When you think of San Diego, some of the first things that come to mind are probably bright sunlight, palm trees, and beautiful beaches, but San Diego has much more to offer including the extensive and magnificent landscape of Balboa Park. Over 1,200 acres comprise Balboa Park’s geographic domain where you will find historic plazas, beautiful walking trails, museums, an artist-run shopping village, performing arts organizations, amazing gardens, recreation resources, and many other popular attractions including the San Diego Zoo.
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Laurel Street via the Cabrillo Bridge serves as the most scenic entrance to Balboa Park and our office location at 305 Laurel Street in the Park West neighborhood of San Diego is only a short walk from all the splendor of one of San Diego’s most valued treasure. It’s a great place to take a brief stroll either before or after your acupuncture appointment where you can enjoy the breeze, take a gander at the foliage, or savor a cup of tea while you assimilate the healing effects of your treatment. Thanks to the efforts of pioneering horticulturist, Kate Sessions, Balboa Park has a diverse assortment of trees including more than 50 different types of palms in Palm Canyon.
Pro-tip: the San Diego Lawn Bowling Club has a magnificently manicured location just North of Laurel Street before you cross the bridge. During the week, it can be a quiet spot for contemplation.
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The Park West neighborhood, where the Christina Bird Acupuncture practice is located, is a burgeoning district where many new high-density residential projects have expanded neighborhood numbers, yet because of the proximity of public transit, there’s still plenty of street parking — both metered and unmetered. While this area was once known as Banker’s Hill and is one of San Diego’s oldest established neighborhoods with homes and buildings dating from the 19th century, you’ll find a good mix of beautifully restored historic structures, along with eclectic construction from the 20th century, and 21st century infill projects. The clinic’s Uptown location at the intersection of Laurel Street and Third Avenue places the office conveniently near three major freeways, including Interstate 5, California State Route 163, and Interstate 8.
Pro-tip: you can get delicious, fresh juices and smoothies at Juice Alchemy on Fifth Avenue and Spruce Street.
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The walkable vibe of this Uptown enclave means that you’ll find a variety of post-appointment destinations within close distance. Primarily clustered along the 5th Avenue corridor are restaurants, art galleries, coffee shops, and other retailers. Parking is plentiful, but unmetered parking fills fast. The good news is that the meters do take credit cards and you’ll only pay about $1.25 per hour. In the event that you prefer to pay with change and find yourself out of coins, Christina Bird does keep quarters on hand, so you won’t have to spend your appointment time worried about getting a ticket.
Pro-tip: there’s almost always metered parking available in front of the clinic building!
Corner in front of the clinic
The Park West neighborhood offers so many conveniences like easy freeway access, an assortment of local businesses, walkability, proximity to a great urban park, adjacent to public transport, and a great mix of retail and residential that it was a perfect location for our business. It is Christina Bird’s hope that our patients explore the surrounding area and find it convenient and pleasing as well.