I’m back! My only excuse is I have been busy (like all of you!). Down to San Diego, up to Valencia and all the chores involved with both houses, as well as the new car, is stretching every minute four or five times.
But here I am with the latest updates. I have to admit the craziness in the world outside our doors has me a bit on edge, but that’s because I am high strung. It is just a new excuse to be nervous. 😀
As I may have mentioned before, there are two new projects in the works.
One is buying an investment property in Downtown San Diego (which we have fallen in love with) and the other is a new company that I have been putting together for the past year.
We are making slow but steady progress on both, but it has meant stealing time from other things, like blogging and finishing two knitting projects that are ready to be assembled.
Not my photography, however. I take the D610 with the 16-85 mm lens wherever I go and so new series and sets are always in the works.
I will be heading down to San Diego again next week and continuing to chronicle my exploration of the city and the greater metro area (which are both complex and vast) as well as experimenting with new ways of taking pictures for different purposes.
You saw one, my last post (I blink …) and I will be talking about another new technique next post.
Meanwhile, here are pictures of the Gaslamp Quarter of Downtown. There are five “Quarters” (clearly they don’t mean fourths but areas).
The Gaslamp is the oldest part of the city and the most bustling and active. It is filled with bars, restaurants, mom & pop shops, dance spots, theaters and a vibrant street life. It is a maze of fun and energy.
I hope you can get a sense of that from these shots, which are just a fraction of the ones I took on several days wandering around looking at investment condos.
San Diego is experiencing the kind of explosive growth that Los Angeles went through about 20 years ago.
No one can buy property in DTLA for less than $2mm these days, even for a dinky apartment.
Those prices are approaching NYC’s, which are now astronomical.
But DTSD is still affordable. You can get a 1500 sq ft loft for under one million dollars.
Next time I get a chance, I will show you pictures I took of the most affordable part of the city, close to the water in what is called the East Village Quarter.
It looks nothing like the East Village in Manhattan, but it has real sea breezes so you feel as if you are at the beach all the time. And people are pretty proud of its edgy urban hipster environment.
If you have any spare money at all and live in SoCal, DTSD is the place in which to invest, imho.
More on all this in my next post. ❤
(Meanwhile, I am eyeing Phase One Cameras. You can get them refurbished. Imagine shooting with 100 megapixels?)
Images: Chez BeBe assets: The Gaslamp Quarter of Downtown San Diego, California