The Central Region of San Diego sits along the San Diego Bay. It encompasses Downtown and surrounding communities including Barrio Logan, College Area, Encanto, Hillcrest, Mission Hills, Paradise Hills, and University Heights.
From high rise condos to modern townhomes to historic homes, the Central Region offers a wide variety of real estate. And when it comes to recreation, dining, and entertainment, there is simply no comparison.
Thriving Art Scene
Known as the cultural heart of San Diego, one finds beautiful art around every corner of the central region. From galleries, to outdoor murals, to iconic museums and urban parks, there is much to explore and enjoy.
At the center of this art scene is Balboa Park with its 17 museums, sprawling gardens, and famous historic buildings.
For urban art nothing beats the Barrio Logan Cultural District. Sustained by a grassroots coalition of artists and community leaders, it is one of San Diego's greatest treasures.
There are also plenty of galleries throughout Little Italy, Hillcrest, North Park & South Park, and Downtown. Central San Diego is a wonderful place for any art enthusiast to discover.
As the birthplace of California, San Diego enjoys a special place in the state's history. Old Town San Diego brings this history to the present. Meticulously preserved buildings transport you back to the small town days of San Diego. Meanwhile, a charming collection of museums illuminate the past in wonderful detail.
Good food is easy to come by in the trendy neighborhoods of Central San Diego. From cream of the crop upscale restaurants, to farm-to-table organic, to unique concept restaurants, there is a wonderland of cuisine to enjoy.
Michelin-recognized Morning Glory in Little Italy serves the best brunch in town. Over in Bankers Hill, CUCINA Urbana wows with a delectable Italian-inspired menu. Just make sure to reserve a table well in advance! For a unique dining experience visit Wine Vault & Bistro. The menu changes daily and features seasonal creative plates. These are just a tiny sampling of the culinary destinations that await in Central San Diego.
Central San Diego Shopping
Art and shopping come together in Central San Diego. Bad Madge boutique in South Park offers vintage fashion, furniture, home goods, and accessories. Its charming ambiance transports you back in time. Over in North Park, vibrant retail shop Artelexia brings the best Mexican gifts, art, and home decor to San Diego.
Not to be outdone, Ocean Beach has great finds along its main avenues. Falling Sky Pottery sells handmade ceramic treasures including vases and coffee mugs. Creations Boutique on Newport Avenue is a bohemian-inspired shop specializing in women's clothing by Angie, LUSH, POL and other unique designers.
For a more mainstream shopping experience, Westfield Mission Valley and Fashion Valley fulfill any shopping need. The latter is the largest shopping mall in San Diego, and one of the largest in California. While Mission Valley caters to a broader market, Fashion Valley is packed with upscale retailers including GUCCIE, Cartier, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., PRADA, and Saint Laurent.
Our Favorite Central Communities
With its silk-soft sands, lush parks, boutique shops, and luxurious dining, Coronado inspires the wanderer in all of us. Living in Coronado is akin to being on a permanent vacation. Situated across the bay from Downtown, it is consistently voted best beach in the U.S. by Dr. Beach. The only drawback is that one might become spoiled living in this resort-like paradise. With limited space comes limited real estate, and Coronado homes are always in high demand.
San Diego's bustling metro center offers an abundance of accommodations, activities, events, restaurants, shopping, and cultural attractions. In the famous Gaslamp Quarter, modern and historic Victorian architecture blend to create a unique urban landscape. Discover eclectic galleries, trendy boutiques, popular nightclubs, exclusive rooftop bars, craft breweries, and endless fine dining options. Residing in a Downtown condo is one of the most exciting ways to experience the San Diego lifestyle.
Mission Hills is an affluent neighborhood overlooking Old Town and the San Diego International Airport. Many homes in this desirable community feature amazing views of Downtown and the San Diego Bay. Historic architecture showcases the neighborhood's past and gives it a unique character. Custom homes, elegant mansions, and tranquil tree-lined streets define this beautiful community in the heart of San Diego.
This small beach town is a local favorite with its laid back bohemian vibe. Endless days of surfing, sunbathing by the pier, and hanging out in vintage VW vans make Ocean Beach a quintessential SoCal experience.
Stroll down Newport Avenue and explore its many surf shops, taco stands, eccentric boutiques, tattoo parlors, and micro brews.
Nightlife is always lively in OB. Popular spots include Ocean Beach Brewery, The Holding Company, South Beach Bar & Grille, Wonderland Ocean Pub, and Sunshine Company Saloon.
Tucked away between Ocean Beach and Point Loma Peninsula, Sunset Cliffs is one of the most majestic neighborhoods in San Diego. Custom luxury homes along Sunset Cliffs Blvd feature unparalleled ocean views and easy access to surrounding tide pools and beaches. Those who move to Sunset Cliffs seldom leave. And homes for sale in this small community sell very quickly.