Two iconic pieces of S.D. real estate undergo landmark overhauls, re-emerging as new dining and retail havens.
A prized piece of historic, seaside real estate has been transformed into a gleaming, world-class shopping, dining and entertainment destination. The Headquarters at Seaport District is the result of a $40 million renovation project that includes the revitalization of San Diego’s Old Police Headquarters (originally built in 1939)—a complex of several historic buildings surrounding an open-air courtyard that had sat dormant for decades. Reopened November 2013, the property is now a 100,000-square-foot, open-air lifestyle center sprinkled with 25 sophisticated shops, galleries and eateries—all are brand-new yet still uphold the spirit of the historic grounds. New restaurants include Pizzeria Mozza by famed Chef Mario Batali, known for its enormously popular original location in Los Angeles; Puesto, with its stunning 4,500-square-foot space designed by Thomas Schoos, and known for its organic Mexican street food and craft cocktails served at its original La Jolla location; a two-level, 7,500-square-foot flagship locale for Eddie V’s, known for its fresh seafood, premium-aged steaks and Old Hollywood vibe; plus anchor restaurants Seasons 52 and The Cheesecake Factory. New shops include Kitson, Madison, Geppetto’s Toys and an art gallery by world-renowned surfing photographer Aaron Chang. Developed by Terramar Retail Centers, The Headquarters serves as the gateway to a 20-acre waterfront development incorporating the historic Seaport Village. Amenities include valet parking and a full-time concierge staff. Now that’s some retail therapy. 789 W. Harbor Drive, downtown San Diego.
Flying in and out of San Diego International Airport is now a whole lot more pleasant and easier on the eyes. The airport just completed the largest project ever in its entire history: a whopping $900 million expansion, otherwise referred to as “The Green Build” due to the Airport Authority’s commitment to environmental and economic sustainability. Enhancements include the addition of 10 new terminal gates; a dual-level roadway that separates arriving and departing passengers to improve traffic flow and congestion; enhanced curbside check-in, with 27 easy-to-use kiosks and 32 airline/Skycap counter check-in positions; a new security checkpoint with twice as many security lanes; and a 25,000-square-foot ticket lobby, with 32 airline counter check-in positions and 10 self-service kiosks. Plus, check out the 9,200-square-foot concessions area called Sunset Cove, where passengers can relax before their flights and take in views of the airfield and Point Loma; as well as numerous jaw-dropping art installations throughout. Green elements include plenty of new solar panels, reflective roofs, low-flow fixtures, added natural light via floor-to-ceiling windows and 40 reserved parking spaces for charging electric vehicles in front of the terminals. Our pick for the best part of the expansion? More than 30 new dining and retail outposts, many of which are San Diego-based businesses, have set up shop at the airport, including Phil’s BBQ, Saffron, Tommy V’s Pizzeria, Stone Brewing Co., Pannikin Coffee & Tea, two chic wine bars and even a Be Relax Spa offering facials and hot-stone massages. You’re sure to be relaxed and ready for takeoff. 3225 N. Harbor Drive.