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San Diego Downtown

San Diego Downtown

Downtown San Diego is one of the newest dynamic metropolitan areas in the county.  Filled with restaurants, nightclubs, entertainment and shopping, you can always find something to do. Downtown is comprised of eight districts, each with it’s own history, character and lifestyle.: Columbia:  Located along Broadway, and stretching toward the Broadway Pier on San Diego Bay, Columbia is mainly made up of commercial buildings. Some of the residential buildings that are dotted throughout the neighborhood are Renaissance, Electra, The Grande, (north and south),  Bayside, Bosa, Columbia Place, Marina Park, Sapphire Tower,and Treo. In this district you will also find the USS Midway Museum, The Maritime Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Convention Center: This district was recently added to the “eight” neighborhoods, and the CCDC combined the Gaslamp and Horton districts. This award winning convention center is an important community gathering place. Everything from banquets, cultural, religious and social functions, and popular consumer events. These events are responsible for supporting 12,500 jobs countywide. A very important district in San Diego.

Core: The Core is San Diego’s central business district, home to the government courthouses, City Hall, and some of the art related venues like Copley Symphony Hall and the Civic Theatre.  Residential buildings such as Broadway Lofts, Vantage Point and the mixed use condominium tower, Smart Corner.  Cortez Hill: Named after the historic El Cortez Hotel, this neighborhood is one of the oldest and most distinguished residential districts in San Diego. It is comprised of a mix of residential and commercial buildings. Residential buildings in this district include Aloft, Beech Tower, City Mark, Cortez Blu, Discovery, El Cortez, Palermo, Soleil Court, Symphony Terrace, and The Mills. Cortez Hill is the highest land mass of the Centre City Community Planning area, and as such, it boasts incredible views of urban San Diego, the mountains to the east, and San Diego Bay. East Village: This up and coming neighborhood is the largest of the downtown districts encompassing 130 blocks. The revitalization of the area was largely due to the building of Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres. Some of the residential buildings found in this area are Alta, Diamond Terrace, Element, Fahrenheit, Icon, M2i, Metrome, Park Blvd East, Park Blvd West, park Loft, Park Terrace, The Legends, The Mark, and Union Square. Gaslamp Quarter/ Horton Plaza: The historic Gaslamp quarter is home to over 100 restaurants, 35 nightclubs, theaters, art galleries, retail shops, offices, and live/work lofts. This vibrant and colorful neighborhood is always filled with plenty of hustle and bustle, attracting plenty of diners, shoppers, and partygoers! Horton Plaza Park is named after Alonzo Erastus Horton, the historical father of contemporary San Diego. Most of what is now downtown San Diego was at one time bought and sold, or developed by Horton. This neighborhood is where the redevelopment of San Diego began. The shining star of the area is the seven level Horton Plaza retail center. Housing over 140 shops and restaurants, this center is now a local landmark and a tribute to the creativity and history of San Diego. Residences are mainly limited to hotels, and apartments.  However some of the condominiums in the area are Trellis, and Gaslamp City Square, and The Meridian. Little Italy: This area was once home to a thriving tuna fishing industry. Due to the decline of the tuna industry, and the destruction of a large portion of the neighborhood with the construction of Interstate 5,  Little Italy suffered decades of depreciation. In the early 1990, residents and business owners teamed up with the CCDC and began the revitalization of this dynamic community.  Today, Little Italy encompasses restaurants, residences, art and cultural festivities, and specialty shops. Marina:  The Marina District was once an area filled with warehouses and vacant lots. Now, it is characterized by open space, cultural and educational sites, hotels, residences and it’s central location. Plenty to do here, with the Embarcadero, Seaport Village, San Diego Bay, the Children’s park and museum…it is easy to see why this is a popular place to live. Residences in this neighborhood include, 235 On Market, Atria, Brickyard, City Walk, City Front Terrace, Horizons, The Pinnacle, Park Place, Watermark, and the Harbor Club.

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