About The Del Prado
Every city has a few very special residential buildings well known to travelers and fine living aficionados everywhere. These classics have the good genes of lasting construction and architectural style - made noticeable by comparison with newer neighbors. They are also in permanently desirable locations evidenced by their natural beauty and advantages. Many of their individual units are famous for their comfortable spaciousness and the views they command. They have a history of superb management ensuring an unbroken line of operational success. San Diego's Del Pardo is such a building.
One of the first high-rise condominium buildings in San Diego, the Del Prado was designed by the famed architect, William Krisel. While he was best known for his many awarding winning and ground breaking Palm Springs homes, resorts and civic buildings, he created an architectural classic in the Del Prado. It continues as a pedigree edifice of San Diego.
Located directly on the north side of San Diego's Balboa Park, at the crest of a hill, the Del Prado's condominiums offer sweeping views in all directions; Balboa Park, Bankers Hill, Downtown San Diego, and Mexico to the south; Little Italy, the San Diego Harbor, North Island, Point Loma and the Pacific to the west; Hillcrest Village, UTC to the north and the mountains to the east.
The Del Prado has sixty-six wonderful condominiums ranging from 1,395 to 1,768 square feet of space. It's crowned with a 4,500 square foot Penthouse.
The chic, yet inviting lobby is attended 24 hours a day. There are three levels of secured parking. An entire floor and a half of the Del Prado is common space devoted to amenities including a terraced party room overlooking Balboa Park, two wonderful guest suites, a modern gym with sauna and shower, a mail room, restrooms and management offices. In addition, it has generous floor to ceiling storage compartments for each unit.
This premier building has been kept in tip-top shape by it's consistently strong, competent HOA Boards and members. Cleverly the members have opted, through most of the building's history for self-management - talented Boards and members retaining and supervising their own management team.
The building completed a $1,000,000 remodeling of all if its common space in 2009. (See images on this site of the lobby and 3rd Floor public space.) In recent years, the exterior has been painted, completely rebuilt elevators have been installed, numerous upgrades of the plumbing have been completed, the cooling tower has been replaced, garage doors and lighting have been improved and replaced as needed, the security system has been upgraded with new locking mechanisms and fobs instead of traditional keys, a modern intercom has been installed as well as several other projects.
In a city of many new high-rise residential buildings, few offer so much and fewer, if any, for the money.