San Carlos is a hilly neighborhood in the east of San Diego
. It borders La Mesa
, Del Cerro, Allied Gardens, and Mission Trails Regional Park. Between the park—much of which actually lies within San Carlos—and Lake Murray to the south, the area is best understood as a woodsy, brushy, semi-mountainous mini-suburbia. As one might expect, natural beauty and open space are some of San Carlos's most notable characteristics.
For all its un-urbanized territory, however, San Carlos does not lack for centrality or accessibility; it is generally circumscribed by Route 52 in the north, Route 125 in the east, the 8 freeway in the south, and a little ways farther to the west, the 15 freeway. Mission Bay, Downtown San Diego
, various beaches, and other common destinations for both commuting and leisure activity are within ten miles to the west/southwest of San Carlos. Prospective residents without vehicle access should note that this neighborhood is extremely car-dependent.