Cortez Hill, Downtown San Diego

Cortez Hill is the Downtown community located at the highest elevation in the area, bordered to the east by the I-163 freeway. To the north, Balboa Park divides Bankers Hill & Hillcrest from the Cortez Hill neighborhood. Little Italy and panoramic views to Point Loma and the San Diego Bay are located to the west. El Cortez hill is the downtown community with the fewer residents and less number of businesses that other districts. For the buyer, this community offers high-rises, mid-rises, low-rises, and some single family homes, making the Cortez Hill an attractive option for all buyers looking to live in Downtown.


Cortez Hill was named after the El Cortez Hill Hotel back in the 1920’s. The illuminated sign reading ‘El Cortez’, sitting on top of the now residential high-rise, became a landmark for the Cortez Hills District. As the oldest community in Downtown, it started as a tourist destination offering to its visitors great Downtown skylight views, restaurants, art, and entertainment.


Now days, the area’s attractions include Copley Symphony Hall located 2 blocks away, The University Club, where as a member, you can enjoy great food and panoramic views to all Downtown. Also, Balboa Park where in less than two square miles you can enjoy hiking and running trails, off-leash dog parks, land bowling, archery, the renowned Old Globe theater, museums, multiple gardens, and the San Diego Zoo, making Balboa Park the perfect place for all lifestyles.

Buyers should know:

Cortez Hill is primarily a residential community where high-rises, mid-rises, townhomes and even single family homes are all part of this district. Buildings such Discovery, and Aria provide great views of the Downtown skyline, PETCO Park, and Balboa Park. Also, creating a unique contrast, you will find CityMark Rowhomes and Soleil Court which are three story townhomes where often forget they live in Downtown San Diego.

As a low-density community, unlike others in Downtown, Cortez Hill provides you with street parking and a quietness that you don’t get from other Downtown districts. Despite bean and urban downtown neighborhood you really get the feeling you are in a suburb away from Downtown.

Complexes in Cortez Hill, Downtown San Diego

Aloft on Cortez Hill
Beech Tower
CityMark Rowhomes
Cortez Blu
El Cortez
Park View
Solara Lofts
Soleil Court
Symphony Terrace
The Mills