560 First Ave,
San Diego, CA 92101
October 21st, 2010 categories: Buying
The Mark condos are located at 800 The Mark Lane in downtown San Diego. Located in the East Village district of downtown, it’s close to the Gaslamp District, Petco Park and a lot of San Diego’s attractions. Built by Douglas Wilson in 2007, The Mark had trouble selling and about half of the building was eventually turned over to an outside marketing group for help. With new prices and a more active market, The Mark has now sold all but 20 of it’s 244 condos.
The Mark condos consist of a 33 story highrise tower with several townhouses that surround the common areas. The north side of the building also has commercial space on its ground floor and has done a
great job of integrating with the city. The condos have high, 10 ft ceilings and portions of exposed concrete walls, which reminds you that The Mark and Parkloft(which is across the street) are indeed related.
There are several things that I like about The Mark…
Downtown San Diego’s East Village is a developing area and has a wide variety of people and places to explore. There are multi-million dollar condos, luxury apartments, several hotels, Petco Park, the new Thomas Jefferson law school, the future public library, a bowling alley, bars, a hardware store…it’s by far the most diverse area of downtown San Diego in my opinion. And with the downtown tax revenue cap being removed, I think East Village will be the area that sees the most appreciation over the next 10 years – especially if the new Charger’s stadium gets built.
The Mark condos have an urban, yet elegant feel to them. The exposed concrete walls are one of my favorite parts of the building, but don’t be fooled by this unfinished look. The hand crafted German cabinetry, granite counter tops, walk-in closets and floor-to-ceiling windows are hardly unfinished and the views are incredible. The 10 foot high ceilings, are also a great feature, which few buildings offer. The Mark also offers some great floorplans and all of the 2 bedroom, 2 bath floorplans have 2 parking spaces.
I especially like the layout of the building, which has the tower on the north end of the block, with the pool and common areas to the south. The townhouses protect this area from noise and keeps the wind out. I also am a big fan of the mixed use layout, with shops along Market Street.
Given its non-water front location, The Mark isn’t particularly known for it’s breathtaking water views. It does however, have some great views – they’re just slightly removed, water views. With Petco Park only a few blocks to the south, residents on higher floors also have a great view of, and into, the ballpark. To the north, east and west, people get some nice city views as well(directly west is the new apartment building, Strata though). Even on lower floors, residents can look out over the common area, or towards the adjacent, but not overbearing, neighboring buildings.
The Mark is a great building. It won’t appeal to everyone, but I think its combination of views, location and amenities will certainly make people think twice about East Village. I personally prefer the slightly off-set water views, since there’s more to see. As downtown San Diego grows, the east side will see the most appreciation and I think The Mark is setting the bar.
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