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Downtown San Diego- A great place for dog lovers!

Written by Posted On Sunday, 19 March 2017 20:36

Perfect weather, endless attractions, beautiful condos-Downtown San Diego has it all.  Add one more thing to the list, extremely dog friendly!  Almost every restaurant that has a patio allows dogs.  There’s just too many to list, I really don’t know of any that are not dog friendly. 

One problem that new residents have is not knowing where they can take their furry friend to do the business.  No worries, we got you covered.

In the East Village, the Park at the Park  can’t be beat.  The main entrance is at 8thand J Street, although there are plenty of other openings.  The Park at the Park is approximately 2.7 acres, and mostly grass. Dogs must be on leash and there are plenty of bags available.  


The Park at the Park contains a mini little league infield diamond, trees, a statue of Tony Gwynn, and lots of area to sprawl out to picnic and play. Bring a blanket! The park is open from sunrise to sunset, except on game or event days. 

Hotel Indigo, at 9thand Island is a great hotel and super dog friendly.  A great place to stay for your out of town friends, but also a great spot for locals with dogs.  Take the elevator to the 9thfloor and you’ll find Level 9 Rooftop Bar.  Great views, but it also has a grass pad for the business.  They don’t care if you just stop in and leave, it’s really one of those hidden gems. 

The MLK Prominade is a 12 -acre linear park that runs parallel with the trolley tracks across from the Convention Center.  Plenty of grass spots along the way!

Pantoja Park, in the Marina District, was built in 1850 and is the oldest park in San Diego.  It’s located on G Street, between Kettner and Columbia.  One of my favorite spots, The Brickyard, is just across the street on G. 

Waterfront Park on Harbor Drive by the Cruise Ship Terminal has plenty of grass spots and just a pleasure to visit.

Balboa Park is dog heaven! Nate’s Point, on the west side of the park just off of Laurel Street, is a designated off-leash area.

That should be enough to keep you both busy!

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Pete Caruso

Pete has been a licensed real estate agent since 1998 and has represented buyers and sellers throughout San Diego County.  Past clients include professional athletes, business owners, first time home buyers and sellers. 

A Police Officer for over 31 years, Pete began and finished his distinguished career in Downtown San Diego.   Witnessing the transformation of Downtown from burned out warehouses and vacant lots to the successful urban revitalization of today, Pete brings unmatched area knowledge to the Downtown condo market. 

Pete and his wife, Anna, live and own in the East Village at The Legend.  Knowing the challenges of downsizing from a suburban house to a Downtown condo, Pete offers new Downtown residents professional guidance from a local’s perspective. 

Negotiation skills, problem solving abilities, attention to detail and an easy-going nature, Pete is the perfect fit for the discerning client who demands perfection.

  • Possessing the knowledge and experience of 17 years as a Police Dog Handler/Trainer, Pete gives back to the community by offering free dog training classes to his fellow Downtowners.
  • Pete has taught animal behavior seminars for the trainers at Sea World, The San Diego Zoo and Canine Companions for Independence.Pete has supervised the training for well over 100 Police Dog teams during his career, along with dog handlers from the US Navy Seals.

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