East Village – Ballpark, Downtown San Diego

The East Village District is the largest and easternmost community of Downtown San Diego. Bordered to the west by the well-known Gaslamp District, to the south by PETCO Park and the I-5 freeway to the east. High-rises, Mid-rises, restaurants and diverse entertainment venues are now the magnets that draw a younger Downtown resident to this area. Buyers to this neighborhood look for views, modern minimalist finishes, and open layout lofts.

The East Village also called Ballpark District, once operated primarily as a produce distribution and storage center, but has gone through an explosive growth and a radical change since the construction of PETCO Park, the home of the San Diego Padres since 2004.


The transformation of the East Village can be traced over the last 20 years when the old Carnation building was home to a variety of arts and underground hipster events including the Sushi Contemporary Arts project. The Building was an iconic fixture with its Picasso eyes mural painted on the west-facing exterior wall. This building is now part of the lofts of the newly constructed Icon high-rise residential complex. The Old Candy Factory, The New Schools of Architecture, and the San Diego Community College contributed to the artsy and bohemian vibe of the East Village.


East Village main attractions include baseball games at PETCO Park, Dog walking at Park @ the Park, luxury hotels, galleries, live music, wine tasting, restaurants, rooftop lounge bars, and a number of high-end health clubs.

The recent construction of the Jefferson Law School and near completion of the Downtown San Diego Library bring vibrancy and more interest to the East Village. These new projects not only define the neighborhood as a multi-purpose community but also create an architectural staple that will most likely become a recognition landmark of the East Village skyline.

Buyers should know:

The East Village offers condos, lofts, penthouses, and rowhomes. The first time home buyer, who is looking for the lowest HOA fees in Downtown, a great entry level unit, and views, will appreciate Diamond Terrace or M2I. Panoramic views to the west, overlooking PETCO Park, the San Diego bay, and Coronado is found in The Mark, a 33-story high-rise that offers new and modern amenities.

If you are looking for something more adventurous and industrial and feel comfortable with exposed mechanicals and cement surfaces, Parkloft is for you. This mid-rise complex offers ideal open floor plans, sizable units, and oversized balconies, all amenities that can be appreciated when entertaining.

The Jefferson Law School and the many office buildings are bringing more demand to the rental market in the East Village.

Complexes in East Village – Ballpark, Downtown San Diego

777 Sixth Lofts
Diamond Terrace
Jacaranda Studios
Moto Villas
Park Blvd East
Park Blvd West
Park Terrace
Rowhomes On F St
Smart Corner
The Legend
The Mark
The Metropolitan
Union Square