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Experience 8 Distinct Neighborhoods in Downtown San Diego


The Greater San Diego area has long been known for its famous trolleys and for the San Diego Zoo, but many people do not realize that the downtown San Diego area is actually comprised of eight different neighborhoods. Each of these neighborhoods has its own distinctive flair, which means it is important for visitors as well as those moving to the San Diego area to learn more about each of them.  This way, each neighborhood in downtown San Diego can each be enjoyed and appreciated for what it has to offer.  


The 8 Neighborhoods of San Diego: At a Glance


While condominiums and apartments can be found throughout the entire downtown San Diego area, the overall ambience of each of the area's eight neighborhoods is quite different. These neighborhoods include: 

  • Columbia District - up-and-coming neighborhood comprised primarily of commercial property
  • Core District - known as the "heart" of San Diego due to its central location and numerous cultural opportunities      
  • Cortez Hill - peaceful and quite neighborhood located at the top of rolling hills        
  • East Village - fastest growing and largest neighborhood in downtown San Diego        
  • Gaslamp Quarter - historic neighborhood bustling with over 100 restaurants and offering numerous shopping and nightlife opportunities
  • Horton Plaza - largely commercial neighborhood with limited residential properties        
  • Little Italy - rich, cultural neighborhood that still holds true to its Italian roots        
  • Marina District - luxury neighborhood featuring open space and waterfront properties 
Regardless of the neighborhood, each of these neighborhoods has a great deal to offer to the visitor as well as to its residents.
Reasons to Live in Downtown San Diego 
Today, more than 24,000 people choose to make downtown San Diego their home. The reasons for choosing this area are quite simple: the area offers a vibrant yet safe atmosphere where residents can enjoy the natural beauty of San Diego while enjoying all of the finer things in life. Regardless of the neighborhood, downtown San Diego residents are only minutes away from being able to enjoy a number of recreational activities. Cultural activities and entertainment options abound in the area, ranging from live theater and musical productions to festivals and parades. Museums, shopping opportunities and fine dining facilities are all within walking distance and various forms of public transportation make it even easier to get around through the downtown San Diego area.
The short city blocks that comprise downtown San Diego form a grid-like pattern which makes it easy to explore the area by foot. The San Diego Trolley, on the other hand, offers rides to weary travelers from 5 a.m. to midnight seven days per week. For those who want to try something different, Cinderella Carriage Co. offers horse-drawn carriage rides, while pedi-cabs are also available on most downtown streets. 
Whether you are interested in visiting or purchasing downtown San Diego, you are certain to fall in love with this magical area!








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