Other: The bedrooms at the Renaissance are generally larger in size than most buildings downtown, even for a unit with the same square footage. The Renaissance condos are the most centrally located, right across the street from a major grocery store (open 24hrs), the large shopping mall, just a few blocks to the Gaslamp to the east and a few blocks to the bay going west. West facing condos, which have the best water views, do not have balconies, except for the top couple of floors.
Why the Renaissance condos made the Top 10 List: The Renaissance twin tower condo complex was the fourth luxury residential high rise built San Diego, completed in 2003. The Renaissance condos offer some of the largest 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 mountains).
Units facing these directions will probably see:
West: This view from the Renaissance condos is the most valuable view in the complex. Going West for several blocks almost all the way to the bay are only mid rise building, about 6 stories or less. So in 2013 you have great bay views this direction. Be cautious in purchasing a bay view because there is a lot of future construction planned along the Western waterfront that may obstruct some of these views in the future. Ask me for more details. Also note that only the condos on the top few floors have balconies on the West side of the building.
North: For the North view from the Renaissance condos its better to be in the North tower than the South tower. The North tower looks out toward the business district so it’s a skyline view, which is better at night than the day. The South towers North view is obstructed by the North tower, unless you are in a NW corner unit, as they two towers are off set a little.
East: This is the least obstructed of the views, there are no other high rises for about 6 blocks over. You can see all the way to the eastern mountains and can watch the plans fly in. Renaissance condos facing East feel very private.
South: The South view has some great view corridors between the Horizons twin tower condos and the proposed high rise condo to go on the parking lot you now see to the South. This view is very obstructed by the Horizons condos.
Note: These views may change in the future or if you are on a very low floor may not have any view. Each buyer should verify on their own. Above statements are only one man’s opinion at one point in time and are not guaranteed to be accurate.