Urban living in Downtown San Diego has exploded. Downtown San Diego real estate is mostly condos, town houses, and lofts. Downtown condos are a great option for professionals who want an alternative to traditional suburban living. Prices of real estate for sale in downtown San Diego are not high compared to major metropolitan areas in the United States such as New York and San Francisco. There are numerous high rise-condominiums and luxury apartments in the Gaslamp area, along the Marina District, near the ballpark in East Village, and in Little Italy. Many downtown condos have ocean views of San Diego Bay, Coronado, and the Pacific Ocean.
Downtown San Diego Neighborhoods
Recent development of downtown San Diego real estate has turned the city into a thriving residential neighborhood. Residents enjoy the activity, culture, and good fun that comes with living in the best city in the United States. Much of the urban renewal in downtown San Diego stems from the efforts of the Center City Development Corporation. The CCDC is a a not-for-profit corporation established by the San Diego City government in 1975 to help facilitate downtown San Diego redevelopment projects. Businesses and developers have worked well together to make San Diego one of the best urban living environments in the United States. Thousands of people love living in condos in the San Diego Gaslamp District, Marina District, Little Italy, and East Village.
San Diego Gaslamp
The Gaslamp District is in the center of Downtown San Diego. The original Gaslamp hot spot is the restaurant/nightclub called Croce’s, owned by the surviving relatives of the famous musician Jim Croce. At the time Croce’s was developed (802 5th Ave), downtown San Diego was a pretty rough place. Liquor shops and tattoo parlors were the primary establishments. The risk that the Croce family took really paid off for them and for the entire community. If music can change the world, it certainly did help to change the city of San Diego. Other restaurants and nightclubs soon moved in, and continue to move in at an unbelievably rapid pace. The Gaslamp has become a tourist attraction, like Disney Land only without the cartoon characters.
Another early development in the Gaslamp District was the large shopping mall called Horton Plaza. The Horton Plaza retail establishments include Macy’s, Nordstrom, and the entire range of smaller national franchises and specialty shops. Recent remodeling plans call for completely refacing the shopping complex to make it more open and inviting to the public.
More recent Downtown San Diego real estate developments are in the Marina District, Little Italy, and East Village. Many condos in the Marina District have views of the San Diego Harbor and Coronado Bridge. East Village has a variety of newer condos near Petco Stadium. Also near Downtown are the communities of Hillcrest and Mission Hills where Spanish bungalows and Craftsman style houses remind us of an earlier era.
Downtown San Diego has become a premier dining and entertainment district in Southern California. More than 70 restaurants offer dining experiences from that range from inexpensive to extravagant. There are coffee houses, sushi bars, tapas bars, seafood bistros, steakhouses, and many trendy restaurants with chefs who create cutting-edge California cuisine. Nightclubs are packed with party-goers throughout the week, with Thursday nights being one of the most popular times of the week for locals to cut loose with dancing and socializing. The music selection is outstanding, with live shows throughout the week. Just park and start walking. You’ll soon discover why San Diego is called “America’s Finest City.”
Geoff Schiering at eXp Realty is here to help you explore downtown San Diego living. Contact us for more information about condos for sale in Downtown San Diego. Call Geoff directly at 619-200-7612.