Airport Unveils New Rental Car Center; Open Houses to Check Out This Weekend
This week's local real estate news
The new 2 million-square-foot rental car center is now open at the airport. | Photo by Pablo Mason/Courtesy of San Diego County Regional Airport Authority
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$316 million facility opens at airport
The new rental car center that has been under construction alongside Pacific Highway for the past few years officially opened Wednesday, January 20. We wrote about the airport’s struggle to find a restaurant tenant in the inaugural edition of Hatch, our new magazine about big ideas and innovation born in San Diego.
Spanning 2 million square feet, the massive facility can house 19 different companies and more than 5,000 vehicles. Consolidating all of the car rental options under one roof not only makes things easier for San Diego’s visitors, it also drastically reduces congestion on Harbor Drive. Now you won’t have to sit in traffic to catch a flight or while on the way to a dinner reservation at Coasterra.
The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, which spent $316 million on the project, also replaced the entire fleet of busses owned by the car rental companies (about 80 vehicles) with 16 new shuttles that run on alternative fuels.
There are large-scale art installations throughout the center, but the 7,900-square-foot space for a restaurant overlooking the runway still hasn’t found a tenant.
Open houses to check out this weekend
If you’re looking to buy a new home, are curious about what’s available in the current real estate market or just want to get some design inspiration, this new series will showcase open houses that are worth a look over the weekend.
This home is near Rose Creek Trail in Pacific Beach. | Screenshot from Coldwell Banker
This cute two-bedroom home in Pacific Beach was completely remodeled with a gourmet kitchen, quartz countertops and a spa-like bathroom. It’s open Saturday, January 23 from 1 to 4 p.m.
A two-bedroom condo in a quiet section of Mission Hills. | Photo courtesy of John Selby/Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
Over in Mission Hills, a two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo overlooking a canyon is going for $455,000, which is below the current median price of $475,000 for a home in San Diego County. See it on Sunday, January 24 from 1 to 4 p.m.
A Point Loma home with a million-dollar view. | Photo by Nick Jones, listingviews.com
Gawk at this two-story home in Point Loma that’s on the market for $1.975 million. It has three bedrooms and baths, and clear views of the downtown skyline and bay. It will be open on Sunday, January 24 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
A developer wants to build an 831-room, $270 million hotel on the bayfront, right where the city has been hoping to expand the convention center.
While renters in San Francisco struggle to find a decent apartment they can afford and Angelenos hope to find a unit that comes with a refrigerator, a recent study shows that being close to a bar is high on the priority list for San Diegans who are looking for an apartment.
Property values and rental prices have been skyrocketing in Imperial Beach.
Some North Park residents aren’t happy with the city’s latest plan to increase density in the neighborhood. The city has spent more than $3 million to update the North Park community plan.