Little Italy San Diego

Little Italy, San Diego is a bustling community with both Italian American business owners and non-Italian business owners alike. With architecturally interesting buildings, new developments, and the local redevelopment agency funding $3 million in street improvements, Little Italy’s unique culture is highly sought after. With events like the Little Italy Mercato, a farmer’s market with more than 150 booths held every Saturday from 8am-5pm, Little Italy’s restaurants, shops, and events are all within close proximity to the beautiful condominiums, apartments, lofts and homes that interweave the area. Little Italy is San Diego’s oldest continuous neighborhood business district since the 1920s. At one time, nearly 6,000 Italian families lived and worked in Little Italy, building up the West Coast tuna industry. The construction of the I5 and decline of the tuna industry was a major blow to Little Italy, but in the 1990s, business owners and property owners in the area took the city into their own hands, building it up to be one of the most desirable areas in Downtown San Diego today. Little Italy condos and Little Italy lofts for sale are highly desirable for buyers looking to live in a clean and safe downtown neighborhood in San Diego. […]

Pacific Beach San Diego

Pacific Beach in beautiful San Diego is a densely populated coastal community with two main commercial and retail streets and a diverse array of residential properties. Garnet and Grand run through this area and provide walking to shops, boutiques, restaurants, bars and clubs that line these streets straight to the beach. With craftsman style homes, mid-rise condominium buildings, and a combination of new construction and restored homes, Pacific Beach offers investors as well as single and young couples who are upwardly mobile, a great opportunity to purchase property. With a median household value of $496,407 and median rentals of $1,253, Pacific Beach is a fantastic community with great investment value. The beach community brings an influx of tourists in the summer and attracts college students and young professionals alike, making Pacific Beach a great opportunity for investors. Pacific Beach San Diego is extremely walkable and a very bike friendly community. Pacific Beach maintains a laid back culture. Dominated primarily by a younger crowd, Pacific Beach is a unique community that requires a unique buyer. With proximity to Mission Beach and La Jolla, beach access, several parks including Kate Sessions and golf courses make this area great for residents interested in […]

Kensington San Diego

Bordered to the north by the 8 and to the west by the I15, Kensington in San Diego is an extremely sought after community in San Diego. Kensington is an urban neighborhood with unique architecture and a unique neighborhood feeling within the city. Homes overlooking the canyon are notoriously more expensive and a very sought after area within this neighborhood. With gorgeous Spanish revival architecture, beautiful single family homes and mid-rise condominium buildings, Kensington is a fantastic community to call home. Kensington San Diego was founded on April 9, 1910. The Kensington Park Subdivision was established by two sisters who inherited the property, Abby (Hall) Hitchcock and Mary (Hall) Gleason. Abby’s husband was a Realtor and her brother-in-law was a land use attorney and early mover-and-shaker in San Diego. Their connection to William Douglas, a real estate promoter from Los Angeles, really began the real estate development movement in this neighborhood. The first properties were built in 1910 and maintained the craftsman style. Kensington Park also became connected to other neighborhoods in San Diego by the Class 1 street cars. The area’s architectural style is primarily Spanish revival as many of the homes were built after the 1920s. The neon […]

North Park San Diego

The up-and-coming neighborhood of North Park is adjacent to Hillcrest and north of downtown. Considered an urban neighborhood, North Park San Diego is a fantastic neighborhood filled with a multitude of condo buildings and sizes as well as craftsman style homes and row homes. The iconic North Park sign can be seen at 30th and University and sub-neighborhoods in the area include Burlingame, Altadena, and the Morley Field District. With Balboa Park to the southeast and Mission Hills to the north, North Park offers convenience to surrounding areas as well as a unique culture within this trendy community. Forbes magazine named North Park as one of America’s best “hipster” neighborhoods, remarking that “culturally diverse North Park is home to Craftsman cottages, cafes and diners, coffee shops, several microbreweries, boutiques, and the North Park Farmer’s Market.” Historically, the North Park area was purchase by James Monroe Hartley in 1893 to transform the area into a lemon grove. Hartley dubbed the area “Hartley’s North Park” and the name stuck. North Park was also part of the Class 1 streetcars, connecting this neighborhood with Balboa Park, Mission Hills, Hillcrest and more. The North Park Historical Society maintains a website on historic architecture, people […]

Old Town San Diego

Old Town San Diego is a fantastic community located adjacent to Mission Hills and the San Diego River. Filled with diverse housing options, including single family homes, studios and small condos, as well as townhouses, Old Town offers a unique and historic living experience within San Diego. This neighborhood is filled with culture and great architecture, especially in the older homes on the hill overlooking the main downtown area in Old Town. With a median housing price of $479,253 according to NeighborhoodScout, Old Town offers a more affordable community close to transportation, downtown, retail and restaurants. Rental prices for the area are markedly lower than other communities in the San Diego area, so if you are interested in purchasing an investment property in Old Town, you will need to get an incredible deal. Considered the birthplace of California, Old Town marks the place where original inhabitants first made their home in San Diego over 9,000 years ago. The people called themselves the Kumeyaay and lived in the area until the influx of Spaniards in the 1700s. Old Town’s development in the 1800s was built by a small Mexican community into small adobe homes, with Father Junipero Serra’s presidio overlooking this […]

Point Loma in San Diego, CA

Point Loma is a beautiful coastal community in San Diego, with several neighborhoods within this distinct area. Point Loma, geographically, is a hilly peninsula bordered by the Pacific Ocean on the west and south, the San Diego Bay and Old Town to the east, and the San Diego River to the north. Point Loma houses two major military bases, a national cemetery, a national monument, a university called Point Loma Nazarene University, and a plethora of residential and commercial properties. Historically, Point Loma is considered to be “Where California Began.” It is the landing site of the first European expedition to come ashore in what is considered to be the geographical boundaries for present-day California. Traditionally, Point Loma did not house any indigenous peoples because of the lack of fresh water in the area. Discovered by Europeans on September 28, 1542, Point Loma and specifically La Playa was an anchor point to provide supplies for Mission San Diego, which is part of the San Diego River Valley. Beginning in 1852, the southern tip of Point Loma was set aside for U.S. military purposes. The Old Point Loma Lighthouse stands as a landmark in Point Loma, and is often used as […]

La Playa San Diego

Nestled next to beautiful Point Loma, La Playa in San Diego encompasses Shoreline Park, the San Diego Yacht Club, bay views, and great access to the surrounding cities. Major streets through the area include Rosecrans, Shelter Island Drive, and Talbot Street. With single family homes, condos, townhouses and penthouses, La Playa has various options to meet a variety of living styles for buyers. Home prices in this area have a greater price per square foot than many other neighborhoods in San Diego. According to NeighborhoodScout, the median real estate price for La Playa in San Diego is $1,022,000. Bay views, cultural restaurants and fun shops make La Playa in San Diego an ideal neighborhood close to the heart of the city. La Playa maintains older, established homes built between the 1940s and 1960s. La Playa is an urban neighborhood set in a coastal setting with a beautiful nautical feel, great scenery, and access to the bay. La Playa San Diego offers diverse housing needs, making it an ideal community for families, retirees and singles alike. With high rise condos, medium (2-3 bedroom) single family homes, and large estates, La Playa has high owner occupancy because of the desirability of the […]

San Diego’s Historic Gaslamp Quarter

The historic Gaslamp Quarter is located in heart of downtown San Diego. Spanning just sixteen and a half blocks, the official guidelines for the Gaslamp Quarter spans eight blocks from Broadway to Harbor Drive and just over two blocks wide over 4th, 5th, and 6th Avenues. Known as the entertainment district of San Diego, Gaslamp Quarter packs over 200 restaurants, bars, lounges, and clubs along with boutiques and art galleries. Identified for old Victorian architecture juxtaposed with modern buildings, Gaslamp District boasts beautiful high-rise condominium and loft buildings in the heart of downtown San Diego. With gas lamps lining the streets, San Diego’s Gaslamp District was not always filled with the same type of entertainment you see today. First developed in the 1850s and 1860s, San Diego’s Gaslamp District began with a colorful history of gambling, saloons and brothels, and was once known as the Stingaree. Famous investors include William Heath Davis, the original builder in the area, Alonzo Horton, who developed the wharf, and Wyatt Earp, who ran three gambling halls. Reform in 1912 ended the red light district of San Diego known as the Stingaree. Post World War II brought an influx of people and businesses to San […]

La Jolla Shores and Torrey Pines in San Diego

Situated in the northern end of La Jolla, La Jolla Shores and Torrey Pines is a beautiful coastal neighborhood with a great community, laid back beach culture, and access to fantastic neighborhood amenities like Torrey Pines Golf Course, Torrey Pines State Park, downtown La Jolla as well as the University of California San Diego. Considered a suburban neighborhood based on population density, La Jolla Shores and Torrey Pines offers an established neighborhood with homes built between 1970 and 1999. This exclusive and luxurious community sits on one of the most beautiful beaches in San Diego. Listing prices for real estate is among the top in San Diego as well as the nation, with the median real estate price at $1,271,091 for the La Jolla Shores and Torrey Pines coastal areas. Proximity to the beach and university yields a great investment opportunity if you can find the right place, at the right price, and a location closer to the university. Average rental prices for the area are $1,477, which is based on an exclusive analysis from NeighborhoodScout. Vacancy rates are higher in this area, mainly due to the seasonal living of college students as well as the vacation homes closer to […]