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The Case for Cortez Hill

3 Nov

  • Cortez Hill is located above the East Village of Downtown San Diego
  • 7 High-rises make Cortez Hill a dense residential neighborhood

As I was walking my dog tonight I was thinking about the areas of Downtown San Diego that I liked best. The Gaslamp has world-class restaurants and fun bars and clubs, always provides a good night out with friends, yet I can’t say that I’d want to actually live there. The parking stinks, noise is unbearable and the traffic in and out can be a bear. Little Italy and East Village are quickly becoming favorites as both offer great restaurants and a mature, exciting scene. But being a young professional, the price point is still a bit high for my liking… for now.

So that brings me to Cortez Hill. Situated between 5th and 10th Av to the west and east and A and Date St to the south and north, Cortez Hill is located close enough enjoy the Gaslamp but not be kept awake by the madness. 7 Highrise buildings within the small neighborhood make it one of the most densely populated areas of Downtown San Diego. Living in Cortez Hill allows you to purchase a coveted ‘residential parking pass’ for $14 per year which is good for unlimited street parking anywhere above Ash St east of 6th. Cortez Hill also has a great park called ‘Tweet Street’ along Date St between 7th and 9th. A fantastic little oasis in the city with a playground for the kids and multiple fake painted fire hydrants for the puppies. Placards are placed along the park that give details about the birds and plants that populate the park for a little education with your fun. Cortez Hill gets its name from the El Cortez Hotel that has been a San Diego Landmark since 1927. Cortez Hill Real Estate is quickly becoming some of the most sought after real estate in Downtown San Diego. With condo options at Aria, Discovery, CortezBlu and Aloft and apartment rentals at AVA and Vantage Pointe, there are no shortage of residential options in Cortez Hill. If you haven’t made your way over to Cortez Hill do yourself a favor and check it out. Bring your dog to Tweet St Park, you’ll be glad you did.