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Properties with Large Patios in Little Italy San Diego

The Charming community of Little Italy was recently voted one of the top 10 cities and neighborhoods to live for millennials by Forbes Magazine.  It’s no wonder why baby boomers, millennials and everyone in between is attracted to this great urban neighborhood.  Little Italy feels like a charming European Village with all of the modern amenities one would expect out of a world class city.  Plus, the weather, the bay, the culinary scene, public transportation and walk-ability and you have a slam dunk win.

Living in Little Italy generally means a variety of  housing options that include high-rise condos, mid-rise condos and low-rise condos with some lofts and townhomes scattered throughout the area.  Yes, there are a few remaining older homes, but unless they have historic designation, most are being purchased for development opportunities.

Walk Up Townhome Lofts

If Little Italy in San Diego is the place you’ve identified that you want to live and you need a large outdoor space with easy walk up street access because, for example, you have dogs and want easy access to taking them out or you don’t like spending time in elevators, then you should consider either a townhouse or a walk up loft.  What is a walk up loft?  I know, sounds bizarre, but it’s pretty simple and really cool.

Most of us can visualize a townhouse, right?  They are usually 2 or 3 levels and have 2-3 bedrooms and 2-3 baths and are usually somewhat narrow and vertical.  Walk up lofts in Little Italy are similar in concept, but feel so different.  First of all, the concept of loft is usually described by the adjectives open, exposed, raw or industrial.  The walk-up  properties with large patios in Little Italy San Diego that are lofts are best exemplified by the Doma Lofts Building which sits at the corner of Kettner and Fir at 1780 Kettner Blvd.

The concept of loft is usually described by the adjectives open, exposed, raw or industrial

If you walk down Fir towards the cul-de-sac, you’ll see the stair-cases leading to the large private patios that connect to these townhouse style lofts.  One such case for these properties is residence 109, which features 1692 sf on two levels with 18′ ceilings and floor to ceiling walls of glass.  Like a normal townhome, this property features 2 bedrooms and 2 full baths.  For residence 109, the owner closed off the bedrooms with glass walls and wood mullions.

The difference between a traditional townhouse and loft style town-houses is that the footprint is wider and the second level is a mezzanine so there is an air space that could have been used for adding extra rooms, but the builder went for the dramatic affect of huge 18′ ceilings.

These lofts are built like bunkers with concrete sheer walls on both sides, plus concrete floors above and below so they are extremely quiet and private.   Interior features for 1780 Kettner #109 include maple floors and cabinets with granite counters and stainless appliances.  There is one full bathroom down and the master bathroom is rather large and features a tub and separate shower along with dual vanity and a walk in closet.

The property has direct access to the interior corridor so street access is an option, but not necessary.  With a huge private patio with Bay views, it’s the perfect place to post up and BBQ with friends and family.  After all, isn’t it always sunny and 72 degrees in San Diego?

These properties also include 2 side by side under-ground parking spaces and amenities at Doma include spa, roof-top deck with bay views and BBQ area as well as a fitness center and zen-like courtyard.  Residence 109 is currently listed for sale at $759,900.

Doma Townhouse loft Features:

  • 2 beds
  • 2 baths
  • 1692 sf
  • 18′ ceilings
  • oversized private patio
  • 2 side by side parking
  • lovely wood floors
  • custom cabinets for extra storage
  • walk in master closet

For more information for properties with large patios in Little Italy San Diego or townhomes or lofts, give us a call: 619-309-8011


Written by: chad

Categories: Buyers, Downtown San Diego, Little Italy, Little Italy Real Estate, San Diego Real Estate

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