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The bustling Little Italy neighborhood is a favorite among San Diegans and has become a great location for condo buyers in the last decade too. A combination of rich historic areas and sleek contemporary architecture make this neighborhood a hot spot for all ages. Little Italy offers activities for all, as an elegant choice for a spot to enjoy a glass of wine or for Sunday brunch gatherings. It is also a perfect host for relaxed walks during the day with the dog, as the two of you look for coffee shops or frozen yogurt places to discover.

Furthering the friendly culture of this this neighborhood, Saturdays are often earmarked in San Diego as the day to go to Little Italy’s Farmer’s Market. It is the ideal time to stalk up on fresh farm favorites, as this truly is the holy grail of farmer’s markets in San Diego. The long downhill strip gently guides wandering shoppers to San Diego harbor, as the entirety of the market overlooks the water and is flanked by palm trees along the way. Artisans of the jewelry and clothes making variety share their talents and are delighted to regale in tales of their treasures, as well as meet you at a reasonable price - so long as you take care of their masterpiece! From jazz musicians to rock and rollers, the entire event is filled with their sounds as you muse over the fresh fruit, vegetables, snacks and pastries.

A further spectacular feature of Little Italy is its location to all things San Diego. This neighborhood sits comfortably north of downtown, pleasing business professionals who detest a long commute. The airport is literally minutes from Little Italy and only a $5 cab ride. Historic Balboa Park is perched just to the east of Little Italy, providing the perfectly lush getaway from city life, filled cultural delights among the museums and ornate architecture. Once you've had your fill of the historic architecture at Balboa, welcome yourself home back in Little Italy.

Lover of music? There's music going on in several small bars and restaurants, especially on the weekends.  One of San Diego’s oldest and most popular concert venues calls Little Italy home. The Casbah, established in 1989, is an intimate venue that helped rock greats get their start and music hopefuls have a chance. The venue is busy every night with a new band to see, or an old one to revisit.

Yet the best part of Little Italy may be obvious from the name of this quaint, hospitable neighborhood. Home to arguably the best Italian food outside of Italy, San Diego is lucky to have become host to native Italians who brought with them recipes from generations before them. You can bet that the many competing Italian restaurateurs will assure you, their Grandma’s risotto is the best! There are so many restaurants that each San Diegan has their favorite, such as family friendly Mona Lisa, boasting a wonderful spot to bring the kids. And of course Arrivederci - the perfect intimate spot for a memorable date night.

We're lucky to have several condo buildings to offer our clients in and adjacent to Little Italy.  Why not be within walking distance to the Farmer's market or not worry about driving after a glass of wine at a local Italian restaurant?  If you like modern high rises, consider Aperture condos, right in the heart of Little Italy on the corner of Beach and Union.  Floor-to-ceiling windows let the light in as well as give residents great views of the neighborhood, and sometimes the ocean depending upon the elevation and orientation of the unit.

A mid-rise building that stands out from the crowd because of its pastel coloring is the  Porto Siena condos. This building is centered closer to the ocean on the ever-popular India Street.  Step outside your condo building and you'll be surrounded by cafe's and shops on the first floor of most of the buildings on this street.  This community is a little more affordable than Aperture, but still takes some dollars to live in because real estate is still all about location.

When you live in Little Italy, you are a proud member of the community. It’s one of those neighborhoods where uttering its name causes local’s ears to perk up. Simply state, “I live in Little Italy,” and your conversational companion will surely respond with delight, “Oh really? I love Little Italy!” They will likely follow up with a list of their favorite activities in this popular neighborhood, remindng you why this is such a great place to live.  Check out our Little Italy condos page for some more choices.


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Last Updated: 2023-09-25