Picturesque Point Loma is a neighborhood steeped in San Diego’s rich history. Known as the place “where California began,” Point Loma was discovered in the mid 1500s by Portuguese navigator Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo who sailed into San Diego Bay. Although it took another 200 years for a permanent settlement to be established in San Diego, Point Loma’s history and culture have been shaped by the generations of people who have lived there, from early Spanish sailors to the U.S. military and finally, the homeowners of today!
Point Loma sits at the end of a rugged peninsula that curves around San Diego Bay. It’s this natural land formation that helped establish San Diego, creating a safe harbor for boats to come in and trade. Residents who live in the La Playa neighborhood on the eastern side of the peninsula are treated to jaw-dropping views of the downtown San Diego skyline and the peaceful marina below. Owing to the hilly terrain, many homes have panoramic or peek views of the bay. On the opposite side of the peninsula, you’ll be treated to incredible open ocean and sunset views over the aptly named, Sunset Cliffs. Set aside as a park in 1983, Sunset Cliffs encompasses sixty-eight acres of sculpted red rock cliffs, arches, and sea caves. During the Prohibition Era, these caves were used as a hideout for smugglers sailing up from Mexico. One cave in particular, Rum Runners Cave, contains a stone staircase that leads to a since-demolished home. Point Loma residents love walking Sunset Cliffs in the evening, enjoying the colors of the cotton candy skies and waiting for the elusive “green flash” of light as the sun slips below the horizon. It’s these natural wonders and outstanding views that have helped make Point Loma real estate so desirable. The neighborhood is also home to Point Loma Nazarene University and the famed Cabrillo National Monument. On a warm day, make time to drive out to Cabrillo Point to visit the Old Point Loma lighthouse, enjoy stunning views of the ocean, and hike down to the beach to explore the tide pools.
Although the Navy has largely downsized their operations, retaining just Naval Base Point Loma, the neighborhood still bears the signs of its long military history. Many old buildings have been repurposed for civilian life with Liberty Station being the most recognizable of these. Once a Naval Training Center, Liberty Station has discovered new life as a food hall and community square. Liberty Public Market, which is managed by Blue Bridge Hospitality Group, is San Diego’s answer to the famed Grand Central Market in Los Angeles. Packed with vendors offering everything from coffee to pizza to empanadas, Liberty Public Market is a must-visit while at Liberty Station. Outside the market, you’ll find more restaurants, boutiques, coffee shops, and grocery stores tucked into the revitalized buildings, including Stone Brewery’s Point Loma location. Liberty Station’s wide, grassy lawns are the perfect place to enjoy a picnic with friends or to watch the boats sail through the harbor. Still hungry? If you head down to the marina, you’ll find more wonderful dining options including Ketch Grill and Taps, a modern tavern serving fresh seafood, and Pummaro, which has the best Napolitano pizza in San Diego.
Ready to find your next home? Point Loma is known for its grand estates, historic Craftsman-style homes, and classic coastal retreats. Owning to the neighborhood’s proximity to the ocean, great surf, nearby marina, and outstanding views, homes in Point Loma don’t stay on the market long. From the desirable Wooded Area to La Playa, which is truly one of San Diego’s hidden gems, I’ll help you understand Point Loma’s many communities so we can find your perfect home.[aios_custom_ihomefinder_shortcode_results]
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