Chicago’s Wrigley Field, which for a century has brushed up against apartments, used to be the exception among major-league ballparks, which tend to sit enveloped by asphalt on a city’s fringe. Not anymore. As stadiums move downtown, developers are constructing high-rise residences that offer box-seat-worthy views of games.
In 2004, Antoine Predock Architects’ PetCo Park debuted in San Diego’s East Village, a district once dominated by car-repair shops. Guided by San Diego’s economic development group, Centre City Development Corporation, the neighborhood has since welcomed 3,040 condominium units and apartments, with 5,273 more under way now or in the offing. Opening this fall is the Legend. Designed by Perkins & Company, the 23-story tower contains 183 condo units, many of which command a premium for their sight lines to batters. At its closest point, the building is roughly 100 yards distant from the ball field. Those who don’t have home-plate views—roughly half the units—can still enjoy games from a 2,800-square-foot deck on the seventh floor. The tower’s precast-concrete panels and sandy-colored-brick podium match the aesthetic of PetCo Park and nearby warehouses.