About Gaslamp

The Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego is the primary downtown clubbing and dining scene. It is comprised of 16 blocks of historic buildings and hosts many nightlife venues, theaters, restaurants, art galleries, boutiques, and a shopping mall. The neighborhood is so integral to the history and culture of San Diego that it found its way on the National Register of Historic Places. The streets and buildings date back to 1867 but went through a period of urban renewal in the 1980s and 1990s.

Quick Facts

Current Prices: $250,000 to $6,200,000

Closed Prices: $218,000 to $4,300,000

Median Sale Price: $597,225

Average $ per sq ft: $851

Association Fee Ranges: $838, $296 to $1834/mo

Type: Attached Home (Condo, Townhouse, Loft, etc.), Single-Family Home

Age: 1992 to 2008

Sq. Ft.: 311 to 4441 Sq. Ft.

Bedrooms: 0 to 5 Bedrooms

Bathrooms: 0 to 6 Bathrooms

Lot Size: 0 - 1 acres

Around Gaslamp

While you might not live in the Gaslamp Quarter proper due to the commercial zoning, many of the blocks that surround the district are home to a thriving arts community with commercial spaces that were converted into lofts. In addition, many modern high-rise condominium buildings are within walking distance of the neighborhood with stunning panoramic views of the San Diego Bay, Pacific Ocean, and Coronado Island.

This is one of the most active, thriving restaurant scenes in all of San Diego. You will find every type of food from French, Mexican, Spanish, Italian, Middle Eastern, South American, and much more. Many of the restaurants along 5th Avenue have outdoor seating, so you can enjoy a cocktail with a world-class meal while watching some very colorful locals and tourists enjoying the neighborhood.

The Gaslamp Quarter is host to many events and festivals including the Street Scene Music Festival, Mardi Gras in the Gaslamp, the ShamROCK music festival, and Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres. The most famous event is Comic-Con, which takes place in July. The event is held at the San Diego Convention Center, which is directly at the end of 5th Avenue, the main street of the Gaslamp Quarter. Over 100,000 people attend Comic-Con and for three days straight you will see all sorts of people dressed as their favorite comic book hero.

A Friday night in the neighborhood is electric with music, dancing, dining, and clubbing. The Gaslamp is the primary club scene in San Diego and it attracts many of the younger adults in addition to residents and tourists seeking five-star dining.

A perfect Sunday might include some shopping at Horton Plaza or a leisurely walk to the bay to visit Seaport Village, the Midway Museum, or Star of India. You can also walk along the bay on its trail that extends from Embarcadero all the way to Spanish Landing Park. Or you can relax at one of the many restaurants along the water's edge to watch the sunset over the ocean.

Locals Love

  • Thriving culture
  • Historic buildings
  • Fun atmosphere
  • Central location

Locals Don't Love

  • Traffic
  • Parking
  • Crowds during Comic-Con, baseball games, and large conventions

Neighborhood Reviews

3 Reviews

Popular location

Susan B
If you like baseball games, eating out or bar-hopping, it's a great area to live. It can be really congested, especially on weekend nights. Not my favorite part of San Diego, but still a cool neighborhood in downtown.

Cool area!

Todd W
I love this neighborhood. So close to the convention center and every night there's something going on. All different types of shops, bars and restaurants.

Awesome Neighborhood

Cameron M
Gaslamp is one of the coolest urban neighborhoods you can find. It has tons of restaurants and bars and takes you right down to the harborfront. Our friends used to own a condo in the area and we would come visit and never want to leave. San Diego has a lot to offer and Gaslamp is right in the middle of it all.
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