If by best, you mean highest quality, then the answer is the Pacific Gate condos.
This is very very subjective. To answer this I need to know how you rank your preferences for views, walk-ability, tolerable noise level (planes, trains, people, etc), proximity to shopping, etc.
If you want the prime views, which usually include bay views, then you want to be in either the Columbia or Marina neighborhoods which have a lot of condos located as close to the waterfront as zoning allows. The quietest downtown San Diego neighborhood is Cortez.
The best way is to tell me as much as you can about what you are looking for in a condo, info such as size, how much you like to walk, what you want to be close to, number of bedrooms and or bathrooms, how important a view is, amenities you would like to have in the building, budgeted price range, etc. Since you're visiting my website, I can tell you like to do some research on your own. My number one on line suggestion, would be to visit the automated “Selection Guide” listed in the above menu (in red). Answer ten multiple choice questions and I have built a program to recommend some condo buildings based on your answers. Be realistic in your answers or it will not be able to find any buildings that fit your preferences. In other words, don’t say you want “great views” and also say you want a “low price range” because that combination does not exist.
One thing I would caution against is to shop by price alone, there are a lot of inexpensive condos downtown and each come with there share of reasons why they are so inexpensive, reasons that may lead you to not wanting to live in a particular building. I think its best to start with your wish list and if you need to reprioritize it until you find a condo that meets this criteria and your budget.
As of 2023, there are no new condos under construction. They last new condo building was completed in 2019.
Most new condos will be high rise buildings, which take over 2 years to complete, so looking like the next new condo wont be ready for move in till 2026 or later.
The average discount through the first half of 2023 was 1.6%.
I was quoted in the July 2010 issue of Money magazine saying your starting offer should be 10% below the current asking price, they did not print my next comment which was to expect to get half of that (5% off). Times have changed and asking for a 10% discount these days just might insult the sellers and result in a rejection of your offer with out a counter. Your offer should depend on the comps and most sellers respect that, but know that some don't care about the comps and just want their asking price.
As of July 2023, the average sold so far this year is $870,000, the average asking price right now is $1,400,000, just because there are several very expensive condos for sale driving up the average.
In a low rise building with out full time staff on site (other than cleaning staff) the HOA fee is about $750/month, for a typical 2 bedroom 2 bath condo. In a high rise building, which typically have a lot of on site staff, the average fee is about $1,500/month.
Yes, almost every building allows pets, most all have a limit of two. Some San Diego condominiums have weight limits and breed restrictions for dogs.
The state of California has a base tax rate of 1.0%, then on top of that are local taxes for things like schools, street lights, the downtown "clean and safe" program, etc. Add all those up and its about 1.2% of the purchase price due every year.
RE/MAX has the most productive sales force in real estate averaging more transactions per agent than any of our national competitors and almost twice as many as our closet competitor, this happens year after year. RE/MAX has been in downtown for over 25 years, we are experts on downtown.