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Cortez Hill Condos for Sale

Cortez HillIt’s nice to take a break from the hustle and bustle of city life. And so for every San Diego local who craves for a more laid back and peaceful atmosphere, there is always the neighborhood of Cortez Hill.

Perched on a hill overlooking the rest of Downtown San Diego, Cortez Hill is the city’s oldest neighborhood. It’s both a part of downtown and apart from it, not just in geography but in the community feel. Here, residential buildings, such as highrise condos and lofts, outnumber commercial outposts. Everything here feels cozier and more family-friendly, making this an extremely popular neighborhood for anyone who wants to experience San Diego’s more relaxed side.

Available Condos in Cortez Hill


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Cortez Hill is located in Downtown San Diego’s northeast side. The hill is relatively flattering from Cortez West and gradually slopes up from east of Sixth Avenue. This is called the hill proper area.

Up on the hill, Cortez Hill’s boundaries are easily distinguished. To the north, there’s Bankers’ Hill, and just south of the hill is Core and Columbia District. To the west sits the neighborhood of Little Italy, while Balboa Park is located west of Cortez Hill. Basically, the rest of Downtown San Diego lies south of the neighborhood. You can easily drive down the hill for more retail and dining options.

There is also easy access to Interstate 5 (San Diego Freeway), which serves as the physical northern border of Cortez Hill. Meanwhile, Ash Street will get you down to the waterfront for a change of scenery.


Cortez Hill’s rise is directly tied to that of El Cortez’s foundation. The former hotel was established in 1927. Shortly after, the hill and surrounding neighborhood were named after it. El Cortez used to be the tallest building in San Diego and dominated the skyline view until it was dethroned by the Executive Complex in 1963. In 2004, it was converted into a highrise condo complex.

El Cortez isn’t the only landmark structure here. One of the oldest buildings on the hill is the St. Joseph Cathedral, which was built in 1875.

Cortez Hill real estate: condos and lofts for sale

Unlike most of Downtown San Diego, real estate options in Cortez Hill offers more variety. The residential buildings in the neighborhood not only house highrise lofts and condos, but apartments for sale and rent as well. There is also a handful of Victorian-style real estate in the area. Whether you choose to buy or rent, the selection is great.

Although it’s a hill, there are great highrise real estate options in Cortez Hill. When you live in a condo or loft atop a hill, you really are living aloft. From up here, you can view Downtown San Diego and even the Pacific depending on your orientation.

Condos in Cortez Hill

One of the condo and loft buildings in Cortez Hill is Discovery. Another San Diego project by Bosa, Discovery is one of the luxury highrise buildings that now form the Cortez Hill skyline. It was built in 2002.

Discovery has 22 levels, with the 10th floor having some of the amenities: swimming pool, a lounge area, and an outdoor BBQ area, among others. Floor plans at Discovery include one- to two-bedroom condo and loft configurations as well as townhomes. Each condo and loft come with a view of downtown city lights and, during the daytime, Balboa Park.

The highrise condos and lofts for sale or rent at Discovery come high-quality features and finishes. Expect 9” ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows, spacious terraces and balconies, and gourmet kitchens. There are a total of 199 condos at Discovery.

Are you interested in living aloft at Discovery? Search our listings to find a condo or loft for sale or rent that you love.

Discovery is just one of the highrise condo and loft buildings in Cortez Hill. Explore Cortez Hill real estate and search for more condos and lofts for sale or rent in the neighborhood.

Church in Cortez Hill

The Cortez Hill lifestyle

Dubbed the heart of the city, it’s easy to explore the rest of San Diego from Cortez Hill. Here are some things you shouldn’t miss in and around the neighborhood:

  • San Diego Zoo: Cross Interstate 5 and drive through Park Boulevard or Florida Drive to view animals up-close and personal at San Diego Zoo. From here, you can also explore the rest of Balboa Park and its other attractions, such as San Diego Air & Space Museum.
  • SoleLuna Cafe: Located on Ash Street, SoleLuna Café serves simple and authentic Italian classics. Take a table on the off-street patio to enjoy a view of Ash Street and people-watch as you sit back and relax.
  • El Cortez: Although no longer a hotel, you can still drop by the El Cortez and admire its Mission/Spanish revival architecture.
  • House of Blues San Diego: Watch a concert at one of San Diego’s best live music and entertainment views. House of Blues also serves great Southern food.

Live in Cortez Hill

Enjoy a different take on San Diego living a loft a scenic hill. Search Cortez Hill, California real estate, including condos, apartments, and lofts for sale or rent when you browse our website. To schedule viewings and learn more about your options in the neighborhood, get in touch with me, Max Mervis, at 619.980.8385 or max(at)sandiegohighrises(dotted)com.