Downtown San Diego Houses

Downtown San Diego is one of Southern California’s most vibrant areas to live. Each of its eight neighborhoods has a distinctive character, and all are just minutes from a host of recreational and cultural activities. Similarly, downtown San Diego houses showcase a broad array of choices and character, from historic and vintage, to contemporary and decidedly modern.

Amenities of Downtown San Diego Houses

The central district of the second largest city in California, Downtown San Diego is bounded on the west by the scenic San Diego Bay, to the east and southeast by suburban hills and to the north by Bankers Hill and Balboa Park. The world’s busiest land-border crossing (into Mexico), San Ysidro, is just 20 miles south. Boasting a Mediterranean climate, its 28,000 inhabitants enjoy a tight-knit, community atmosphere with a glittering skyline and sophisticated urban elements. San Diego CA homes for sale boast a stunning array of desirable features amid the lively back drop. They include an abundance of high-demand, luxury condos and remodeled, mid-century homes.

History of Downtown San Diego Houses

The first mission in California, Mission San Diego was located on Presidio Hill, above Old Town in 1769, It was moved to its present site, six miles north in 1774. Until 1867, the city's hub was present-day Old Town, but it lacked adequate port facilities, so development was slow. In 1867 Alonzo Horton purchased acreage near the harbor and established New Town, which, by 1880, became the center of San Diego. With the arrival of the Santa Fe railroad, New Town boomed. This area is now the Gaslamp District. Many of the homes for sale San Diego offered then were built for successful business men, other professionals and their families.

Downtown San Diego architecture is an exciting and eclectic mix of ultra modern and historic Victorian. Apartment and condominium housing units appear within walking or trolley distance to lively shopping areas, commercial districts, entertainment and trendy nightclubs. Upscale, urban living in downtown puts people within the heart of engaging, seaside city life.

The eight neighborhoods of Downtown include: The Core, the government and corporate hub and the financial center of Downtown; Columbia, a residential and commercial waterfront neighborhood; Cortez Hill, one of San Diego’s oldest neighborhoods named for the historic El Cortez Hotel; East Village, near Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres, and the fastest growing in San Diego CA homes for sale downtown. New residential units are side-by-side with charming artist’s lofts and renovated historic structures; Gaslamp Quarter, 16.5 square blocks of historic buildings, includes restaurants, nightclubs, and galleries. The area is listed in the National Register of Historic Places; Horton Plaza, 15 blocks of high-rise luxury condominiums, hotels and retail space; Little Italy, an urban neighborhood with bay views and affordable homes, condos and apartments. Little Italy was originally the heart of the Italian tuna fishing and canning industry; Marina, once only warehouses, now has high-rise and mid-rise condos and apartments in a variety of styles and is home to Seaport Village, a popular tourist venue, the Midway aircraft carrier and the San Diego Maritime Museum. In fact, the homes for sale San Diego offers often appear in exclusive condos and penthouses by Seaport Village or the harbor.

Downtown San Diego prides itself on its rich array of cultural venues including: The San Diego Opera, the San Diego Symphony, the Balboa Theatre, the Spreckels Theater, and the Lyceum in Horton Plaza, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the San Diego Maritime Museum, and the Midway Museum Ship. Additionally, nearby in Balboa Park are a host of museums and gardens, as well as the world-famous San Diego Zoo. The city prides itself on a stunning array of urban, San Diego CA homes for sale at any given time, arising out of a wildly successful inner city renaissance in the past several decades.

Search the Homes for Sale San Diego Offers Downtown, Including Luxury Condos, Historic and Vintage Homes

Downtown San Diego, near scenic Pacific beaches and the San Diego Bay, comprised of elegant and established neighborhoods, close to a world-class zoo and museums, offering the historic and the modern. It is a sweet medley of village living, adventurous dining, high-end clubs, and international shopping, with an exciting urban vibe.

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