El Cortez

702 Ash Street, San Diego, CA 92101

Downtown San DiegoCortez Hill

Positioned atop the serene Cortez Hill in Downtown San Diego, the El Cortez Residences offer its inhabitants a panoramic view of the cityscape and the tranquil waters beyond. This distinct area, Cortez Hill, is celebrated not only for its historic allure and scenic vistas but also for its peaceful residential character, complemented by the dynamism of downtown life. Residents benefit from a harmonious blend of urban conveniences, calming parks, and the unique, humming energy that only a locale like this can exude.

The architectural stature of the El Cortez Residences is a tangible reflection of San Diego’s rich past. When it first graced the city skyline in 1927, the El Cortez stood proudly as San Diego’s tallest structure. Initially renowned as a hotel, this iconic landmark introduced innovations that seemed ahead of its era, particularly what was rumored to be the first outside glass elevator in 1956. The building’s Spanish Colonial Revival architectural style is a nod to a bygone period, solidifying its place in San Diego’s architectural lineage.

Having undergone a thoughtful revitalization in 2004, the El Cortez transitioned from its storied hotel roots to embrace its new life as a residential high-rise, all while retaining the historic charm that adds to the allure of the community. Today, it is home to approximately 85 residences, each deeply connected to the building’s storied past. Living at El Cortez signifies more than merely possessing a segment of history. The community boasts a plethora of amenities tailored for its residents: from valet parking for seamless city navigation, a pool and spa for unwinding moments, a sunlit sundeck and community patio space for outdoor leisure, to a fitness facility for wellness aficionados. Additionally, communal BBQ areas, the reassurance of secure access, and underground parking convenience underscore its appeal. This melding of history with today’s living standards solidifies El Cortez Residences as a distinguished and valued landmark in San Diego’s residential panorama.

El Cortez Features

  • 15 Story High Rise
  • 85 Residences
  • Year Built: 1927
  • Developer: J. Peter Block Companies
  • Homeowners Dues: $809-$1,160 per month
  • Professionally Managed by Associated Professional Services
  • Mills Act Designated = Very Low Property Taxes

El Cortez Amenities

  • 24 Hour Security
  • Optional Valet Service
  • Pool/Spa
  • Community Patio (10,000 sf)
  • Fitness Facility
  • Community BBQ Area

Activity for the Year 2023

January – December
  • Average Sales Price: $581,938
  • Average Square Footage: 973
  • Average Price Per Sq Ft: $601.89
  • Properties Sold: 8

*Information obtained through SDMLS. All information believed to be accurate but not guaranteed.