The San Diego community of San Carlos (92119) represents a wide diversity of demographics, housing alternatives and access to a wide range of lifestyle requirements.

San Carlos was developed by Carlos Tavares, after whom it was named. The “jewel” of San Carlos is Cowles Mountain. properly KOHLZ, commonly KOWLZ. This prominent mountain that boasts a 1,593-foot (486 m) summit and is the highest point of the city of San Diego. It is protected within Mission Trails Regional Park and takes hundreds of people per day to the summit for a 360-degree panorama of San Diego County.  This open space preserve was established in 1974. It is the sixth-largest municipally owned park in the United States, and the largest in California. The San Diego River flows through the park and is open every day of the year. The park has sixty miles of hiking, mountain bike and equestrian trails, a rock climbing area, and the Kumeyaay Lake Campground with 46 camp sites adjacent to a small lake. There is also the 14,000-square-foot Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor and Interpretive Center. It includes a number of exhibits, a library, and a 93-seat theater that includes a Blu-ray projection system with a large screen. The most popular trail of the park is the Cowles Mountain trail.

This neighborhood while largely single family homes, does offer many large apartment communities and condo complexes. Many overlooking the Mission Trails Golf course or Cowles Mountain. The average value for a two bedroom condo is $1900 and because of the schools available this community is a great place to live!

After that hike up the mountain or around the lake enjoy a nice meal at The Trails Eatery– Once a small diner in San Carlos, today the eatery is twice the size.  The Trails was featured on Food Network’s “Restaurant Impossible” and on Food Network’s “Food Network Star”. Nearby is Nicolosi’s Italian Restaurant which brought San Diego’s first pizza delivery location featuring three motorcycles with boxes on the back for pizza. You can also enjoy the new coffee shop, Brew Spot that opened this year and is reminiscent of an episode of Friends! Located just on the edge of San Carlos and La Mesa, they offer beautiful coffee, pastries and a nice place to work or relax.

Most notable about this community is the newly built playground at Lake Murray, after several years of fundraising the community built and opened the beautiful playground in 2012. That same group is now responsible for bringing back the beloved 4th of July Lake Murray Fireworks and Music Fest. Check out more at


Mission Trails Regional Park


4th of July Music Fest
Lake Murray


Top of Cowles Mountain

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