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Islenair Historic District

Beginnings [1]

Islenair is a small, working class, early auto-oriented suburb in the community of City Heights that reflects the small house movement which took hold following World War I and became a national standard of development in the wake of the Great Depression and the Post-World War II housing shortage. Its location marks a new stage in the City of San Diego's expansion away from the city core and beyond the limits of natural topography as increases in mobility and population propelled the creation of new infrastructure and the use of previously unreachable and underutilized land to the east. The neighborhood serves as a microcosm of architectural trends from Spanish Eclectic to Minimal Traditional and Ranch styles, visually illustrating and encapsulating the booms, busts, and trends in working-class suburban development in San Diego from 1926 through 1952. [1]

Access to the Islenair neighborhood is from Euclid Avenue (between Dwight Street and Home Avenue) onto Isla Vista Drive or Thorn Street.

  1. City of San Diego, Historical Resources Board, Islenair Historic District, April, 2007,, accessed October, 2011.

Islenair Historic District Map

Street Names
Belle Isle Drive • Euclid Avenue • Isla Vista Drive • Thorn Street

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