New places to call home around San Diego

San Diego is building toward the sky, and many of its latest towers are amenity-rich condos and apartments that cater to hip, urban dwellers. Not to be outdone, nearby Tijuana is in the middle of one of the biggest residential building booms in its modern history. A surplus of condo buildings will soon grace the Mexican city, which might start to look more and more like San Diego.

The Rey, Cortez Hill

Living downtown doesn’t require being immersed in the craziness of the Gaslamp District. The Rey is tucked away in the more peaceful Cortez Hill area and is the latest high-end building in this up-and-coming neighborhood. At 22 stories, the development from Wood Partners and the Berkshire Group is one of San Diego’s largest apartment complexes in years.

Apartments: 478

Project status: Now open

Rent: $1,765 to $1,815 monthly for a studio; $2,050 to $3,465 monthly for a one-bedroom; $2,720 to $3,575 monthly for a two-bedroom.

Amenities: Rooftop pool with a lounge and kitchen area • Two-story gym • Expansive views for units facing the San Diego-Coronado Bridge • “Eco roof,” a half-acre of succulents and other plants that filter rainwater back into the sewer system and cool the top of the building.

The Rey: 801 A St., Cortez Hill, 619.678.1778,

AV8, Little Italy

Any new development in Little Italy is going to get a lot of attention, and AV8 is no exception. The CityMark Development has plenty of amenities, but its main draw is its location in the middle of this bustling hot spot.

Apartments: 132

Project status: Projected completion in January 2018

Rent: Not yet set; average asking rent downtown is $2,197 per month, according to real estate tracker CoStar.

Amenities: Turf “chill area” to take in views of San Diego Bay • Outdoor kitchen and fireplace, lounge areas, terrace, bocce ball area • Bike garage and pet-wash room • Fine-grain architectural façade with metal panels and contemporary wall tiles.

AV8: 2101-2175 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy, 619.231.1161,

Park 12, East Village

Die-hard San Diego Padres fans may want to take a swing at life in Park 12, the 37-story Ballpark Village tower next to Petco Park. Designed by Johnson + Culture, the tower could open as early as December after more than 15 years in development.

Apartments: 720

Project status: Projected completion in December 2017

Rent: Not yet set; average asking rent downtown is $2,197 per month, according to real estate tracker CoStar.

Amenities • Rooftop pool and outdoor spaces • Onsite restaurants and retail • Upper floors will offer views of the bay and skyline, as well as partial views into Petco Park• Pedestrian plaza, with cafe-style seating and public art, which could eventually be home to farmers markets, car shows, bands and other special events.

Park 12: 202 Park Blvd., East Village, 858.914.2123,

Millennium Mission Valley, Mission Valley

This Dinerstein Companies complex will span more than five acres and include 9,000 square feet of retail space and a public plaza that had formerly been home to a car dealership and boat-repair company. TCA Architects designed the project, seeking to create a pedestrian-oriented atmosphere.

Apartments: 291

Project status: First units scheduled to open in August; completion expected by November

Rent: Not yet set; average asking rent in east Mission Valley is $2,142 per month, according to CoStar.

Amenities: Gym, yoga room, dedicated boxing and spin rooms • Outdoor pool and spa, courtyards, rooftop patio • Clubhouse, lounge, kids club, VIP resident area • Proximity to malls, plenty of retail and food options; quick access to freeways• 9,000 square feet of commercial space.

Millennium Mission Valley: 5080 Camino Del Arroyo, Mission Valley, 832.209.1200,

Bellamar Point Loma , Point Loma

While Bellamar Point Loma is a small project, its unique design makes it stand out among new developments in San Diego County. The three-story building will wrap around an intersection on Rosecrans Street. The first floor will be retail and parking, and the top two floors will be luxury apartments with expansive views.

Apartments: 16

Project status: Projected completion in August

Rent: Not yet determined; average asking rent in Point Loma is $1,858 per month, according to CoStar.

Amenities: Community courtyard • Apartments have Zen soaking tubs, Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances, gas fireplaces and private balconies • Two parking spaces per unit.
Bellamar Point Loma: 1180 Rosecrans St., Point Loma, 619.535.7716,

Adamant Tijuana, Tijuana

Arguably the flashiest of Tijuana’s new condos, this 32-story tower will stand near Estadio Caliente, the stadium used by the Club Tijuana soccer team. To woo millennials, developer Milk Life Investments is using flashy videos and glossy promotional materials showing models in swimsuits, fashionable young people driving sports cars and parties with people drinking champagne.

Condos: 180

Projected status: projected completion in December

Cost: $77,500 to $191,000; Americans can buy a condo in Tijuana by establishing a renewable 50-year trust with a Mexican bank that typically costs $2,500 or more and requires payment of $500 yearly fee.

Amenities: Pool terrace and sundeck • Yoga studio and gym • Lounge and game room • Guest suites.

Adamant Tijuana: Blvd. Agua Caliente 11998, Tijuana, 664.104.1351,

Cosmopolitan Residences, Tijuana

Probably the most environmentally friendly new development in Tijuana, Cosmopolitan Residences is aiming to achieve the coveted architectural accolade of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. Only seven buildings in the city have earned the environmental designation, says the U.S. Green Building Council.

Condos: 42

Cost: $400,000 to $700,000

Projected status: Projected completion in December

Amenities: Pool, gym, racquetball courts, hot tub, sauna • Reading room and game room • Concierge service • Condos feature walk-in closets, laundry room, dining room, two to three bedrooms, balconies and views of the city

Cosmopolitan Residences: Ave. # 2786 Col. Cacho Ensenada, Tijuana, BC, 664.634.1271,

Pacific Gate, downtown San Diego

Sales have already passed the 50-percent mark for Bosa Development’s 41-story Pacific Gate project. Sure to be a visually stunning complex once completed, it is accented by a double-nested curve with a rolling façade at the top of the building that was envisioned by design principal Jamie von Klemperer.

Condos: 215

Project status: Projected completion in December

Cost: Starting at $1.1 million

Amenities: Outdoor pool, terrace and poolside cabanas • 10,000 square feet of retail and possible restaurant space at the base of the building • Luxury car fleet • Concierge services • Residences offer heated bathroom flooring, a balcony (most units), and smart-home features

Pacific Gate: Southeast corner of Broadway and Pacific Highway, 619.795.3612,

41West, Bankers Hill

Near Balboa Park, the 10-story 41West stands out as a result of its emphasis on natural light. To let the sunshine in, the units have floor-to ceiling windows and NanaWall bifold doors made of glass.

Condos: 41

Project status: Projected completion in October

Cost: $1 million to $4.5 million

Amenities: Gym with towel and water service • Dedicated pet-grooming area • Gated underground parking • 24-hour-attended lobby and resident lounge • Residences feature Italian cabinetry, quartz countertops, 10-foot ceilings, terraces with gas fire pits (in some units), trash chutes

41West: Fifth Avenue and Maple Street, 619.483.1041,

North City, San Marcos

A massive planned community, much of which is already built, North City aims to feature student housing, retail and commercial space, a park, a hotel and a college stadium. The developers of the complex, which could eventually include about 3,400 residential units, envision the project as North County’s version of downtown’s Gaslamp District.

Apartments: 197 units comprising Block C opened in October; 68 units in Block K are under construction

Project status: The Block K complex may be completed by the end of the year, but a final date is not set

Rent: Average $1,675 for a studio; $1,807 for a one-bedroom; $2,173 for a two-bedroom; $2,775 for a three-bedroom

Amenities: Pool, spa, sundeck with fire pit • A clubhouse with full kitchen • Yoga room and gym • Pet-grooming station • Walkable access to the Sprinter Light Rail and buses • URGE Common House - a 20,000-square-foot warehouse that will include the brewing headquarters for Mason Ale Works, an outdoor biergarten, a 200-seat restaurant, bowling and two bocce ball courts - is slated to open in North City in 2017

North City, San Marcos: 310 Campus Way, San Marcos, 760.930.7952,

Atmosphere, Cortez Hill

Atmosphere is a 12-story subsidized housing development in Cortez Hill. To live here, individuals and families need to earn at least 60 percent less than the area’s median income.

Apartments: 205

Project status: Anticipated opening by May or early June 2017

Rent: Dependent on income; could range from $405 to $1,226 per month

Amenities: Rooftop terrace with barbeque • Computer lab • Trash and recycling chutes • Life-enhancing offerings for residents include adult classes (computer, language, job skills), credit-repair programs, youth programs, community-involvement programs

Atmosphere: 1453 Fourth Ave., Cortez Hill, 619.450.4499,