Normal Heights was founded in 1906, and at the time was mostly covered with brush and populated only by rabbits. Now, Normal Heights is known as a community rich in character and known for its small businesses located along Adams Avenue. It has quickly become one of the hot spots for trendy restaurants, new shops, and one of the few walk-able neighborhoods in San Diego.
The real estate market has changed quickly in Normal Heights, as it has become a more affordable alternative to one of San DIego's most popular community North Park. Normal Heights has the same style housing as many historic areas of San Diego, vintage craftsman, bungalow, and spanish adobe style homes. You will find the occasional contemporary or mid-century modern home, but most of Normal Heights has the same style and feel. When you walk your dog down the quiet streets of Normal Heights, you see well manicured yards and a strong pride of ownership. Many of Normal Height's residents have been here for 30+ years, and as the baby boomers depart, the younger generations are moving in. Normal Heights is seen as a very diverse neighborhood with many cultures coexisting together.
Several important neighborhood events take place in Normal Heights. The Adams Avenue Street Fair, Southern California's largest free music festival, is typically held the last weekend in September. Adams Avenue Unplugged, formerly the Adams Avenue Roots Festival, another free music festival, is held the last weekend of April.