Liberty Station—a small neighborhood along the coast near Downtown San Diego—is rapidly growing. The market is attracting real estate investment, but the market is near full with few remaining development opportunities. In the current pipeline, there is a boutique hotel and performance venue. The neighborhood is also home to 50 local businesses, 70 entertainment venues and 40 restaurants. The neighborhood and its growth is an example of the demand and evolution in San Diego.

“The real estate investment at Liberty Station is unique because it is a healthy balance of local and national investors and tenants,” Nate Cadieux, senior project manager, McMillin Cos., tells “Many of the retail projects within Liberty Station do not fit the mold of a traditional retail development and as such, it was difficult to generate the development activity through traditional channels. It required a more thoughtful, curated and hands-on approach from the developer to help investors and operates see the vision of what could be.”

Historically, the market has served Navy members, but today the market demographic is much different. “When the Naval Training Center San Diego was closed in the mid ‘90s, the community and the city envisioned its reuse to be a landmark as a community gathering space for our city,” Cadieux. “Liberty Station has been transformed through the thoughtful community input and deep commitment of the Master Developer, The Corky McMillin Companies. Today it has become a landmark of our city’s entrepreneurial spirit and naval history and as such embodies many of the best characteristics of our city.”

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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