If you’re looking to buy a home in San Diego, and the items at the top of your wishlist include: walkable lifestyle, low maintenance dwelling and central location to some of the greatest things San Diego has to offer, then Mission Valley's new Civita neighborhood may just be the place for you. Originally a rock quarry that provided aggregate to build many of San Diego’s roads and highways, over the past decade the quarry has been transformed into the bustling community of Civita, projected to have 4,780 homes, over 30 acres of public park and almost one million square feet of office and retail space. Here are three reasons why to buy a home or condo in Civita:
1. Walkable Lifestyle and Frequent Community Events
The vision for Civita is for it to be a high-density urban village, embracing San Diego’s “City of Villages” concept. Trails throughout the community connect the condos, apartments and houses to the neighborhood’s amenities:
Civita Park: Phase one of Civita park was completed in 2017, and it includes an amphitheater where summer concerts are hosted, an interactive water feature where children are frequently splashing, a community garden, a football-size playing field and two half-size basketball courts. Development for phase two of the park beings in 2018 and will include bocce courts, picnic areas, children’s playscape, climbing wall and more gardens.
Recreation Center: Civita homeowners can enjoy the Recreation Center which was named “Best Community Amenity” in master planned communities throughout Southern California at the SoCal Awards in September 2017. The Civita Rec Center is organized in two parts - a Social Wing and a Fitness Wing. Both wings open onto covered terraces overlooking two spas as well as a lap pool and beach entry pool.
Retail and Office Space: As of March 2018, negotiations are underway for a grocery store, restaurants - including a brewery, numerous small business and a local coffee shop to occupy the retail space.
Elementary School: San Diego Unified has plans for a K-5 school in the location of the current 3.5 acre temporary park, to welcome their first classes in September 2021.
Other Amenities: To continue to support a walkable lifestyle for residents, there are plans for a pedestrian bridge to connect Civita to the retail center across Friars Road and also for a neighborhood shuttle to the nearest trolley stops.
2. Proximity to Some of the Best Things San Diego Has to Offer
Major Freeways: Positioned within the triangle created by the 163, I-8 and 805, residents experience quick access to three of the major San Diego freeways.
Beaches: Just eight miles inland from Mission Beach and Ocean Beach, residents can enjoy one of the best gems that San Diego has to offer all year long. A bike path from Mission Valley to the beach runs along the San Diego River, which accommodates those who are fully embracing the walkable lifestyle that Civita has to offer.
Downtown: Only six miles away, you’ll find some of the best restaurants in the city, Petco Park where the San Diego Padres baseball team plays, the historic Gaslamp Quarter which is the site of several entertainment and nightlife venues and four miles of winding waterfront path at Seaport Village.
International Airport: At Civita, you’re far enough away from the airport, eight miles to be exact, to rarely hear a jet engine. Yet, you’re close enough to arrive on time to pick up your visitors if they text you the moment they land!
3. Low Maintenance Homes
Construction of the first homes in Civita was completed in 2012. Since then there has been a steady stream of new construction of apartments, condos, townhomes and single family homes. Each plot of land is purchased by a developer who then designs and builds the dwellings to be rented or sold.
Customizable: Because some of the homes are not yet built, people who get in early are able to participate in the design process of their home. Many personal touches can be made in the construction process such as selecting specific finishes or adding walls to create more rooms.
New Construction: Whether you choose to purchase a home within Civita that is not yet built or find one from a previous owner, maintenance on the home will be minimal. Enjoy the benefits of a home with brand new appliances and finishings. Plus, its likely the builder has offered a home warranty for a period of time that will be transferred to new owners, which would cover any major issues.
Low Maintenance: Each of the communities in Civita is managed by a Homeowners Association which handles all of the gardening, road and driveway repairs and other exterior maintenance. All of the homes are constructed in close proximity to one another and while some homes offer private yards, you won’t find yourself spending excess money or time to care for the outdoor space surrounding your home.
There are a lot of considerations when you’re buying a home, so the most important tip I can give you is to find a San Diego buyer’s agent that you trust. If you have questions about buying a home in Civita or anywhere else in San Diego, contact me to set up a buyer’s strategy session!
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Justin Gramm is the founder and principal broker of Globella Buyers Realty, your San Diego Exclusive Buyer Brokerage.
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