Influx of stores, homes invigorating Barrio Logan

Barrio Logan is changing. The urban neighborhood - south of downtown's East Village - is seeing art galleries, specialty coffee shops and mixed-use developments where there were once rundown homes, old train tracks and industrial warehouses. New interest has sparked a revival in the area.

Living

The neighborhood has a mix of older homes and newer developments, with rental rates varying widely. Studios range from $800 to $995 a month with one-bedrooms in the $1,100 to $1,295 range. Two-bedroom units top out at about $1,400.

"Rents can vary from block to block," real estate agent Anthony Torregiani said. Still, available inventory is low. "First-time buyers and investors are buying homes and restoring or remodeling them," Torregiani said. "The community is going through (a period of) modernization."

Getting around

OK, so it's not the most accessible neighborhood, but give it time. Walkscore.com gives the area a walk score of 57, calling it "somewhat walkable." It's transit and bike score come in at 55. A few bus lines run through the neighborhood and so does the trolley.

Parking

Besides parking at your place of residence, prepare to compete with nearby commercial businesses for daytime spots along the street.

Outdoors

Chicano Park is the neighborhood's soul. Boasting a huge collection of outdoor murals and public art, the park is located under the San Diego-Coronado Bridge and hosts many cultural events and ceremonies.

Other amenities

Northgate González Market opened a few years ago, and cafes and eateries seem to be opening all the time. Nearby, downtown and Golden Hill offer additional options for dining and entertainment. Petco Park and the downtown library are within walking distance - at least to the neighborhood's northern residents.

Vibe

"It's a community mixed with established residents, commercial warehouses and industrial buildings," Torregiani said. "With new and potential developments, it feels like the makings of an up-and-coming neighborhood and community." New and older establishments such as Las Cuatros Milpas continue to have people queing up for a taste of quality Mexican food. The neighborhood also seems to be a magnet for local artists as they flee the high rents of other "cooler" locales. Things are looking up. Barrio Logan is changing.

Anthony Torregiani is a real estate agent with Sal D'Acquisto Real Estate Group. To contact him, call (619) 838-0435, send an email to torrea@san.rr.com or visit saldacquisto.com.

Source: DiscoverSD

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