The largest urban neighborhood in downtown San Diego, East Village is located east of the Gaslamp Quarter and southeast of Cortez Hill.
One of downtown San Diego’s newest urban development areas, it became a mecca for community-minded artists and social services in the late 1990’s. However, until 2004 the area was best known for its vacant buildings, dive bars, and eclectic artists’ dwellings.
When Petco Park, the home of Padres baseball, opened in 2004, things began to change.
Today, East Village is a rapidly developing upscale neighborhood filled with residential buildings featuring ultra-modern art-deco facades and concrete and glass designs.
East Village is home to one of San Diego’s premier public spaces – The San Diego Central Library. This $185 million project designed by famed architect Rob Quigley opened in 2013.
Visually stimulating both inside and out, the 9 story library is topped with an iconic steel-and-mesh lattice dome over a two-story reading room. It’s unique not only for its design, but for the fact that it is the only library in the United States to house a high school. San Diego Central Library is home to the charter high school, e3 Civic High School.
East Village San Diego restaurants offer a wide array of culinary fare across all price ranges. The area hosts interesting bars, gastropubs, coffee shops, shopping venues, concerts, art galleries, and much more. A favorite for locals is the Mission Brewery, serving locally brewed beer and delicious food. Other dining options, all with great walkability, include Bottega Americano, Cowboy Star, Café Chloe, and Bar Basic. After dinner one can walk over to another local favorite, East Village Tavern and Bowl, to enjoy an evening of bowling and craft cocktails.
Life in the East Village of San Diego gives homeowners easy accessibility to all of San Diego. The trolley, bus, and coaster are all within walking distance. In addition, the Harbor Drive Pedestrian Bridge, completed in 2011, gives East Village residents easy access to the San Diego Convention Center.
Whether you’re looking for arts and culture, sports and concerts, dining and entertainment, or simply life in an upscale, rapidly developing community, you’ll find it in East Village. Housing choices include lofts, condominiums, townhomes, and penthouses offering a variety of amenities from the basic to the ultra-luxurious.
Does San Diego’s East Village sound like the right community for you? Tom Dunlap would love to show you what’s available.