Vibrant Urban Landscapes
Known as the largest urban neighborhood in downtown San Diego, East Village is comprised of a massive 130 blocks, and is home to more than 700 businesses including restaurants, hotels, and art galleries. Originally an area comprised of nothing more than warehouses and vacant lots, it became a popular spot for local artists in the 1990s, and residential areas were created after PETCO Park, which is also the home of the San Diego Padres Major League Baseball team, was established in 2004. Since then, its population has grown, and is continuing to grow, with most residents staying at mid-rise or luxury condominiums and lofts.
East Village is home to several educational institutions for higher learning, including Thomas Jefferson School of Law, New School of Architecture and Design, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and the San Diego City College. Continuing urban development combined with the steady growth of new business has served to draw locals from the neighboring downtown area and across San Diego County.
A diverse and vibrant community, the area is known for its trendy stores and upscale restaurants, while construction continues on a number of condominium projects and public spaces. Just recently, the East Village Central Library was completed, adding to the list of amenities that residents already enjoy. The art community also has a strong presence in this area, and it is not uncommon to spot various art galleries, studios, and artists’ homes as one walks along its streets.