The Columbia District encompasses A Street bordering Little Italy to Broadway, one of Downtown San Diego’s main streets. Most of the neighborhood is made up of commercial development with High-rise/Luxury Columbia District Condos along the waterfront/Embarcadero. City landmarks include: The Museum of Modern Art and the Historic Santa Fe Train Depot, the Cruise Ship Terminals, and the Embarcadero Promenade. There will be plenty of development along the waterfront over the next couple years including: The North Embarcadero Visionary Plan, the Broadway Pier, and the Lane Field Development. The North Embarcadero Visionary Plan will include a 100 ft. wide pedestrian pier stretching from Market to Laurel with restaurants and local boutique shopping and will become a Downtown landmark, providing wonderful amenities and green space for residents and visitors. The Columbia District will be one of the centers of luxury urban living in Downtown San Diego from new hotels, office buildings, huge residential skyline towers, and waterfront expansion.
One of the city’s oldest residential neighborhoods, Cortez Hill’s namesake, The El Cortez Hotel, is perched on a hillside. Historic and restored, it is now home to condominiums. Dotting the surrounding area are apartments, modern loft buildings, row homes, town homes and original Victorian Style homes with expansive views of Balboa Park, the bay and the ocean; the beauty of lavender jacaranda trees framed by San Diego’s blue sky and big bay. With a birds eye view of the urban scene below, Cortez Hill is quiet yet not far from the city’s hustle and bustle-it’s the best of both worlds.
Schools, churches and a pedestrian-friendly environment now characterize Cortez Hill. Shops and sidewalk cafes line Fifth and Sixth Avenues with Ash Street providing a gateway to the waterfront. The intimate neighborhood feel, diverse housing opportunities, proximity to downtown’s core and Balboa Park, along with its waterfront and mountain views makes Cortez Hill a desirable, hilltop neighborhood.
The East Village, also known as the Ballpark District, historically served as an industrial and warehouse center. However, it is now downtown San Diego’s largest neighborhood encompassing 325 acres, from 6th Street to 16th Street-over 100 city blocks. The greatest growth will be experienced here in years to come with thousands of homes and new office/retail space.
Petco Park, home field of the San Diego Padres, leads the long list of infrastructure development in the neighborhood. Construction is underway for the new Main Library-a 10-story, 400.000 square foot landmark. With a completion date of summer 2013, this newest development will provide civic pride and infrastructure value to the East Village Condos and Lofts. Throughout the East Village artist’s lofts, studios, galleries, restaurants and shops are scattered among residential units ranging from charming to contemporary. The vibe of this neighborhood is one of a trendy urban lifestyle that spills over in to its creations-present and future.
The Gaslamp Condos, Lofts and Homes for sale that make up this Downtown San Diego Neighborhood find themselves located in the center of all the “action”. This 16.5 block district houses more than 100 restaurants and nightclubs, movie theaters, shops, office space, art galleries and lofts. This effervescent district is contained in a dichotomy of historical and current urban developments.
Today, the Gaslamp District is recognized on the National Register of Historical Places with its 94 historically or architecturally significant structures. Continued growth in retail space, hotel accommodations and residential units add to the pulsating vibe of the neighborhood as well as annual events like Mardi Gras, and Taste of Gaslamp.
Located only a few miles north of San Diego's bustling downtown core, the vibrant uptown neighborhood of Hillcrest stands as San Diego's LGBT central hub, offering visitors a plethora of bars, restaurants, coffee houses, boutiques and unique thrift stores. Lauded for its pedestrian-friendly streets and sidewalk patios, the area's east end is marked by a towering rainbow Pride flag just off Hillcrest's main thoroughfare of University Avenue, at the corner of Normal Street. The landmark happens to serve as the starting point for San Diego LGBT Pride's annual mile-long Pride Parade held in July. A block away, down Harvey Milk Street, is where the San Diego LGBT Community Center resides.
Spanning a dozen blocks west from the Pride flag along University Avenue is a colorful mix of ethnically diverse restaurants, nightclubs and acclaimed wine bars. The stretch is also home to furniture stores, distinctive boutiques and the Uptown District shopping plaza. The avenue leads into the neighborhood's "village" area designated by the historic, neon "Hillcrest" sign. On intersecting Fifth Avenue, visitors will discover a concentration of new and established restaurants as well as a few dessert-centric eateries. Also in the mix are vintage clothing shops, book outlets and the multiplex Landmark Cinemas for taking in independent and foreign films.
Little Italy San Diego is one of the most unique and diverse of the 6 core neighborhoods. Located on the northern border of Downtown San Diego, Little Italy has a very quaint and local neighborhood feel. Little Italy Downtown San Diego is the perfect combination of residential, commercial, and urban community infrastructure. Made up of artist lofts, small businesses, and top San Diego Restaurants, San Diego Little Italy is a perfect neighborhood for creative and entrepreneurial residents who want to have a direct impact on the local lifestyle.
The main corridor of Little Italy is India Street…featuring restaurants, small cafes, boutiques, galleries, public art and specialty shops. Each Saturday, The Mercato Farmer’s Market is alive with fresh produce, flowers, fine foods, gifts, live music…and a view of the bay. Nearby, cypress lined Amici Park features a bocce ball court and open space for the community to enjoy. This urban neighborhood is a center for arts and culture. Little Italy hosts popular annual events such as The Little Italy Carnevale, Art Walk (over 90,000 visitors to this event), Festivale Siciliano, Italian Motorsport Show, and Precious Festa (largest Italian Festival outside of NYC). San Diego’s Little Italy is larger than San Francisco’s, St. Louis’, and New York’s combined. Very colorful indeed.
Once occupied by with not much more than hefty warehouses and vacant lots, this neighborhood now offers a remarkable residential setting for families, professionals, and retirees. The Marina Condos, Homes, and Penthouses for Sale are considered among the most valuable in Downtown San Diego Real Estate. Tree lined streets of this district offer high rise and mid rise condominiums, apartments, townhouses and loft units in a variety of styles, sizes and prices.
Marina District residents enjoy a good deal of open space and recreation areas such as Pantajo Park, Children’s Museum Park, Martin Luther King Jr. Promenade and Seaport Village. Cultural history is evident at the San Diego Chinese Mission Historical Museum and the Asian/Pacific Thematic Historic District, which recognizes contributions of Asian cultures to our city’s development. Two trolley stops are located in the Marina, which offers easy access to public transportation. With its proximity to San Diego Bay, the Marina is also a walker’s paradise.
The San Diego Convention Center, Seaport Village, the waterfront boardwalk, Embarcadero Marina Park along with waterfront hotels, make the Marina a dynamic center for entertainment and business. There are expansion projects for Seaport Village, hotels, retail, residential and parking so these projects are certain to enhance the attraction and quality of life in this highly sought after neighborhood.
Mission Hills features elegant homes along tree-lined streets, a thriving business district, and above all, a strong sense of community. Adjacent to the vibrant neighborhood of Hillcrest and perched above Old Town and Mission Valley, Mission Hills is located just a few miles northwest of downtown. With its lush landscaping and winding canyons, driving into Mission Hills is like entering an oasis. However, its central location and easy transportation access means you are just minutes from all that San Diego has to offer.
In addition to its warm residential feel, Mission Hills has an active business community offering fine dining, shops and services within walking distance for its residents. Local business owners join residents as active members of the community, evidenced through multiple annual events celebrating the neighborhood's great history and continued success. We welcome you to browse the pages of this site to learn more about what Mission Hills has to offer, and to contribute to this online resource dedicated to our wonderful community.
This eclectic neighborhood offers a dynamic mix of coffee houses, cafes, retail shops, art galleries and the city's most up-and-coming restaurant row complemented by a dynamic local craft beer scene. On the north edge of Balboa Park (hence the name), North Park is a diverse neighborhood of single family homes, apartment complexes, businesses and arts. It has a business district that is almost a downtown unto itself -- unusual for a neighborhood. The intersection of University and 30th is a bustling central point of North Park.
Besides its diversity, North Park is special for the architecture that predominates the neighborhood. North Park is synonymous with the Craftsman cottages and bungalows that reflect California's era of suburban development. Recent years has seen a resurgence of North Park and the gentrification of its sub-neighborhoods.