Although buying real estate in Downtown San Diego makes for an exiting move, when you want a little downtime you’ll have to know where to find “quiet zones” that offer peace in a bustling, busy city. If you love your new condo in Downtown San Diego but are looking for some quiet places nearby to escape, here are a few you’ll want to check out.
1. Pantoja Park
Located in the Marina District, Pantoja Park was built in 1850 and is considered San Diego’s oldest park. It consists of one large grassy area, mature trees, flowers, walking paths, and benches. The park became a designated landmark in 1969, and today you’ll find Downtown San Diego residents enjoying picnics, reading in the grass, or playing with their pups.
2. The Embarcadero
Grab your morning coffee and stroll along the embarcadero that runs along San Diego Bay. Although this stretch is a big draw for locals and tourists alike, there are plenty of nooks and crannies offering tranquil respite. Walk the Convention Center stairs, people watch, or sit on one of the little docks and gaze out at Coronado across the way.
3. San Diego Central Library
The new-ish architectural gem of the East Village is beautiful both inside and out. It offers a rooftop viewing area and patio, tons of quiet spaces where you can curl up in a comfy chair, great spaces for studying, a museum, an art gallery, and even a gift shop. It’s also near new East Village San Diego condos, something bookworms moving to Downtown might want to keep in mind.
4. Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
The MCASD has two locations: one in La Jolla, and one in Little Italy. The Little Italy location is open everyday from 11am to 5pm except Wednesdays, and it is free from 5pm to 7pm every third Thursday of the month. Currently, visitors find themselves mesmerized by El Anatsui’s metal works, and soon an exhibit celebrating Balboa Park’s centennial will go up.
5. LION Coffee
There are plenty of cafes downtown to choose from, but LION Coffee serves 100% Kona coffee. They offer some snacky breakfast and lunch items like acai bowls, bagels, sandwiches, and burritos. More importantly, they offer unique espresso drinks like the Lion Thai latte (espresso and condensed milk) and the coconut mocha. It’s a pretty small place, but great for reading, working, or people watching from the quiet patio out front.
If you’re worried that purchasing a condo or loft in Downtown San Diego means you’re sacrificing some peace and quiet, don’t be. These are just a few of the wonderful quiet spaces in the area, and as you get out and explore your new neighborhood you’ll be pleasantly surprised by all the hidden gems you find. ')}