Downtown San Diego encompasses eight different neighborhoods: Gaslamp, East Village, Columbia, Marina, Cortez, Little Italy, Horton Plaza, and Core. These neighborhoods are the heart of the business, arts, and entertainment communities. Twenty years of redevelopment have transformed downtown into a vibrant and exciting place to live, work, and play.
East Village is San Diego's largest and most rapidly developing neighborhood encompassing 130 blocks. East Village burst into life in the past two years. It is the largest district downtown, located east of the Gaslamp Quarter and southeast of the Core district and Cortez Hill.
The revitalization of this once blighted warehouse district was fueled primarily by the building of PETCO Park, the San Diego Padres’ new state-of-the-art baseball stadium which opened in April 2004. Today, visitors can enjoy luxury hotels and restaurants, rooftop bars, cafes, boutique shops, galleries, and live music venues scattered throughout the neighborhood. This center of modern urban development is also San Diego's arts district, spotted with artists' homes, studios, galleries and shops.
Rising from the 16 square-blocks are Victorian-era buildings and modern skyscrapers that stand side by side, housing more than 100 of the city's finest restaurants, pubs, nightclubs and retails shops, as well as offices and residential/work lofts.
Downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter is a veritable playground, rich with cultural offerings that include theatres, art galleries, symphony halls, concert venues and museums.
Once home to San Diego's flourishing tuna fishing industry and generations of Italian families who made their living on the sea, Little Italy is a quaint and lively neighborhood filled with patio cafés, restaurants, pubs, art galleries, shops, hotels, and the beautiful Amici Park.
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.
Located in a coveted location adjacent to the San Diego Bay, downtown San Diego’s Marina District offers an array of high-end living. Luxury condominiums, retail shopping, spacious lofts, and quaint town homes populate this diverse urban landscape. This area, once occupied by warehouses and vacant lots, now proudly houses the San Diego Convention Center, Seaport Village, Martin L. King, Jr. Promenade, historic Pantoja Park, and the Children’s Museum. With so many nearby attractions, in addition to medical offices and professional buildings, the Marina District lends professionals, families, and retirees a package deal.
The Columbia District encompasses A Street bordering Little Italy to Broadway, one of Downtown San Diego’s main streets. Most of the neighborhood is made up of commercial development with residential opportunities along the waterfront/embarcadero. City landmarks include: The Museum of Modern Art and the Historic Santa Fe Train Depot, the Cruise Ship Terminals, and the Embarcadero Promenade. There will be plenty of development along the waterfront over the next couple years including: The North Embarcadero Visionary Plan, the Broadway Pier, and the Lane Field Development. The North Embarcadero Visionary Plan will include a 100 ft. wide pedestrian pier stretching from Market to Laurel with restaurants and local boutique shopping and will become a Downtown landmark, providing wonderful amenities and green space for residents and visitors. The Columbia District will be one of the centers of luxury urban living in Downtown San Diego from new hotels, office buildings, huge residential skyline towers, and waterfront expansion.