Parents who like a mix of engaging activities and educational programs for their young ones with an affinity for art, music, wine, and craft beer fit right in here. Vista has been nicknamed “Hops Highway” for the number of craft breweries that call it home. There’s a good blend of suburban convenience and cultural offerings where adults and kids co-mingle for a modern-style family affair.
Vista is mostly made up of business parks, recreational centers, museums, and historical buildings. As an inland neighborhood, canyons are more common than ocean views, although those aren’t too far away either. As you get deeper into the area, you’ll also come across the Alta Vista Botanical Gardens, the golf course at Brengle Terrace Park, and the Wave Waterpark, all perfect for a weekend outing.
There’s nothing too frou-frou found in Vista. Mostly everything is easygoing and casual and good for a group. Try URBN Coal Fired Pizza for their famed mashed potato pie, which can be topped with bacon (recommended!) and served with a side of hot sauce, or Belching Beaver Brewery Tavern and Grill, a place where you can pair an award-winning craft beer with your meal. Might we suggest their Peanut Butter Stout? This place is also dog-friendly, so anyone and everyone are welcome. Additionally, most of the breweries that make up Hops Highway have tasty food options, too. With all that’s available, it’s tough to pick a favorite.
Taking in a mid-week, outdoor show at Moonlight Theatre, tasting what’s new on tap at Mother Earth Tap House, or hiking around the pond at Buena Vista Park are all ways residents like to pass the time. Also, be on the lookout for weekly community events, street fairs, and get involved in co-ed sports where no commitment is necessary. You can drop in for Open Sports Play via the Recreation and Community Services schedule and join a game of soccer, baseball, or football to get some exercise and meet new friends.
It’s considered a calmer spot of San Diego that provides access to everything you need and offers the outdoor opportunities that living more inland brings. There is more of a focus on family time, but hipster parents don’t have to feel restricted by kids-only events as the only entertainment available. Also, while never far from the sounds of the ocean, living closer to the canyons allow you to discover new paths, learn about the area’s rich history, and take part in recreation that doesn’t require being in the water.
Median Age 32.9
Median HH Income $54,203
Walk Score 43
Median Home Price $540,500
Median Rental Price $2,588