Nicolas Jonville on San Elijo Hills Town Center


Nicolas Jonville with the Jonville Team/Keller Williams Realty, and San Elijo Hills homeowner for over 10 years, was present at the meeting and also participated in the public discussions at the neighborhood “Town Center Development” meeting. Because of his experience in the San Elijo Hills Real Estate market and recently its commercial aspect, we felt that his input (Guest Post) might help to shed some light on the town center project. His thoughts to follow-up on the meeting and our last posting of Dec 8th, “San Elijo Hills Town Center Proposed Development Meeting”, are the following:

  • Like most homeowners present at the meeting, I was disappointed with the plans presented, suggesting a large-scale reduction of the commercial space compared to the original proposals. I believe that, if properly designed and planned, the town center would be a great success and attract both San Elijo residents and residents of surrounding communities. Residents have been waiting for a real town center. A town center that you can walk to with your family, browse, shop, eat and get together with friends and neighbors. At the meeting, HomeFed representatives mentioned that they had concerns regarding the success of a large-scale commercial town center (as originally planned), also mentioning that their commercial real estate broker was having difficulties in locating interested tenants for the planned/potential commercial spaces.

  • We recently experienced first hand in San Elijo the response from retail entrepreneurs and businesses. Our real estate team successfully leased over 90% of the original Visitor Center building (1215 San Elijo Rd) for the landlord in just a few months. 10 business suites were leased upstairs to quality, professional tenants. We also were in charge, beginning in June 2013, of finding a tenant for the downstairs retail space/café/restaurant next to our office and had multiple interested parties. As mentioned at the meeting, we had 5 – 6 very interested parties for this larger space (over 15 inquiries). The owners of Café Stoked, also San Elijo residents, had great ideas, were the best fit for the space and now operate a thriving business. They just received their beer/wine license and are going to be open for dinner soon.

Our findings during our marketing of the building were the following: