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Kensington’s real estate mix includes many pretty Spanish Colonial Revival homes dating back to the 1920s.

Welcome to Kensington

Welcoming neighborhood with a small-town atmosphere
Kensington is a welcoming San Diego neighborhood with a friendly small-town atmosphere. Bordered by I-15 to the west and I-8 to the north, Kensington has a deliberately self-enclosed layout with little through traffic. The neighborhood features a cluster of beloved local businesses surrounding the greenspace of Kensington Park on Adams Avenue. Apart from a Starbucks, Kensington’s commercial offerings are all independent and locally run.
Kensington’s real estate mix includes many pretty Spanish Colonial Revival homes dating back to the 1920s. Lots of these residences were designed by notable San Diego architects Cliff May and Richard Requa. Newer mixed-use developments such as Kensington Plaza and Kensington Commons offer stylish contemporary living spaces.

What to Love

  • Friendly small-town atmosphere
  • Attractive 1920s homes
  • Classic downtown area
  • Neighborhood parks

People & Lifestyle

Kensington is a close-knit and inviting community with lots of neighborhood events. Residents take an active part in shaping their community and preserving its attractive architectural makeup. Activism from Kensington locals prompted a complete redesign after initial plans for the Kensington Commons development were announced. Developers responded to the community’s concerns and created a building more in keeping with Kensington’s historic Spanish-style architecture. Neighbors typically greet each other while walking their dogs or visiting local businesses.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

A five-block stretch along Adams Avenue has the vibe of a classically small downtown area. Businesses here include over a dozen restaurants plus independent retailers and services. Village Vino is a relaxed but stylish wine bar pairing small plates, flatbreads, cheese, and charcuterie with Californian wines. This popular neighborhood hangout also hosts monthly wine tastings and multi-course winemaker dinners in spring and fall. Clem’s Tap House is another great choice for drinks, with 50 rotating craft beer taps. Clem’s encourages customers to bring their own food inside to enjoy with their craft beer flights. Craft beer fans can also sample classic brews and limited releases at the Kensington Brewing Company Tap Room. Kensington Club has been a go-to neighborhood watering hole since 1935. This laid-back spot has a pool table and live performances from local bands. Ponce’s Mexican Restaurant is a family-run favorite serving delicious Mexican fare alongside a fine selection of tequilas and margaritas. Cucina Sorella offers excellent Italian cooking with handmade pasta and modern interpretations of regional specialties. Pappalecco also brings Italian style to Kensington. This boutique café serves authentic espresso, lattes, gelato, panini, and pizzas. Bleu Boheme is a rustic-chic French bistro which scored a great Zagat review for its casually sophisticated cuisine. Head to Blue Boheme during the daily Social Hour to enjoy deals on moules frites and specialty martinis. Counter service Burger Lounge is a fantastic fast-casual dining option with burgers built with grass-fed beef, free-range turkey, or quinoa. Stehly Farms Market is stocked with vibrant organic produce and fresh fruit from a nearby North County farm.

Things to Do

Kensington Park is a pocket neighborhood greenspace with a playground surrounded by the businesses of Adams Avenue. Just across I-15 from Kensington, Ward Canyon Neighborhood Park is a larger tree-lined park with lots of play structures for kids. Copley-Price Family YMCA opened in 2014 with great facilities, classes, and talks to help residents live a healthier lifestyle. Sophie’s Kensington Gallery on Adams Avenue showcases ever-changing exhibits from local artists. This close-knit community’s annual events include a Memorial Day Parade, Fourth of July parade, block party, and street basketball tournament.


Kensington is served by the San Diego Unified School District.
  • Franklin Elementary, Public, Magnet, K-5.


Overview for Kensington, CA

5,348 people live in Kensington, where the median age is 48 and the average individual income is $74,740. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Around Kensington, CA

There's plenty to do around Kensington, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Citizen Brewers, ACD Gallery, and San Diego Lifestyle Rentals.

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Dining · $ 0.99 miles 21 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 2.37 miles 13 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.27 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.51 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.87 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.73 miles 10 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Kensington, CA

Kensington has 2,430 households, with an average household size of 2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Kensington do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 5,348 people call Kensington home. The population density is 7,938.416 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Schools in Kensington, CA

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