).

Pacific Beach is a part of the San Diego Mission Bay & Beaches region of the area, but stands out with a strong sense of independence. Drive along (or even walk!) the main streets of Pacific Beach, which are Mission Boulevard and Garnet Street. Mission Boulevard connects you to Mission Beach, and Garnet Street runs east/west.

Both of these streets are lined with quaint boutiques, yoga studios, coffee shops, eateries, bars, and more!

What to know about

Pacific Beach, San Diego

There is no shortage of things to do in Pacific Beach, even if you’re not a fan of going to the beach.

In the evenings, Pacific Beach transforms from a busy beach vibe to a lively eclectic scene. You could party it up all night long at one of the many exciting bars, or spend the evening serenading friends at a beach bonfire. It’s a great place for any kind of activity!

If you head away from the beach, you’ll find the neighborhood of Pacific Beach where there are small apartment complexes, duplexes and single family homes. While people tend to view Pacific Beach as a party haven for college students, that’s only a small part of what this SD neighborhood has to offer. You can find mid-20’s & 30’s professionals living a free spirited lifestyle, as well as families with children playing the front yard. Of course, the farther you live from the main streets of Mission and Garnet, the more quiet your lifestyle will be.

Restaurants & Bars in Pacific Beach

Top Restaurants in Pacific Beach

  • Mad Beet
  • Waterbar
  • El Prez
  • Mavericks
  • Kono’s Cafe
  • Oscar’s Mexican Seafood
  • Bird Rock Coffee Roasters
  • Flamingo Deck
  • Crushed

Pacific Beach Livability

Area Vibe score of 71  according to AreaVibes.com

Things to do in Pacific Beach

Enjoy Kate Sessions Park with a picnic!

Visit the weekly farmers market

Walk (or skate!) along the boardwalk

Enjoy a margarita on El Prez’s rooftop

Post up on the beach

Happy Hour at Waterbar

Pacific Beach Real Estate

While it is expensive to live and buy in Pacific Beach, the upside is that the 92109 real estate market is widely known to continually get more expensive.

The chart below shows the average housing price over the last 5 years, from Redfin.com

Graph of the median sale price in 92109, CA

Also,  Redfin.com rates Pacific Beach an 81 out of 100 and Very Competitive for home purchasing.  Most homes will get multiple offers, some with waived contingencies. Over 65% of homes will get offers over listing in the last 5 years and homes will go pending within 14 days of listing.

The numbers

Think you want to call Pacific Beach home? Here’s some more information to help you get to know this San Diego neighborhood:

  • Walkability – 73
  • Fire Risk – 13
  • Things to do – 99



Median Income

Avg Age

Information on Pacific Beach

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San Diego city & county has serveral different neighborhoods, all of which carry a unique quality that makes them highly covetted. Yet, the common theme across all of these neighborhoods is beautiful blend of vibrancy and laid-back attitude. This San Diego Neighborhood Guide page will be home for what we’re calling an in-depth encylopedia of all of the areas you need to know about – especially if you’re looking to move here.

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