Cortez Hill Real Estate, Condos, Lofts and Homes for Sale
Anyone who has driven down Cortez Hill on Ash Street in the spring can recall the beauty of lavender jacaranda trees juxtaposed with San Diego’s blue sky and big bay. You feel as if you have risen above the natural beauty of the area to enjoy a “top of the hill” perspective.
In one of the city’s oldest residential neighborhoods, Cortez Hill’s namesake, The El Cortez Hotel, is perched on a hillside. Historic and restored, it is now home to condominiums. Dotting the surrounding area are apartments, modern loft buildings, row homes, town homes and original Victorian Style homes with expansive views of Balboa Park, the bay and the ocean. With a birds eye view of the urban scene below, Cortez Hill is quiet yet not far from the city’s hustle and bustle-it’s the best of both worlds.
The Redevelopment Agency in 1992 envisioned reviving this district by further developing the hill to encourage a mix of residential and commercial infill. Schools, churches and a pedestrian-friendly environment now characterize Cortez Hill. Shops and sidewalk cafes line Fifth and Sixth Avenues with Ash Street providing a gateway to the waterfront. The intimate neighborhood feel, diverse housing opportunities, proximity to downtown’s core and Balboa Park, along with its waterfront and mountain views makes Cortez Hill a desirable, hilltop neighborhood.