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Neighborhood Spotlight: East Village

East Village is San Diego’s largest livable Urban Village. This lively, vibrant and diverse urban community is where residents and the entrepreneurial spirit thrive. 
About East Village
Originally referred to as Centre City East, “East Village” is a nod to Manhattan’s trendy East Village on the Lower East Side.
Once a series of warehouses and vacant lots known for its dive-bars and eclectic dwellings of drug addicts, and the homeless, East Village quickly became a community for artists and social services in the 90s. The vision for residential opportunities opened up in 2005 right after Petco Park was established. 
Today the revitalized East Village is the largest urban neighborhood in downtown San Diego, encompassing 130 blocks with a culturally diverse population over 10,000 and growing.
Currently an arts and industrial neighborhood in transition, East Village is anticipated to evolve over the next decade to a mix-use community of more than 800-plus businesses and nearly 30,000 residents!
The current mission of East Village is to support and promote neighborhood businesses and residents by establishing the community as San Diego’s livable village where people and the entrepreneurial spirit thrive through the distinct mix of arts, culture, education, and entertainment. 
East Village Real Estate Market
East Village is a hub of construction including condominium projects and other public spaces. Scattered throughout East Village are studios, artist’s lofts, galleries, restaurants and shops. 
Most residents in East Village live in mid-rise or luxury condominiums and lofts. The urban neighborhood continues to develop, grow and thrive with new businesses being drawn-in each year from the greater downtown area. 
Many historic buildings and warehouses have been converted into a variety of residential mixed-use units in this district–giving it a hip urban feel. This is all set to expand exponentially in the coming years.
The average Real Estate sales price for condos in East Village is around $700k in East Village as of May, 2018.
AMENITIES IN East Village 
Located east of the Gaslamp Quarter and southeast of the Core district and Cortez Hill in downtown San Diego. East Village is bursting with life via its rooftop bars, cafes, boutique shops, galleries, live music venues, luxury hotels and restaurants.
The recent completion of the Central Library (A $185 Million Dollar Project) set a milestone for the neighborhood in 2013, showcasing the fact that the communities urban renewal and development plans aren’t slowing down anytime soon. 
A few of the landmarks worth mentioning in East Village include: Petro Park–home of the San Diego Padres Major League Baseball team and The Harbor Drive Pedestrian Bridge–which connects the San Diego Convention Center area with Petro Park. 
The Quartyard at Park Boulevard and Market Street offers a collection of food and drink outlets housed in shipping containers. The temporary park will be replaced by a high-rise residential tower and downtown outpost for the University of California San Diego.
A few of the restaurants worth checking out in East Village Include: 
Jsix Restaurant in Hotel Solamar focuses on local seafood and farm-fresh ingredients from area growers, including herbs grown on the hotel’s rooftop terrace.
Soleil @K San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter serves delicious and innovative cuisine inspired by the culinary styles of California's wine country, Napa Valley.
Café Chloe - A small, lively bistro,  offers light French fare with substantial breakfasts, svelte lunches and dinners, and sophisticated bar-nibbles.
Key Shopping Areas Include: 
Wild Dove Boutique is filled with high-quality, fashion-forward women’s clothing at reasonable prices.
Get your kicks with limited edition sneakers, streetwear & art at Rosewood San Diego.
Locally-made, trendy, and creative are the best words to describe the men’s wear for the hip, young man found 5&A Dime.
Educational Institutions that serve East Village Include: 
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
NewSchool of Architecture and Design
Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising
San Diego City College.
Nearby Areas Include

East village is a walkers paradise with quick and easy access to all the amenities you should require. The area is also serviced by the MTS. Which offers quick, cost effective, and simple transit anywhere in and out of the San Diego Area.
Top Things To See & Do Nearby
PETCO Park - Spectacular in every way, combining the best sight lines in baseball with breathtaking views of San Diego. This architecturally magnificent stadium is worth the visit.
Embarcadero Marina Park South - Located by the San Diego Convention Center, this gorgeous bayside park boasts views of the famous Coronado Bridge and the San Diego Bay, and has a fishing pier, basketball courts, and gazebos.
Coffee Shops in East Village - East Village has several great coffee shops, including Bean Bar, Copa Vida, Coffee & Art, Halycon East Village, Coffee & Tea Collective, and much more worth visiting. 
The Quartyard - Opening soon at it’s new location at 13th and Market, The Quartyard is an outdoor food and drink venues constructed from repurposed shipping containers. This urban park includes large beer-garden-style tables, food trucks, a stage for live music, and a dog park. Open 7 days a week, Quartyard hosts a variety of events, from farmers markets to outdoor concerts and film festivals. Learn more about the Quartyard here.
Cabrillo/Balboa Park - This beautiful bridge crosses Highway 163 and is the west entrance to Balboa Park. Walk the bridge for great views of downtown San Diego and just to watch the traffic whiz by.
Harbor Drive Pedestrian Bridge - This futuristic bridge is one of the longest self-anchored pedestrian bridges in the world.
Overall Impression
Plenty of amenities, low crime, a boom in housing opportunities and a focus on the entrepreneurial spirit and a thriving diverse and eclectic community makes East Village one of the hottest neighborhoods to buy a home and live or invest in.

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