San Diego Neighborhoods

An afternoon in Normal Heights

Do you love used bookstores? Interesting coffee shops? Then take a drive over to this hip and interesting part of metro San Diego. Many folks just pass by it on their way to Hillcrest, but it has developed into a fun destination with lots to do. The following is a great way to spend a quiet afternoon in Normal Heights.

Burgett Books and Collectible in Normal Heights  3287 Adams Ave. San Diego, CA 92116

I can’t say enough about this bookstore. They have books, magazines, memorabilia and old photos. There are comfy chairs and stools to sit on and you can stay for hours and read. There is a special “paperback” room where most titles are a dollar or two. Outside they have a mobile book shelf where once the owner gave me a free book! They also buy your old books, but they are rather discerning about what they will pay for. They will take most books for free.

Lestat’s 3343 Adams Ave. San Diego, CA 92116

Now if all that reading and searching for books has left you depleted, head over to Lestat’s, a block away on Adams. You will find wonderful coffee drinks and snacks in this Bohemian coffee shop. Comfy chairs, unusual couches and tables adorn the tiny space, but there is also outside seating. Check out the artwork and jewelry by local artisans. Lestat’s is also a well known neighborhood venue for local talents and there is entertainment nightly.Lestats.com

Normal Heights is a “mixed bag” neighborhood of single family homes, apts. and condos. It is sandwiched between “leafy” Kensington and “hip” University Heights. It is multi-cultural and diverse as well as conveniently located near the 805 and the 15. Adams Ave. is the backbone of Normal Heights, and it is lined with ethnic restaurants and antique stores. Currently, a condo can be bought for as low as $60K-$75K, and single family homes start at $250K. Normal Heights has properties called “2 on 1’s which are 2 houses on one lot…..a great way to get into the single family market and have a rental income to supplement your expenses.

** note: sadly, Burgett Books has gone out of business

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