A primary reason that many residents love East Hill Pensacola is that the area has a very good walkability score. With an overall neighborhood scoring of 77 (0 being the least walkable, 100 being the most walkable), it’s easy to see why those that love the ‘old fashioned’ idea of neighborhood amenities love living in East Hill Pensacola.
What makes East Hill Pensacola such a walkable neighborhood? Being walkable means that instead of needing to jump in the car to find amenities such as grocery stores, restaurants, parks, schools, banking, and other services, these are within close enough distance (preferably within 1/2 mile, but up to one mile) so that you can walk to them.
Some of my favorite “amenities” in the East Hill Pensacola neighborhood are:
Ozone’s- Best Pizza in Pensacola!!! They are located at 1010 N 12th Avenue. One of the things I love best about Ozone’s is the location- this building was once the Sacred Heart Hospital building, which was added to the historic register in 1982. It’s a beautiful old limestone building (opened in 1915), and the Gothic Revival style has wonderful architectural appeal.
J’s Pastry Shop- Located at 2014 N 12th Avenue, this is a local favorite. They have a display case full of donuts, brownies, cookies and other treats, but most people love them for their cream cheese frosting on the birthday cakes (at least, most people I know!). Non-cream cheese frosting also available...
Bayview Park- My favorite park in the area- great for people and for people with dogs. Dedicated areas for dogs to play with their friends, and great (newly updated) playsets for kids to play with their friends. Plenty of covered picnic benches, and a great view of Bayou Texar, with public boat launch. Located at 20th & Blount Street.
Apple Market Grocery- Okay, technically, Apple Market is in East Pensacola Heights, but I won’t tell if you don’t! This store has a great deli where you can also get hot meals- great tasting, and plenty of it! They also carry a lot of organic produce, and deli meats and cheeses that may be difficult to find elsewhere (I know my in-laws, who are from Philly, are always finding brands that they love from home and can’t get anywhere else- especially the Lebanon Bologne- good stuff!). They will special order if they don’t have it, and you don’t have to buy the whole case! They also carry gelato- stop in this summer and give it a try at 1021 Scenic Highway.
You’ll find these neighborhood stores and more, including art galleries, kids stores, antiques & more in the areas surrounding the walkable neighborhood of East Hill Pensacola. I hope you enjoy them as much as my family and I do...