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For Rent – Luxury Condo at The Grande North in Downtown San Diego

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The Grande #605 in the north tower is a luxury spacious two bedroom home that is facing south and overlooks the courtyard area and has some interesting views where you can watch the cruise ships come into town. The hardwood floors give you a nice feeling as you enter this home as well as the open gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances. Both bedrooms are east facing with carpet and closet space. The master bathroom has its private dual vanity and a walk in shower. The guest bathroom has a bathtub/shower and is located to the left as you first enter the unit. The highlights of this home are the South facing orientation letting in lots of light, the good size outdoor covered balcony, good amount of storage in the unit as well as a separate storage unit in the garage, floor to ceiling windows, new paint and two tandem parking spaces.

Rent is $3199/month with a Security Deposit equal to one month’s rent! A minimum lease term of 12 months! Available Now! No Pets!

The Grande at Santa Fe is located in the middle of the Columbia District of Downtown San Diego with a short stroll down to the water front and the Little Italy District. The Grande consists of two high-rise towers, the North and the South tower. All the luxury amenities can be found in the building such as lap pool, hot tub, fitness center, front desk attendant, high security, steam room, sauna and community room. Bosa completed the north tower in the late 2005.

For more information; call/text Sofia at 619-992-5144 or e-mail [email protected].


Median Sale Price for the Little Italy District in Downtown San Diego

Median Sale Price for the Little Italy District in Downtown San DiegoThis median sale graph above is showing us the price for Downtown San Diego Condos and Downtown San Diego Lofts sold in the Little Italy District of Downtown San Diego during the years of 2008 to 2011. The median price has declined from year to year. It started out at the price of $360,000 for the year of 2008 and went down to $277,900 for last year. Compared to the other neighborhoods…the Little Italy District is taking 4th place of the highest median sale price where the Columbia District comes in as #1, Marina District as #2 and the East Village/Ballpark District as #3.

To compare and read 92101 Urban Living’s former graphs about the Downtown San Diego Real Estate market click on Median Sale Price – Marina District in Downtown San Diego and Median Sale Price – East Village/Ballpark District in Downtown San Diego.


92101 Rooftops Project

I am writing this blog to fill you in on the details of an exciting creative collaboration I have been working on with my close friend Justin Lee of Justin Lee Photography. We have been working on a collection of photography pieces that represent the unique Cityscape of Downtown San Diego. We are calling this project 92101Rooftops. Officially, the show to present the art pieces will be held on March 15th at Basic…located in Downtown’s East Village on the corner of 10th and J Streets.  I invite you to check out the teaser clip that we have attached, and read further for some more details on the show!

As many of you well know, I have both lived and worked in Downtown San Diego for the last 9 years. Back in November I was able to reconnect with my good friend Justin Lee who had just moved his home and studio to the Pioneer Lofts in the Gaslamp District. It was clear after we started to get together regularly that there was a desire to collaborate on a project together. As a Result, the idea to document the perspective of a Downtown San Diego Cityscape in photo originated out of two concepts: a desire for old friends to reconnect and a desire depict Downtown San Diego along with similar Iconic Skylines such as New York, Chicago, and San Francisco.

“The 92101 Rooftops project is an art show, as much as it is two friends coming together to produce something beautiful…an experience supported by mutual respect and the love of a Downtown San Diego lifestyle. The “experience” of standing on a rooftop in the middle of Downtown San Diego ended up being such a huge part of this project. Sometimes we hit a “home run”, and sometimes the results were limited. The point was that we wanted to get ourselves on as many rooftops as we could… in order to see what would happen. If we were patient, and let the shot tell its own story…all we had to do was be present and allow the experience to develop.” (Except from the Downtown San Diego March News Article).

In most respects, I think the Downtown San Diego community has developed in a very short period of time. In the other Iconic Skylines that I have spoken of…there are generations of pride and identity that have been able to develop. With San Diego growing as fast as it did in the early 2000’s, 9 out of 10 people you run across are not FROM Downtown. We are hoping that by presenting a new perspective of the Cityscape…we can encourage the development of a “Downtown Identity”. Downtown San Diego is such a great place to live and work. Every day, we have gratitude for the lifestyle that we have created for ourselves. Hopefully, this “LOVE” will be visible in the photos we have chosen to represent the Cityscape.

It was important to both Justin and I that the show at Basic on the 15th was supported by the hundreds of homeowners who live and work here everyday. For the very first time…Four Downtown complexes ICON, M2I, The Mark, and The Legend have approved the Art Show as an HOA supported social event. There is a happy hour for locals that will start at 5:00 and run to 7:00. We are expecting 500 to 700 people over the course of the 7 hours, so get there early and stay late. Hope to see you there. For more information and show details, please refer to the website:  www.92101rooftops.com

92101 Rooftops Project

92101 Rooftops Project


Bankers Hill Homes

bankers-hill-homes.jpgWhen I think of Downtown San Diego neighborhoods, Little Italy, East Village, The Marina, and The Gaslamp come to mind. Often times it’s easy to forget that Bankers Hill falls into our 92101 zip code. Maybe it seems a little removed from the other closely knit neighborhoods but it’s a neighborhood to be explored, that’s for sure.

Let me start off by saying if you haven’t been to Bankers Hill Bar and Restaurant you must go. Now. But that’s not the only adventure you should take when exploring this very hip and historic neighborhood. It’s the houses. Oh, the houses. There are some incredible homes where once lived the wealthy bankers of downtown-hence the name Bankers Hill. Downtown San Diego living is more than just condos, lofts and high rises. It has homes, historic homes at that, and they should be seen by you because they are gorgeous.

March 17-18 is Historic Home Tour Weekend featuring The Great Architects of Bankers Hill. If you are an architecture buff, Saturday involves lectures and a reception. Sunday the historic tour begins. Tickets cost $40 unless you are a member of SOHO in which you pay $30. For more information go to SOHOsandiego.org or call 619-297-9327.

Living in Downtown San Diego is filled with great experiences and this is one of them. Get to know a neighborhood that is easily forgotten as a part of our very own great city.


Median Sale Price – Marina District in Downtown San Diego

Median Sale Price for the Marina District in Downtown San DiegoThis median sale graph above is showing us the price for Downtown San Diego Condos and Downtown San Diego Lofts sold in the Marina District of Downtown San Diego during the years of 2008 to 2011. As you can see…the price has decreased from $685,000 to $474,000 during the 4 years. This is a total reduction of $211,000. The year of 2011 came back strong with a total increase of $35,500 from 2010. The Marina District is considered to be the most established and luxury place to be in Downtown. Compared to the other neighborhoods…the Marina District is taking 2nd place of the highest median sale price where the Columbia District comes in as #1.

To compare and read 92101 Urban Living’s former graphs about the Downtown San Diego Real Estate market click on Downtown San Diego Condos & Lofts Sold by Neighborhood During 2011, Downtown San Diego Condos & Lofts Sold During 2011, Downtown San Diego Condos & Lofts Sold by Month 2011 and Downtown San Diego Condos & Lofts Sold by Average Monthly Sale Price During 2011.


Median Sale Price – East Village/Ballpark District in Downtown San Diego

Median Sale Price for the East Village/Ballpark District in Downtown San DiegoThe graph above is showing us the median sale price of Downtown San Diego Condos and Downtown San Diego Lofts sold in the East Village/Ballpark District of Downtown San Diego during the years of 2008 to 2011. As you can see…the price has decreased from $447,000 to $319,000 during the 4 years. This is a total reduction of $128,000. The East Village/Ballpark District is considered to be the new popular place to be in Downtown as well as the newest area. Compared to the other neighborhoods…the East Village/Ballpark District is taking 3rd place of the highest median sale price where the Columbia District is #1 and the Marina District came in on the second place.

To read and compare other 92101 Urban Living’s graphs about the Downtown San Diego Real Estate market click on Downtown San Diego Condos & Lofts Sold by Neighborhood During 2011, Downtown San Diego Condos & Lofts Sold During 2011, Downtown San Diego Condos & Lofts Sold by Month 2011 and Downtown San Diego Condos & Lofts Sold by Average Monthly Sale Price During 2011.