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Overview of San Diego

Your pet is going to love San Diego. A warm climate, complemented by perennially sunny skies? What cat wouldn't love those window sunbeams, and what dog wouldn't love ideal outdoor weather, year-round? Ask a resident or check out any Internet list of the top pet-friendly cities - San Diego's on there, and for good reason.

But as welcoming of pets as San Diego is, it's still a city, and not every neighborhood is ideally suited to dog or cat owners. Some are simply more pet-oriented than others. Which is why you'll want to settle in a pet-friendly apartment in Hillcrest.

Top Dog Neighborhoods in San Diego

Hillcrest has a lot to love for any renter. There's a shopping center with a Trader Joe's - perfect for dog treats and cat food - a beautiful library, boutiques and delicious restaurants to rival the Gaslamp Quarter, and easy access to anywhere in the city or state. Right around the corner from your new pet-friendly apartment for rent, there's the Cabrillo Freeway, which will take you north toward Los Angeles or south to Chula Vista. Is Barillo Logan or Coronado more your speed? These two San Diego neighborhoods are easily accessible via public transport - or you and your dog could take a leisurely walk.

You probably won't be surprised to find that San Diego's most pet-friendly neighborhood is also its most progressive and welcoming. Hillcrest is well-known for its mostly locally owned shops and businesses. There's a strong LGBT community in the area and lots of hip and eclectic shopping. You can expect cultural festivals throughout the summer and several parades each year. Love bars with panache and innovative eateries? This place is for you - especially since the fine weather and outdoor seating means your pooch can tag along. For San Diego residents, Hillcrest is one of the city's most exciting and up-and-coming areas. Alongside neighborhoods like South or North Park, Mission Hills or University Heights, its youthful energy and developing character makes it a hotspot for new residents. So why not grab a pet-friendly apartment in the area?

And as awesome as the atmosphere and vibrancy of Hillcrest is, it may not even be the star-selling point for pet lovers.

Most Walkable Districts in San Diego

If you own a dog, you're always looking for new paths and parks. Luckily, Hillcrest has one of the best right around the corner from your new apartment for rent.

One of San Diego's cultural centers is Balboa Park, a large, green swathe of grass, playgrounds, tennis and basketball courts, swimming pools, golfing, Frisbee courses, bike paths, walking paths, ponds and architecture. The park is home to the San Diego Museum of Art, the Spanish Village Art Center, the WorldBeat Cultural Center and the San Diego Zoo.

As an animal person, you're sure to love the zoo. But you and your dog are both going to fall for Morley Field Dog Park, which is located on the northern end of Balboa Park, right by your Hillcrest apartment. Morley is about as spacious and beautiful as dog parks get, and you're sure to find at least a few pooches chasing tennis balls and socializing at any time of day.

But even on the leash, Balboa Park is heaven for dogs. You can walk new paths day after day and never run out of stuff to see - or smell, in your dog's case! There's no more walkable corner of San Diego.

Before moving into your new pet-friendly apartment rental, make sure you're up-to-date on the city's dog and cat laws. For instance, it's required that all dog owners license their pets, and both dogs and cats need to be vaccinated.

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