Some call this scenic peninsula that stands guard over San Diego Bay, “where California began”. For those who don’t know better that description might bring to mind a bustling metropolis, but this quiet haven is more tranquil paradise than urban frenzy and the residents wouldn’t have it any other way.
Some call this scenic peninsula that stands guard over San Diego Bay, “where California began”. For those who don’t know better that description might bring to mind a bustling metropolis, but this quiet haven is more tranquil paradise than urban frenzy and the residents wouldn’t have it any other way. A tightknit community with a rich history, Point Loma could be accurately called the birthplace of the quintessential California lifestyle.
It all began back in 1542 when Portuguese explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo landed on Point Lomas east shore, the first European to set foot on what is now California. Now the area where he is thought to have landed is part of the Cabrillo National Monument and Park, a tribute to Cabrillo, our own profound military history in the area, and home to the famous tide pools.
The Point Loma we know today begins in La Playa, San Diego’s first residential subdivision established in 1849. This enclave boasts some of San Diego’s most historic and grand mansions and the Points only beachfront property. The hills above La Playa are referred to as the Wooded Area, another neighborhood of multi-million dollar homes surrounded by privacy producing mature trees and lush landscape. These neighborhoods and the area of Loma Portal, in the foothills to the north of Nimitz Boulevard, showcase some of the most diverse architecture in all of San Diego County.
Residents of Point Loma include high ranking military officials, bastions of the once flourishing fishing industry, and generations of families whose children and children’s children go to the same schools and play in the same parks. With a natural beauty and climate that is unmatched, it is not a place that is easily left behind.
The schools in the Point Loma Cluster, part of the San Diego Unified School District, include 7 elementary schools, 2 middle schools, Point Loma High School, and the newer public charter HighTech High. It is a testament to the tenacity of the Point Loma residents and their pride in community that they were able to save Dana Middle school in the1980s from being sold for development. Today the Dana Middle school and all the local schools thrive with high family and community involvement. Also in the area is the highly respected Point Loma Nazarene Univeristy.
While there is so much to explore in Point Loma’s rich history, that is not to say they are stuck in the past. Quite the contrary, one of the largest new commercial and residential developments in San Diego County was completed at Liberty Station off of Rosecrans. Built on the site of the old Naval Training Center, Liberty Station has become a model for other Base Realignment and Closure properties and redevelopment communities. Maintaining the beauty of the bases original Spanish Colonial Revival architecture, jointly developed by the City of San Diego Redevelopment Agency and The Corky McMillin Companies, Liberty station offers residential opportunities from townhomes to multi-million dollar homes amid 125 acres of parks, a boat channel, shopping villages, a 28-acre civic, arts and cultural district, golf, and schools.
From the historic grandeur of La Playa to the explosion of activity at Liberty Station the Point Loma community is committed to preserving their prestigious history while looking to the future; all the while maintaining a trademark laid-back California cool that could only come from being the spot “where California began.”
We talked to local residents about what they love about their community and their thoughts on the local real estate market.
“Point Loma is a very friendly place with a real sense of community. Friendly and walkable with lots of outdoor activities.” Dianne Reichardt, Coldwell Banker
“Point Loma and Ocean Beach location is ideal! Surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and San Diego Bay, this beautiful Seaside community combines the charm of old San Diego with the warmth of a small town Seaport. Blessed with views of the ocean, bay, city & mountains! The area’s natural beauty, genteel neighborhoods and historic architecture make Point Loma and Ocean Beach a highly desired piece of San Diego Real Estate.” Tami Fuller, Coldwell Banker Real Estate
“I love my neighborhood of Loma Portal! It is characterized by tall street lights in the center of the intersections and Spanish homes from the early 1900’s, many with their trademark red walkways. The street names are after authors or flowers and, almost in the center of this charming area, Plumosa Park, where residents gather to visit while kids and dogs play! Growing up and raising my family here has been a blessing!” Kimberly Platt, Willis Allen Real Estate
“I love PL for its perfect weather, great beaches and our beautiful bay for sailing. I love the community because it’s “just right”. Comfortable, low key and where my family has called home for 3 generations.” Brad Herrin Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty
“Humphrey’s By the Bay and Point Loma Sea Food are iconic restaurants to this area. We are spoiled by wonderful food and scenery!” Tisha Quadros Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Point Loma office manager
“Point Loma offers an idyllic lifestyle. The peninsula of land that encompasses Point Loma boasts the pacific to the west, the San Diego Bay to the east with a vibrant village, picturesque neighborhoods, stunning views and amazing people residing in our community!”
Beth Zedaker, Willis Allen Real Estate