The Grande Condos in Downtown San Diego…the Best Highrise?

Posted on August 19, 2009 | by Denny Oh

Grande3901When my client and I were waiting to see a condo at the Pinnacle Museum Tower in downtown San Diego today, I asked him what he thought about some of the other buildings we’d seen.  His response, more or less, was that The Grande at Santa Fe Place and The Pinnacle, were the two best highrises in downtown San Diego.  He loves that The Pinnacle offered high ceilings, floor to ceiling windows and he enjoyed the look of the building.  My client also loved the central location of The Pinnacle.

When I asked him why he liked The Grande, he immediately talked about the incredible E floorplan.  For those of you who are not familiar with The Grande, or the E plan, let me give you a quick rundown.  The Grande condos are twin towers that were built by Bosa Development in 2004 and 2005.  The E floorplan sits on the western corner of the two towers and has incredible, unobstructed(for the most part) water views.  Because of The Grande’s unique triangular shape, the 1,944 sqft E plan has views to the north, south and of course, to the west. 

FloorAs you walk into an E plan, you are immediately hit by gorgeous bay views(you need to be at about the 15th floor to clear the adjacent Holiday Inn).  As you explore a bit more, you notice that this E plan doesn’t really feel like all of the other condos you’ve seen – it feels more like a home.  The Grande’s E plan has 2 bedrooms, a den and two full bathrooms.  This floorplan also offers two different balconies.  For those of you who are looking for a large condo in a great building with great views, I think you’d be crazy not to consider The Grande’s E plan. 

What’s even better, is that these condos are cheap!  Ok, maybe not cheap, but relatively speaking, yes they are cheap.  Moving about 50 yards to the north sits the brand new Bayside at the Embarcadero, which was also built by Bosa.  This new condo highrise has some great views, large penthouses and top of the line finishings.  However, unless you’re prepared to spend a pretty penny, you’re not going to get the panoramic views that The Grande’s E plan has(even then, you still won’t have the expansive views that The Grande does).  Bayside has three condos that share the west side of the highrise, where The Grande only has one – the E plan.

As a result, the west facing condos at Bayside, the B floorplan, only has one balcony and it loses a den and over 100 sqft.  Sure you can buy something larger, but as I’ve already mentioned, you’d better be prepared to spend some money.  I still think you have great views and great condos at Bayside, but they won’t be like those at The Grande.  I think that once Bosa releases their prices at Bayside, we’re going to see a lot more interest at Bosa’s Grande condos.  New is nice, but new also means growing pains – failed plumbing, elevators that need to be fixed, etc.  Every building goes through it and everyone who lives in a highrise has to deal with it. 

Again, I do like Bayside, a lot actually.  At the same time, I think it’s made me like The Grande even more.  I truly think The Grande’s E plan is one of the best layouts in all of downtown San Diego.  For the best views, you’ll probably want to be in The Grande North and at about the 25th floor or higher.  In my opinion, The Grande is a sleeper…no one realizes how great a building this is and because they’re worried about the future development around it, The Grande is way undervalued.  And if you think it’s just too far away from everything, just wait.  Once that area gets built out, the values are going to go up faster than any other building in downtown San Diego.  If you’re thinking about buying and need to sell, get on it!  If you’d like a free customized market analysis and a real estimate of what you’re home is worth, give me a call.

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