I live in Paradise Hills - The next best thing to "Paradise", but that depends on who you ask. It's the most amazing, most beautiful and picturesque, serene place in San Diego. And, it's also one of the ugliest, most dangerous and dirtiest places in the city at the same time, but I love it.

A small neighborhood where trees and greenery abound. There are many gorgeous public parks and community centers that offer loads of family activities. A stone's throw away from Westfield - Plaza Bonita shopping center you can get lost in the fun. The shopping mall contains a new movie theatre, tons of shopping for the ladies, toy stores for the kids and gaming for you guys. There are also several excellent eateries that are right on the border of Paradise Hills and National City - Try the Golden Chopstick for some amazing Chinese cuisine.

On the other hand there are some areas that are crying for attention. The corner of Paradise Valley Road and Deep Dell Road for example. Residents of the Meadow Brook apartments are subjected to violence, gangs and killings that are all too frequent. No one is safe, young and old alike (A newspaper delivery man lost his life in an attempted car jacking not long ago, as well as a young boy who was killed just outside of the apartments in a gang related shooting). The area is littered with trash, alcohol bottles and is dirty and dank. The city really needs to take the time to restore this area that interjects chaos into an otherwise wonderful paradise.

It can be scary sometimes as we venture out on family outings, to have dinner or just to fill up on gas. But then again, it's home and that's where my heart lives - My Paradise.


bugmenot Aug. 28, 2008 @ 2:55 p.m.

There are bad parts of Paradise Hills, certainly. But the ones you cited aren't in Paradise Hills, they're in Bay Terraces (http://www.sandiego.gov/police/neighborhood/index.shtml). Media and even residents still make this mistake. Paradise Hills has a lower concentration of apartment and condo complexes than Bay Terraces does. Paradise Hills is also older, more 'hilly', and less 'terraced'.

Paradise Hills is bounded (approximately) by Rachael Ave and National City in the west, by Plaza Blvd/Paradise Vly Rd in the north, by Dusk Dr/Potomac St in the east, and by State Rte 54 and Bonita in the south.

So contrary to some opinions, Bell Middle School is not in Paradise Hills, neither is Tooma Park, the Ralphs on Alta View Dr, Zamorano Elementary School, San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts, the newer homes north of Paradise Vly Rd, and most of the shops and businesses in the area. In fact, there are very few businesses in Paradise Hills proper, clustered primarily on a small section of Reo Dr with a few lone shops outside of that zone. There are only elementary schools in the neighborhood (a couple of public and one private) -- no middle schools or high schools.

Bay Terraces, the larger neighborhood to the north and east can be divided into South Bay Terraces and North Bay Terraces, Paradise Vly Rd being the delineator.

Confusion with regard to neighborhood names and boundaries is certainly due to a common ZIP code for Paradise Hills and South Bay Terraces: 92139. North Bay Terraces uses the ZIP code 92114.


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