Anyone who has driven down Cortez Hill on Ash Street in the
spring can recall the beauty of lavender jacaranda trees against
San Diego's blue sky and bay. One of the City's oldest
residential neighborhoods, it was named for the historic El
Cortez Hotel. Views include Balboa Park, the bay and ocean
beyond and the urban scene below. Victorian homes dot the area,
along with condominiums and apartments.
The Hill is a popular address due
to the sense that it is downtowns cul-de-sac. The topography
separates it from much of downtown's hustle and bustle, yet
remains close to all the activity.