The Mills at Cortez Hill - Hidden Gem

A Turnkey 1 bedroom home that is for sale downtown AND  is a good value?  The words "turnkey" and "value" do not typically go together in today's real estate market, but I found one condo that certainly provides both.  First a little about the home - it is a 1 bedroom, 1 bath home with 758 sq. ft. on Cortez Hill in Downtown San Diego's northwest corner.  What I noticed right away is the quality of the upgrades the seller chose with regard to the cabinetry, the lighting choices, and the countertops both in the kitchen and bathroom vanity.  The layout is actually quite spacious and sensible for its square footage, including a very useable (meaning large) balcony.  Compared to some other similar units I have been seeing downtown, this home had a very charming feel and is well priced in my opinion at $399,000. Parking and a storage locker are included.


But why is this home a particularly good value? A couple reasons. Aside from luxury homes, the downtown 1 bedroom market may be the only market in San Diego Real Estate where there is a surplus of homes for sale and the buyer actually has some leverage when negotiating on price.  While sellers of detached homes are getting multiple offers, the sellers of the 1 bedrooms downtown are facing a saturation of similar units on the market.  Also, the Homeowners Association dues are at a very reasonable $361 per month, when the average downtown condo is about $550-$600 per month.  It may not have as robust an amenity package as some, but the property features a fitness center and a community center that is known as the Historic Mills House, a renovated home from the early 1900's containing a kitchen, pool table, living room with big screen TV and a conference center.  Definitely something unique to this community and a must-see. Check out the full listing HERE!

Pique your interest? Give me a call to take a look and we can go on a deeper dive as to why this is the 1 bedroom to have downtown!

Until next time...

Nima Ghaheri, Realtor®  l  619.397.8100  l



Listing courtesy of AARE, Kelvin Jensen

Thursday Market in North Park - More Than Meets the Eye

The North Park Thursday Market, hosted by North Park Main Street, has really redefined the "Farmer's Market" in San Diego.  There are several things that make this one unique.  It starts with cooking demonstrations by the head chef's of popular North Park Restaurants, such as Urban Solace, Carnitas Snack Shack, the Smoking Goat.  It is a great concept:  these chefs actually pick 5 or 6 ingredients found at the market, and create a tasty dish.  Another nice touch is live music from local musicians, with at least two musicians spanning the three city blocks of the market.  To my recollection, the music genres have always been in the more ambient range - Calypso, Reggae, Contemporary covers, etc.  The selection of vendors is so incredibly diverse - of course the food selection provides some of the more popular items you might hope for:  Fresh tamales, Korean BBQ, Indian, and other varieties of ethnic street food.  Add to this all the staples of a traditional Farmer's market, such as fresh produce, locally sourced meat and eggs, fresh flowers, and you will have yourself a complete market experience.


What are my favorites?  I have two must-try recommendations.  First, if you are a fan of Southern food, you have to try the Gumbo Pot.  I love this type of food myself, and each item I have tried has some of the best flavor I have ever tasted.   The Gumbo Yaya and the Étouffée are my favorites - make sure to get a cornbread muffin to soak up the goodness of the stews.  For desert, you can't go wrong with Maya's Cookies.  They make a marbled chocolate chip cookie that is truly amazing, and I always seem to end up with an Oreo-stuffed chocolate chip cookie.

Now it's your turn to get out there and explore the Thursday Market...and let me know your thoughts or if you have a favorite already. 

We're always keeping an eye on the real estate market in North Park since it is such a popular staple neighborhood. If you'd like to see what's currently on the market, click HERE

Until next time San Diego...

Nima Ghaheri 

619 397-8100

Want to Live in North Park but not Break The Bank?

The home values in North Park have certainly taken off over the past few years, and it can be frustratingly difficult for buyers to find the right home without breaking the bank.  Most homebuyers know that to live in a community like North Park, or many other communities near Downtown, square footage is likely to be sacrificed.  There is no way around it.  However, I just viewed a new property for sale that was a pleasant surprise.  The home at 2869 Howard Avenue is a well-preserved Spanish Bungalow that has a blend of historic charm and a modern touch.  Weighing in at 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, and 885 square feet, one would assume to be walking into a tight, cramped home.  Not the case!  The layout of this home is open and flowing, and each room seems to be larger than it should be.  Priced at $575,000, it is a fantastic option for a starter home in a community that is climbing in value.

The home features character at every turn, with coved ceilings and archways throughout most of the living space.  It has been well taken care of by its owners, and updated with new windows, beautifully designed bathroom, and a dual zoned ductless Air Conditioning system.  It was truly to hard to find a negative in this home, but if I had to point to something, it would be the lack of a traditional yard.  And the location?  Walkable to a great pocket of shops at the intersection of Utah St. and El Cajon Boulevard (Heart & Trotter and Cafe Madeline among others), and also a couple block away from North Park Community Park.  This area is rapidly becoming one of the hot spots in North Park and the future is very bright for the home values in this area. For the full listing click HERE. If you'd like to see all listings in North Park, click HERE!

Interested in this home or others like it?  You can connect with me:

Nima Ghaheri 

619 397-8100

Listing provided by Sea Coast Exclusive Properties (Reene Faulstitch)