Downtown Real Estate

Downtown San Diego is the commercial, cultural and financial heart of this great city. Properties listed in downtown San Diego tend to fetch the highest prices and are considered some of the most desirable places to live in the city. What we call 'downtown’ San Diego today is actually the result of extensive urban development efforts that spanned three decades from the 70s to the 90s. These redevelopment efforts revitalized the downtown core, culminating in two prominent local landmarks: PETCO Park and the San Diego Convention Center.

Here are the seven distinct neighborhoods that make up downtown San Diego:

Columbia – Also known as the waterfront, Columbia is the western district of downtown San Diego. Comprised mainly of high-rise residential buildings and mixed-use commercial properties, Columbia is home to some of the most valuable real estate in San Diego. A section of Pacific Highway that runs through Columbia is home to several high rise luxury buildings and is locally known as "millionaire's row". As of February, 2015 the average listing price of a home in Columbia stood at $996,475.

Little Italy – Situated west of Cortez Hill and north of Columbia is San Diego's Little Italy neighborhood. A commercial and residential community dominated by Italian immigrants, San Diego's Little Italy was home to a sizeable tuna fishing and processing industry since the 1920s. As the last tuna canneries closed in the 1980s the neighborhood went into decline, but thanks to efforts from local community groups Little Italy has bounced back into one of San Diego's more desirable residential/commercial areas. Today Little Italy is home to a wide range of residential developments from condos to row homes, lofts, townhouses and detached single family homes. For the week ending February 11, 2015 the average listing price of a single family home in San Diego's Little Italy was $464,907.

East Village – The newest addition to San Diego's revitalized downtown core, the East Village has gone through a remarkable urban renewal program that transformed it from a collection of empty warehouses and vacant lots to a vibrant growing residential neighborhood. Nestled in between the Core District, Cortez Hill and the Gaslamp Quarter, East Village is home to San Diego's iconic Petco Park baseball stadium and is made up of a mix of town-houses, row homes as well as mid-rise and high-rise condos. As of February 11, 2015 the average listing price for a single family home in the east village was $752,942.

Marina District – perched on the edge of the San Diego marina and bordered by the Gaslamp Quarter in the east and Columbia in the north is the Marina District. Extensive redevelopment efforts have transformed what was once a hardscrabble industrial area with warehouses into one of downtown San Diego's most exclusive residential areas. Expect to pay top dollar for a waterfront property in the Marina District, since the area commands some of the highest cost-per-square-foot prices of any neighborhood in San Diego. The Marina District is home to the world famous San Diego Convention Center and features a combination of mid-rise and high-rise luxury condominiums. The average listing price for a property in the Marina District for the week ending on February 11, 2015 was $1.17 million.

Cortez Hill – Located in between East Village and Little Italy is the hilly residential neighborhood of Cortez Hill. Known for its Victorian style homes set along hills, Cortez Hill is sometimes compared to San Francisco's famous Alamo Square Park. Featuring a combination of low, mid and high rise condos as well as lofts, detached family homes and town homes, Cortez Hill is a peaceful residential pocket set amid San Diego's bustling downtown districts. The average listing price for a single family home in Cortez Hill for the week of February 11, 2015 was $489,163.

Gaslamp Quarter – Home to a variety of bars restaurants and live music venues, the Gaslamp Quarter is downtown San Diego's hippest district. Deriving its name from the gaslight lamps of the 1860s, the Gaslamp Quarter is San Diego's entertainment hub. It is also something of a historical neighborhood, with more than 94 listed historical buildings that are still in use today. Gaslamp Quarter is a mostly commercial neighborhood, with residential developments limited to a number of mid-rise buildings with lofts and smaller sized apartments. Average listing price for a property in Gaslamp for the week ending February 11, 2015 was $537,367.

Core District – at the heart of downtown San Diego is the Core District, the business and administrative center of the city. The Core District is mainly comprised of commercial, retail and office buildings. In recent years city planners have embarked on an ambitious plan to develop the Core District with such projects like the Civic Center Complex, Horton Plaza Park and the San Diego World Trade Center. Expect to see buildings currently under construction in the Core District dominate San Diego’s skyline for years to come.

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Newest Listings in Downtown

700 E Street #1904

San Diego

$ 1,048,000

1,488
3
2

100 Harbor Dr #3205

San Diego

$ 1,650,000

1,474
2
2

1640 10th Ave. #407

San Diego

$ 470,000

1,131
2
2

550 15th Street #102

San Diego

$ 624,999

1,333
0
1

700 Front St #1507

San Diego

$ 1,050,000

1,950
2
2

750 State #312

San Diego

$ 569,999

1,308
2
2

Most Recent Sales in Downtown

101 Market Street #434

San Diego

$ 322,322

681
1
1

1400 Broadway Street #1402

San Diego

$ 260,000

753
1
1

1199 Pacific Highway #1805

San Diego

$ 700,000

1,625
2
2

550 Front Street #2502

San Diego

$ 779,000

1,045
2
2

1780 Kettner Boulevard #101

San Diego

$ 495,000

1,154
1
2

500 Harbor Drive #314

San Diego

$ 599,000

1,225
2
2

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