Downtown San Diego’s is booming, with over 12,000 housing units just built or in the works. Walking distance finds an ever-growing abundance of old, new and exciting restaurants among shops, theatres, the bay and Seaport Village. Downtown San Diego features the ever popular Petco Park, the home of Padres baseball, which opened in the spring of 2004 and is yet another reason to head to Downtown San Diego, during summer months.
Downtown San Diego real estate is booming, with apartment and condo housing shooting up into the sky. Dilapidated buildings and neighborhoods have given way to upscale hotels, condominiums, restaurants, shopping centers and night spots. The community is rapidly growing, as Downtown condos fill up quickly and neighborhood gyms and coffee shops settle into the 8 distinct areas of the city.
Downtown San Diego neighborhoods include Columbia, Core, Cortex Hill, East Village, Gaslamp Quarter, Horton Plaza, Little Italy, and Marina.
Seaport Village shopping center, is a twist on the Cape Cod tradition, with open air eating and specialty shops. The Gaslamp District is full of trendy restaurants, bars, antique stores, galleries, lofts, night clubs, brick sidewalks and of course Gas Lamps. Embarcadero Marine Park on North Harbor Drive, is a 22 acre man made park, extending into the Bay, with great views of the Marina. Open air concerts are staged here in the summer.
Just north of Downtown San Diego is Balboa Park, which has many museums including the San Diego Natural History Museum, Museum of Man, Museum of Art, Automotive Museum, Reuben H. Fleet Space Theater & Science Center, the Museum of San Diego History. The San Diego Zoo is also here.
Many of Downtown San Diego’s other enticements, include the city's largest theater, Civic Theater, the 1929 Symphony Hall, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the San Diego Children's Theater, The Star of India and its Maritime Museum, the circa 1911 Spreckles Theater, the San Diego Convention Center, the Central Library and the San Diego Cruise Terminal.
Many of the county's best hotels are here, including the Marriott Hotel & Marina, U.S. Grant, Horton Grand and Hyatt Regency. Downtown San Diego is also the city's transportation center with the Santa Fe Depot train station, Lindbergh Field, the area's major airport, and the San Diego Trolley's main station, which connects Downtown San Diego with the Mexican border, Old Town and many more destinations!