By Pablo Jaime Sáinz
Mauricio Aparicio lived in the Nordica Heights neighborhood in San Diego for more than 30 years.
He said that the area is really quiet, full of friendly neighbors that made his life there a good time. His children grew up there, in a house where now one of his sons lives.
Aparicio moved to the Spring Valley area a couple of years ago, but he said that he still has great memories of Nordica Heights.
“This is a great neighborhood,” Aparicio said. “I loved living here.”
In the late 1800’s, Nordica Heights was identified as a new neighborhood located on a hilltop above San Diego bay. The neighborhood became home to many dockworkers employed by the growing San Diego Railroad.
Now he’s trying to give back to that community by building four new homes that are affordable and include 100% financing through the State of California.
The development, called Nordica Heights, in honor of the old neighborhood, is located near a ridgetop in the same neighborhood that provided homes in the early years of San Diego.
“This is my contribution, my way of trying to improve this already friendly area,” said Aparicio, who’s a retired Navy captain.
During this interview, Aparicio is standing in one of the balconies, looking at the panoramic view of the area. At the distance you can see Interstate 805, nearby National City.
Nordica Heights has new 3-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom, single family, detached homes for sale. They are designed in an attractive, contemporary, architectural style, with large front yards and very large, fenced backyards. Each home is built on a minimum 6,000 sq. ft. lot.
Each 2-story home has a private level for sleeping, dressing, or quietly relaxing. The activity level includes living, kitchen, and dining/family room, with access to the two-car attached garage and balcony decks.
The homes will be ready for occupancy early this coming summer.
This project is in a way the continuation of Aparicio’s service to his country and his community.
After a long career in health and nursing positions with the Navy, Captain Mauricio Aparicio, III, of the Nurse Corp U.S.N., retired from the Navy on June 4, 1999. Days after he “piped ashore,” La Prensa San Diego’s publisher, Dan Muñoz Sr., wrote a story about the ceremony, which included live mariachi music.
“To the delight of his large extended family and the assembled Shipmates, at the conclusion of the “Piping Ashore” ceremony, in all its traditional trappings, the Captain was met with the stirring sounds of a Mariachi group greeting Captain Aparicio to his new civilian duty station... the City of San Diego!” wrote Mr. Muñoz in 1999.
He was born in El Paso, Texas. After graduating from high school in 1966, he moved to California where he completed boot camp in San Diego that same year.
Among Aparicio’s military decorations are the Purple Heart, the Navy Achievement Medal, and the Navy Commendation Medal Gold Star.
He has a bachelor’s in nursing from the University of Texas, El Paso, and a master’s in management from National University.
In 1993 he bought the land where he’s now building Nordica Heights. He started construction of the project in 2005 with the goal of redeveloping the area, a diverse neighborhood in San Diego.
“The time I lived here was great. I want other families to raise their children here, a good place to live,” Aparicio said.
To learn more about Nordica Heights, call (619) 548-1826 or visit www.nordicaheights.com.