The East Village of San Diego is becoming one of the hottest neighborhoods in Southern California to live. The East Village has seen a tremendous amount of private and public improvements in the past eight years. The biggest public improvement has been the addition of the Padres baseball stadium, know as Petco Park. The next big public improvement project planned is the new library.
On the private sector side, most of the new projects have been high rise condos, plus some new office buildings and lots of retail spaces. There were too many new condo projects built to list here and many more are planned. However, at this point (Spring 2008) all of the proposed condo projects have been put on hold for various financing and marketability reasons.
Let me share some of my thoughts on what I think are the best condo buildings in the East Village neighborhood of Downtown San Diego. In alphabetical order, there are lots of residential choices for condo buyers; 777 Lofts, Alta condos, Diamond Terrace condos, Element condos, Fahrenheit lofts, ICON condos & lofts, Legend condos, M2i lofts, Mark condos, Metrome condos, Metropolitan condos, Nexus condos, Park Boulevard East & West condos, Parkloft lofts, Row Homes on F Street, and Union Square condos.
I have my opinions but first let me share with you the opinions of the residents living in these condos, based on my survey results. According to the residents living in the above condos, The Metropolitan condos are the clear winner, with a rating of 4.5 stars. In fact, the Metropolitan condominium is downtown highest rated condo building, all neighborhoods included. The Metropolitan is unique in several ways, its 40 condos atop the Omni hotel. Residents of the Metropolitan condos can have room service and maid service from the hotel staff if desired. No other building offers that luxury. Also every unit in the Metropolitan condominium building is a corner unit, all have great views.
The next highest rated residential building in the East Village of San Diego is Parkloft. Parkloft is just that a building of lofts across the street from Petco Park. Of all the true loft buildings in downtown Parkloft is the best, from the construction to the amenities its a step above the rest.
Three recently completed condo buildings in downtown East Village Neighborhood are Alta condos, Legend condos, and The Mark condos. Each of these are top quality building with a slightly different appeal. Alta is the most modern design inside and out, plus it has a low HOA fee for a highrise. The Legend condos are very contemporary with a mass appeal interior design. Its developer BOSA has built more condos than anyone else in San Diego and have a great reputation. The Legend condos were built right inside Petco Park. The only condo built inside a baseball park anywhere. It has a great 7th floor common area deck for watching the ball games or just relaxing in a chase lounge by one of the fire pits. Finally the Mark condos is a stunning masterpiece of glass and stainless steel, designed from the outside in. Its a full service (amenity) building with great views and a phenomenal penthouse that is currently available for sale for I believe $10,000,000.