The most well-known neighborhood in San Diego is located in the middle of Downtown San Diego and is referred to as the “Gaslamp Quarter”. The neighborhood is a 16.5 block district that is home to more than 100 nightclubs and restaurants, shops, office and retail space, lofts, condos, art galleries and movie theaters. The Gaslamp is a historical neighborhood with 94 historical or architectural buildings. The neighborhood is today recognized on the National Register of Historical places.
The Gaslamp Quarter is named after all the gas lamps you will find along the streets in the neighborhood. Back in the old days around the 1870’s the Gaslamp Quarter used to be filled with gamblers and prostitutes but in 1912 police changed all this by arresting more than 138 prostitutes and you would think this made the neighborhood cleaner and safer but it only changed for home to pornographic theaters, massage parlors and bookshops during the 1950’s to 1970’s. As Horton Plaza opened up in 1985, Downtown San Diego got focused on preserving all the historical buildings in the Gaslamp and started orderly change, preservation and redevelopment.
There are currently two projects under construction and one of them is the Gaslamp Square Park Project that will contain open public park space at the corners of K Street and 5th Avenue. The project has been approved but no completion date has been established yet. We also have the Horton Plaza Project that is in full construction. This project includes an open public park space that will be fully completed at the end of March 2014 if no delay occurs.
You will find three Downtown San Diego Condo complexes in the neighborhood; Trellis, Gaslamp City Square and Crown Bay. Many Downtown San Diego real estate investors are drawn to this area of Downtown as this is location, location, location and the most energy and life filled neighborhoods out of the seven that completes Downtown San Diego. The Gaslamp Quarter is most known for Horton Plaza with convenient shopping, the yearly “Mardi Gras” celebration, “ShamROCK” and “Taste of Gaslamp” as well as 5th Avenue with all the most popular nightclubs and fine dining. ')}