Cortez, one of downtown San Diego’s many illustrious neighborhoods, is located in the northeast quadrant of the city, south of Bankers’ Hill, north of the Core District, east of Little Italy, and west of Balboa Park. Cortez is actually comprised of two different sections: Cortez Hill on the east side of Sixth Avenue atop the highest point in downtown and Cortez west on the flat end west of Sixth Avenue. The bedroom community is comprised of a great diversity of different architecture, ranging from stately and price Victorian mansions to sleek high rise apartment buildings. Tweet Street, located between 7th and 10th avenues, is the area’s main street and is home to several different stores, shops, and eateries amongst other things.
Due to its location in the heart of San Diego, Cortez and its residents are smack dab in the middle of the bustling urban center. Cortez is also located amongst a number of attractions that make San Diego so special. Because it is located on the edge of the central park of San Diego, large greens await residents who choose to take a step outside. The Golden Hills Community Recreation Area, Balboa Stadium, Bowling Green, and Morley Field Sports Complex are all nearby. The expansive Balboa Park is the landmark for the area just north of Cortez and is a sprawling park that includes a number of different trails, grassy fields, and shady lawns. The park also hosts the San Diego Zoo, one of the world’s most popular zoological parks that features thousands of animals of a variety of species.
While the boundaries of Cortez do not include educational campuses for students in grades K through 12, several educational institutions can be found in Cortez. The Associated Barber College and the Associated Technical College are both big names in the area, as are California Western School of Law, Toussaint Academy, and KIPP Adelante Prep Academy. San Diego City College is also nearby, adding yet another institution of higher education to the local offerings.
San Diego International Airport, the primary port for the area, is a five minute drive away via the I-5 interstate that runs just north of Cortez from the east to west direction.