Point Loma Neighborhood Guide

In 2004, after an exhaustive real estate search that covered most of San Diego County, my wife and I purchased a home in Point Loma. When we began our home search, Point Loma was on the short list of ideal neighborhoods to move into, followed closely by Mission Hills. Temperate ocean breezes, stunning San Diego bay and ocean views, quaint “village” with small-town ambience, easy access to a vibrant boating community, San Diego’s freshest seafood, quiet streets, good schools, and scenic walks are just a few of the selling points of Point Loma. According to Trip Advisor, out of roughly 250 attractions in all of San Diego, Point Loma ranks in the top 12. With the many wonders of San Diego, the fact that a neighborhood ranks as a top attraction speaks highly of just how special Point Loma is.

The tip of Point Loma, viewed at sunset from nearby Coronado
The tip of Point Loma, viewed at sunset from nearby Coronado

Having lived and spent time in many of San Diego’s varied neighborhoods, I can still say Point Loma is my favorite. It has been exciting to see the many changes that have unfolded in this neighborhood in recent years. Liberty Station continues to add more and more amenities to the community; from concerts, stores and restaurants, to arts programs and waterfront park space. Many parts of Point Loma have also seen continued improvement through remodeling of older homes and some new construction. Point Loma has also recently seen the addition of several upscale new townhome and condominium projects. Point Loma’s waterfront continues to be more and more neighborhood and people friendly. Read through the details below, or use the quicklinks above to skip directly to sections of interest to find out more about the amazing community and neighborhood of Point Loma!

Without Point Loma there would be no California! Well, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration. Portuguese explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo, on behalf of the Spanish crown, first landed on Point Loma in 1542. It was the first time that a European expedition landed on what later became California. Cabrillo found San Diego to be a naturally ideal port. Ships landed on La Playa (the name still in use for a small portion of Point Loma), and the first European settlement began in 1769. The La Playa Trail, some of which is traced by today’s Rosecrans Street, was the oldest European trail on the West Coast. La Playa (the beach) was the “port” for San Diego, until that duty was handed off to what became downtown in the 1870’s.

Military History

Point Loma has a rich military history, beginning as early as 1852. In the mid to late 1800’s, the Army set up artillery batteries. Some of the military’s original installations, including a searchlight that kept an eye on the channel leading into San Diego bay can still be seen on Cabrillo National Monument. World War II era “pillboxes” are still visible in several locations on the point as well. The US Navy first established itself in Point Loma in 1901 with a Navy Coaling Station. Both the Marine Corps Recruit Depot and San Diego Naval Training Center were commissioned in the early 20’s.

Lomaland

Some of the elements of Loma Land are still present in some form on the Point Loma Nazarene campus
Some of the elements of Lomaland are still present in some form on the beautiful Point Loma Nazarene campus

If you do any investigation of Point Loma history, it won’t take long to stumble upon photos and references to “Lomaland.” This name was given to Point Loma Theosophical community by Katherine Tingley after she moved the group’s headquarters there. In addition to a variety of buildings, some remnants of which can still be seen at the current-day Point Loma Nazarene University campus, Lomaland contributed to shaping Point Loma. In fact, the group actively experimented with planting trees, fruits and other crops. Lomaland and the Theosophical Society there believed in self sufficiency, and members were credited with introducing the Avacado to California. . . an introduction I am personally very grateful for. Their tree planting is also deemed to be the source of many of the trees that make up today’s Wooded Area of Point Loma. Shortly after the great depression the campus was sold to a developer and the society eventually moved to Covina, California and then on to Pasadena, where it still exists today.

Aviation

Although Kitty Hawk, North Carolina gets a lot of fame in the history of Aviation, San Diego – Point Loma specifically, has some interesting aviation history. A dirt airstrip called Dutch Flats used to be located in the flat portion of Point Loma by Midway Drive. No less than Charles Lindbergh himself conducted test flights of his famous airplane, the Spirit of St Louis here. In fact, his plane was built in San Diego by the Ryan Aeronautical Company in the vicinity of the now-closed US Post Office off Barnett Avenue. San Diego’s airport, name Lindbergh Field, was founded in 1928 and is the country’s busiest single-runway airport.

* Source: Wikipedia

www.sandiego.gov_planning_community_profiles_peninsula_pdf_pcpfullversion.pdf

Point Loma is a uniquely situated peninsula. On the west / ocean-facing side of Point Loma you’ll find the community of Ocean Beach, zip code 92107. On the east / bay-facing side you’ll find Point Loma, 92106. The main area of the peninsula covers 4,000 plus acres. Point Loma has hilly topography which results in many of its streets being disconnected sections due to intervening canyons. Point Loma’s hilly nature also provides for breathtaking views. Point Loma is situated near the San Diego International airport. For many residents, the proximity to the airport means convenient access to air travel. A short cab ride is less costly and more convenient than airport parking and shuttles. However, the airport also adversely impacts some specific neighborhoods such as Loma Portal, Loma Palisades & Loma Alta (in Ocean Beach) which are directly under the flight path for most takeoffs (more on sound issues in the specific sub-neighborhood sections below). Point Loma is a short drive from downtown and has great access to the water via marinas, beaches, and waterfront trails and walkways. Rosecrans, Catalina, Sunset Cliffs and North Harbor drive are the main arteries for traffic coming into and out of Point Loma.

The Quieter Home Program has enabled many homeowners in the Loma Portal area to minimize airport noise through windows, doors and even AC
The Quieter Home Program has enabled many homeowners in the Loma Portal area to minimize airport noise through windows, doors and even AC

Most single family homes reside on lots under 10,000 square feet. The largest residential lot I am aware of is over two acres, however that size is highly unusual, even among the multi-million dollar estates in La Playa and the wooded area. Home styles and architecture are varied in Point Loma. The highly planned and uniform stucco homes in Liberty Station are the most recent major housing development in Point Loma. If you are a fan of recent construction, not unlike what you might find in a housing development in Carmel Valley, Liberty Station is likely to appeal. Many of the homes in Loma Portal, Fleetridge and Roseville are original mid century homes. However, the number of those homes is dwindling as they are gradually (and in some cases, rapidly) being replaced by custom homes of all kinds. From Spanish and mediterranean stucco-finished homes, to ultra-modern styles, Point Loma’s neighborhoods are varied. Despite the long history of Point Loma, you will see fewer craftsman-style homes here than in the historically and architecturally rich neighborhood of Mission Hills. The varied home styles seen in Point Loma definitely contribute to its unique character and appeal.

While not as uniform as stadium seating in a movie theater, Point Loma’s hills and its multi-story homes provide for some amazing views of the Pacific Ocean, San Diego Bay, downtown San Diego, Coronado, the inland mountains, and even Mexico. Not surprisingly, many of Point Loma’s homes are multi-story, with homeowners seeking to maximize their views. When purchasing a home in Point Loma, “obstructable” is a bad word. Many homes that have views can have those views partially or fully obstructed by a neighbor building up. While there are some homes that have deed restrictions preventing them from building up (thereby protecting another property’s view indefinitely), those are the exception rather than the norm. If you’re zeroing in on a view home in Point Loma, it’s worth having the title company investigate the status of homes that could potentially block the view. If there are no restrictions on building up and encroaching on your potential view, it’s best to go into the purchase keeping a worst case scenario in mind.

The spectacular downtown and bay views from Point Loma are hard to replicate anywhere else
The spectacular downtown and bay views from Point Loma are hard to replicate anywhere else

Of course, if you’re purchasing a one story home, many homes in Point Loma can achieve a dramatically better view by adding a second story. The views themselves are hard to beat anywhere in San Diego county. Views of San Diego Bay are ever-changing. Military ships, cruise ships, and an endless mosaic of sailboats paint a canvas that is always fresh. Unlike ocean views, which turn into a black void at night, the shimmering lights of downtown San Diego keeps the show going long after sunset. Because of the varied topography on the Point, some neighborhoods are more known for their views than others. More details on that in the neighborhoods sections below.

Although there is significant variation in home values depending on the neighborhood you’re seeking in Point Loma, for the most part home values are well above the median for San Diego County. Point Loma is a highly desirable place to live, and condo and home prices tend to reflect that.

Below, you’ll find a graph showing the average sales prices of homes in the 92106 and 92107 zip codes. The data reflects the last five years of both single-family and condos/townhomes and it is automatically updated to be current.

When doing a comparative market analysis to determine the estimated value of a home in today’s market, the price per square foot is often a key component of this analysis. An agent or appraiser will typically take the price per square foot range, (arrived at by selecting recently sold properties that are comparable to the subject property), and then multiply that price per square foot by the number of square feet in your home. Price per square foot can vary dramatically for certain homes, but the figures are still an excellent way to gauge the value of a property. Below, you’ll find the average price per square foot, again taken over the last five years.

Single Family Detached Homes

Stand-alone, single family homes can be found in Point Loma starting at a bit over $1 Million. Homes in the lower end of the price range for Point Loma tend to be relatively small, and are often closer to the flight path for Lindbergh Field (an area known as Loma Portal). Most homes with good views, regardless of the specific sub-neighborhood of Point Loma, tend to be in the $1,500,000 and up range. Despite some absolutely amazing properties with some absolutely spectacular views, even multi-million dollar estates seem relatively moderately-priced when compared to properties in neighborhoods like La Jolla.

Condominiums

Condos in Point Loma span a wide pricing range. Condos start off roughly under $1 million in and can exceed $2 million in the more desirable locations in La Playa. Condos in the lower end of the price range tend to be found in some of the older developments, most of which are in the vicinity of the flight path. Condos and townhomes are more plentiful in the lower portion of Roseville, closer to Rosecrans.

There are also several new townhome and condo developments springing up in Roseville, most notably the 40 unit Waterpoint development, next to Point Loma Seafoods. Le Rondelet is also well-known for its condos that all seem to have a front-row seat with incredible views of the beautiful waterfront thanks to its location at the entrance to Shelter Island. Le Rondelet and some of the other condominiums can have relatively high HOA fees, so that’s an expense definitely worth taking into account as you evaluate a potential condo purchase. Some of the most exclusive and sought-after condos in Point Loma are in a cluster centered near Kellog Beach in La Playa.

From the standpoint of access to stores, restaurants and services, Point Loma’s walkability is easy to define: the closer you live to either Point Loma Village (centered at Rosecrans and Cańon) or Liberty Station, the more walkable things are for you. However, there’s much more to walkability than just proximity to services.

One of my favorite pastimes in Point Loma is to take hikes through the neighborhood. If you’re sporty enough for climbing and descending some pretty steep hills, almost all of Point Loma’s areas can be a joy to hike in. From admiring the beautiful homes and architecture to taking in breathtaking views of the ocean, bay, downtown, and Coronado, walking in Point Loma is rarely dull. I have three favorite walking areas in Point Loma:

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  1. La Playa Trail
    The section of “trail” I am referring to here begins just outside the San Diego Yacht Club. From the club, a dirt trail leads south along the water. The trail then becomes a residential street (San Antonio Ave) in the vicinity of Southwestern Yacht Club. At the end of the street, you’ll pick up another short, sandy trail that leads to Kellogg Beach, another treasured spot loved by locals. Between the amazing waterfront homes, marinas filled with boats, and exceptional views of San Diego bay, this walk is hard to beat.
  2. Shelter Island
    Pacific Portal, Shelter island, Point LomaLuckily Shelter Island isn’t truly an island, so you can leave your swim gear behind. Shelter Island Drive takes you along a path straight towards San Diego bay. Wide sidewalks on both sides of the street are a bit removed from the street traffic. On the way in, you’ll pass boat yards and yacht brokerages. Once on the point, you’ll find mostly hotels. If you head South on the island, there’s a quiet paved path on the West side of the island with great views of the marinas, yacht clubs and Point Loma. That path can take you all the way around the southern tip of the island. From there the path parallels the bayfront, where you can watch ships come in and out of San Diego bay. If you make your way back north on the island, you’ll eventually land at Bali Hai restaurant, where you can enjoy an improbably-strong Mai Tai (no juice included!) while taking in some of the most scenic bay and downtown views in San Diego.
  3. Liberty Station Waterfront Park
    Despite the massive development of both residential and commercial space at Liberty Station, thankfully a large swath of land was set aside for open space and park use. The east-facing portion of Liberty Station is “filled” with large grass fields, kids playgrounds, and a trail (both paved and dirt) that parallels the water’s edge on a channel of water from San Diego bay. Hikers, joggers, skaters and bicyclists can all be found enjoying this public space. The end of the trail where the channels dead-ends can be quite loud, but it’s a fun place to watch jets from Lindbergh Field take off directly overhead. At any point on the trail you’re likely a short walk from nearby coffee shops, restaurants, or, a bench to take in the view from.

Being on a peninsula has both advantages and disadvantages when it comes to travel by car. On the plus side, because the southern end of Point Loma doesn’t actually connect with anything other than the ocean, “through traffic” doesn’t actually exist. However, the submarine base at the end of Rosecrans and Cabrillo National Monument and other military installations at the end of Catalina result in significant vehicle traffic flowing into and out of Point Loma. All traffic into and out of Point Loma occurs on Rosecrans, North Harbor Drive, Catalina and Sunset Cliffs. If you happen to pick a home on or close to one of these major thoroughfares, expect to see quite a bit of traffic. For those off the major thoroughfares, much of Point Loma has minimal vehicle traffic.

Liberty Station has become more and more of a destination for locals as well as those visiting from outside Point Loma. Its development led to the addition of several traffic signals on Rosecrans. The Rock mega-church draws in crowds large enough to warrant a weekend army of traffic control personnel, so it’s best to avoid that area Sunday during peak service times. From a more positive perspective, many stores and services that weren’t available pre-Liberty Station are now readily available in Point Loma, reducing the need to leave the Point for most errands.

Commute times to and from Point Loma of course vary depending on the time of day. For anyone seeking easy access to downtown, without actually living downtown, Point Loma is ideal. A short hop on North Harbor Drive past the airport takes you directly downtown in a matter of minutes. For commutes further south, east, or north, it’s important to factor in some time just getting to the freeway. If you’re living in La Playa or Roseville, just getting to the 5 or 8 freeways can take 10-20 minutes depending on the time of day. If you’re thinking of buying in Point Loma, or anywhere else for that matter, I recommend doing trial “commutes” in and out of the area at the same times you’d be likely to be commuting. For most people on Point Loma, the benefits of living here outweigh a little extra time to get to the freeways.

There are a total of nine public schools that serve the Point Loma and Ocean Beach communities, all part of the Point Loma Cluster. My wife and I chose Point Loma in part due to the reputation of many of its public schools. The public schools in Point Loma include:

The interactive Map below not only shows the location of each of the public schools listed above, but it also shows tests scores, demographics, socioeconomic data and other detailed information on each school (just click the blue pin of the school to pull up the details):

In addition to these public schools, there are also several charter schools (located in Liberty Station), including Explorer Elementary and several High Tech High schools (elementary, middle and high schools).

Private schools include Warren Walker (PK – 8th grade), Pioneer Day School (K-12), and the Rock Academy (K-12).

Cabrillo National Monument

The iconic old Point Loma Lighthouse is just one of several sights to enjoy at Cabrillo National Monument
The iconic old Point Loma Lighthouse is just one of several sights to enjoy at Cabrillo National Monument

Cabrillo National Monument is part of the National Park System. If you are a resident in the area, a park-specific annual pass is a bargain that will let you enjoy the park for a full year. The park features some of the most stunning views of the ocean, Coronado and San Diego bay. Down a short windy road, you’ll find some of the best Tidepooling in the area as well. It’s a fun place to take kids to explore. Another favorite walk of mine is the Bayside Trail. It departs near the lighthouse and winds its way along the cliffs facing the channel in and out of San Diego Bay, with views directly out to Coronado and beyond.

Sportfishing

San Diego used to be the tuna fishing capital of the world. Visit a few of the local seafood eateries and you’ll see historic photos of hearty men armed with little more than a pole, line and hook flinging giant tuna weighing hundreds pounds over their shoulders. While those days may be gone, it’s not uncommon to see some impressive catches coming in off the sportfishing docks in Point Loma. You can book a fishing trip for a half day in local coastal waters, to multiple overnights aboard a charter that will take you fishing in Mexican waters. Even if you’re not looking to fish, the sportfishing docks can be a fun place to stroll or grab a bite to eat.

Boating

With numerous yacht clubs based in Point Loma, it should come as no surprise that boating is a big part of Point Loma. Southwestern, Silver Gate and San Diego Yacht Club all find themselves clustered around the scenic waterfront encircled partly by Shelter Island. Motorboats and sailboats bob lazily in row after row of docks. Both boating enthusiasts and spectators can enjoy the boating paradise created by San Diego’s consistent afternoon breezes, beautiful bay and easy access to the Pacific ocean.

Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Stand Up Paddle Boarding has caught on wildly in Point Loma. The protected waters of the various marinas and sheltered coves make an ideal playground for those looking to explore and play on the bay. Rental and retail stores for Stand Up Paddleboards (SUP’s) can be found in the village of Point Loma, Shelter Island, by the sportfishing docks and over by the channel that runs the length of Liberty Station.

Humphrey’s Concerts

Humphrey’s is a favorite concert venue for both locals and music lovers from far and wide. World class musicians put on intimate concerts in the open air space provided at Humphreys. More adventurous yet thrifty local concert goers will often take a kayak or small dinghy up close and catch the concert for free, directly from the water. To get a sense of the type of talent Humphrey’s can draw, check out their concert schedule for 2015.

Whale Watching

December through April is the main whale watching season here in San Diego, and Point Loma and Ocean Beach are great vantage points. Gray whales make their migration south to Baja consistently this time of year. Most serious whale watchers take to the sea with a local charter or whale watching outfit. Blue whales are also found in the waters off Point Loma, typically more during the summer months after the gray whale season has passed. I have even managed to do a little whale watching picking up my daughter from school at Sunset View Elementary, which has a spectacular view of Sunset Cliffs and the Pacific Ocean.

Point Loma Summer Concert Series

This is a personal favorite event of mine, even though it has not been sponsored by Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty, (yet?!) A series of five Friday concerts kick off in mid-July and run through early August. The band for each Friday varies and there’s usually a good mix of genres, most of which are dance-able. Locals from OB and Point Loma converge on the venue, held at Point Loma Park, which is at 1049 Catalina Blvd, between Point Loma Avenue and Talbot Street. The concerts are completely free, and there’s usually some food for sale on-site, although most people bring a picnic style dinner. The entire field tends to almost completely fill up, so if you’re particular about seating get there early. Oh, and it’s BYOFC – Bring Your Own Folding Chair, and picnic blanket. The concerts run from 5:30pm until about 8:30pm-ish. More details on the Point Loma Summer Concerts website.

Day at the Docks

If you’re into fishing, the Day at the Docks is a great event to check out. Put on by the Port of San Diego, this is yet another FREE event held for the community of Point Loma and beyond. Loads of vendors, kids’ fishing, cooking demos, fishing tackle galore and even short bay boat rides are all part of this event. More details at SportFishing.org

Portuguese Feast of the Holy Spirit

My family and I happened to stumble across the parade for this event when we were out for a walk several years ago. My daughter was delighted to see the most fancy dresses and outfits in her life. The The Festa do Espirito Santo, or Feast of the Holy Spirit, is an annual event, and anchor point to the vibrant portuguese community that is so much a part of Point Loma and San Diego history. The parade is very fun to watch, with multiple marching bands, floats, and some very stylish traditional attire. It is an event that has been taking place annually here since the early 1900’s. After the parade wraps up, follow the crowd for an outdoor party complete with traditional Portuguese fare delivered casually.

Gator by the Bay

Early May, Spanish Landing Park on N Harbor Drive
Given that this event is sponsored in part by the Louisiana Office of Tourism, it should come as no surprise that this event involves zydeco, blues, and of course, crawfish! The event features dozens of musicians, numerous food vendors (not just cajun), and family-friendly activities. More details at SanDiegoFestival.com.

Christmas Tree Lane

Thanksgiving is the official go-live date for the holiday decorations on Garrison Street, just off Chatsworth Boulevard in Point Loma. In a spectacle that no-doubt delights both spectators and Sempra Energy shareholders, you’ll find tens of thousands of lights and both traditional and contemporary holiday scenes. The best way to take it in is on foot, so throw on a coat, grab a hot cocoa, park the car and enjoy!

Old Venice

– A carbo-loaders delight and longtime neighborhood fixture. Live music & bar.

Tender Greens

– One of my favorites for casual dining. Fresh delicious salads and tasty daily specials.

Supannee House of Thai

– My favorite Thai restaurant in San Diego. Fresh food with vibrant flavors.

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Supannee House of Thai – The best Thai food in San Diego, right here in the village of Point Loma!

Harbor Town Pub

– Hands down the best fries around. Tasty bar grub and a solid selection of craft brews.

Fathom Bistro, Bait and Tackle

– Normally I try not to dine anywhere with “Bait” in the name, with the exception of Fathom’s. Great brews right on the water at Shelter island, and surprisingly good dogs.

Point Loma Seafood

– Around since 1963, paper plate dining with some of the freshest seafood around. Be bold for counter service, it’s survival of the fittest.

Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern

– Solid happy hour with great, waterfront location and patio dining.

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Jimmy’s Famous – Waterfront views and a warm, festive atmosphere await!

Pizza Nova

– Casual, waterfront dining with salads, woodfired pizzas and pasta. Don’t forget the garlic bread balls!

Northside Shack

– Farm to Table juices? You can taste the love that goes into the smoothies here.

Pomodoro Ristorante Italiano

– Another popular Italian restaurant in the heart of Point Loma Village.

Con Pane Rustic Breads and Cafe

– The best bread in San Diego. Good sandwiches, and don’t miss their signature chocolate bread on the weekends!

Better Buzz Coffee

– “Life’s better buzzed” Tasty coffee drinks, smoothies, sandwiches and snacks. Drive-thru available.

Stone Brewing World Bistro

– Endless changing craft beers, a huge restaurant and grounds. Located at the north end of Liberty Station.

Point Loma Neighborhoods
The wonderful and diverse neighborhoods of Point Loma and Ocean Beach

La Playa

La Playa is located generally south of Talbot, between Gage Road and the bay. La Playa is
characterized by large single-family homes of various ages and architectural styles, including
colonial, Spanish and contemporary designs. A number of large estates exist along the bay
and to the west above Rosecrans. In addition, La Playa contains several large apartment and
condominium developments in the area south of McCall Street. This neighborhood is heavily
vegetated with a variety of large trees and shrubs that add to the beauty and exclusiveness of
the area. Views from the hillside above Rosecrans are provided to San Diego Bay and
downtown. Kellogg Beach is a smaller sub-neighborhood within La Playa, located along the
bayside south of Qualtrough Street.”

Wooded Area

“The Wooded Area is located south of Talbot [east of] Catalina and [west of] Gage. This
neighborhood, which is characterized by large lots, is exclusively developed with single-family
homes of varying ages and styles. A substantial number of large eucalyptus and evergreen trees, in conjunction with many narrow and, in some cases, unpaved roads add a rural atmosphere to this area. The relatively small south-central Peninsula neighborhood commercial center is included in this neighborhood.”

Sunset Cliffs

“The Sunset Cliffs neighborhood is located south of Point Loma Avenue, between Catalina
Boulevard and the ocean. This area is exclusively devoted to single-family homes, most of
which are one- and two-story structures with relatively contemporary architectural styles.
Portions of several streets are lined with palm trees. Point Loma Nazarene College and the
Sunset Cliffs Shoreline Park is also included in this neighborhood.”

Fleetridge

“The Fleetridge neighborhood is north of La Playa, generally between Talbot, Chatsworth,
Clove and Valemont and Albion. Most of Fleetridge was developed in the 1950s and consists
primarily of one-story, single-family dwellings with cedar shake roofs on lots of varying
sizes. In general, lots are larger in Fleetridge than in other post war Peninsula housing tracts.”

Roseville

“Roseville consists of the Roseville commercial district and adjacent single and multifamily
development east of the Fleetridge subdivision, between Nimitz and Hill. The commercial
area is located along and east of Rosecrans. Most development is one- and two-stories, with a few taller hotels and office buildings northern Roseville area. Interspersed within this
commercial area are a number of apartments, a large condominium complex, and smaller onestory, single-family homes. A lack of landscaping and sign control creates a distractive
atmosphere. Immediately west of Rosecrans is a mixed single and multifamily residential
area. The area west of Evergreen is exclusively single-family. The entire village area has a
street tree planting program.”

Loma Portal

Loma Portal extends north of “The Village,” east of Worden and north to the plan boundary.
This neighborhood is one of the older areas of the Peninsula and, as such, is characterized by
substantial amounts of landscaping, small winding concrete streets and old street lights, many of which are located in the middle of street intersections. Many of the homes have Spanish styling, pastel colored stucco siding and red tile roofs. Included within Loma Portal is the Point Loma High School and the neighborhood commercial district along Voltaire Street.”

Loma Palisades

“The Loma Palisades neighborhood extends west of Loma Portal to the intersection of West
Point Loma Boulevard and Famosa Boulevard, including the area north of West Point Loma
Boulevard. This area is characterized almost exclusively by multifamily apartment
development, generally two, three and four stories with no particular design theme.
Developments vary in overall landscaping and design quality. The commercial area along
West Point Loma Boulevard is located within this neighborhood.”

Loma Alta

“Loma Alta is bounded by West Point Loma Boulevard Famosa Boulevard and Valeta Street.
This area contains a mix of single-family and small scale multifamily housing. Some of the
older housing is in need of repair. In recent years there has been increasing pressure to
replace the single-family housing with higher density residential development which is
permitted by the existing multifamily zoning in this area.”

Ocean Beach Highlands

“Ocean Beach Highlands extends east of Ocean Beach between Froude, Nimitz, Catalina and
Point Loma Avenue. This neighborhood consists of single- and multifamily structures, many
of which predate World War II. The streets are generally quite wide and there are a number
of large trees scattered throughout the neighborhood. Since this area slopes westward to Ocean Beach, there is a strong visual association between this neighborhood and the Ocean Beach community. The Voltaire Street commercial district is included in this area and is characterized by a general lack of sign control and landscaping. Point Loma Highlands is located in the center of Peninsula, at the crest of the hill running north-south through the Peninsula. This single-family neighborhood is bounded by Catalina, Chatsworth and Nimitz. Generally, this area is well landscaped and maintained, with no particularly distinctive features.”

*Quoted Initial paragraphs quoted above are provided by the Peninsula Community Plan.

Liberty Station

Originally the Naval Training Center, (NTC), Liberty Station represents a vibrant mix of retail, office space, art galleries and residential housing (condo, rowhome and detached). What was formerly home to dozens of specialized schools for Navy training, is now becoming a sought-after destination for locals and for people from all over San Diego County. A building dedicated entirely to dance, numerous artist studios, a world-class craft brewery / restaurant, and countless eateries, stores, and shopping all make for a highly walkable and enjoyable community. For more details, take a peek at this San Diego tourism video:

If you’re ready to explore selling or buying a home in Point Loma or Ocean beach, please contact me via the form below or the contact information at the top of the page. I look forward to working with you!

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About Marc Lyman

Marc Lyman grew up in Silicon Valley where he was exposed to the nuances of the real estate business at a young age. He graduated from UC San Diego in 1995 with a BA in Political Science and a minor in Psychology. His studies were followed by the launch of multiple businesses, including a popular online home publication. The latter has made Marc a sought-after media personality and home expert.

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