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A Look at Downtown San Diego’s Unique Neighborhoods

By Mike in Downtown San Diego Urban Lifestyle with 0 Comments

Downtown San Diego NeighborhoodsResidents of Downtown San Diego distinguish neighborhood boundaries using geographical markers, street patterns, and favorite stores and restaurants. If you’re thinking about moving to this bustling downtown area, learn a little more about some of the various neighborhoods, each offering their own unique vibe and lifestyle.

Columbia District

The Columbia District is San Diego’s exciting waterfront district. In the past years, it has evolved from a commercial district into more of a residential area. New high rise condos in Columbia have sprung up, specifically along Pacific Beach Highway, providing those living in the area with easy access to the freeway and a short commute to the heart of downtown, the Gaslamp Quarter. On weekends, residents mingle with the tourists around the coastline’s popular attractions such as the Maritime Museum.

Cortez Hill

Cortez Hill is one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods, offering an excellent commercial and residential blend.  Some of the original Victorian-style buildings, built more than 100 years ago, are still being purchased, rented, and renovated to offer a unique vibe that mixes the old with the new. The west side of the Hill is pedestrian-friendly with a scattering of schools and churches and certain areas afford views of Balboa Park, Downtown San Diego, the Bay, and Pacific Ocean.

East Village

East Village is comprised of 130 blocks and is San Diego’s largest and fastest growing neighborhood. Buyers interested in the East Village have options including mid-rise luxury condominiums, lofts, and penthouses for rent and sale. The opening of Petco Park in 2004 brought trendy shops and high-end restaurants. Recently, the area has installed a section of raised-bed planter boxes that residents can lease for growing fresh vegetables to further emphasize the urban lifestyle the area offers.

Little Italy

Formally an Italian fishing neighborhood, Little Italy is now a scenic, hilly neighborhood that boasts a low crime rate, authentic Italian restaurants, and retail shops, art galleries, and residential units. It is a particularly active neighborhood, hosting many festivals and a weekly farmer’s market. A neighborhood association sponsors the special events and takes care of the decorating and cleanup for such events.


Affordable residential units can be found in San Diego’s popular Marina District. Young couples and businessmen and women enjoy all the waterfront excitement of the city with new restaurants, shops, and museums. Families with children appreciate the New Children’s Museum which has a wide range of ever-changing hands-on activities.

If you’re looking to buy a condo in Downtown San Diego or want to rent a loft, penthouse, or other downtown property, reach out to the experienced and professional real estate agents from 92101 Urban Living. We live, work, and play in Downtown San Diego and can help you decide which neighborhood is the perfect fit for your lifestyle and budget. Call us today at (619) 649-0368 and learn more about our downtown listings! ')}