Cortez

To Downtown San Diego: 6 minutes

ZIP CODE 95380

To Sell $324.9K - $1.49M
To Rent $3.9K - $5.5K

Local information

School

1 Elementary School
1 Middle School

Crime

High crime relative to the rest of San Diego county.

Commute

74% of residents commute by car.

Shop & Eat

647 Restaurants
58 Groceries
306 Nightlife

General Description

Cortez: A perfect mix of community

The community of Cortez Hill is unique in every way, starting with its name: “Cortez” comes from the local, historic Cortez Hotel.

The community is located northeast of Downtown San Diego. Specifically, it’s north of the Core District, south of Bankers’ Hill, west of Balboa Park and east of Little Italy. The district is also bordered by Ash Street/A Street to the south, Interstate 5 to the north, Front Street to the West and 11th Avenue/SR 163 to the east. One of San Diego’s oldest neighborhoods, Cortez has attracted residents for over a century and still retains its original Victorian style dwellings from late-19th century settlers.

The Redevelopment Agency decided to revive this district in 1992 by further developing the hill for residential use and also encouraging a mix of commercial and residential infill. The western portion of Cortez Hill now comprises churches, schools, all part of a bustling and pedestrian-friendly environment. You’ll also find cozy sidewalk cafes lining Fifth and Sixth Avenues and Ash Street, which provides a gateway to the waterfront. Sophisticated mid-level complexes, modern high-rise condominiums, and a historical aesthetic all accentuate this intimate neighborhood. 

New developments in the community include 758 residential units, 6,000 square feet of retail space, and the Cortez Hill neighborhood Park/Tweet Street development. There is also a plan in place to decrease non-residential parking in the neighborhood.

Great atmosphere at Cortez

Considering the community’s all-encompassing atmosphere as well as its proximity to the 1-5 freeway, Cortez Hill’s location is convenient for pedestrians and commuters alike. Among the things that make Cortez Hill an enticing location are the intimate neighborhood feeling, the waterfront and mountain views, varied housing and its proximity to downtown Core and Balboa Park. If you’re in need of a neighborhood that’s full of character, history, and style, then this community is what you’re looking for.

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