San Diego's Downtown is one of the most unique hubs of any city in California. The Gaslamp District on 5th Street provides a vast array of multicultural options for dining, entertainment, shopping, dancing, and live music. The Amtrak train station drops you right in the middle of the action; blocks from the harbor, the Convention Center, the airport, and the central business hub of the city.
Although many people think of business or a night out when considering Downtown, there are a growing number of families who have moved into the area, preferring a metropolitan lifestyle to that of a typical suburb. Downtown San Diego has a number of great Public Schools, many cultural institutions, and a deep sense of community. Geographically the area is relatively small, which fosters a sense of inclusion and unity among residents.
The Convention Center brings thousands of business professionals to the city each year, which contributes to the diversity in Downtown, and ensures healthy consistency for the small businesses in the area.
Petco Park, the home of the Padres, is known for being one of the most uniquely designed stadiums in California. In addition to baseball games, the stadium plays host to a plethora of concerts, Monster Truck Rallies, Antique Car Shows, and many more events. When you live in Downtown, there is always something to do, somewhere to go, and something new to see.
~ Petco Park
~ Seaport Village
~ USS Midway Museum
~ Gaslamp District
~ Balboa Park
~ Museum of Man
~ The Old Globe Theater
~ Little Italy
~ The San Diego Zoo
~ Waterfront Park
~ Sea World
~ The Spanish Village
~ Old Town San Diego
Area Feel: Dense Urban
Median Home Value: $652,175
It is becoming more and more popular for families to live in the city itself, wanting their children to experience the varied opportunities that an urban setting can offer. Downtown has great options for schools at each grade level; you can find a full list of all available options based on your specific address by visiting their website.
Washington Elementary School
Sherman Elementary School
Urban Discovery Academy
Museum Middle School
Roosevelt Middle School
KIPP Adelante Academy
San Diego High School
King Chavez High School
E3 Civic High School
Downtown San Diego is bordered by several main freeways; I-5, the I-15, the 94, and the 163.
Once off the freeway, one can travel easily via any of the cross-city thoroughfares, including Broadway, Market, and A Street.
Harbor Drive runs along the water, spanning all of Downtown San Diego from the Barrio Logan to San Diego International Airport.
The Convention Center is located on Harbor Drive, five minutes from the arrival terminal at SAN. There are also several well known Hotels for business travelers and vacationers.
The Amtrak Surfliner's most southern stop is in the heart of Downtown San Diego. From this station, one can take a bus, a trolley, or a metro line to get around the city or travel to one of the surrounding areas.
#2 "Best Counties to Live in California"
Over 2,400 conventions held in DTSD per year
The Most Cultural Activities available in the County
Well Developed Public Transportation System
Ferry Landing for crossing to Coronado
New Buildings both Residential and Business
"There are so many things to do in Downtown! Even though we've lived here for 12 years, every weekend is a new adventure. A lot of people think of the downtown part of a city as a fast-paced, business-oriented sector, but in San Diego it's completely different. We enjoy Waterfront Park, watching concerts at the Embarcadero, and go out to eat in Little Italy."