Cortez Hill is named after the historic El Cortez Hotel. This neighborhood is vibrant and eclectic as it sites "atop of the hill” and has the feel of an urban residential neighborhood similar to San Francisco. This neighborhood has a variety of home owning opportunities. You'll find high-rise luxury towers, modern loft buildings, row homes, town homes, and original Victorian Style homes that add to the diversity and charm of this neighborhood. Some of the best city views can be seen from The Discovery building. Cortez Hill has some of the best city and bay views in all of Downtown. Need a nice day at the park? Balboa Park, just a few blocks away, allows many residents the a relaxing get-a-way from the busy traffic of everyday life.
In 1992 the CCDC envisioned reviving this district by further developing the hill and encouraging a mix of residential and commercial infill. Cortez Hill is now characterized by a pedestrian-friendly environment, schools, and churches. Shops and trendy sidewalk cafes line Fifth and Sixth Avenues providing a thoroughfare to the waterfront. Cortez Hill boasts views of urban San Diego, Balboa Park, the bay and the Pacific Ocean as it is the highest point in Downtown San Diego. The intimate neighborhood feeling, variety of Downtown San Diego condos for sale, proximity to downtown, Balboa Park and the waterfront make Cortez Hill a charming location.