Cortez Hill, named for the landmark El Cortez Hotel, is located south of Bankers’ Hill, north of the Core District and east of Little Italy and west of Balboa Park. One of San Diego’s oldest residential neighborhoods, some of the beautifully restored Victorian homes of the first settlers are still present. Today, Cortez Hill offers a pedestrian-friendly environment where sidewalk cafes line Fifth and Sixth Avenue along with local businesses and boutique shopping. Although located in the city center, Cortez Hill maintains a friendly neighborhood-type setting, lacking a commercial feel, unlike many other urban San Diego districts.
The highest peak in the city center, Cortez Hill boasts views of urban downtown, Balboa Park, the bay, and the Pacific Ocean. In fact, a quick jaunt down Ash Street provides for a direct route to the waterfront. Full of style, history, and character, Cortez Hill offers a variety of residential options from single family homes to modern, architecturally noteworthy high-rise homes.