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Downtown San Diego Condos Reviewed – Caravan 3/13/2014

By LeslieLunde in Caravan Highlights|Downtown San Diego Real Estate|March 2014 with 0 Comments

The Caravan today did not have a ton of properties.   Usually this is the case for this time of year, as we approach the buying season.  I expect that the inventory and the number of Downtown San Diego Condos will increase on the caravan over the next several weeks.  For today though, there was a very nicely upgraded East Village Loft in Parkloft that I was excited to review.  Also…I had not had much experience touring The Historic El Cortez Building, but there were 4 units held open for us to tour today.   Please feel free to Contact Us here at 92101 Urban Living should we be able to provide you with any additional information on Downtown San Diego condos.  Click HERE to see a complete list of all current Downtown condos for sale.

East Village Loft located in Parkloft

Parkloft #213

Two lofts in this East Village building were combined to form 3300+sf of living space. Large front patio that runs the length of the home, and around the front entrance, which faces the interior of the complex. Designer kitchen with center Chef Island. Gorgeous built-in glass wine cabinet which covers an entire wall in the living room. Master suite with over-sized walk-in closet + 2 more bedrooms all with their own private baths. Concrete ceilings & wall accents and exposed piping throughout.  If you are looking for a Downtown loft with upgrades and square footage…this is the place.   Only downside would be the HOA fees.  Because the units were combined and this is one of the largest in the Parkloft complex, the HOA fees reflect this on a monthly level.

Listing and Picture Provided by our good friend Prem Avanti of Advanti Real Estate…A Division of Canter Brokerage


El Cortez Condos

The El Cortez building is Historic landmark in Downtown San Diego.   Located atop the Cortez Hill Neighborhood, the El Cortez was originally the hotel and entertainment hotspot in the city in the late 1920’s.   In building boom of 2004, the complex was upgraded and converted to house 85 contemporary condos.  In a city where most of the buildings are only 5 to 7 years old, the El Cortez is a unique living concept.   It is for the owner/investor who appreciates the classic contemporary feel of a pre war designed building.   Many of the units are not on the larger square footage side as the building was originally used as a hotel.  However…these spaces have been remodeled to try and use all the space efficiently.   Because of the building history and the size of the units…many times the El Cortez condos really work well as second homes for investors looking to own and vacation in Downtown San Diego.   Monthly HOA’s for El Cortez Condos are in the $600 plus category.  The amenities include: valet parking, upgraded fitness center, pool deck and terrace, doorman, and full time security.  The following is a list and brief description of the El Cortez Condos that we previewed.


#405 – Split 2 bedroom floor plan, dark hardwood floors, kitchen open to living space.  Upgrades add a modern touch to the unit.  Sliding doors to the master give a smaller unit a unique sense of space.


#600 – 1 bedroom, hardwood floors, updated bathroom,  Kitchen is on the smaller side but efficient.  628 Square feet is on the smaller side and any buyer would need to consider layout and use of space.  Great city skyline views to the west views and a competitive price would make this a great second home.


#701 – 1 bedroom, floor plan felt open and spacious.  Unfortunately, the bathroom felt very small .  The views and orientation of this unit look out to the roof and common area below.


#803 – 1 bedroom with beautiful Southwest views of the water and Coronado Bridge.   At 725 square feet, most of the square footage is found in the living and bedroom space.  The kitchen and bathrooms are tight, but functional.   Again…a great option for a single professional or as a second home in Downtown San Diego. ')}