Kensington Neighborhood in Metro San Diego

Kensington Community Information

Kensington is an affluent neighborhood in central San Diego, California. Kensington is bordered by Interstate 8 to the north, Interstate 15 to the west.  Adjacent neighborhoods are Talmadge, Normal Heights and University Heights.  The 115-acre neighborhood is in a picturesque setting on the southeast rim of Mission Valley. A three-block-long commercial village on Adams Avenue is within walking distance for many that invest in Kensington CA real estate. Enjoy great restaurants, craft beer pubs, wine bars, landmark theater, boutiques and coffee shops.  


Kensington is situated upon land that was once part of the Rancho Mission. When two sisters inherited the land, they and their husbands proceeded to develop the Kensington Park subdivision beginning in 1910. The early Craftsman-style residences proved to be quite popular. A trolley line was extended out to the development, and this further spurred growth. Former railroad executives purchased the founders' interest in the community, and a variety of other subdivisions followed. Many Spanish Revival-style homes were built in the area in the 1920s. Kensington was annexed by the city of San Diego in 1952.

Parks and Recreation

In the heart of Kensington is the Kensington library and mini-park. It's widely acknowledged as a great little park for toddlers and kids in the early grades. There's up-to-date playground equipment and plenty of shade.

Attractions and Activities

Those with real estate in Kensington will only be minutes away from the world-famous San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park. Those living in Kensington properties also enjoy simple access to the beaches along the Pacific coast and close proximity to downtown San Diego, Hillcrest, the airport, SDSU, USD and Mission Valley.


Those that live in Kensington CA homes can enjoy a number of neighborhood traditions. Residents can enjoy the annual Memorial Day Parade, the annual garage sale sponsored by me going on 15 years, and the holiday light festival. Those that invest in Kensington real estate will find that a number of individual blocks host their own parties.

The neighborhood is known for its classic Spanish-Revival homes. Well-kept houses with immaculate lawns are situated along quiet, meandering roadways.  I can show a prospective Kensington home buyer early Craftsman style and mid century homes along with homes that offer access to downtown San Diego, only five miles away.
Afton Miller
Afton Miller
Broker Associate
1455 Frazee Road, STE 110A STE 110A San Diego CA 92108