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5 Reasons you should be excited about National City


Welcome to National City! This bayside community is well-known for its rich history, diverse community, and ongoing revitalization as locals and newcomers alike discover why it’s the perfect place to call home.

Over the past few months, we’ve been learning as much as we can about National City to gear up for the opening of Common at Parco— a mixed use, community-driven building opening in September 2021 — and it’s safe to say we’re pretty thrilled with what we’ve found.

The natural beauty of the Pacific Coast

Sun, mountains, and the sea — National City has it all. Located on the San Diego Bay across from Coronado Island, National City offers easy access to the beach and the natural beauty of Southern California. Spend a peaceful day walking the trails at the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge, or cross the bridge to Coronado Island for a day well-spent at the beach.

Plenty to do and discover

Between its natural scenery, gorgeous parks, and thriving local businesses, there’s always something to see and do in National City.

We’re especially fans of the area’s two largest parks: Pepper Park and Kimball Park. Located on 5.5 waterfront acres, Pepper Park offers a fishing pier, boat launch, and picnic areas. For those of you who prefer dry land, Kimball Park is destined to become your go-to spot, with 30 acres of recreational activities including a skate park, tennis courts, and basketball.

Foodies, there’s something for you, too. Local gems like Napoleone’s Pizza House and Niederfranks Ice Cream are perfect for either a sweet snack or a flavorful meal. For a night out, you can’t miss Machete Beer House, a local craft beer spot with 30 taps and an awesome vibe.

A rich history and culture

National City is the second oldest city in San Diego County, and subsequently has a rich history. The city’s historic landmarks are an easy way for residents to create ties to their community, and are considered a factor in the quality of life in National City. Some of the iconic landmarks include Brick Row on Heritage Square, modeled after East Coast row houses, and the Santa Fe Rail Depot.

Easy access to San Diego

National City is a quick drive away from Downtown San Diego and the Naval Base, making it easily accessible for commuting or just exploring the city. You’re 10 minutes away from Little Italy, known for its amazing restaurants and bars, and only 8 minutes from Balboa Park, home to the famous San Diego Zoo, museums, and gardens. The Naval Base, where many of the city’s residents work, is also a short walk and a quick trip on the UC San Diego Blue Line.

Common at Parco

We might be biased, but our favorite part about National City has to be Common at Parco. Opening in September 2021, our first San Diego home is located on 8th and B in Downtown National City, a highly walkable neighborhood with all there is to love about this beautiful community at your fingertips. Common at Parco offers residents a mix of housing types, including all-inclusive coliving, fully-furnished studios, and private apartments.

Whether you’re considered a local or new to the city, living with roommates or growing a family, starting your own business or working at the nearby Naval Base, this beautiful building makes it easy to feel at home. Alongside furnished studios and coliving suites and unfurnished conventional apartments, members enjoy awesome amenities like a rooftop terrace and game room.

The waitlist for Common at Parco is now open! Make National City your home today.

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