top 3 highrises in downtown sd

Our Top 3 Favorite High Rise Buildings in Downtown San Diego

There are endless reasons why people love living in Downtown San Diego. The walkability, the harbor views, access to countless amazing bars, restaurants and cafes, the music scene, and the history – we could go on and on!

  Working professionals and executives, couples, small families, and even retired individuals all make up the mixed demographics that reside in downtown. The diversity of residents is accommodated by an equal diversity in high rise condo’s to choose from. Each one offering something different than the next. How do you choose the one that’s the best fit for you?

But because there are so many to choose from, it can be easy to get overwhelmed when trying to decide which one is the best match for you. Through personal research and partnering with the right realtor, this process can be very smooth. After years of helping others find the best downtown high-rise buildings for their lifestyle, I’ve learn which my top 3 favorites.


harbor club downtown san diego

The Harbor Club is a luxury condominium high-rise building located at 100 & 200 Harbor Drive in the Marina District.

The architecture of this building is very contemporary, and it is coveted as one of the best high rises in Downtown San Diego. There are 3 different floor plans, with one of them being a unique “bubble” floor plan that has been praised since the buildings were erected in 1992.

Nearly every condo has expansive views of the San Diego bay, Coronado, and Point Loma. The  interiors of the condos vary, as many have been renovated since 1992. However, there are still units here with the original finishes and those can typically be purchased at a lower investment.

The Harbor Club offers sophisticated luxury for the downtown resident. The lobby downstairs has been upgraded with rich wood finishes and marble stone. Head upstairs to the 6th floor to enjoy the pool, hot tub, fitness center, and luxury patio furnishings.

Closest to the Harbor Club is Morton’s Steakhouse and Martin Luther King Promenade Park. Walk just a couple blocks and you’ll find Petco Park and The Children’s Museum, on top of hundreds of additional restaurants, bars and boutiques.

HOA’s can range from $800-$1,000 monthly


horizons highrise downtown san diego

Not far from the Harbor Club is another luxury high-rise building, Horizons. The North and South towers that make up this community are full of residents of all ages and backgrounds. Located at 501 First Ave in the Marina District, this building is steps away from the harbor and offer amazing views of the San Diego bay and Coronado.

The floor plans in this building are very well thought out and spacious, each designed with their own unique finishes. Choose from one, two or three bedroom condominiums ranging from 1,000-2,900 sqft. If you crave a vibe that is soothing and sleek, the interior of Horizons is perfect for you.

Residents love the pool, spa, gym, concierge and security services that come with the HOA. Fee’s start at $659, which is relatively low compared to other luxury high-rises nearby.


la vita little italy san diego

Located at  300 W. Beech Street in Little Italy, La Vita is one of the most walkable condo’s in metro SD. The community is made up of a mid-rise tower and 9 adjacent town homes with their own private 2 car garages.

For a relatively low HOA for the area, residents of La Vista have access to a ton of community amenities. The courtyard located in the middle of the building has state of the art BBQ’s, a pool & spa, fitness center, tranquil water features, and lush resort-style greenery throughout. Host a party in the amenity room, which includes a wet bar, billiards and flat screen TVs.

We love the units that make up this building. They feel bright and spacious, with 9ft ceilings and generous balconies and terraces.

La Vita is in the heart of San Diego’s foodie haven, Little Italy, and has a walkability score of 99%! Right around the corner is the USS Midway, popular Waterfront Park, the Star of India and Maritime Museum.

Residents love living here and having access to the famous Little Italy Farmers Market as well as several incredible restaurants and cafes. Pappalecco, Davanti, Prep Kitchen, and Herb and Wood are some of our favorites. The luxury kitchens boast European style cabinetry, granite countertops, and modern recessed lighting.

HOA dues range from $386-$685

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