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Downtown San Diego

Downtown San Diego

Live in the heart of one of California’s most exciting cities.

Welcome to Downtown San Diego


Downtown San Diego is one of California’s most energetic urban centers, full of bustling districts and endless amenities. Downtown’s nine districts contain more than 4,000 businesses and numerous cultural attractions.

Popular districts include The Gaslamp Quarter, where chic restaurants, hip nightlife spots, boutique shops, and art galleries are housed in an attractive mix of modern and Victorian buildings.

Once a working-class district of fishing families, in recent years, Little Italy has blossomed into one of the city’s trendiest neighborhoods. The waterfront Mariana District and Columbia neighborhoods are characterized by luxurious contemporary apartments and condos with breathtaking Bayfront views.

Similarly attractive modern San Diego real estate can be found in the historic commercial hubs of Horton Plaza and The Core, as well as the en vogue East Village. Elevated Cortez Hill at Downtown’s north is the quietest neighborhood, with a mix of elegant Victorians and contemporary properties located on peaceful residential streets.

What to Love

  • Diverse neighborhoods
  • Outstanding restaurants
  • Happening nightlife
  • Bayfront parks and events

People & Lifestyle


From the quiet of Cortez Hill and the charm of Little Italy to the bustle of The Core and buzz of The Gaslamp Quarter, each neighborhood has a character all of its own. But wherever you live Downtown, you’re always within easy reach of vibrant nightlife, great shops, and countless restaurants. Great beaches and the San Diego Airport are no more than a few minutes' drive or a short bus ride away.

Things to Do


Away from its restaurants, Little Italy is also the best place to pick up supplies for home cooking. Saturday’s Little Italy Farmer’s Market features 200 tents of farm-fresh produce, sauces, seafood, spices, and more.

Enjoy captivating harbor views Waterfront Park, which has spray fountains for kids to play in, climbing equipment, and grassy areas for all ages to enjoy. San Diego Symphony’s Bayside Summer Nights concert series provides spectacular performances against the Bay’s beautiful backdrop from June until September.

July 4th is the flagship event when the concert culminates in the extravagant “Boom on the Bay” fireworks display. The Seaport Village shopping and dining complex is another Bayfront must-visit, with more than 70 shops, galleries, and restaurants. Live music performances are held at Seaport Village daily, and there’s also an annual Busker Festival.

Downtown San Diego’s state-of-the-art Petco Park is one of the most attractive stadiums in Major League Baseball. The home base of The San Diego Padres, this magnificent stadium combines the excitement of the game with exceptional city views.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping


Downtown San Diego’s dining scene is eclectic and enthralling, with hip new restaurants constantly emerging. Cowboy Star is an East Village highlight, serving succulent meat and exquisite steaks.

Little Italy is home to many of the most buzzworthy eateries. Standouts include glamorous interior design and great steaks at Born and Raised and chef Brian Malarkey’s masterful modern takes on Italian classics within the 8,500 square foot sprawl of Herb & Wood.
Parakeet Café is more low-key but no less appetizing, offering coffee and a wide selection of fresh gourmet toast toppings. And it wouldn’t be Little Italy without perfectly executed Italian dishes like those available at modern Sicilian restaurant Barbusa.

Schools


Neighborhoods within Downtown San Diego are zoned to the San Diego Unified School District. Highlights include:

  • East Village High, Public, 9-12
  • San Diego International Studies, Public (Magnet), 9-12
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