Located just across the water from the North Island Naval Station, the community of Core is just one of many neighborhoods to grace the streets of downtown San Diego. Nestled in the heart of urban life, Core has become the center of city life in San Diego and has quickly become one of the most prominent commercial-residential areas in the city. The area is bordered by Cortez Hill to the north, Little Italy to the northwest, Horton to the south, and East Village to the east.
The I-5 interstate passes just north of Core and is a key link to the surrounding area and the rest of San Diego County. The I-5 can whisk residents of Core from their homes to the San Diego International Airport’s Lindbergh Field within a matter of five minutes. The busiest single-runway airport in the nation and second busiest in the world, the airport is served by dozens of carriers offering regional, domestic, and international flights to destinations around the world.
Core’s location in the middle of the city allows residents the convenience of often walking to work or taking public transit. Additionally, the location is close to a number of important stores, malls, and other places that make living in Core a breeze. The Westfield Shoppingtown Horton Plaza is the area’s primary retail area and spans an area of nine city blocks. The mall includes a number of high-end fashion boutiques as well as shopping center staples like Macys and other brand-name retailers. A food court is especially vibrant during the work week when many people who work in the city take a break at the plaza.
Core is also close to a number of beautiful parks. Embarcadero Marina Park is located on the waterfront and is an especially tranquil and relaxing place, despite being surrounded by skyscrapers. The much larger Balboa Park is just a few blocks from the center of Core and is similar to New York City’s grand Central Park. El Prado, a wide promenade that runs through the park, is home to many of San Diego’s most famed museums and cultural attractions including the San Diego Museum of Man, the San Diego Museum of Art, the Museum of Photographic Arts, the San Diego Art Institute the San Diego Model Railroad Museum, the Natural History Museum, the San Diego Historical Society, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, the Reflection Pond, the latticed Botanical Building, the Bea Evenson Fountain, and Timken Museum of Art.