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Adjacent to Little Italy and often referred to as Park West, Banker’s Hill is located between Hillcrest and Downtown, and to the near east, Balboa Park. This central location gives residents of the area prime access all that the city has to offer and is a quick car or cab ride away from any downtown or uptown location. With new residential construction projects underway, Banker’s Hill offers fantastic panoramic views of Downtown, the San Diego Bay, Coronado, Harbor Island and Mount Soledad. For those seeking a vibrant urban living experience with fine dining and nightlife close by, Banker’s Hill is the perfect location.
Bay Park lies directly east of Mission Bay up in the hills bordering Clairemont. The neighborhood offers excellent views of the bay and Pacific Beach. One of the best things about Bay Park is that it gives direct access to Mission Bay Park. It is the largest man-made aquatic park in the country and provides a range of recreational activities from walking and jogging to sailing on the water. Bay Park offers coastal living with many activities for those wanting to live close to the beach but remain within reach of central San Diego.
Cardiff-by-the-Sea is a classic Southern California beach town that boasts a moderate climate, breathtaking views, two miles of Pacific coastline, a 900-acre ecological reserve, world-class surfing and lovely residents who take pride in their community.
Locals and tourists alike enjoy this charming, beautiful, friendly beach town with quaint shops, delicious cuisine, an arts community, yoga studios, ocean sports, parks, a walkable downtown area complete with a linear organic community park and plenty of biking opportunities. Cardiff-by-the-Sea thrives year-round and it’s not unusual to find people sunbathing on the beach in January.
Carlsbad is often referred to as “The Village by the Sea” and its Mediterranean climate attracts visitors year-round to its five-star luxury resorts and hotels. The city is home to notable corporate headquarters of several large companies as well as Legoland, a famous amusement park. The city is divided into four quadrants, with the Northwest quadrant featuring cottages from the 1950’s to elegant mansions in the hills overlooking the ocean. The other southern quadrants feature planned communities with single family homes. Carlsbad is a perfect seaside community in which to raise a family or settle for retirement, with a prime location in between Orange County and Downtown San Diego.
Carmel Valley is a wealthy, master-planned coastal community in the north-western corner of San Diego, California, USA. The community is composed of commercial offices, residential units, hotels, and retail stores and restaurants.
Carmel Valley is located adjacent to the beaches at Del Mar and Torrey Pines (and Torrey Pines Reserve), with UCSD and its surrounding biotech and communications industries only minutes away. To the immediate south lie Sorrento Valley and La Jolla’s Golden Triangle, which are large employment centers complete with a shopping mall and many fine restaurants. The Carmel Valley Community offers some of the finest award-winning schools in the San Dieguito Union High School Districtand Del Mar Union School District
Located just north of La Jolla, Del Mar is yet another beautiful beach town within San Diego. With over two miles of beaches, Del Mar is a great place to relax or take your morning run. These sandy beaches offer plenty of space to picnic and kick back with family and friends. Famous Torrey Pines State Park is a local treasure offering exquisite nature settings and extensive trail networks. Head over to the fairgrounds or race track for some fun with friends and family or explore the numerous shops and fine dining in the area. With all the city has to offer, Del Mar is the ideal residence for those of all ages.
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.
Petco Park, home field of the San Diego Padres, leads the long list of infrastructure development in the neighborhood. Construction is underway for the new Main Library-a 10-story, 400.000 square foot landmark. Throughout the East Village artist’s lofts, studios, galleries, restaurants and shops are scattered amongst residential units ranging from charming to contemporary. The vibe of this neighborhood is one of a trendy urban lifestyle that spills over in to its creations-present and future.
Its proximity to San Diego Bay, San Diego City College, the New School of Architecture, and the new Thomas Jefferson School of Law boosts the East Village’s youthful and creative spirit. The Harbor Drive Pedestrian Bridge, which will connect the San Diego Bay and Balbo Park, will be completed this year. The access provided by this pedestrian walkway will help further develop a neighborhood filled with vision.
Named for the gas lamps that line the streets, the Gaslamp Quarter hasn’t always worn such a clean suit. In the 1870’s, Alonzo Horton built a wharf at the end of 5th Avenue ensuing a development boom. Original visitors of the 1880’s were gamblers and prostitutes-think Wyatt Earp and Ida Bailey. By founding numerous bars, gambling halls, saloons and brothels they created a name for San Diego’s red light district, the Stingaree. In 1912, this gluttony would come to an end by the voices of reformers at the hands of police. In a raid that year, 138 prostitutes were arrested sparking the demise of the red light district.
Between 1950 and 1970, the Gaslamp District played the same game under a different guise: a high concentration of pornographic theaters, bookshops and massage parlors. At this time there was an increased interest in preserving downtown’s historic Gaslamp buildings. San Diego’s eye was on preservation, redevelopment, and orderly change. This interest was set into action with the success of Horton Plaza, which opened in 1985, therefore stimulating initial redevelopment activity.
Today, the Gaslamp District is recognized on the National Register of Historical Places with its 94 historically or architecturally significant structures. Continued growth in retail space, hotel accommodations and residential units add to the pulsating vibe of the neighborhood as well as annual events like Mardi Gras, Taste of Gaslamp and ShamROCK (that draw in thousands of visitors).
The Gaslamp District is a unique and historical quarter, filled with a life and energy that is hard to deny.
This urban neighborhood is a center for arts and culture. Little Italy hosts popular annual events such as The Little Italy Carnevale, Art Walk (over 90,000 visitors to this event), Festivale Siciliano, Italian Motorsport Show, and Precious Festa (largest Italian Festival outside of NYC). San Diego’s Little Italy is larger than San Francisco’s, St. Louis’, and New York’s combined. Very colorful indeed.
Beginning in the early 1980s, redevelopment skyrocketed and today, the Marina District is one of San Diego’s most beautiful and desirable neighborhoods. Tree lined streets of this district offer high rise and mid rise condominiums, apartments, townhouses and loft units in a variety of styles, sizes and prices.
Marina District residents enjoy a good deal of open space and recreation areas such as Pantajo Park, Children’s Museum Park, Martin Luther King Jr. Promenade and Seaport Village. Cultural history is evident at the San Diego Chinese Mission Historical Museum and the Asian/Pacific Thematic Historic District, which recognizes contributions of Asian cultures to our city’s development. Two trolley stops are located in the Marina, which offers easy access to public transportation. With its proximity to San Diego Bay, the Marina is also a walker’s paradise.
The San Diego Convention Center, Seaport Village, the waterfront boardwalk, Embarcadero Marina Park along with waterfront hotels, make the Marina a dynamic center for entertainment and business. There are expansion projects for Seaport Village, hotels, retail, residential and parking so these projects are certain to enhance the attraction and quality of life in this highly sought after neighborhood.
A rugged, yet beautiful coastline is what sets “the jewel,” as this neighborhood is sometimes referred to, apart. La Jolla is located 15 north of downtown San Diego, and offers wonderful beaches, cultural activities and fine restaurants.
An exquisite combination of a southern European resort atmosphere and Southern California fun, La Jolla is known to be one of the most affluent communities in the United States, yet it has a down to earth feel due to the beautiful natural scenery and the helpfulness of its residents. Moreover, La Jolla is home to renowned institutions, such as the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the Stephen Birch Aquarium & Museum. This is in addition to the University of California, San Diego. Furthermore, La Jolla is home to many Bio-Tech and software companies.
Blackhorse Farms, a gated community on Torrey Pines, across from the University of California, San Diego, offers exquisite condominium residences on leased land, and there are many older La Jolla Farms homes in a secluded neighborhood nearby.
The University of California’s San Diego campus, on a vast track of land in The Farms, offers exceptional academic and recreational opportunities for students and families in the area. Black’s Beach, infamous for sunbathers’ stubborn adherence to its informal “clothing optional” status, offers great surfing in a secluded location. Access is difficult and restricted, and many are caught on the cliffs every year while trying to scale the hillside, necessitating dramatic rescues by lifeguards and fire crews.
Homes in The Shores are highly sought-after and diverse, ranging from post-war cottages and apartments to seaside condominiums, exceptional oceanfront estates and dazzling contemporary residences on the hill with picturesque views to La Jolla Cove and beyond.
Within the Muirlands, the Buckingham Drive area offers quiet, secluded streets, reminiscent of Rancho Santa Fe. Muirlands Drive boasts magnificent properties with huge parcels– some of La Jolla’s finest properties.
Within walking distance to schools, the Muirlands does not boast easy access to freeways.
With over 60,000 residents, Encinitas is located along coastal beaches, cliffs and rolling hills. Incorporated in 1986 to San Diego County, Encinitas brings together several communities such as New and Old Encinitas, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Olivenhain and Leucadia. Residents and visitors alike enjoy playing a round of golf on the Encinitas Ranch Golf course or spend a day at Downtown 101, the historic coastal shopping district that is over 100 years old. Located a short 30 miles from downtown San Diego, Encinitas has been ranked among the top surfing destinations in the country and is also home to the famous Meditation Gardens offering some of the best views in the area. The laid-back community of Encinitas is a spectacular place to live.
Mission Beach offers residents and visitors an experience comparable to that of an East Coast beach town, such as Coney Island or Atlantic City, while maintaining a unique Southern California beach town vibe. Built entirely on a sandbar south of Pacific Beach, Mission Beach is a vibrant place with much to do. The main attraction of the beach is Belmont Park, which features the historic Giant Dipper roller coaster along with other amusement rides and the Wavehouse, a complex located on the boardwalk that includes bars, restaurants, an athletic club and simulated wave rides. Sea World is a convenient five minute drive away for those wanting a larger amusement park experience. For a lively night out after a day of soaking up the sun on the beach, visit some of the restaurants or bars in North Mission Beach, or for a more low-key experience, visit the Beachcomber or the Pennant in South Mission beach. There is plenty to do all day and night on this beach with a range of activities for those young and old.
Mission Hills is located on the hills north of downtown, overlooking Old Town and the San Diego Bay. Mission Hills is primarily residential with some shops and dining. Bordering Hillcrest and Banker’s Hill just to the east provides Mission Hills residents convenient access to fine dining, shopping and nightlife. The area was developed in the early 20th century by premier architects with many of the homes built along canyon rims in the 1950’s-60’s that still reflect that time. There are no public schools in Mission Hills, but there are several private and religious ones offering top notch educations.
North Park earns its namesake from its northeastern proximity to Balboa Park. North Park is an eclectic and culturally diverse neighborhood; Forbes magazine recently named North Park one of America’s best “hipster” neighborhoods, due to its large array of cafes, restaurants, bars and boutiques. The neighborhood is dotted with historic, turn-of-the-century Craftsmen and California bungalows, and these houses have revived interest in North Park’s history to accompany its growing population and commercial activities. North Park is perfect for raising a family in a culturally diverse atmosphere or for the single man or woman seeking to relocate to a vibrant, up-and-coming area.
Nestled between La Jolla and Mission beach, Pacific beach is the iconic Southern California beach town. With an incredibly lively atmosphere and plenty to do, Pacific Beach has something to offer people of all ages. During the day, take a stroll down the ocean front boardwalk that runs 3.2 miles from North Pacific beach to South Mission Beach; or grab lunch at a beach bar or taco stand on Garnet Avenue. After dark, the nightlife picks up with all the night clubs and bars lining the shore and Garnet. From these funky beach bars to sleek modern hotels and homes, Pacific Beach has plenty of things to experience beyond its sandy beaches.
Rancho Santa Fe is a small, affluent community in the hills just north of Del Mar. With a quiet population of only 3,100, the town offers breathtaking picturesque views of both coastline and mountains. Visitors and residents alike enjoy driving the winding roads and taking in the gorgeous landscape that is dotted with Eucalyptus trees and lemon orchards. Forbes recently hailed this community as one of the most sought after places to live in the country. Rancho Santa Fe also offers a quaint downtown for shopping and dining, and many residents would recommend stopping by The Inn for a delicious meal. For those seeking an upscale, beautiful place of residence, Rancho Santa Fe should be at the top of the list.
Nestled along the northern coast of San Diego County, the charming ocean side town of Solana Beach is about a 30 minute drive from downtown San Diego. Solana Beach lives up to its name with warm temperatures year round, averaging 62 degrees in the winter and 77 degrees in the summer. When the weather is nice, most locals can be found at the famous Fletcher Cove Park (the Pillbox). The city is also home to a lively train station serving both Amtrak and the Coaster, one of only three in San Diego. With great dining, shopping, golfing, nightlife and beautiful surroundings, Solana beach is sure to make a great home for those seeking a quiet, yet active beachside lifestyle.
Located just to the northeast of Carmel Valley is the planned community of Torrey Hills. The community sits on 784 acres of land and is almost completely built out. Torrey Hills features subdivisions such as Montecito, Sea Country and Vantage Point. These subdivisions are surrounded by new offices, hotels and apartment complexes. Children in this area attend schools in the Del Mar Union School district, which features Torrey Hills Elementary, a top achieving school.