Old Town San Diego Real Estate Spotlight


Our Old Town San Diego real estate spotlight focuses on a historical neighborhood.


Old Town San Diego Facts


Old Town, San Diego offers historical sites amongst acres of Mexican heritage. The Old Town San Diego Historic Park contains many preserved historic buildings from the 1820 to 1870 period and museums.

View the Old Town San Diego Guide to learn about 100 boutique shops, 32 restaurants, 10 hotels, and 36 museums.


Old Town San Diego Real Estate Market 2020


Redfin provides these Old Town San Diego real estate market trends in 2020:

  • Average Home Sale Price (as of February 2020) = $996,000;
  • Home Sale Price by square foot = $625; and
  • Old Town Very Walkable (75 out of 100).


Trulia offers these Old Town real estate market prices for 2020:

  • Median Home Sales Price = $655,000; based on
  • Two Bedrooms = $460,000; and
  • Three Bedrooms = $850,000.


Realtor shows these Old Town real estate market prices in 2020:

  • Median List Price = $739,000; and
  • Median List Price per square foot = $410.


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Casa de Estudillo


Old Town San Diego Historical Buildings


Casa de Estudillo (also called the Estudillo House) built-in 1827 displays a typical San Diego prominent family lifestyle. The most famous of the original San Diego adobe homes with its 13 rooms furnished with 16th to 20th-century items.

The Whaley House Museum built in 1856 and designated as one of two official haunted houses in California with many reported ghost sightings. A former gallows’ site and former home to the Whaley family. It also served as the county courthouse and San Diego’s first theater.

The Old Town State Historic Park features 19th-century businesses and homes offering a colonial San Diego life glimpse. Check out the old schoolhouse and adobe ranch homes with a graveyard spread about the neighborhood. In 1846, Kit Carson pioneered this area.

Heritage Park displays the Victorian era of San Diego with six 1800s restored homes and the city’s first synagogue.

The Junípero Serra Museum located in Presidio Park recognized as one of Old Town’s famous landmarks. Considered as the original site where California began in 1769.


Old Town San Diego Bars


The San Diego Organization site recommends these Old Town bars:

El Agave (Ranked 4.5 Stars by Yelp) offers an incredible tequila collection and indigenous Mexican cuisine hidden is a secluded second-floor hacienda-style setting.

Tahona Bar specializes in Oaxacan bites paired with mezcals.

Café Coyote provides a festive décor with huge margaritas and strolling mariachis in an open-air setting.

Oculto 477 a prohibition-style speakeasy bar next to the Campo Santa Cemetery.


Old Town Shopping


The Old Town State Historic Park features stores reflecting the 1800s history of San Diego’s past. Sample delights from:

  • Toby’s Candle Shop letting you create your own candles;
  • Cousin’s Candy Shop for yummy homemade taffy;
  • The Old Town Market Place offers over 40 unique shops in an open-air courtyard to buy handcraft trinkets, vintage clothing, and traditional Mexican cultural accessories;
  • The Johnson House built in 1870 specializes in millinery;
  • Bazaar del Mundo, featuring a “marketplace of the world” with international shops, jewelry, ethnic clothing, pottery, furnishings, and award-winning restaurants. Also, it hosts year-round events.


Fiesta de Reyes


Old Town Events


Enjoy live mariachi performances every day in Old Town.

Check out a calendar of events for the Old Town State Park’s Fiesta de Reyes stage featuring the Ballet Folklórico Mexican dance performances.

In May, enjoy the annual free Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo lasting for three days of non-stop music, a bustling Mercado (market), displaying lowrider cars, and Lucha Libre wrestling.

In July, attend the Historic Old Town 4th of July celebration featuring crafts, a parade, and traditional early San Diego Independence Day celebrations. Many contests to take part in like cherry pit spitting, making handmade ribbons, and the egg toss.

In October, enjoy the Old Town Día de Los Muertos celebration a traditional Mexican cultural and historical holiday.

In December, go to the Old Town State Park for the Old Town Las Posadas providing seasonal holiday entertainment and experiences for your entire family. For over 65 years the Posadas procession takes place. End the evening at the Plaza with a campfire and toasted s’mores.


Old Town Restaurants


Trip Advisor recommends these restaurants in or near Old Town:

Casa Guadalajara rated 4 Stars (out of 5) from 1,525 reviews for their Mexican cuisine. Their chimichanga got great reviews.

Fiesta de Reyes earned 4 Stars from 344 reviews for their Mexican food.

Casa de Reyes also got 4 Stars from 951 reviews for their Mexican cuisine.

Barra Saloon got 4 Stars from 482 reviews for their Mexican food.

The Cosmopolitan Hotel and Restaurant received 4 Stars from 330 reviews for their traditional American food and their brunch.


Bernard Elementary School


Old Town San Diego Schools


The Niche website rated the following schools in or near Old Town as the best.

Bernard Elementary School earned an A rating teaching grades K-6 to around 460 students. Their student to teacher ratio = 22:1.

San Diego International Studies rated an A teaching grades 9-12 to around 1,130 students. The ratio of students to teacher = 27:1.

High Tech High International also rated an A teaching grades 9-12 to around 400 students. Their ratio of students to teacher = 20:1.

Kavod Charter School earned an A- teaching grades K-7 to around 150 students. Their student to teacher ratio = 13:1.

Magnolia Science Academy San Diego got an A- teaching grades 6-8 to about 400 students. Their student to teacher ratio = 24:1.




This Old Town San Diego real estate spotlight focuses on a historic neighborhood dating back to the 1820s.

Many historical buildings and interesting museums to view and enjoy. Colorful bars and lots of Mexican restaurants to feast at.

Unique shopping venues for traditional Mexican and historical items.

Old Town boasts five Trip Advisor 4 Star restaurants offering Mexican cuisine and one traditional American and brunch delights.

Local events feature three Mexican holidays and two traditional American seasonal celebrations for the whole family.

The schools in or near Old Town offer three A-rated and two A- ratings by the Niche website.

The Old Town San Diego real estate market in 2020 offers median home sales prices starting around $665,000 up to $996,000 depending on size, features, and location.

Contact Us to see the current listing prices in the historical Old Town neighborhood.

Steven Rich, MBA – Guest Blogger


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