Is it a good plan or not? Over the past few months, Balboa Park in Downtown San Diego, has been undergoing debate on whether or not the new plan to get rid of the cars inside the museum area to make it more pedestrian friendly was going to happen or not.
This 33 million dollar plan that Irwin Jacobs (co-founder of Qualcomm) proposed have passed. The plan will divert traffic around the historical Plaza de Panama and into a new parking structure to keep traffic at a minimum.
As a Downtown San Diego Condo home owner and as a frequent visitor to the park…I think it would be a great idea to replace the cars, roadways and parking spaces that currently area a part of the parks inner core with landscaping, trees and pedestrian-friendly gathering places.
For more information about this project click on Balboa Park and to read 92101 Urban Living’s former blogs click on Balboa Park in Downtown San Diego might become more pedestrian friendly.
As you enter home #505 in Palermo located in the Little Italy District you will notice the spacious feel as well as the good amount of light that the living room and bedroom windows let in. This home is West facing and has a pretty cool Downtown San Diego view as well as a peek view of the ocean. There is carpet throughout except wood floors in the kitchen and tile floors in the bathroom. There is also a stackable washer and dryer right outside the bathroom. The highlights of this home is the spacious living room that allows for both a sofa area as well as a dining room area and the good size bedroom where a desk would be able to fit as well.
Right down the street from Palermo that is located on the corners of Beech and Front Streets is India Street and the heart of the Little Italy with lots of cool arty stores, small cafes and restaurants. Should you feel for a taste of the Gaslamp District…take the short South stroll and enjoy the urban luxury where walking to anything Downtown has to offer is right outside your door.
• Two Courtyards: the Piazza Giardino, with a water feature and extensive tropical landscaping
• Sun deck
• Lush landscaping
• Three levels of gated underground parking
For more information call Sofia at 619-992-5144 or e-mail [email protected].
As a steady follower of the construction of the new public library…I just wanted to give you guys an update on the progress here in Downtown San Diego. If you haven’t been by to see it, then I urge you to take a look the next time you are in the East Village/Ballpark District. The final product is going to consist of nine stories and will entail a cafe, events gathering site, an auditorium, a school, underground parking and a whole lot more.
If you drive past or stroll by, you will see that they have the concrete structure built up to about the 4th floor. This new site will serve as the heart for the 35 branch library system and is scheduled to open in 2013 if all goes as planned. I’m sure the Downtown San Diego Loft and Condo home owners will be happy when the construction is over and the library is open for business. This is going to be a very useful resource for young professionals and students as well as a social gathering point for residents and visitors.
For more information and construction updates visit Downtown San Diego Library and to read 92101 Urban Livings former blogs about the new library project click on Downtown San Diego Library – Progress Update, Groundbreaking Ceremony for the New Downtown San Diego Library in the East Village/Ballpark District, New Central Downtown San Diego Library in the East Village District is Seeking for Bids!, San Diego City Council Votes to Include San Diego Unified School District in New Downtown San Diego Library!, San Diegos New Central library on YouTube! .
One of the best parts of living in Downtown San Diego is its vicinity to all the fabulous restaurants we have here. If you haven’t been to Las Hadas…you are missing out. Las Hadas is a friendly neighborhood bar/restaurant with very competitive prices located at 558 4th ave (4th and market) in the Gaslamp District.
They serve a wide variety of food and drinks and they pride themselves on their customer service. This is a Mexican inspired restaurant that serve some of the best seafood I’ve ever had….and for those happy hour goers check out one of the best happy hours in the city. Every Monday-Thursday from 4-7pm and 10pm-12am, Friday and Saturday from 12pm-7pm and 10pm-12am, and then all day on Sunday…so there is not an excuse for you to come on down and try it out. You gotta order the scallops…the best ever!
First time home buyers, people buying second homes and investors have been so attracted to The Mark lately? The Mark has really been the target for all types of buyers. You may wonder why?
Well, as a Downtown San Diego Condo & Loft home owner in the East Village/Ballpark District myself…I can vouch for how much the neighborhood has developed over the past few years. As a rookie to Downtown in the early 2003 I look back and see myself standing in this empty dirt lot in the middle of the East Village. I’m trying to picture what this neighborhood will look like when pretty much all construction that was on the plan was completed.
Believe me when I say…I had a pretty good idea on the outcome. As a geek for facts, plans and a steady follower of the CCDC’s plans and the ideas from the Port of San Diego…I had a great foundation on what it would look like but…The Mark has totally blown my mind!
In the last several days Mayor of San Diego Jerry Sanders has been on a road trip to Kansas City, Indianapolis, and Denver. You might ask yourself….”what for?”
Well not that long ago there was a plan to build the San Diego Chargers new football stadium in Downtown San Diego and it has caused quite a bit a controversy. So Mayor Sanders has been on a fact finding road trip to these areas with relatively new sports facilities to try and solve some problems that Downtown San Diego Condo & loft home owerns and residents are having with the proposed plan.
I think he has been finding out some interesting facts both good and bad supporting the new Chargers stadium. I like the idea and I also think that bringing the new stadium to Downtown would help property values go back up. Just think about having 2 professional teams playing almost all year round within walking distance from your Condo or Loft.
Hot dogs, cold beer, and some fine baseball…ring a bell? If you haven’t been to a Petco Park game yet…I would recommend you go. The San Diego Padres regular season is coming to an end in the 2011 season. As a Downtown San Diego Condo & Loft home owner its always sad to see the season end as this brings such a good energy to the East Village/Ballpark District.
No matter what the outcome of the game is, Petco Park is one of the coolest stadiums and it sits right in the heart of Downtown San Diego. The San Diego Padres have won 6 out of their last 10 games. Their record for the 2011 season is 59 wins with 70 losses, and with only a few more home games this season be sure to stop in for one. To get your ticket in advance click on Petco Park or if want…just stop by the ticket stands and get one right before the game!
As we all know.Downtown San Diego sales have been pretty good lately. But.who is buying right now? Who has the money to invest in Downtown San Diego real estate? With these all time low prices and interest rates, investors have really opened up their eyes and started to invest in the Downtown market.
In the past 90 days, 60% (157 out of 260) of Downtown San Diego Condo & Loft sales have been below the $400,000 price point with most of the sales going to investors and/or cash buyers.
The East Village/Ballpark District and the Little Italy District have become the hot spot for these types of buyers. Some are buying multiple properties to hang onto in hopes of getting a return after the prices come back up. It will be interesting to see what happens in the next year. Stay tuned for more info to come.
Fat City/Top’s Building has been a part of Downtown San Diego’s heritage for many years, but the building has become old and in need of a reconstruction to keep this heritage going. SOHO (Save Our Heritage Organization) representatives, architect Jonathan Segal, and GLJ developer Luke Daniels have came up with and alternative design agreement that will preserve the historical landmark to the original 1941 Top’s appearance.
The plan is to create the Fat City Lofts, this plan includes a 232 unit apartment complex along with retail space that incorporates original and reconstructed portions of the Top’s building.
Downtown San Diego Condo and Loft home owners along with board members have been debating the plan because it could take away the historic designation of the building if the plan is not executed exactly right. Architects and developers are certain that this will not be an issue and they welcome that designation take place only after the successful completion of the plan. This topic is up for discussion in the September meeting and if the plan sticks, construction could start by the end of this year and the parties will seek designation from the HRB (Historical Resources Board) upon completion of the project.
For more information visit the San Diego Union Tribune’s article Top’s/Fat City historic designation in doubt
The time has come…next month Downtown San Diego will be holding the annual Taste of Downtown once again.
This year it will be held on Thursday Sept 8th from 5pm to 9pm. “Taste of Downtown” is where over 50 restaurants throughout the neighborhoods such as the Little Italy District, the Gaslamp District and the East Village/Ballpark District will showcase their menus and give Downtown San Diego Loft and Condo owners, residents and visitors the chance to tour some of their favorite restaurants along with discovering some new ones.
A complimentary shuttle service will also be available to take you to and from each neighborhood if you would like to use it. Tickets for this fun and interactive Downtown event are limited so get yours fast (they have sold out the past 8 years)…. I know I already purchased mine. Ticket prices are $30 if you buy them in advance and $35 on the day of the event. Don’t miss out on this yummy yearly event, I hope to see you there.