San Diego January Events Calendar

Added by Heather on Dec 30 4:15PM

12/29 – 1/1 – San Diego International Auto Show | San Diego Convention Center, 111 West Harbor Drive, Downtown San Diego | Thursday & Friday 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Sunday is family day and children under 12 are free with a paying adult

1/1 – Annual Polar Bear Plunge | La Jolla Shores | 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. | Free event | Annual plunge into the icy cold ocean

1/8 – Annual San Diego Resolution 5k & 15k | De Anza Cove, Mission Bay | 7:00 a.m. | A scenic Mission Bay Park run benefitting charities to keep the environment healthy

1/14 – 31st Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade | East Village, Downtown San Diego | 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Parade Route: Tailgate Park (13th St. & Imperial Ave) – Imperial Ave.g Park Blvd. -Tony Gwynn Way – 7th Ave. – J St. – 11th Ave. – Park Blvd. – 13th St. – Tailgate Park. | More Information 619.264.0542

1/15 – 1/20 – San Diego Restaurant Week | Various participating restaurants throughout San Diego | Enjoy a 3-course meal for $20, $30 or $40 for dinner or $10, $15 or $20 for lunch, depending on the restaurant

1/20 – 1/22 – Del Mar Antique Show | Del Mar Fairgrounds – O’Brien Hall | Friday & Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Adults $8, 50% off with coupon from website, under 17 free with paying adult | $5 per item for appraisal of antique items

1/21 – Auto Products Recycling Event | Public Utilities Operation Center Parking Lot, 5571 Kearny Villa Road, Kearny Mesa | For San Diego residents only | Items such as used oil, antifreeze, oil filters, and auto batteries will be collected for recycling | More information 858.694.7000

1/22 – Carlsbad Marathon & ½ Marathon | Westfield Plaza Camino Real, 2525 El Camino Real, Carlsbad | 6:00 a.m. Marathon, 7:30 a.m. half-marathon

1/23 – 1/29 – PGA Tour Golf Tournament – Farmer’s Insurance Open | Torrey Pines Golf Course, 11480 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla | Refer to website for schedule | “Farmers Insurance Open”

1/26 – 1/29 – San Diego Sunroad Boatshow | East end of Harbor Island, San Diego Bay | Thursday & Friday noon – 6:00 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. | Adults $10, Kids Free with adult admission, Military and Law enforcement Free Thursday & Friday

1/20 – 1/22 – San Diego Lunar New Year Tet Festival | Balboa Park – lawn area & parking lot at Park Blvd & President’s Way | Friday 5:00 – 10:00 p.m., Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m., Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Admission $5 adults, $4 kids | Vietnamese celebration of the Lunar New Year

1/28 – Lake Hodges Trail Run 5k | Lake Hodges – meet at boat dock | 9:00 a.m. | Proceeds from this event will help build a biogas conversion tank for cooking at the Tumaini Childrens Village in Arusha, Tanzania

1/29 – Bridal Bazaar | San Diego Convention Center, 111 West Harbor Drive, Downtown San Diego | 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Ideas for ceremony and reception locations, photographers, videographers, DJs, musicians, cake and catering options, the latest trends in florals and décor from San Diego’s leading designers

Downtown San Diego Safety Patrol

Added by margaret on Dec 29 9:47PM

Did you know downtown San Diego has a safety patrol? Safety Ambassadors patrol by foot, bicycle, or Segway throughout six neighborhoods of downtown including Gaslamp, Marina District, East Village, Cortez Hill, Columbia, and Core business district. Safety Ambassadors are sponsored by Downtown San Diego Partnership, Clean and Safe Program, and act as an extra set of eyes and ears in our community.

These safety patrol officers are an excellent resource to residents, working professionals, and tourists by answering questions, providing information, and supplying an extra layer of security.

Extra Layer of Security

Safety ambassadors continually patrol, seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Some of their responsibilities include providing social service information to homeless, aiding in emergency services, assisting with directions, and routinely patrolling all downtown parks including Children’s Park, Gaslamp Square, Horton Square, and Martin Luther King Promenade. In addition, their constant presence and close communication with local police serve to deter panhandling, crime and vandalism.

Downtown San Diego Partnership

Downtown San Diego Partnership is a non-profit, privately funded organization comprised of San Diego business leaders, working professionals, property owners, and individuals interested in donating their time, money and energy toward the economic growth, revitalization, and perpetual vibrancy of downtown. Partnership funds come from membership dues, special events, property tax assessments, and city funding. The Partnership manages a portion of downtown’s Business Improvement District, and in return, receives some city and state funds for operating expenses.   For more information, questions or comments, please call (619) 246-8400.

New Year’s Eve San Diego Style

Added by Heather on Dec 29 5:26PM

It’s New Year’s Eve, San Diego! And this city has something for everyone! Whether you’re looking for a family friendly venue or a place to party till dawn, San Diego is sure to have the perfect place for you to ring in 2012!

Looking for a big bash? Several of the hotels downtown will be hosting big parties. Some options include the Hard Rock Hotel which will have 13 DJs including Sidney Samson, table, and room & bottle service.  Another option is at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, which is hosting Big Night San Diego which boasts 12 themed party areas, 6 dance floors, live performances and DJs, massive balloon drop, first class cuisine and more, with the party raging from 9:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m. The Palomar Hotel will be hosting a Masquerade Ball with Cirque du Soleil acts over the pool, DJ Diggs, Decon & Slowhand, and more!

Want to see something crazy? For the dare-devil, thrill-seeking types and the curios, head down to Embarcadero Marina Park by Seaport Village in downtown San Diego to see snowmobile ace Levi Lavallee and FMX legend Robbie Maddison as they attempt to set new long-distance records for jumping over a water gap. The big jump is set to happen at 8:00 p.m. New Year’s Eve.  Since this is a fairly early event; there will still be time to take in another New Year’s festivity too!

Want to dance till dawn? Stingaree and Guest House, Fluxx, Voyeur, Side Bar and the W Hotel are the top choices this New Year’s eve. Check out their websites for ticket information and detailed information of what each place has to offer.

Looking for something fun to do with your kiddos? Friday, December 30 the New Children’s Museum is going to kick off the New Year’s celebrations with kid-oriented fun! Visit the NCM for an all-day music and dance festival featuring Pink Army, Rhythm Child, Clint Perry & the Boo Hoo Crew, Studio FX, San Diego Guild of Puppetry. Or head to the San Diego Zoo for Jungle Bells which is sure to please the kids with all of the festive lights, shows and of course the animals! A little further north, the Kid’s New Year’s Eve at Legoland in Carlsbad is all about the kids.

Be safe this New Year’s Eve. If your evening involves alcohol, please do not drink and drive. Designate a driver, call a cab, walk or take advantage of AAA’s “Tipsy Tow” service from 6:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m. They will tow your car and take you to your home for free (first 7 miles are free). Just call 1-800-222-4357.

So many fun options! Happy New Year!!!

2012 San Diego International Auto Show

Added by Brent on Dec 28 8:17AM

Downtown San Diego

A Corvette Stingray Concept that was used in an upcoming Hollywood Movie.The 2012 San Diego International Auto Show will be arriving at the San Diego Convention Center on Thursday December 29th to January 1st, 2012.

The 2012 San Diego International Auto Show gives visitors the opportunity to see thirty-six auto manufacturers showcase over 500 of the latest cars, hybrids, electric plug-in cars, trucks, minivans, crossover vehicles, and SUVs. 

See the 2012 concept cars at the 2012 San Diego International Auto ShowThis is a great day in Downtown to spend with family and friends, as you can have lunch at one of the fantastic restaurants in the Gaslamp Quarter, then experience a glimpse into America’s automotive future.

The San Diego Auto Show comes to Downtown every year, and it has come a tradition that I enjoy each year with my father.  My dad uses a electric wheelchair and he is particularly interested in seeing some of the innovative concepts being presented to drivers with disabilities.

The San Diego International Auto Show is fun for all, and makes me feel like a kid again!

Several of the auto manufacurers offer Ride and Drive events; however, the 2012 San Diego International Auto Show is a non selling environment. 

To see a complete list of auto manufacturers who are offering Ride & Drive events, click the following link:  2012 Auto Show Ride & Drive List

This is a great event for the entire family! 

Click here for Discount Tickets and complete 2012 San Diego Auto Show Information 


Added by margaret on Dec 22 5:46PM

One can say Coronado is an amenity of downtown San Diego. We chat about Coronado regularly on our downtown Real Estate and Lifestyle walking tours highlighting its proximity to downtown, across the bay, as an enjoyable way to spend the day. In our business, specializing in downtown San Diego condos, Coronado comes up in conversation daily where there are many questions and much interest. Consequently, it’s fun to compare and contrast real estate in these two areas.

Coronado is a ten minute ferry ride away. You don’t even need a car! Once on the other side of the bay, you’ll find a selection of new things to do in Coronado including art galleries, theater, white water beaches, and the historically famous Hotel Del Coronado which is currently offering ice skating by the sea.

Coronado Village

For purposes of price comparison it is helpful to think of Coronado as consisting of three distinct districts. The “Village” is the older, historical part of town bisected by Orange Avenue business district. Coronado “Village” has a large central beach along Ocean Avenue, shopping, golf, restaurants, parks and hotels. The waterfront detached homes in the Village are very expensive, ranging in price from low $700’s for a bay view condo to $15 million and more for a large oceanfront home. Single family homes several blocks away from the beach in the Village can even cost as much as $4 million.  For more information, questions or comments, please call (619) 246-8400.

Coronado Shores

Immediately to the south of the Hotel Del Coronado are the “Shores”, a luxury condominium development of ten older high rise buildings fronting the ocean. Most of the units in the Shores have panoramic views of either San Diego Bay or the Pacific Ocean. Residents of this complex enjoy the use of 4 pools and spas, clubhouses, 8 tennis courts, and the beach outside their doorstep. Units are priced between $600K and $3 million.

Coronado Cays

Further south along the Silver Strand peninsula are the Coronado Cays, a luxury residential marina with 1500 detached homes and condos situated between the ocean and the bay. Many of the homes in the “Cays” have their own boat docks, and most have ocean or bay/channel views. Amenities include a large park, 24-hour private security, tennis courts and pools, funded by modest homeowner’s dues. All of the homes in the Cays are within walking distance of the Silver Strand state beach. Prices start in the mid $500s for a smaller condominium and go up to $15 million-plus.

For more information about Coronado, please call us at (619) 246-8400.

Welcome to San Diego

Added by David Manes on Dec 22 11:36AM

Thinking about my last blog of the year, it kind of comes across as that Holiday newsletter that some families send, talking about all of the things family members accomplished in the past 12 months.  The messages often come across as a parent’s pride in the accomplishments of family members.

That’s the way I feel about Welcome to San Diego.  2011 has been an amazing year of evolution and growth.  This in spite of economic challenges that have completely changed the look and feel of many real estate offices in downtown San Diego.  At the start of 2011, was the name of a website.  Now it’s the name and mission of a business.

We’re a small team of people who live and work in Downtown San Diego.  We are all passionate about sharing the culture and lifestyle that we enjoy in our daily lives.  It seems completely natural that our business is called Welcome to San Diego.  That’s the message that we’re communicating to all of our clients–whether they’re from the area or live across time zones or oceans.

Boutique Downtown Real Estate Office

A real commitment to Downtown San Diego is one of the defining factors for Welcome to San Diego.  It’s not that we lead narrow lives and don’t get out much.  It’s just that we work, reside, shop, eat, attend concerts, cultural events and lead our lives here.

It has been so refreshing to see my role as a Realtor evolve to acting as a “Downtown Concierge.”  From our first meeting, my clients and I talk about the neighborhoods and the style of living that they might expect in each building and location.  We talk about everything from restaurants to Dog Parks, shopping and transportation.

In the coming year, we are expanding our commitment in defining the “Downtown Experience” with the inclusion of more neighborhoods in our Saturday afternoon Real Estate & Lifestyle ToursSan Diego Lifestyle and Real Estate Tours will include visits to favorite neighborhood restaurants, coffee or wine shops and at least 3 properties.  We show everything from multi-million dollar penthouses to foreclosed investment properties.

Welcome to San Diego People

The concept for Welcome to San Diego began with the vision of Chad Dannecker.  Chad is truly a visionary business man and marketer.  His passion for Downtown life and creating meaningful client relationships is the driving force behind the business.  His mantra is, we don”t sell condo “boxes,” we sell the lifestyle that people can experience from their home in Downtown San Diego.

With his wife, Heather and two young sons living in a large East Village loft, Chad is completely engaged in Downtown life.  He serves on many boards and is at the center of shaping Downtown’s future.

Brent Cole joined the team early in 2011.  He’s a lifetime resident of San Diego and a Downtowner for nearly a decade.  Brent was integral in converting East Village San Diego from a warehouse district, to a vital neighborhood and the area of the most condo growth in all of San Diego.

After Erica Cole sold the last of the new construction penthouses (at The Mark) and completed her work selling new homes, she joined the Welcome to San Diego team.

The newest addition to our group, Margaret Irving, brings a joy for life and passion for people that brightens a room.  Margaret and her husband Tim have lived and experienced San Diego, from Coronado to Oceanside.

The conclusion to all of this rambling

This is a very extraordinary business model, made of people of exceptional character.  I love coming to work every day!  And we truly do help people  enjoy living in San Diego.

I’m the “newbie” on the team to Downtown Living.  I arrived three years ago and wanted to experience city life.  Now I live in a great Little Italy condo, shop for fresh ingredients at The Mercato on Saturday mornings and know the menus by heart at some of the best Italian restaurants in San Diego (if you’ve read this far, check out Davanti Enoteca).

I have found that the Welcome to San Diego process has helped me establish such great relationships with my clients that we are great friends and are often together for Downtown life.

I’m thankful to be a part of such a great group of people, committed to showing what a wonderful life we enjoy in San Diego.  I am grateful for the privelege of helping  clients find homes.  And truly look forward to whatever 2012 brings.

Happiness and peace to you all.

Green Condo Buildings

Added by Brent on Dec 20 4:55PM

Downtown San Diego

Are you looking for a Green Downtown San Diego Condo?   The term “Green” is a loosely used term these days, but as the movement for sustainability in architectural design becomes more popular, this trend is making its way into consideration for real estate buyers, and rightfully so…

Not only is it trendy to be GREEN, but the desire to live in a  low carbon footprint building is a trend that will continue to rise.

Although there are very few residential buildings that are actually LEED Certified as “Green”, we are seeing newer builders embrace this notion as a lifestyle preference that is being heavily marketed.  Of the newest built communities in Downtown San Diego, only the newest of residential rental towers such as Strata Luxury Apartments, Current Luxury Apartments, and Jonathan Segal’s Q Building.   These newer residential rental properties have gone through the certification process though the USGBC, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t some other Downtown Buildings that are notable as being “GREEN”. 

Adaptive Re-Use Buildings San Diego

The term Adaptive Re-Use Architecture refers to the process of reusing an old site or building for a purpose other than which it was built or designed for.  In the context of Downtown San Diego, there are two buildings that fall in to this specific category:  350 West Ash and Solara Lofts.

350 West Ash Condos

350 West Ash San Diego is a 76-unit condominium complex located in the Little Italy Neighborhood of Downtown.  350 West Ash was originally built as an office building and sits atop a 5-story parking structure.  B&H Development gutted the interior and re-built and completed this great complex in 2005.  

Search for Condos for Sale at 350 West Ash.

Solara Lofts San Diego

Solara Lofts is another adaptive re-use mid-rise building located in the foothill of the Cortez Hill Neighborhood.  This building was originally built as a type-1 office structure and then gutted and rehabbed by Skandia Construction, and completed in 2007. 

The 77 condominiums in this building are unique in that they are open floorplans with opportunity to have custom walls or built-ins added to the units during the sales process, as the property was delivered and developed by Skandia.  This boutique mid-rise has some of the original commercial charm to its design, and Skandia even kept the original racquetball court as one of the communities unique amenities.

To learn more about Solara Lofts Condos For Sale, click the highlighted link.

San Diego should be at the forefront of green development, as we have sunny weather and a shortage of water. 

Today, there are no buildings currently being built in Downtown San Diego; however, in the foreseeable future, you can bet that builders will be focusing on Green Building as it makes sense to the consumer as well as the builder.  Applications in developing sustainable properties will  become the “norm” in tomorrow’s urban homes.  To what extent, we will have to see…

One thing is for certain, GREEN Buildings are here to stay!

Little Italy Lofts | San Diego Lofts

Added by Chad on Dec 20 9:57AM

San Diego Lofts have become extremely popular in the last decade.   One of the most popular loft buildings in Downtown San Diego Little Italy is Doma located at 1780 Kettner Blvd.

The Doma Condo building offers up some great Little Italy Lofts that are very desireable for their urban contemporary feel.  This “urban feel” is characterized by exposed concrete ceilings and walls, exposed plumbing pipes along the ceiling, soaring ceiling heights up to 18′ and walls of glass spanning from floor to ceiling.

San Diego Lofts in Little Italy

One such Little Italy Loft is residence 112 at Doma.  This particular loft space is a street level, two story loft on the west side of the Doma community.  This San Diego loft features:

  • 2 bedrooms with walk in closets
  • 2 full baths
  • 1697 sq/ft of living space
  • 18 foot ceilings with a huge west facing wall of glass
  • 2 parking spaces which accomodate 4 full sized vehicles
  • economical monthly dues at $451 per month
  • A full kitchen with all the amenities one would expect in a downtown property

So you ask, how much does a property like this cost?  This San Diego Loft is currently offered at $460,000 USD.  When you figure out the price per square foot at $271 USD, this is an amazing value.  This doesn’t even factor in the 4 car parking!!

List price is $460,000 USD

The “loft” in this loft space is a swing space that can be described as an interior balcony looking over the living space below.  This space could be used as a home office, a media space for watching TV and movies, a reading room, an art & craft space or a guest sleeping quarters when you have friends or family in town.

All Lofts at Doma include heating and air conditioning and amenites include a fitness center, spa, rooftop deck with BBQ’s and outdoor seating.  The rooftop deck has amazing views towards the San Diego Bay and is a great place to relax and take in the sun or enjoy some amazing sunsets.

For more information about this Little Italy Loft or other San Diego lofts, give us a call 619-309-8011 or email me direct at




Lena Nails Little Italy

Added by margaret on Dec 15 3:11PM

I planned to treat my good friend Barbara to something special for her birthday. She did not want to go out for lunch again, so she suggested we get a manicure. It took no convincing for me to agree to celebrate her special day with a visit to the nail salon!

Hmmmm…where to go? I wanted us to have a pleasant experience together, and was looking for a salon within close walking distance of Barb’s home at the The Grande. I knew of Lena Nails because I had dropped in a few times to promote our Downtown Walking Tours. On those visits they were always welcoming and kind, allowing me to leave a handful of flyers behind for their customers.

Since a friend of ours had decided to join us for Barbara’s birthday manicure, I thought it would be best to make an appointment. When the three of us arrived at our scheduled appointment time, three manicurists were ready and waiting for us. We were seated immediately, and the manicurists went right to work. My friends and I sat together, side by side, chit-chatting and having fun.

Manicures and Pedicures

The salon is clean and bright. The atmosphere is friendly and casual. In addition to the standard manicure, they offer a selection of services like gel manicures and pedicures. They have large comfortable chairs for pedicures with whirlpool water massage bowls. Their prices are very reasonable. My basic manicure was $11, and Barbara’s gel manicure was $33.

Little Italy Neighborhood

Lena Nails is located at 1770 Kettner Blvd. on the ground level of Doma, residential condominium complex where Welcometosandiego just so happens to have a listing for a contemporary loft-style home with two bedrooms, and den and views to San Diego bay. Other residential complexes in Little Italy close to Lena Nails are Lusso Lofts, Porto Siena, Portico, Acqua Vista, Waterfront, and Village Walk.   For more information, questions or comments, please call (619) 246-8400.

San Diego Condos 40% Off

Added by David Manes on Dec 14 8:54PM

Today’s blog is written for the discerning shopper in the spirit of the season.   It’s the very special San Diego Penthouse sale!

Downtown San Diego Condos are as diverse as the Christmas shopping options in Mission Valley.  The “Big Box” retailers are on every street corner, with Old Navy and Best Buy running radio ads and banner headlines shouting 40% off. 

Even a few blocks away at Fashion Valley Mall, Nordstroms, Macy’s, Prada and Gucci are all offering huge markdowns.  This comparable high end segment of the San Diego condo market is offering historical savings.  Wanted to make sure you heard about the savings before they’re gone!

The Grande #3902

Let’s start literally at the top of a premier San Diego Condo.   The Grande is the twin 39 story towers that are a North Embarcadero landmark.  Built by Bosa Development in 2005-6, many would opine that it is among the few best condo projects in the city. 

The Grande’s penthouse level on floors 35-39 have only 3 condos per floor.  #3902 has 270 degree panoramic views, which remain largely unchanged by future development.

In 2008, when it was previously purchased, its sale price was $1,875,000.  The holiday price for this Grande Penthouse is $1,175,000–and hanging with the seasonal analogy, it was listed on “Black Friday”–so it is brand new to the market.  This price is 38% off from last time.

And in all seriousness, I believe that there will likely be further markdowns post-Christmas.  This is a fabulous opportunity that should not be missed!

Aperture #1005

This is a little, boutique-ish San Diego Condo building that doesn’t get a lot of hoopla.  Aperture has only 86 units–and since its opening in 2007 simply hasn’t had many resales.   It is dwarfed in the shadows of the 2 Little Italy highrises of La Vita and Acqua Vista–but deserves much more recognition.

The design of Aperture is quite distinctively urban loftish, with exposed duct work, concrete walls and high ceilings.  Throughout the first nine floors of Aperture, the common floorplans are 7-800 sf 1 BRs and 1,000-1,200 sf 2 BRs.  However, #1005 is anything but common.

A large 2 story loft, with over 1,750 sf of living space, it is one of the neighborhood’s largest condos. It also has 2 large ensuite master bedrooms, and a potential 3rd bedroom or office accompanied by another full bath. 

This condo previously sold for $1,125,000 as new construction.  It was listed 90 days ago (beautifully furnished) for $925,000.  The owner has since moved, and it now sits vacant with a short sale asking price of $799,000.  There are no comps–this one really needs to be seen.

More San Diego Penthouses

Recent blogs have focused on 3 continuing trends in the San Diego Condo market.

  1. Very limited total inventory of condos
  2. An extremely competitive, high velocity market in condos under $450,000 (see recent market absorption rates)
  3. No new condo construction projects

It is hard for me to believe that the Bayside Penthouses are still unsold.  Bayside#3302  is south facing and approximately 100 sf larger than north facing Bayside #3403.

Based on the pricing of Bayside Penthouse sales in 2011, they will likely be available under $2.7 mil.  Based on their original asking price of $4.5 mil, we’re looking at a 40% off sale. 

Recent client feedback regarding these 3,000+ square foot palaces is that in San Francisco or Chicago (no NYC comparisons), that this square footage might be double or triple the San Diego price.

Good luck to you with all of your shopping.  If you’d like to learn more about the holiday sales in Downtown San Diego, give me a call at 858.432.3203 or e-mail

Merry Christmas and best wishes for the New Year! 




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