Kensington is named for a borough in London, England, and its pioneering subdivision dates back to 1910. Developers designed this unique neighborhood based on its geography and the non-standard layout due to its location on a narrow peninsula isolated on three sides by steep slopes, much of which is dedicated open space. Kensington offers a miniature "Main Street" along Adams Avenue, replete with coffee shops, restaurants, a branch library and the regionally famous Ken Theatre, Kensington Café and Kensington Video. With its stone gateways, ornamental lighting, and curving streets, the neighborhood is a strong candidate for designation as a historical district.

This upscale enclave on the southeast rim of Mission Valley is picturesque, with attractive (and pricey) Spanish-styled homes for upwardly mobile yuppies. It's a peaceful pocket amid the hubbub of the inner city. There's a tiny business district along the single main artery, Adams Avenue.

Kensington's History

Known for its distinct California Spanish-style single family homes, Kensington was developed by real estate developers in 1926.

The subdivision consists of 115 acres overlooking Mission Valley. The Davis Baker Company of Pasadena developed much of the original homes. Famous local architect Richard Requa, who was associated with Davis Baker, brought his distinctive California architectural theme, which had Mediterranean influences.

What Makes It So Special

The original homes and the quiet, winding streets. The Spanish tiled cottage style homes and their immaculate lawns also make the neighborhood stand out.

What Defines Kensington?

Kensington is one of the three mid-city urban neighborhoods that whose main thoroughfare is Adams Avenue. It is at the eastern end of the strip that begins with University Heights at the western end, with Normal Heights in-between. Of the older urban neighborhoods in San Diego, it is one of the most desirable to live in. Like its fellow 'hoods, it is distinguished by the classic neon "Kensington" sign that spans Adams Avenue.

Things to Do in Kensington

Like the other appealing neighborhoods in town, Kensington is a great, compact walking neighborhood. Just stroll through the winding roads north of Adams Avenue and admire the homes that exude character. Take in the 3-block business district along Adams of local businesses and eateries.

Best Bets for Eats in Kensington

You must go to Ponce's for Mexican food. It's been around forever (actually since 1969) at the corner of Terrace Drive and Adams Avenue, serving up no-frills Mexican food at good prices. Local favorite the Kensington Grill offers a hip and stylish setting, and the Blue Boheme, a rustic vibed French bistro. Romeo & Julieta on the southeast borders of Kensington & Talmadge features inimate upscale cultured eats and great wine pairings.

Best Bets for Drinks and Entertainment

The Kensington Club is the place for drinks in Kensington. This venerable, old-school neighborhood haunt is one of San Diego's favorite dive bars. By day, it's a dark and mellow place to chill. At night, it livens up the quiet 'hood with live bands and DJs spinning music. For unique entertainment, there's the art house Ken Cinema, one of the last single-screen movie venues in the county. It's an excellent place to see classic, short and foreign flicks.

How to Get to Kensington

From I-8, take SR-15 south and take the Adams Avenue exit. Go east on Adams and Kensington begins just after the SR-15 overpass.

It's hard to miss the big Kensington sign.

The neighborhood's eastern boundary is generally considered Van Dyke Avenue. Meade Avenue is considered the south boundary, where there is more of a mixture of bungalow homes and apartment complexes. The core Kensington, though, is acknowledged as from Adams Avenue north.

San Diego, CA 92116
MLS#: 240007970
$1,895,000
1592
sqft
3.5
Baths
3
Beds
Welcome to your dream home perched on a 10,174 SF canyon lot in the heart of Kensington, boasting timeless 1933 Spanish architecture and unparalleled views. As you step through the front door, you're immediately captivated by the charm of the formal living room. Adorned with original hardwood floors, a picturesque fireplace, and a one-of-a-kind wood-beamed ceiling, this space exudes elegance and warmth. Entertain guests in the inviting formal dining room, featuring French doors that open onto a nice deck, creating a seamless indoor-outdoor flow. Indulge your culinary passions in the chef's kitchen, a stunning space that seamlessly blends beauty and functionality. Boasting exquisite finishes and abundant counter space, this kitchen is a haven for the gourmet chef within you. An adjacent pantry room adds convenience, ensuring that every culinary endeavor is a delight. Relish breathtaking views from the attached sun porch, which overlooks the east-facing mountains, providing the ideal spot for savoring morning coffee. The primary retreat is a sanctuary unto itself, offering a spacious walk-in closet and an en-suite bathroom straight out of a magazine. Pamper yourself in luxury and tranquility, surrounded by impeccable design and thoughtful details. Outside, the private backyard is a true oasis, featuring terraced landscaping that creates a serene and inviting atmosphere. You'll love the artificial turf that blends seamlessly with the mature trees and lush landscaping. Additional amenities include: owned solar, new roof, 2 car garage, bonus room, and much more!
San Diego, CA 92116
MLS#: 240007610
$1,699,000
1641
sqft
2
Baths
3
Beds
Welcome to this Charming home located in the Kensington Heights neighborhood. Walk up to your front yard to enjoy the scenic neighborhood with a seating area. A great spot for gatherings or enjoying a morning cup of coffee while taking in all the greenery. As you step into the home which greets you to a beautiful Architectural design with some modern features. Home features hardwood floors in the living, dining and bedrooms. A modern kitchen with original design character along with a breakfast nook. The breakfast nook is a great area to enjoy the view of the front yard. Bedrooms are spacious with walk-in closets. You will appreciate the private backyard to enjoy the outdoors. A large deck along with grass and garden area. Enjoy the Canyon backdrop views. Indoor laundry-mud room. Central Heating and Air Conditioning. A Detached garage with extended driveway. The location of this home is situated in a sought out neighborhood. Enjoy the convenience of walking distance to Kensington Village. Where you can explore the shops, boutiques, and dining options that make this neighborhood a popular destination. Come see what the Kensington lifestyle is all about with this great home.
San Diego, CA 92116
MLS#: 240007278
$2,999,000
3107
sqft
5
Baths
5
Beds
Welcome to 5043 Westminster Terrace, a stunning Spanish-style residence nestled in the highly sought-after Kensington neighborhood. This exquisite home has recently undergone a $250,000 renovation, showcasing unparalleled luxury and meticulous attention to detail. Boasting 5bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, and spanning 3,107 square feet, this property offers an unparalleled living experience. As you enter the home, you are greeted by an inviting ambiance accentuated by the warmth of Spanish architecture and modern elegance. The spacious living areas feature 13' ceilings, hardwood floors, and abundant natural light, creating an atmosphere of sophistication and comfort. The gourmet kitchen is a culinary masterpiece, equipped with top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances, custom cabinetry, and granite countertops. The adjacent dining area offers a seamless flow for hosting intimate dinners or large gatherings. Retreat to the expansive master suite, where serenity and indulgence await. Complete with a luxurious en-suite bathroom featuring dual vanities, heated floors, a free-standing soaking tub within an infinity drain shower room, complete with Custom walk in closet. The master suite offers the ultimate sanctuary for relaxation. Situated in the prestigious Kensington neighborhood, residents enjoy easy access to upscale shopping, dining, entertainment, and outdoor parks. With its prime location and unparalleled amenities, 5043 Westminster Terrace embodies the epitome of luxurious California living.
San Diego, CA 92116
MLS#: 240006435
$2,239,000
3271
sqft
4
Baths
4
Beds
Kensington Spanish! Two story stately home sitting up above the street on a great corner lot! Needs updating but what great potential. Large formal living room and dining rooms with arched walls creating an open feeling. Kitchen is extremely generous and a great layout. High ceiling, huge center island, beautiful cabinetry and updated appliances...Replace the counters and WOW! What a great space! Even a fireplace in the kitchen! Family room off of the kitchen and two large bedrooms and two baths on the lower level. Upstairs in addition to another guest room and bath is the main bedroom suite with a spacious bath and huge walk in closet. The covered patio through the sliding doors offers a panoramic view of the mountains and valley to the southeast. The perfect place to relax! An oversized two car garage is adjacent. The center of Kensington, this is an excellent quiet location.
San Diego, CA 92116
MLS#: 240006052
$1,450,000
1469
sqft
2
Baths
3
Beds
Price Reduction! Amazing opportunity in Kensington! This exquisite 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath home has been fully renovated and is ready for you to move in! New back yard and deck with patio for kids and dogs to play! It sits on a huge 16,616 sq. ft. canyon lot with 102 feet of street frontage. Expansive eastern views can be enjoyed from the upper tiled patio. This turnkey home offers a perfect blend of modern amenities and timeless charm. Large two car garage with interior entrance. Large stand-up basement crawlspace with lots of extra storage space!
San Diego, CA 92116
MLS#: 240006240
$2,349,000
2587
sqft
3
Baths
4
Beds
Classic Kensington! Prominent Spanish style two story home centrally located with close proximity to the many restaurants, library, and excitement of the village of Kensington! This beautiful house sits on a 6500 square foot lot facing south. Its elevated porch allows for unique, panoramic viewing of the neighborhood while sipping your morning coffee. Enter the house into the living room with its beamed ceiling, classically designed fireplace, and large picture window all of which evoke an inviting and light filled setting for formality or relaxation. Custom plantation shutters, found throughout the house, further accentuate the sun-filled days of southern California. The spacious formal dining room has a beautiful built-in wall cabinet, an original design feature to the early Kensington era. Beyond the DR is the eat in kitchen, wide galley style with ample cabinets, granite counters and stainless appliances. The built-in island makes for a great breakfast or informal dining spot. The laundry room is conveniently located adjacent to the kitchen, with easy access to both areas through an additional exterior entry way into the house. The lower level has a most generous main bedroom suite with a large dual accessed main closet and a sliding glass door opening to the back patio. A first-floor main bedroom is a feature not often found in larger Kensington homes. Completing the lower level, is a Guest bedroom and two bathrooms, with the main bathroom having direct access to the rear yard and serving as a third entryway into the house.
San Diego, CA 92105
MLS#: 306128749
$1,200,000
1808
sqft
3
Baths
5
Beds
Welcome to this charming triplex located in the vibrant neighborhood of West Teralta just south of the Kensington sign in the city of San Diego. This craftsman-style home features a main residence with 3 bedrooms and 1 bath, perfect for a growing family, multi-generational living, or as an income-producing rental property. In addition, there is an attached 1 bedroom and 1 bath unit that can be used as guest quarters or rented out for additional income. All units are single story. The property also includes a separate 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom unit, providing even more flexibility for living arrangements or rental opportunities. Both back units have been recently updated. The front house has a long term tenant and could use some minor TLC to shine. Each unit has it's own washer and dryer. Enjoy the convenience of off-street parking for up to 5 cars and fresh exterior paint throughout the property, giving it a clean and modern feel. The property is very close to public transportation hubs, the 15 Freeway, and San Diego State. Two units have long term tenants who would like to stay. The middle unit will vacate offering the new owner the opportunity to owner occupy if the buyer desires to live on the property. Don't miss out on this unique investment opportunity in one of San Diego's most sought-after neighborhoods.
San Diego, CA 92108
MLS#: 240005705
$859,000
1618
sqft
3.5
Baths
2
Beds
Nestled within the secure gated community of Kensington Park Villas, this well-maintained end-unit townhome has updates throughout. Step inside to discover crown molding, recessed lighting, updated bathrooms, and a cozy fireplace, creating an inviting ambiance perfect for both relaxation and entertaining. The heart of the home, the kitchen has been thoughtfully renovated with quartz countertops, a custom tile backsplash, stainless steel appliances, and ample cabinet space, making meal preparation a delight. Retreat upstairs to one of two spacious primary suites, each offering privacy and comfort with their own en-suite bathrooms and ample closet space. One suite boasts a private balcony overlooking the shimmering pool, providing a serene oasis to unwind and enjoy the views. Ideal for a home office or cozy reading nook, the small permitted loft space offers endless possibilities to suit your lifestyle needs. Enjoy al fresco dining or serene moments of relaxation in the private patio space, perfect for soaking up the Southern California sunshine. Parking is a breeze with a detached one-car garage and an additional un-covered parking space. Residents of Kensington Park Villas enjoy great community amenities, including two sparkling pools, two rejuvenating spas, two soothing saunas, and a clubhouse, creating an unparalleled lifestyle experience.
San Diego, CA 92116
MLS#: 240005550
$1,850,000
1700
sqft
3.5
Baths
3
Beds
Escape + Relax + Live + Entertain...Luxurious urban tropical Oasis complete w/below ground pool, mature landscape, detached poolside Cabana w/en-suite bath, & more! Relax poolside and enjoy serene privacy in your own resort-like Villa. Bask in the nostalgic character of the main house featuring hardwood floors, gorgeous Batchelder fireplace, original Gumwood features & built-ins, arched doorways & coved ceilings. Updated Kitchen & baths, large bonus room overlooking pool, wet bar for cocktail hour, and more!
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