5 reasons to make downtown San Diego home

Added by lauryn on Apr 16 2:41PM

Living in an urban setting like Downtown San Diego brings many perks and conveniences. The 7 different neighborhoods that compose downtown each bring their own unique characteristics, creating a diverse hot spot. After being immersed in the downtown San Diego real estate market for the past 2 years, here are my top takes on what makes downtown San Diego such a great place live.

  1. Walkability and bike-ability: Downtown’s walk score is a 92/100. Ditch the car and get some fresh air walking along the Embarcadero or the streets of Little Italy during Farmers’ Market on Saturday. A favorite mode of transportation for many in our office is bicycling to work. Most residential buildings downtown have secure bike storage areas and there are plenty of bike racks throughout the city for prime “parking”! Yes, Chad and Brent get on their bikes heading to and from the office and zip over to meet clients! The proof is seen here –>!
  2. Close to shopping: Horton Plaza is centrally located in the middle of downtown, there are several grocery stores and natural food markets to get healthy and organic food, and countless boutiques and shops provide everything from soap, to jewelry, to the latest fashion.
  3. Dining options are endless! Start the day with a delicious bagel at Brooklyn Bagel (or if you are in for a sugar fix, a Maple Bacon donut from Donut Bar will knock your socks off!) Your lunch (or any other meal) will never be the same after you explore the menu at Lolitas, and I can’t forget all the amazing Happy Hour deals that abound! Some of our team favorites are Taco Tuesday at Puesto and Isola Pizza Bar in Little Italy! What is your favorite place to eat, drink, or be merry? Share your thoughts below.
  4. Activities galore! From Padres games to a concert at House of Blues or Humphrey’s to beer tours & tastings at the many downtown breweries, there’s always something going on. Whether you want to discover the vibrant nightlife, find a great book at the newly built Central Library, or join other pet owners at the dog park, there’s something for all age groups and all types of people.
  5. I know, I know, everyone knows; but you can’t leave out the weather! The average daily temperature in San Diego is 70.5 degrees, which allows those who live here to get out and enjoy reasons 1-4 year round.

So those are my top 5, please share yours! If you are interested on making downtown San Diego your home, give us a call 619.356.3099.

Bayside Condo For Sale

Added by David Manes on Mar 27 3:17PM

Among Downtown San Diego condos, it is generally acknowledged that Bayside Condos set the standard for quality. From the moment you walk into the building and are greeted by a competent, professional concierge and take in the stunning aesthetics of the Bayside lobby, the standard of excellence is set.
Marble floors, millwork and mirrors, and 16 foot chandeliers present an atmosphere that is both casual and luxurious. This theme carries through to common areas, amenities and individual homes at Bayside Condos.

Bayside Condo #1004

Newly listed, Bayside #1004, provides a perfect platform for life in Downtown San Diego.  Located on the building’s southeast corner over 100 feet in the air, the 1,462 square foot condo offers abundant sunshine and fabulous city and water views.  The home’s entry hallway provides a gallery for the homeowner’s art.  It also separates the “bedroom wing” from the home’s primary living areas.

The living area is a great room setting with a large island dividing the kitchen, from a generous dining room and panoramic corner living room area.  Bayside condos are obviously centered around striking kitchen designs.   This home features  imported Snadero cabinetry in the kitchen that have a very contemporary feel of darkly stained wood and steel pulls.

The developer truly went beyond the standard by sourcing the kitchen appliances  from the best manufacturers, including Viking and Miele.  Caesar Stone countertops and backsplashes contribute to both functionality and visual appeal.


Two well proportioned bedrooms are provided.  The master, with a California King bed provides lots of space to move around.  The large walkin closet also has numerous builtins.  The master bath is finished in luxurious marble, with the same Italian cabinetry as the kitchen.  It includes both a standup shower and soaking tub.

 The second bedroom is beautifully sized, and located only 2 steps from the guest bath.  Also rarely seen in downtown San Diego condos, the home has a large laundry room–not just a closet for washer and dryer.  It features full size Whirlpool appliances.

And amenities second to none

On Bayside’s third floor residents and their guests enjoy a complete package of amenities.  The pool and spa deck is equipped with numerous seating and lounging areas.  It is surrounded by a beautiful outdoor kitchen and party space.  The Bayside gym is large, clean and well equipped.

Throwing a party?  Facilities include a catering kitchen, community room (with 4 flat screen TVs), a pool table and a variety of conversation areas.  A few steps away is the “wine room,” a conference/meeting room AND theater.  You’re never constrained or limited to the walls of your condo at Bayside! 


Ideally located for Downtown San Diego

Bayside is the northern most of the condos located in the Columbia District.  Its location is in the “front row” of condos, nearest the Embarcadero and the excitement of the new development on the waterfront.  Two new parks are being built just across the street on the grounds of San Diego’s County Admin building.

Residents have always enjoyed the convenience of Little Italy, with its numerous restaurants, cafes and weekly Saturday farmers market.  Check out this link to The Little Italy Mercato.

Now, Bayside residents also find themselves only steps away from Downtown San Diego’s newest entertainment district, The Headquarters

Bayside #1004 is listed at $849,000.  The HOA fee is $763/month.

For showings call Downtown San Diego Realtor David Manes.  (616) 299.4760.  david.manes@welcometosandiego.com




‘Harbor Breakfast’- New Little Italy Restaurant

Added by laura on Mar 23 8:41AM

Fresh comfort food featuring all of your breakfast favorites will be offered by Harbor Breakfast- slated to open next month at the corner of Beech and India Streets in Little Italy.  Ted Smith and Eddie Hernandez have teamed up to bring the nieghborhood an old-fashioned breakfast house featuring delicious omeletes, waffles, & pancakes-all paired with a refreshing mimosa if it pleases you. 

The restaurant will be open from 7am to 3pm every day and lunch will feature french-dipped and cornedbeef sandwiches and meatloaf.   There will be plenty of seats and the restaurant will acomodate 35 guests inside, 16 outside along Beech St., and 20 more outside on India St.

Eddie and Ted will utilize locally-grown produce- organic  when possible, and plan to eventually grow their own veggies on the roof.

The building previously housed Harbor Marine Supply.  It was build in 1887 and is the oldest continually-operating wood building in San Diego.

Little Italy continues to be the “neighborhood of choice” for San Diegans near and far.  And, a delightful new “walk-to” breakfast option will be perfect for us residents living in la Vita, Acquavista, Bayside, The Grande, and all the smaller boutique condos and apartments nearby.

To become a permanent part of this growing and fabulous neighborhood, please call

Laura Ochoa and I will help you find your perfect new home @ 619-920-2823


Just Listed Solara Lofts 812

Added by Brent on Mar 06 5:12PM

1551 Fourth Ave #812

Just Listed~ A fabulous loft at the boutique Solara Lofts Mid-Rise in Cortez Hill, San Diego.

This stunning custom loft has voluminous 12 foot ceilings, perfect for those who love open space!

A one of a kind property that was customized by the developer, adding a dividing wall that creates an actual bedroom space,  integrated storage, and adds to the architectural appeal of the floor plan.

Residence 812 comes highly upgraded with maple floors, granite counter tops, stainless steel GE Profile appliances, and huge integrated alpha storage closets with frosted glass doors!


 This loft comes with 2 parking spaces and storage adding incredible value to this entry-level Downtown home!

Solara Lofts San Diego

Solara Lofts is a boutique Mid-Rise Community just a few blocks from the charm and desirability of Little Italy, without the challenges of Downtown parking.  The community offers a great value amenity package that include on site security, fitness center, whirlpool, Saunas, Racquetball Court, and even a private resident spa.

Come and see why Solara Lofts is one of downtown best kept secrets for luxury and value!

Contact Brent Cole today to schedule a showing:  858 531-8785

For more information about the Solara Lofts Complex, click the Youtube Video below:

You’re Invited…. Little Italy Real Estate Market Update Seminar

Added by laura on Jan 25 3:31PM

On Tuesday, January 28th at 6:30pm in the la Vita Amenity Room, Laura Ochoa and Chad Dannecker of Harcourts Pacific Realty will present a 1 hour seminar on the status of the Little Italy Real Estate Market.

Guest Speakers will include……Tammy Neylan of First American Title on “Introduction to Title and How It Affects You”, and Sabrina Afkhami, Property Manager of la Vita on “What Goes Into Having a Well-Managed HOA”.

Light Refreshments will be served.  Great prize drawings for gift certificates to best loved Little Italy businesses

RSVP for Details to laura@WelcomeToSanDiego.com


4th of July Fireworks across San Diego

Added by lauryn on Jun 28 4:43PM

There will be several firework displays across San Diego this Thursday. Here’s a list of the locations where you’ll be able to catch them!

  • Annual Big Bay Boom July 4 Fireworks Show – The largest fireworks display in the county. Launched from 4 barges placed around North San Diego Bay. These can be seen from Shelter Island, Harbor Island, the Embarcadero and Seaport Village/Coronado Landing. Fireworks begin at 9pm
  • La Jolla Cove 4th of July – Take in the spectacular fireworks at Ellen Browning Scripps Park, 1180 Coast Boulevard, La Jolla. Fireworks begin at 9pm
  • Coronado Celebration – Parade down Orang Avenue at 10am, a concert in Spreckles Park at 4pm and fireworks over Glorietta Bay at 9pm
  • El Cajon 4th of July celebration – Afternoon of fun from noon to 9pm at Kennedy Park, 1675 East Madison Avenue with fireworks at 9pm
  • San Diego County Fair – Fair opens at 9:30am and there are fun activities, a parade & a concert by the navy band and fireworks at 9pm. Located at the Del Mar Fairgrounds
  • Escondido Celebration – Fun afternoon of activities starting at 4pm and fireworks begin at 9pm. Located at Grape Day Park in Escondido
  • Ocean Beach celebration – Firework show launched from the OB Pier at 9pm
  • Poway Celebration – Poway Old-Fashioned Fourth of July celebartion at Old Poway Park from 10am-4pm. More activities & Firework display at Poway High School from 7-9pm
  • Mira Mesa Celebration – Parade starts at 11:30am and fireworks begin at 9pm at the Mira Mesa Community Park
  • National City Carnival – The Carnival is from July 3-July 7 with plenty of family friendly activities, located at Kimball Park
  • Rancho Bernardo – The Spirit of the Fourth – Festival from 7am-9pm that includes food, music, games, and a parade. Fireworks begin at 9pm
  • SeaWorld San Diego – Fireworks start at 9:30 can be seen from the park and many places around the San Diego Bay.

Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego

Added by tabitha on May 15 2:12PM

Southern California is well known for it’s outdoor /active lifestyle. When I first moved to San Diego I was so excited to see the amount of active people here. No matter what the weather or time of day, I always see people out biking and running. I immediately caught the fever myself and have been running and hiking almost every day since. My usual run route leads me through downtown along Seaport Village beside the bay up and around Harbor Island. Being able to enjoy this 10 mile run whenever I want is definitely a huge perk of living in Downtown San Diego!

Whether you are visiting from out of town or lucky enough to be a local San Diegian there are plenty of activities to keep you entertained year around. I am one of the lucky ones that call San Diego home and currently gearing up for the Rock N’ Roll Half Marathon taking place right here in San Diego on June 2nd. This event alone brings 30,000 participants and over 60,000 spectators from all across the globe to not only compete in a race but to also listen to some great music and be a part of an even greater party. The Psychedelic Furs will be headlining this huge event with their 80’s inspired music and will accompany other bands all along the course as well as cheer squads and pep groups from local schools.  This is going to be the first “BIG”’ race in San Diego post Boston Marathon tragedy and security will be at an all time high for this event assuring that we will all be protected and able to enjoy our wonderful city but be aware of your surroundings ans as always “see something, say something.”

If you are planning on participating in this amazing event be sure to register as soon as you can so you do not miss out. I will see you there!!!

This is the view I have running along Harbor Island


San Diego: Top Events this Weekend!

Added by lauryn on Apr 26 3:59PM

It’s going to be another beautiful weekend in San Diego, and there are a bunch of great activites and events that you don’t want to miss out on! If you are just visiting, haven’t decided on your weekend plans yet, or just want to get out and enjoy the sunshine, these are the top events happening this weekend!

1. The 29th Annual Mission Federal ArtWalk festival. Check it out Saturday & Sunday from 11:00am-6:00pm in Little Italy.

2. 2013 Adams Avenue Unplugged is a FREE music festival that will be featuring over 100 live musicians. There will also be some great street vendors, food, artists, crafters and dealers with booths and and open-air market in Adams Park.

3. 30th Annual Encinitas Street Fair, happening on Saturday and Sunday 9am-5pm both days. Enjoy unique food, five live music stages with over 10 different performers each day, children’s rides, beer garden, and over 450 vendors selling clothes, accessories, plants, household products, environmental products, art, antiques and home decor.

4. The Padres are in town against the SF Giants. Game times are: Friday at 7:10pm, Saturday at 5:40pm & Sunday at 1:10. Purchase your single game tickets here.


The Mark 1606 – HD Video

Added by lauryn on Mar 29 8:34AM

The Mark 1606, located at 800 The Mark Lane, is a spectacular 3 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom condo that boasts 2,360 square feet and 3 balconies. The Mark, located in the East Village of downtown San Diego, is a high amenity luxury tower. To learn more about this condo, watch our HD Video below.

If you would like more information or would like to schedule a showing of The Mark 1606, give us a call: 619-356-3099.

Spectacular St. Patrick’s Day Weekend

Added by lauryn on Mar 15 3:07PM

St. Patrick’s Day is this Sunday, and there will be plenty of celebrations happening this weekend. Here’s a look at the weekend festivities:


The 33rd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Irish Festival in Balboa Park is Saturday, March 16th, from 9am-6pm.

At 10:30am, the parade starts off at Fifth Avenue and Juniper Street and proceeds North up Fifth Avenue to Upas, over to Sixth Avenue and South on Sixth to Juniper.

Irish Festival in Balboa ParkThe festival is held in conjuction with the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and is for the entire family. Live entertainment on the Festival’s 2 stages will run from 11am – 5:30pm and will include well known folk singers and groups. The festival area opens at 9am with food and craft booths as well as two beer gardens serving ice cold Guiness and other beers, wines and spirits. There is also an authentic Celtic Village and Kids Zone with rides. The festival and its entertainment are free to the public.



On Saturday, March 16, from 2:00pm-2:00am, San Diego invites you to get lucky and party like an IRISH 4 A DAY in the Gaslamp Quarter while Ireland celebrates the 110th Anniversary of St. Patrick’s Day! Event is $29 in advance, $40 day of.

Party Hop Includes:

  • 12 hour long pub & club crawl from 2:00 to 2:00 PM
  • 11 drinks at 11 different locations (bartender’s choice)
  • No Cover admission to a total of 20 St. Paddy’s Eve Parties
  • BOGO – Buy One Get One food & drink deals
  • Keepsake Beaded VIP Credential
  • Official program with routes guided by leprechauns and Irish fairies
  • Official Opening Party at Brick + Mortar at 2:00 PM
  • Official Closing Party at Belo hosted by Jammin’ Z90 Radio Station
  • Optional After Hours Party at Area 51 Ultra Lounge until 4:00 AM (cover may apply)

Participating Venues: Analog Bar, Area 51 Ultra Lounge, Brick + Mortar, Belo, Double Deuce, f6ix, Hard Rock Cafe, Gaslamp Speakeasy, Greystone Steakhouse, Hennessey’s Tavern, McFadden’s San Diego, Osetra FishHouse, Osteria Panevino, PCD – Pussycat Dolls Dollhouse, Side Bar, Skinny Pizzeria, Stingaree Nightclub, The Keating Hotel & Vin De Syrah!


This year’s 18th Annual ShamROCK 2013 festival will be taking place on Sunday, March 17th, from 2:00 pm until midnight between 5th and 7th Avenue and E and G Streets in the Gaslamp.

ShamROCK expects to draw over 20,000 people to the streets of the Gaslamp, where these Irish revelers can listen to live entertainment featuring the Young Dubliners, Irish Rock, Irish Punk Rock and many more. There will be 3 stages, a re-created 150-foot Irish pub and over 80,000 sqare feet of green Astroturf-turning the streets green.

This is a 21 and up only event. Advance tickets are $35 and $45 the day of. Your wristband into shamROCK will also get you in-and-out privileges, as well as, no cover and food and drink specials at dozens of the Gaslamp Quarter’s hottest nightclubs and restaurants. All proceeds will benefit the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation.


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