Governor Newsom can’t stop you from watching a Padre’s game from your own living room.
As professional sports leagues attempt in fits and starts to restart their respective seasons, one thing is clear: there won’t be any fans in the stands. So if you want to see live baseball in San Diego this year, your only shot is going to be from the deck of one of the luxury high-rises surrounding Petco Park.
Listing materials for unit 2804 at 165 6th Avenue downtown retrieved from Realtor.com describe it as “possibly the best condo in San Diego.” From its 28th-floor perch, the 3138-square-foot residence boasts “incomparable and unobstructable views of San Diego Bay, Pacific Ocean, Point Loma, Coronado, Mexican islands” and a peek into the adjacent ballpark.
The “award-winning custom-built light bright open modern” unit is billed as a “one-of-a-kind penthouse in a one-of-a-kind aerial community.” The Metropolitan complex “is a small and exclusive community of about 35 ultra-luxury residences atop the Omni Hotel,” which occupies the building’s lower floors and has a skybridge that (usually) offers direct access to Petco.
Current owner and real estate professional Jeffrey Schneider purchased the property new in 2008 and hired architect William Bocken to lend a custom design to the unit that occupies half of the 28th floor, ensuring “the only residence of its size or layout in the Metropolitan.”
“No expense was spared or detail overlooked,” the listing promises. Ten-foot floor-to-ceiling windows offer views from virtually every room, while a home automation system controls “integrated lights, blinds, audio-visual, and heating and air conditioning systems.”
An “expansive great room” provides space for entertaining with “a modern eco-friendly fireplace and sophisticated entertainment center including surround sound, five in-ceiling speakers and 65” TV that can rotate 180 degrees to accommodate viewers anywhere in the living or kitchen areas.
That sterile look that the ultra-rich seem to love.
That “professional and stylish kitchen” includes “gorgeous customized Alno cabinetry imported from Germany, modern Caesarstone counters, Italian glass wall tile, and Bosch high-end appliances, including two dishwashers and a Bosch Induction cooktop.”
The master suite has its own surround sound system and a pair of data ports, along with an “award-winning spa-like master bathroom with Italian glass wall tile, both a deep soaking tub and a shower with an incomparable view.” The Toto Neorest toilet “washes you, dries you, opens and closes automatically, seat stays warm to the temperature you set and automatically deodorizes.”
A separate wing of the unit houses a family room and two additional bedrooms, ensuring privacy for the master.
Homeowners’ association dues of $2200 per month provide an environment where “residents are pampered with full-time concierge service, 24-hour security, their own private and secure entry, lobby, elevators, parking, and secret entrances from the Omni.” There’s also an exclusive-use clubroom and “rooftop backyard with pool, hot tub, fireplaces, and barbecue.” Residents also get access to all of the same amenities as Omni guests, including a second pool, gym, valet parking (the condo comes with three reserved parking spaces), laundry, and housekeeping.
Room service from the on-site restaurant is available.
Outside the building, dozens of entertainment and dining venues are within a few blocks, as is the convention center, trolley access, and the bayfront.
The Metropolitan penthouse is currently valued by the county assessor at just under $1.5 million, owing to California’s Prop 13 tax advantages for longtime owners. That assessment still carries an annual tax bill in excess of $18,000.
After staying off the market for nearly a dozen years, the home was offered for sale in late 2019 with an asking price of $3,888,000. That listing expired in early January and the unit was re-listed about a week later — the list price of $3,850,000 remains unchanged to date.
- 165 6th Avenue #2804 | East Village, 92101
- Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 | Current Owner: Schneider Family | List Price: $3,850,000