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If you're looking for a home with the flavor of "Old San Diego" with an eclectic blend of homes and SDSU as one of your neighbors, look to Talmadge for your next San Diego home.

Just east of Kensington, this area was named for the Talmadge sisters - Norma, Constance and Natalie - notable film stars in the 20s. Norma was married to Joseph Schenck, then-president of United Artists Corporation and co-developer of Talmadge in the late 1920s. Three streets of the subdivision were named for the famous sisters, who attended the openings along with Buster Keaton (Natalie's husband). In fact, they promoted the new subdivision as "the Movie Girl subdivision".

Over the years, Talmadge has been home to celebrities, politicians, authors, sports figures, broadcasters and journalists, a mix as eclectic as its architecture. Walking along the curving, palm-lined streets is a treat for anyone interested in architecture, landscaping, history and romance. Iron arbor-style gates and lamp posts installed in 1927 still mark the boundaries of Talmadge. Homes with Spanish-Moorish charm stand side-by-side with Normandy-style homes and more modest Craftsman and Cape Cod bungalows. It's easy to spot turrets, leaded glass or arched windows, arcades, and quirky weathervanes and roof finials. Homes range in size from one-bedroom cottages to large executive style homes, with a sprinkling of condos and apartments as well.

Talmadge's borders are defined by Fairmount Avenue to the West, Montezuma Road/Collwood Boulevard to the Northeast, and El Cajon Boulevard to the South. Many of the homes are bordered by picturesque canyons wooded with chaparral, cooled by breezes blown in from the ocean. Less than seven miles from downtown, Talmadge is a serene bit of suburbia tucked away in the urban cityscape.