College Area is—you guessed it—a neighborhood adjoining an institution of higher education, specifically San Diego State University. It is bordered by the 8 freeway in the north, Redwood Village in the south, and College West in the west. College Area is officially a part of the City of San Diego
, and exhibits the standard university-village-style gallery of cafes and shops and restaurants. Prospective residents who seek a balance between urban life and the ineffable splendor of nature will note that College Area is but a stone's throw from Lake Murray and Lake Murray Park.
The “lake” is really a reservoir, so certain types of recreation are restricted, but it is nonetheless a fine destination for outdoor leisure and proverbial rose-smelling and the like. Transportation in this sector of the city is an interesting topic: traffic congestion can be fairly bad, according to most accounts, but luckily, College Area is well served by the San Diego Trolley and city buses; it sports both the SDSU Transit Center and the Alvarado Medical Center station.