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Preserved enclaves throughout San Diego County reflect the visions and dreams of the area's pioneers and entrepreneurs. San Diego's oldest neighborhood is Old Town, the birthplace of San Diego, and California, in 1769. Old Town encompasses a State Historic Park, which includes numerous restored adobes, and outside the park in the commercial center you can find the renowned Whaley House, a classic Greek Revival building, which was a residence as well as the area's first commercial theater and a county courthouse. The home, which is open for tours, is also known as "America's Most Haunted House."

As San Diego grew, its hub moved to New Town, now downtown. The area's Gaslamp Quarter was once known as the Stingaree, a notorious red light district. Today's district is still known for its lively nightlife, but the buildings, many dating to the late 1800s, are filled with shops, bars and restaurants.

More historic districts and neighborhoods are tucked away in all corners of the county from Point Loma's c. 1920s Liberty Station, once a naval training center, to stately Victorians in Old Escondido, turn of the 20th century communities like North and South Park, Mission Hills and Bankers Hill, and the seaside cottages of Coronado.

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[Maps courtesy of City of San Diego Planning Department.]

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