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Uptown Gears Up for New Bike Lanes; Open Houses to See This Weekend

This week's local real estate news


San Diego is becoming more bike-friendly | Photo by Jay Reilly

Hit the Streets

More bike lanes on the way

As the city sorts out its plan to make Little Italy and downtown more pedestrian and bike friendly, another project is in the works to bring bike lanes to neighborhoods nearby.

The Uptown Bikeways Project looks to add more bike lanes connecting Hillcrest to Mission Valley along Bachman Place, over to Old Town through University Avenue and West Washington Street, and to parts of North Park. The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), the agency in charge of the project, is hosting a community open house at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24, that anyone can attend to learn more about it.

Sorting through the report, we learned that sidewalk repairs (which are sorely needed) and curb extensions in these neighborhoods are included in the plan, and found that a study showed University Avenue has the highest number of pedestrian collisions uptown.

Once the project gets final approval from the SANDAG board of directors, work can start in Bankers Hill and Hillcrest as early as next year. You can see a map of the project here.

In other bike-related news, The Reader reported that more bikes are being stolen from garages and storage rooms inside residential buildings, and that high-frequency bike theft spots downtown include Horton Plaza, 24 Hour Fitness, and the Ralph’s on G Street.


Word on the Street

New wine tasting room to open downtown

Don’t feel like driving to Temecula to sample some wine? Callaway Vineyard & Winery is opening a new tasting room and shop in downtown San Diego this fall.

The vineyard, which was founded by golf legend Ely Callaway in the '70s, currently sells wine only online or at its 20-acre estate, and the tasting room near Fourth and Island avenues will be its first outside of Temecula. The company says it grows seven different wine varietals, including cabernet sauvignon, viognier and sangiovese.


House Hunting

For some reason, several new open house listings this week are for properties in the million-dollar range, and none of them are in Encinitas or Point Loma. Let’s see what kind of home you could get for a mil in San Diego today.

What one million will get you by the park in PB. | Photo by Berkshire Hathaway HomeService/Screenshot from Redfin

This three-bedroom, two-bath, single-story home in PB is priced at $1.05 million. The listing calls it “stunning”—not sure if that’s the right word, nor is it beachfront: it’s on a hill by Kate Sessions Park.


This two-story home in Normal Heights was built in 2013. | Photo by Real Estate Insight/Screenshot from Redfin

Normal Heights is usually more affordable than North Park, so this $1.15-million home sticks out. It has the style of a Craftsman home, but it was built in 2013 and has four bedrooms and three bathrooms. “You will think you just entered into a fairy tale,” the listing screams (since it’s written in all caps). The porch does look cozy, though.


$1 million will get you a house near a canyon in UTC. | Photo by Berkshire Hathaway HomeService/Screenshot from Redfin

Our next stop is a cul-de-sac in UTC, where $1 million gets you four bedrooms, more than 2,500 square feet, and big backyard (without a pool) near the edge of a canyon.


This home has five bedrooms and is on nearly four acres. | Photo by Coastal Premier Properties/Screenshot from Redfin

Now this is stunning: 5,800 square feet (that’s a big house!) on almost four acres of land for $1.69 million up in Rancho Bernardo. This house is open for viewing on Sunday, May 22.

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