Monday, July 1, 2013

Clairemont History: Neighborhood Names

Do you know what your part of Clairemont is called? It seems that once upon a time, there were 12 neighborhoods each with its own name. The image here, which is probably from the late 1960's, is of a map of the boundaries and names of those neighborhoods.

I don't know where the names came from except maybe from whatever the housing development was called when it was new, and I don't know where this map came from, although I have seen it reproduced elsewhere. Any Clairemont historians know more? Please share!


  1. I grew up in the late 1950's and 1960's in the area on the hill next to Bay Park up to Balboa Ave. It was called American Park because all the streets are named after the American Revolution, example Brandy- wine, Princeton, Ticonderoga, etc.

  2. The names on this map do not match the subdivision names given at the time of development - ask anyone who worked in the real estate business and they'll tell you that. Nor do they match a SDPD neighborhood name scheme that subdivides each of these areas to help simplify crime responses - see link given below. However, these are legitimate names not always known to those who lived in these areas. The simple fact is what each area is called depends not only on who you ask but also when you ask. Here is a good example of that:


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