The Downtown area of San Diego has been in a major boom for the last several years. With the new Petco Park, (home of the San Diego Padres), as well as new restaurants, night spots, urban living developments, art studios, and street improvements, Downtown San Diego is the ideal place to live and work.
There are several neighborhoods within the Downtown community, each with their unique flair.
Beginning at its namesake pier, Broadway is downtown’s main street, with lovely foliage and the “Welcome to Downtown” banners. There are residential communities throughout, as the waterfront is accessible to foot traffic, as are the beautiful vistas, new hotels, and office towers.
One of San Diego’s most historical neighborhoods, the area was named for the famed El Cortez Hotel. With lush views of Balboa Park, the bay, ocean, and the urban flow, the hill’s topography separates it from downtown’s hustle and bustle, yet is close enough to make it a desirable residential location.
Downtown’s largest neighborhood, this area will experience the greatest growth in coming years. Scattered throughout are artists’ homes, studios, galleries, and shops. San Diego City College, the New School of Architecture and two high schools are here. Former warehouses, even an old church, have been transformed into charming residential lofts.
This 16.5-block neighborhood is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the 94 structures identified as historically or architecturally significant now house close to 100 restaurants and nightclubs, movie theatres, stores, offices, galleries, and live/work lofts.
Residential opportunities may be limited, but this 15-block area puts all residents at the center of downtown’s activity. The area includes condominiums and apartments amidst high-rise office buildings, stores, hotels, theatres, and restaurants. San Diego’s Walk of Fame begins here with statues of Alonzo Horton and Horton Plaza developer, Ernest Hahn.
Once home to a highly-successful tuna fishing industry and the many Italian families who derived a living from that industry, Little Italy’s lovely vistas now offer an urban neighborhood with single-family homes, condominiums, and apartments. A recently revitalized India Street is alive with restaurants, small cafes, galleries and specialty shops.
Formerly warehouses and vacant lots, this neighborhood offers high-rise and mid-rise condominiums and apartments, townhouses, lofts and SRO units in a variety of styles, sizes and prices. The area stretches between the waterfront, Horton Plaza and downtown’s office towers.