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Discover the Exciting, Historic Heart of San Diego: The Gaslamp Quarter

Written by Cindy Marie Jenkins on Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 at 12:06pm.



When Nook Experts match a buyer with their dream home, the only thing as important as architectural style is the neighborhood. Luckily, each neighborhood in our regions has its own distinct flavor, and it won’t be hard to find your perfect match. That’s why we’re bringing you the #NookNeighborhoods series, where every Wednesday you’ll find cool history and culture to make sure you don’t overlook an area that could have the best nook for you.

If you like living in the heart of a city but still want people to know your name, the Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego should be on your list. With festivals and community events year round, it is often called the “Historic Heart of San Diego.” And truly, any neighborhood who has a statue commemorating their original “town dog” is sure to be a special place.

Architecturally, The Gaslamp District is home to 94 historic buildings, staying seeped in its Victorian roots while expanding its style all the way to condos. You can spend days just exploring all the architectural icons within walking or trolley distance of your home, highlighted in a virtual tour by the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation. The Gaslamp District underwent a major renovation in 1974 that continues today, and these historical buildings were some of the first to be restored: the Backesto Building (1873), the Dalton Building (1911), the Keating Building (1890, with San Diego’s oldest steam-powered elevator), Sun Cafe (1922), the Horton Grand Hotel (1886) and my personal favorite, the I.O.O.F. (Independent Order of Odd Fellows, 1882).

I always love a neighborhood with live music, especially with such a variety of music styles and venues within walking distance. That isn’t a surprise when you consider how many speakeasies used to be here, and many keep that vibe, even if they don’t have a password or secret entrance anymore. Favorites from the yelp and Zagat include Tin Roof, Prohibition, Barleymash plus the Vin de Syrah Spirit & Wine Parlor,

To live in the Gaslamp District, you have to love the nightlife, as they say. The stylish condos often sit directly on the main streets, perfect for festival and parade views without stress. And the Gaslamp District, well, it has festivals to spare. It’s hard to find a month where there aren’t two or more special events in the streets, from their annual Monster Bash, the Fall Back Festival and Historic Children’s Street Faire (pony riding and blacksmithery for the whole family). They also host more adult themed events like the prestigious Lamplighter Awards, New Year’s Eve and Day celebration, Masquerade Mardi Gras Parade, Half Marathon, ShamROCK, and of course, Comic-Con International.

The Gaslamp District also has an overabundance of culture to soak into your daily life. There are the major museums including the award-winning San Diego Chinese Historical Museum. There are phenomenal finds at smaller galleries for both local and international art. There are movie theaters and performing arts of all sizes, not to mention the San Diego International Fringe Festival, a wonderful way to experience new and established artists at their most experimental.

When you have visitors, you’ll want to commemorate with a photo under the Gaslamp Quarter Archway, a symbol of San Diego’s continuing commitment to the area’s redevelopment. They can travel to nearly any other popular San Diego spot via the robust Metro system, too. With all the different fun to experience literally outside your door, you’ll never lack for friends to come calling!

Learn more about the Gaslamp District and other neighborhoods in San Diego by trying our trademarked #SearchWithStyle. You can also meet Nook San Diego expert Danijela Ripley at 619-800-2101 or dripley@nookrealestate.com.

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