Local Living in the Lap of Luxury: Live the high life in San Diego

After several years of rising real estate prices, San Diego’s housing market is finally starting to cool off. Combine that news with the fact that inventory is also increasing, and it’s apparent that both buyers and renters have more choices today than they’ve had in nearly a decade. And while there are certainly many exquisite houses in our city, the hottest deals in town today are on luxury apartments and condominiums.

From Little Italy to Mission Valley and from Coronado to Balboa Park, San Diego is home to some of the most incredible apartments and condos in the country. And if you’re in the market to buy or rent a new abode, the next few months might be the best opportunity you’ll have to secure some prime real estate. But before you begin your search for the perfect place to live, it’s important to know exactly what you’re looking for.

A good starting point is to make a wishlist of must-have amenities. Yet if you don’t know what bells-and-whistles are available in today’s market, you might be missing out on some features you’ll later regret not having. With that in mind, here are some locally available amenities you might not know about but are likely to love.

● Lighted spice racks and under-cabinet task lighting
● An under-counter wine storage unit with dual temperature settings and a 34-bottle capacity
● A high-definition golf simulator with five championship golf courses, advanced tracking and trajectory analysis
● A large kitchen island with a built-in breakfast bar and USB connections
● Electric car charging stations
● Convenient charging stations, smart box wiring technology and MP3-programmable doorbells
● Quartz countertops with waterfall edges and full-height marble backsplash
● A pet spa with washing and drying stations
● A lush courtyard with railroad seating, an oversized soaking spa and day loungers

Making a list of must-have amenities is an excellent start, but that alone won’t do you much good if you’re not sure where to begin your search. Fortunately, modern apps make it easier than ever to find the living space of your dreams. Here are several such tools you can use to find a place that exceeds your expectations.

● Zumper — Get alerts as soon as an apartment that matches your criteria is available.
● Redfin — Access an uber-accurate real estate map and brokerage resource in one.
● HotPads — Discover neighborhood details, and find out the hottest apartments around.
● Homesnap — Get the lowdown on any home you see, whether or not it’s on the market.
● Trulia — View drone footage and find out what locals say about neighborhood safety.
● Zillow — Pre-qualify for a mortgage and connect with real estate agents and lenders.

Ready to move into the apartment or condo of your dreams? Check out the properties on the following pages to see some of the city’s hottest developments and their top-of-the-line amenities. Happy hunting!


Mission Valley’s smart, recreation-rich, walkable community, offers a wide variety of residential options, including townhomes, rowhomes, single-level condos and luxury apartments. The award-winning community, developed by Sudberry Properties, blends the intimacy of a village with the vitality of an urban hub. Visitors are impressed with Civita’s sprawling 2.5-acre resort-style rec center with lagoon pool and lap pool, the beautifully equipped 14-acre Civita Park, trails, dog park, and stylish architecture. Residents in this highly sustainable community have free access to a propane-fueled shuttle that provides commuters access to the San Diego Trolley. Homes are available in many styles and price ranges.

Promontory is a national award-winning community of 133 modern attached homes in two neighborhoods built by The New Home Company (NEW HOME, NYSE: NWHM). It is located on the highest point in Civita with dramatic views of Mission Valley. The final phase of homes at The Heights is currently for sale, offering courtyard homes priced from the $700,000s. The Bluffs offers single-story flats and three-story attached homes priced from the low $1 millions. Elevate by Colrich is a collection of attached homes featuring dramatic single-level and multilevel floor plans with two to four bedrooms and up to 2.5 baths, spacious great rooms and expansive decks. Avella by Toll Brothers, which is located adjacent to both Civita Park and the private Civita Recreation Center, offers four contemporary, three-story townhomes with rooftop terraces. Home designs range from approximately 1,500–2,300 square feet. Home prices start in the high $800,000s.


  • A 14.3-acre, multi-level park with outdoor amphitheater, picnic tables, game area, basketball half-courts, and dog parks.
  • 2.5 acre Recreation Center with clubhouse, lagoon pool, lap pool, two spas and covered patios for year-round BBQs.
  • State-of-the-art fitness club with spin and yoga classes.
  • Game room with pool, ping-pong, shuffleboard and an arcade.
  • Vehicle charging stations and “smart energy community” program with SDG&E to help residents conserve electricity.

Plans: 2, 3, & 4 bedrooms | Size: 1,400 sq. ft. to 2,400 sq. ft. | Rates: Starting at the low $600,000’s

7960 Civita Blvd., San Diego, CA 92108,


Nestled in the heart of the East Village, Spire San Diego is the red hot new addition to the downtown skyline. Boasting the finest new amenity package in the city, residents enjoy several distinct outdoor lounge spaces, BBQ grills, a huge resident’s club house and game rooms with state-of-the-art video gaming pods! Luxuriously appointed 1,2 & 3 bedroom homes feature washer/dryers, imported Italian cabinetry, quartz countertops and private balconies in every unit.


  • Modern Kitchens with Island or Breakfast Bar
  • Stainless Steel Appliances
  • Designer Finishes with Granite Countertops
  • Underground gated parking
  • In-home Washer & Dryer
  • Private Balconies
  • Stunning Views of Downtown San Diego
  • 24-hr Resident Fitness Center; Lap Pool & Spa
  • Clubhouse with Gourmet Kitchen
  • Brand New Fault Line Park

Plans: 1, 2 & 3 bedrooms | Size: approx. 600 sq. ft. to 1,900 sq. ft. | Rates: starting at $2,080/ mo.
1475 Island Ave., CA 92101, 619.915.9500,


Standing over 500 feet tall, Pinnacle on the Park offers the best views San Diego has to offer. This 45-story high luxurious community offers one-, two- and three-bedroom condo-style apartments fully equipped with stainless steel appliances and washer/dryers.


  • Modern Kitchens with Island or Breakfast Bar
  • Stainless Steel Appliances
  • Designer Finishes with Granite Countertops
  • Underground gated parking
  • In-home Washer & Dryer
  • Private Balconies
  • Stunning Views of Downtown San Diego
  • 24-hr Resident Fitness Center; Lap Pool & Spa
  • Clubhouse with Gourmet Kitchen
  • Brand New Fault Line Park

Plans: 1, 2 & 3 bedrooms | Size: approx. 600 sq. ft. to 1,860 sq. ft. | Rates: starting at $1,900/ mo.
424 15th St., San Diego, CA 92101, 619.272.6303,


Seize your chance to live in one of the premier apartment communities in Escondido. Altair provides its residents a wide selection of newly remodeled one- and two-bedroom apartment homes that feature exclusive community and household amenities.


  • Newly Renovated Apartment Homes
  • Wood Inspired Plank Flooring
  • Spacious Patio/Balcony
  • Stainless Steel Appliances; Quartz Countertops
  • In-home Washer & Dryer
  • New Resident Lounge with Media Room, Game Room & Pool Table
  • Free WiFi in Resident Lounge
  • State of the Art Fitness Center
  • 2 Sparkling Pools & Spa; Outdoor Living Area with BBQs & Firepits
  • Dog Park

Plans: 1 & 2 bedrooms | Size: 664 sq. ft. to 871 sq. ft. | Rates: starting at $1,815/ mo.
1361 W 9th Ave, Escondido, CA 92029, 760.746.4844,


Salerno features three- and four-bedroom luxury townhomes with custom-style finishes and thoughtful amenities. Located in Otay Ranch, with easy access to Olympic Parkway and the 125, Salerno is just minutes away from shopping, dining and San Diego entertainment.


  • Spacious Tri-Level Three & Four Bedroom Townhomes
  • Wood Style Plank Flooring Throughout
  • Oversized Direct Access 2-Car Garages
  • Fully Equipped Kitchens with Stainless Steel Appliance Package
  • Central Heating & Air
  • Patio/Balcony on Each Level
  • Clubhouse & Social Room with Kitchen
  • Lush Pool Deck with Heated Pool & Spa
  • Fitness Center
  • Onsite Pet Park

Plans: 3 & 4 bedrooms | Size: 1,833 sq. ft. to 2,294 sq. ft. | Rates: starting at $3,700/ mo.
1630 Paseo Monti, Chula Vista, CA 91913, 619.272.6215,


Seize your chance to live one of the premier East County apartment communities of Rancho San Diego in El Cajon, CA. Meticulous landscaping, comfortable homes, and amenities tailored to enhance your life.

  • Large Private Patio and Balcony
  • Central Heat & Air Conditioning
  • In-home Stackable Washers & Dryers
  • Well Equipped Fitness Center
  • Resident Conference Room + Cyber Cafe
  • Pet Friendly Community with Private Pet Park
  • New Pool & Spa areas with Resort-Style Experience
  • Lighted Tennis; Soccer Field; Shuffleboard
  • High Speed Internet Access
  • Close Proximity to San Diego with Easy Access to Highways 94, 125 & 8

Plans: 1, 2 & 3 bedrooms | Size: 670 sq. ft. to 1,095 sq. ft. | Rates: starting at $1,625/ mo
2450 Hilton Head Pl, El Cajon, CA 92019, 619.442.7279,


Prepare to indulge in the best of Southern California living at Vora Mission Gorge. Set perfectly in Mission Valley, just 4 miles from San Diego’s historic Downtown Gaslamp District, Vora Mission Gorge offers studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments with superb luxury touches such as 9’ ceilings, hardwood-style flooring, quartz countertops and stainless steel appliances.

  • Studio, 1, 2, & 3BR’s, open living plans
  • Live/Work Apartments with Storefront Access
  • Gourmet Chef Kitchens with Stainless Steel Appliances
  • Wood-style Flooring in Entry, Kitchen, Living & Dining Areas
  • Controlled-Access Garage
  • 24-hr Fitness Center
  • Resident Kitchen; Executive Conference Room; Private Media Room
  • Resort-like Grand Courtyard with Outdoor Pool
  • Onsite Storage Rooms
  • Pet Friendly Community with Pet-Washing Stations

Plans: studio, 1, 2 & 3 bedrooms | Size: 571 sq. ft. to 1,398 sq. ft. | Rates: starting at $1,899/ mo
4440 Twain Ave, San Diego, CA 92120, 619.331.4020,


LUX UTC is the new intersection of San Diego, merging designer high-rise homes with resort-style amenities and instant access to shopping and dining – a Cosmopolitan high-rise living experience in the heart of UTC.

  • Spacious Floor Plans
  • Personal Patios or Balconies
  • Nest Learning Thermostat
  • Central Heating & AC
  • Rise Rooftop Pool, Spa & Sundeck
  • Skyline Terrace with Outdoor Cooktop, Fireplaces and Lounge
  • Strata Resident Club Lounge
  • Elevate State-of-the-Art Fitness Center
  • Hotel-Inspired Lobby with Co-Working Space
  • 24-Hour Valet

Plans: 1, 2 & 3 bedrooms | Size: 908 sq. ft. to 2,805 sq. ft.
4200 Brooke Ct, San Diego, CA 92122, 844.694.7971,