Coronado, a narrow strip of peninsula with pristine beaches, azure water, world-famous hotels and panoramic views, lies just across the harbor from downtown San Diego. Itís a major tourist destination for its beaches, consistently voted among the top 10 in the country, and for its fiercely preserved quaint downtown of shops and restaurants.
More than 2 million visitors annually to soak up the sun and the sand in Coronado while enjoying its lush surroundings and beach village appeal. With 15 hotels, including amongst them three world class resorts, a host of highly acclaimed restaurants, high-end shops and boutiques, this island community boasts 30,000 residents as well as a flourishing tourist population.
Many unique homes are scattered through out the historical neighborhoods of Coronado. The main residential section is a charming village of homes built before WWII and finished in an upscale art deco look. Square-grid streets are lined with palms giving the island a well-groomed tropical resort atmosphere.
Farther south is Coronado Cays, an upscale gated community on the bayside of Coronado's Silver Strand, filled with one- and two-story homes with boat docks all centered around the Coronado Cays Yacht Club.
Like many other premiere locations in Southern California, Coronado real estate quite pricey. Median home prices are $1.85 million, with condos starting from the mid-$550,000s and single-family homes from $1 million. The city sports a large amount of seasonal housing, typically for vacation or part-time use.
At the south end of the city is the Hotel Del Coronado, a National Historic Landmark dating back to 1888. The hotel has counted some of the world's icons as guests, including Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra plus every US President since Lyndon Johnson. With its distinctive red turrets and glamorous aura, the hotel continues to attract tourists from around the world.
Panoramic views of downtown San Diego can be seen from Ferry Landing Marketplace, a bayside collection of shops and eateries - a great starting point for exploring the island. Downtown Coronado is often described as charmingly eclectic, with its many cafes and restaurants offering outdoor dining (ideal for people watching) and unique shops filled with wonderful one-of-a-kind gifts.