José Luis Corona didn’t expect to move back to Mexico when he left for the United States 12 years ago, but that was until he saw the Horizonte luxury condominiums in Tijuana.The 54-year-old, originally from Mexico City, already owns a home in Chula Vista but decided about a year ago to get a $290,000 condo in Horizonte, which features a roof garden, gym, security and views overlooking the Club Campestre golf course and much of the city. Corona, who works for an aerosol can manufacturer with offices in San Diego, said the quality he gets at Horizonte is substantial for the price — around $500,000 to $750,000 less than what the average new condo built in the last two years goes for in San Diego County. “I like both places,” he said, “(but) I think things are improving a lot in Tijuana.” Corona is one of hundreds of Mexican nationals who have embraced homeownership in Tijuana, a city long known for its transient … [Read more...] about Tijuana condo boom: The new San Diego?
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Amazon said Wednesday that it plans to create 300 technology jobs in San Diego as part of its expansion in the region.The company expects to hire workers in software development, machine learning, cloud computing, fraud prevention and digital entertainment.The Seattle-based e-commerce giant, which recently eclipsed $1 trillion in market value, already employs about 200 tech workers in San Diego who develop software for AmazonFresh, PrimeNow, Amazon Web Services, supply chain management and digital security.The San Diego team played a role in creating the technology backbone for the launch of Whole Foods pick-up and delivery. Amazon Game Studios also has a team in San Diego working on a new online multi-player game. Last year, Amazon leased 85,000 square feet in Alexandria Real Estate Equities’ revamped Campus Pointe office park in University City – expanding its beachhead in San Diego.“UC San Diego’s computer science program is ranked No. 11th in the … [Read more...] about Amazon plans to hire 300 workers at new San Diego tech hub
Planning a visit to San Diego? Hit the beaches. Check. Spend a day at the zoo or a theme park. Check. Sample craft beer. Check. Book a stay at a local hospital for cutting-edge cardiac or cancer treatment?For decades, San Diego has traded on its reputation for year-round sun, a captivating coastline and family-friendly attractions to woo tourists, but enticing visitors with the promise of life-saving treatments by acclaimed physicians and hospitals has never been offered up before as a selling point.Until now. A coalition of civic, tourism and business leaders, joined by San Diego’s four major hospitals, is launching a medical tourism initiative they hope will lure more well-heeled patients and their families to the region than any one hospital could attract on its own.Dubbed DestinationCare San Diego, the effort has been seeded with an initial investment of $150,000, the majority of which came from longtime businessman and philanthropist Malin Burnham, who has been guiding the … [Read more...] about San Diego’s next tourism craze: medicine
Here’s a riddle to ponder: What do your smartphone, robotic floor cleaners, sixth graders, and the tomb of Genghis Khan have in common?No, it’s not a trick question. The answer is Qualcomm.While the homegrown technology colossus is widely recognized for its chips that power smartphones and its name that, until recently, was affixed to San Diego’s football stadium, its influence and reach in the county is far deeper — albeit less well known.Its voracious appetite for innovation and research has spawned groundbreaking projects in robotics, driverless cars and crowd-sourcing technology at UC San Diego, as well as a laboratory that has inspired thousands of middle school students to consider careers in science, technology and engineering. Tech startups, from virtual reality applications to mobile health, have benefited and flourished from Qualcomm’s largesse. And the company’s philanthropy and that of its co-founder, Irwin Jacobs, and wife Joan has … [Read more...] about Qualcomm: How big a deal is it to San Diego?
Nearly seven years after plans were first unveiled for the 23-acre mixed-use project known as One Paseo, the massive $600 million development is moving swiftly toward completion.The last of its 40-plus shops and restaurants will open this summer, along with the first phase of its 608 luxury apartments. Still to come next spring: two office buildings with 286,000 square feet of space that’s now 75 percent pre-leased.Since the beginning, developer Kilroy Realty Corp. has promoted the project at the southwest corner of Del Mar Heights Road and El Camino Real as an “urban village,” where residents can live, work and play without ever leaving the property. That’s a tall order, so we decided to see how possible it would be satisfy our near-every need in one day at One Paseo.To accomplish this task, we allowed for a few cheats. We’re calling it a Saturday, so we don’t have to deal with work and school schedules. And with so many restaurants to choose from … [Read more...] about One Paseo: A day in the life of San Diego’s new urban village