Downtown San Diego Homes for Sale

Downtown San Diego Real EstateDowntown San Diego Real Estate

San Diego, while encompassing the entire metro area all the way from La Jolla and Miramar South to Chula Vista is quite extensive, the downtown area usually sits just south of Interstate 5 in Balboa Park and borders the San Diego Bay. This downtown area has several micro neighborhoods of its own including the Columbia District, Cortez Hill, East Village, the Gaslamp Quarter, Harborview, the Marina District, and Little Italy. For more information on choosing a home or condominium in downtown San Diego or living in downtown San Diego, read on below the listings here.

Included below are homes for sale and real estate in Downtown, CA.

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Read More About Downtown San Diego

Living in Downtown San DiegoLiving in Downtown San Diego

Considering a move to downtown San Diego? Chances are you're probably looking at condominiums, lofts, or penthouses. There are very few if any single-family homes or even luxury Estates in downtown San Diego. Many of these places are optimal for a live/work environment and even if you work from home, many lofts and penthouses, as well as condominiums and apartments, offer perfect home-office opportunities.

San Diego is home to about 1.4 million people and is the eighth-largest city in the United States and the second-largest city in California. However, the downtown area is definitely denser and certainly doesn't house all 1.4 million people. Celebrated for its perfect climate, beautiful beaches, and world-class attractions, downtown San Diego not only offers visitors, and those living in outlying areas some of the best entertainment and attractions in the state, but for those that live here, many of those attractions are all within walking distance.

Cost of living in downtown San Diego

Naturally, California is pricier than a lot of other states and major cities can be pricier still. However, downtown San Diego is actually cheaper than places like San Francisco or Los Angeles, however, San Diego is about 44% higher than the national average when it comes to the cost of living. Depending on your salary, your oceanfront lifestyle, or your desire for urban amenities, these costs can increase or decrease. Because rents usually come at a premium, many folks choose to buy a condo in San Diego and either uses it exclusively as a primary residence, second home, vacation rental or investment property.

Who lives in San Diego?

San Diego is an eclectic and diverse town with people from all over the country in the world moving in and out frequently. However, there are still locals that moved to and from San Diego metro areas, suburbs, and even within the downtown district itself. You'll find professionals, students, financiers, young families, eclectic singles, artists, and more.

What to Know About Downtown San Diego

San Diego and especially some of the downtown areas can be expensive for parking and parking garages. However, you can always hop on the local public transportation, some of the trolley routes, or simply bike or walk just about anywhere. Of course, you can always get an Uber or Lyft throughout downtown but if you do plan on owning a car, expect to spend around $5000 each year for transportation for a single adult or around $11,000 for a family of two working adults and one or two kids.

The beaches are phenomenal and you're never far from a beach if you live in downtown San Diego. Coronado Beach is right across the Bay, Ocean Beach offers a laid-back lifestyle with beautiful beachfront and Bohemian neighborhoods, La Jolla Shores is a more suburban area with coffee shops, parks, and restaurants, but of course, downtown San Diego has Seaport Village, the Embarcadero Ruocco Park, and Broadway Pier. The cruise ship is also located downtown and although there's no actual beaches within the pier area, you're never more than 10 to 15 minutes from the nearest beach.

Dining and Entertainment

Relocating to Downtown San DiegoRight downtown San Diego is Petco Park home of the San Diego Padres and multiple events year-round. You can enjoy concerts, major events, sporting events, and a variety of activities just about every weekend. The San Diego convention center is right on the waterfront overlooking the Embarcadero and the famous Gaslamp Quarter has some of the best dining options downtown. This historical district touts itself on being the heart and soul of downtown San Diego. You'll find the perfect spot for romantic dates, birthday celebrations, parties, unique venues, kitschy dives, comedy shows, cigar lounges, and some of the best food in the city. Whether you're shopping, hanging out for the weekend, dining, or visiting for an event, the Gaslamp Quarter and Promenade has had a long history of dining and entertainment in downtown San Diego.

This is not to be outdone by Little Italy. This downtown district is said to have some of the best food in the city so, I guess it will be up to you whether Little Italy or Gaslamp Quarter takes top billing. Located north of the Marina District just minutes from the airport and Waterfront Park, Little Italy has farmer's markets, art walks, heritage knights, galleries, hotels, and the beautiful Amici Park. With a plethora of Piazza's, public spaces, parks, and stories from locals and historians, you're never bored choosing a home in or simply visiting Little Italy.

Downtown San Diego Real Estate

Let's talk real estate. What are you likely to find if you plan on living in downtown San Diego? Well, the Gaslamp Quarter is known for its trendy and hipster lofts, where houses are converted into condominiums and more midrise condos. Little Italy is likely to have lower-priced condominiums starting at around $400-$500,000 with studio apartments, lofts with tall ceilings and limited amenities. Your higher-priced penthouses and high-rise condos are found more in the Marina District, or you're likely to find larger layouts, prices well into the millions, and a variety of amenities all on-site such as spas, fitness rooms and swimming pools. Many of these high-rise condominiums also have stunning views of San Diego Bay. San Diego's East Village is more a financial area with more industrial-style condominiums and lofts and beautiful views of the city skyline. Here you'll find condominiums starting around $500-$600,000.

Regardless of where you choose, each district in downtown San Diego has its own charm and niche. Let us help you find the perfect condo in downtown San Diego. Browse active listings above or simply contact us at any time to schedule a showing or to set up your own personal condo profile and be notified when new listings hit the market or to be one of the first when properties become available in downtown San Diego.

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