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New Little Italy Restaurant Gets Green Light; Open Houses to See This Weekend

This week's local real estate news


We just sent three different magazines to the printer, so this week’s blog post is lighter on news. Help us out by letting us know what you’ve been hearing in the real estate world.  

The steakhouse Born & Raised will take shape in Little Italy. | Image courtesy of Basile Studio

Word on the Street

City Council OKs Little Italy steakhouse

Tuesday’s City Council meeting resulted in a win for Little Italy’s restaurant scene. The council overwhelmingly ruled that restaurateur CH Projects could pursue building its neighborhood steakhouse, Born & Raised, after the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority initially said no to its development last fall.

Known for Ironside Fish & Oyster and Soda & Swine, CH Projects leased the former Nelson Photo building on the corner of India and West Fir streets with plans to convert the space into a restaurant with a covered rooftop deck. The Airport Authority rejected the plan because the building is under the flight path. CH Projects brought the case to the City Council, which voted 8-1 in favor of the restaurant. President Sherry Lightner was the only dissenting voice.

Arsalun Tafazoli, co-founder of CH Projects, told the Union-Tribune it cost him around $100,000 to fight the Airport Authority’s ruling. The company has started the remodel of the space and plans to open at the end of summer.


House Hunting

Open houses to see this weekend

Take a break from browsing design photos on Pinterest and go peek inside people’s homes (legally!) to see what they’ve done with the interior, yard, and remodeling projects. You can also discover how much it costs to live in certain neighborhoods around the county.


This home is in one of 2016’s hottest neighborhoods. | Photo by Sea Coast Exclusive Properties/Screenshot from Redfin

This home’s backyard leads to views of a canyon in Clairemont, one of this year’s hottest neighborhoods. For $695,000, you get a 7,200-square-foot lot, a granny flat, three bedrooms, and two baths. See it Sunday, March 6, from 1 to 4 p.m.


This loft in Little Italy is a must-see. | Photo by VO Properties & Investments/Screenshot from Redfin

A Little Italy loft in a complex designed by architect Jonathan Segal is up for sale for $589,000. It has two bedrooms, high ceilings, a balcony, rooftop deck, and designer kitchen. Fancy! See it Saturday, March 5, from noon to 3 p.m.


You could live in Bay Park and have views of the fireworks at SeaWorld. | Photo by Ascent Real Estate/Screenshot from Redfin

We found a Craftsman home in Bay Park that has views of Mission Bay and a cool interior design for $589,000 (the median home price in this neighborhood is $698,000 and is projected to rise). Check it out Saturday, March 5, from 1 to 4 p.m.


News Bites

  • If you haven’t tried the Montreal-style bagels or poutine at Mess Royale yet, you better get there before it leaves Hillcrest this Sunday, March 6. The owner told Eater he hopes to relocate to a neighborhood that has a busier bar scene this summer.

  • It’s now easier for San Diegans to start urban farms.

  • Twisted Manzanita Ales & Spirits closed its Santee brewery and Pacific Beach tasting room this week.


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