Neighborhoods Downtown San Diego – The Gaslamp

August 23, 2012

The Gaslamp District

San Diego History

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The Gaslamp has the all of charm of a historic town and all of the sophistication of a big city. This section of town offers Padres baseball, The San Diego Convention Center, local taverns and Horton Plaza Shopping, and you are only blocks from the Marina District.

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William Davis Heath, a San Franciscan began to develop land at the foot of Market Street in 1850. He built a “salt box” styled home for his family. That structure is still standing today.

In 1867 Alonzo Horton, also from San Francisco, took over development purchasing 800 acres of waterfront property.

Photo Courtesy of Gaslamp.org

In 1869, Horton began building the wharf. On March 24, of that same year when he started selling his commercial and residential property the San Diego Boom began.

Real Estate

Homes in the Gaslamp are prime real estate but I’m happy to say you can still get a one bedroom for $255 K.

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Photo Courtesy of The Ocean Room

Food

The Restaurants are too many to list but here is a small cross section of the amazing choices in that the San Diego’s Gaslamp offers:

  • Gaijin Noodle & Sake House
  • The Ocean Room
  • The Merk – new Gordon Ramsey Inspired Menu
  • La Fiesta
  • Greystone Steak House
  • Osteria Panevino
  • The Urban Bar and Grill

Live Music

Warning Kansas City BBQ is addicting

Photo Courtesy Snow Patrol and DJ Captain Zowie

The Gaslamp Quarter is the center of San Diego’s live music scene, including such venues as the House of Blues for big name acts, Croce’s Restaurant and Bar for jazz, The Field Irish Pub for lively drinking music, Sevilla for South-of-the-border musical flair, or Dick’s Last Resort for classic Rock.

Gaslamp Quarter is home to many popular festivals throughout the year including Mardi Gras, ShamROCK, Halloween Time, and the San Diego Film Festival.

Go Padres

Photo Courtesy of Wheels Traveler Blogspot

Petco isn’t actually IN Gaslamp. It is one block over from the furthest southerly point. Petco Park, located at 19 Tony Gwynn Way, is considered by some to be in of the top five ballparks in our great nation. Still if you are either living in or visiting the Gaslamp during baseball season, Petco is something you don’t want to miss.

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The reason for Petco’s excellence is the fan-friendly setup. Petco and Padres love the fans. Yeah! Not only can you enjoy Padres Baseball from the stands or dining in park restaurants, but you can also sit with younger children on the grassy “Park at the Park” that slopes above the outfield. Across the street is the famous Lucky’s Lunch Counter, serving high quality fare all day — which is perfect because food and baseball go hand in hand.

The Water

San Diego Harbor offers great local cruises and is a departure point for some of the world class cruise lines with destinations points such as Mexico. Last but not least, the Civic Theatre offers a first rate selection operas,touring musicals and other performing arts during their season.

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Interested in touring The Gaslamp, give Rosemary a call @ 619-405-7673.

Other Downtown Neighborhoods…

The Marina District

Little Italy

 

 

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