I have selected the best ten condos in San Diego
and here you will learn a lot about them as well as see what is currently listed for sale. I have lived in downtown San Diego for 14 years and have been selling condos with RE/MAX for 12 years, through my experience and the feedback from my clients I have complied this list of the top 10 condos in San Diego. These are the best of the best, suited for the luxury buyer, entry level prices will start around $500,000 and go up to about $5,000,000.
Here is the top 10 list and the why they are on it:
Bayside is the newest condo in downtown San Diego, completed in summer 2009. It was built by Bosa Development who has a history here in downtown of their latest building being better than all prior Bosa buildings, after all he is competing for buyers that are looking at resale’s in his prior buildings. When you look at the level of interior finishes and the amount and quality of the common area amenities, Bayside is superior to all other buildings. The Bayside condos also have one very big selling point to it, safe bay views. Bayside is the last high rise building the city zoning allows going North towards the airport, this means if you face North you can see for miles with no high rise in your view. Also the bay views to the West are safe over the two Wyndham hotels as they are at their maximum height limit for the land. The Bayside condos are the best combination of quality, amenities, views and entry price points as low as $500,000.
Electra condo tower is the tallest condominium in downtown San Diego at 43 stories tall. Completed in January 2008 this is one of the newer condos. Great bay views start about the 10th floor and are subject to change due to the master planned embarcadero development project (ask me about the safest view floor plans). One special thing that separates Electra from every other condo on the West coast is its “conservatory” also known as the social lounge. Electra was built on the site of a former SDG&E power plant, the developer (Bosa) kept the façade of the old structure which now houses the conservatory, it’s a room I estimate about 6,000 sf with 60 foot ceilings with old windows and a glass dome on the top, an amazing room to hold your private parties.
Grande condominiums consist of twin towers on the “residentail front row” each with their own separate amenities and HOA’s. There are six units per floor, excluding penthouse levels, with five of those offering great bay views. Unlike most condo buildings on the residential front row, the Grande has one special floor plan that has 180 degree wrap around views of the bay. Often other buildings will have three units on the western side of the building, facing the water, the Grande only has one, thus the panoramic views.
The Mark condos in the East Village offer some views not found in many other downtown condos, units with views to the South can see into the baseball field at Petco Park, the bay and the downtown skyline, this is the more expensive side of the building. North facing units have very private city skyline views. The Mark takes up an entire city block and has a large courtyard in the middle with a lap pool, huge hot tub and grass area for activities such as bocce ball. The Mark condo tower is the only residential high rise wrapped in glass and metal and will probably remain the only one due to the cost to duplicate it. Most of the units in The Mark have two parking spaces, even the one bedrooms, except those on the lower floors. If you’re looking for a one bedroom on a high floor, this is the building for you, most other luxury buildings do not have one bedroom floor plans on high floors, at The Mark, they run as high as the 27th floor.
The Meridian condos are the oldest residential high rise in downtown, built in the mid 1980’s. The Meridian made the list because of its large floor plans and full service amenities (all the usual, plus valet parking, doorman and several guest suites). One bedrooms start about 1,200 square feet and there are many units around 3,000 sf and up in the building. Note that a lot of units in the building have not been updated, and most all buyers would want and need to spend a substantial amount to remodel them. Many units have been updated, so you have the option of some turn key units as well.
The Metropolitan condos are perhaps downtowns most exclusive condominium with only 36 residences. The Metropolitan condos are on top of the Omni hotel, they occupy the top 10 floors (22-32). The condo residents have their own separate entrance from the hotel guest and their own pool and large outdoor deck overlooking Petco Park. Every unit at The Metropolitan is a corner unit with three of the four units offering great bay views. Lots of glass, 10 foot ceilings and lots of natural light makes these great condos for those looking for a prime view. Located at the entrance to the Gaslamp Quarter these condos are close to a lot of restaurants and shops as well as the bay across the street. The Metropolitan offers two special amenities you can not get in other buildings, room service and maid service from the hotel (for a separate charge). Prices start about a million dollars.
The Park Place condos are located at the SW corner of downtown, across the street from Seaport Village, the only solid white high rise in downtown makes it easy to spot in the skyline. Park Place made the list because of its high quality, though surpassed by newer towers, location and bay views. This is a building for the more value oriented condo shopper. Not a whole lot of large units here, none over 2,000 sf (excluding townhomes) most two bedrooms are about 1,350 sf. The most highly sought after floor plans here are the ones over looking Seaport Village, as that is the best water view and the safest view in the building, expect to pay a premium for them if you find one. Park Place also has some of the best city views as there are no condos East of it for many blocks so the city view is very panoramic and private.
The Park Laurel condos are for those looking for a large condo that feels like a home. Park Laurel floor plans are large, most units are either 2,625 or 3,228 sf and are as large as 5,000 sf. There are four units per floor, so every floor plan is a corner unit. There are no common hallways, every stop on the elevator is at the foyer of a private residence. Finishes are top of the line, this was the first building to have Viking appliances. The Park Laurel condos are located in Bankers Hill, across the street from Balboa Park. This is why you dont see it on either of the two skyline photos, its too far inland. Balboa Park is the nation's largest urban cultural park, home to major museums, performing arts venues, beautiful gardens and the San Diego Zoo. Prices start about a million dollars.
The Pinnacle condos offer a great combination of a very walk able location, high quality finishes, 10 or 11 foot ceiling heights and great bay views, it’s the newest condo in its neighborhood, built in 2005. This is why the Pinnacle condos are the most expensive in the Marina neighborhood. The Pinnacle architect gave priority to the living rooms and kitchens as they are both very large at the expense of the bedrooms which tend to be smaller than the competing buildings.
The Renaissance twin tower condo complex was the fourth luxury residential high rise built San Diego, in 2003. Initially this building condo complex did not make this top 10 list. But thanks to a successful construction defect litigation settlement with the HOA receiving almost $20 million dollars for renovations and upgrades, it has now edged out the Horizons condominiums to make this list. The Renaissance condos offer some of the larger floor plans in downtown, with a lot of units around 2,000 sf and the top few floors around 4,000 sf. If you want to be in a building where you can walk to everything, then the Renaissance condos should be a strong consideration on your list. Its the closest condo building to a major grocery store, the mall and sits on top of some good retail, such as a bank, coffee shop, dry cleaners, postal annex, etc. Residents here also enjoy virtually unobstructed views to the West (bay) and East (city and mountians).
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