San Diego Downtown Real Estate

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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San Diego downtown real estate is broken into eight neighborhoods. All of these--Little Italy, Columbia, Marina District, Balboa Park, Cortez Hill, Horton Plaza, Core, and East Village--are prime real estate. Overlooking the San Diego Bay to Coronado, this little area is part of the 800 acres of Pueblo land that San Francisco speculator Alonzo Erastus Horton bought in 1867.

San Diego Downtown Real Estate, an Introduction

Broadway is San Diego downtown real estate's main street, and runs east west along the waterfront. Once home to a tuna fishing industry, Little Italy sits on the northern edge of the bay and is the closest of the downtown neighborhoods to the airport. It is also San Diego's safest neighborhood. Immediately below it is Columbia, part of the Core business district, which offers only three residential opportunities.

To the east of Little Italy is Cortez Hill, one of San Diego's oldest and most distinguished neighborhoods, known for the beauty of its jacaranda blooms in the spring and its low crime rate. Cortez Hill overlooks both Balboa Park and the harbor. Immediately below it is the Core, bordered by Columbia on the west. The Core is the business district of San Diego downtown real estate and offers both apartments for rent and business properties.

Immediately south of the Core are Horton Plaza--which offers luxury condominiums, high-rise office buildings, theaters, restaurants, and retail--and the well-known Gaslamp Quarter. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this 16.5 block neighborhood arose in 1870 as part of Alonzo Horton's development of New San Diego. To the west is the Marina District, which was formerly vacant lots and warehouses, and is now filled with condominiums, townhouses, and lofts. The largest of the eight downtown San Diego neighborhoods, East Village runs from Balboa Park down to the bay and offers many residential properties.

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