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Ocean Beach Remains Top Visitor Destination in San Diego

News, Ocean Beach Community | 15th May 2013

Ocean Beach is the lovely beachfront neighborhood in San Diego, California. It lies on the Pacific Ocean, at the estuary of the San Diego River. This is at the western part of Intestate 8, located about 7 miles northwest of downtown San Diego.  It is south of Mission Bay and Mission Beach, north of Point Loma. The whole community is around 742 acres in size, bounded by the San Diego River to the north, the Pacific Ocean to the west, Froude Street to the east, and the Adair Street to the south.

History of Ocean Beach

The community was given its name in the year 1887 by Billy Carlson and Albert Higgins, the developers of the area. The pair created the Cliff House, a resort hotel, and also divided the area into a number of lots. In order to promote the subdivision, Carlson and Higgins organized different events and activities, like mussel roasts and concerts. But they failed miserably.

But soon enough, subdivisions were built in the area. One of the earliest residents of Ocean Beach was D.C. Collier, who was said to buy a property in 1887 by the time he just 16 years old. As the years passed, he became one of the founders or what they call as the “fathers” of Ocean Beach, who gave way to laying out the streets, promoting sales, and building the Point Loma Railroad. The said railroad connected Ocean Beach with the rest of San Diego. By 1910, the houses in the area reached 100, compared to the 18 houses two years earlier.

Ocean Beach as a Historic District

The Ocean Beach is a district that features Craftsman bungalows, cottages, and structures built from the year 1887 to 1931, and all these belong to what they call as the Ocean Beach Cottage Emerging Historic District. There are other individual historic landmarks in the area as well, like the Ocean Beach Library and Strand. Once you get there, you can see why it remains to be a top visitor destination in San Diego.

The Local Economy

The economy of Ocean Beach is largely driven by the small and independent retail businesses found all over the place. Newport Avenue is considered as the main business street, featuring family-owned business from the 1930s to the 1960s like bakeries, book shops, shoe stores, clothing shops, pet stores and the like.

The Strand Theatre, as mentioned earlier, is a historic landmark. It was a single-screen movie house which opened in 1924. In the early parts of the 1980s, the movie theater was showing pornographic films. However, the community forced it to change back to regular films. It was closed down by the 1980s, and was then converted to a clothing store after many failed attempts to preserve it as a theater.

The Ocean Beach as a Community

The residents of the area often refer to themselves as the “OBceans”, which is pronounced as “oh-bee-shuns”. There are three schools in its premises which are the Ocean Beach Elementary, the Sacred Heart Academy, and the Warren-Walker. The community also features a number of churches, a public library, a post office, a vegetarian food co-op, recreational facilities, and more. This place definitely has almost everything a person needs. So, do check out the available homes for sale at Ocean Beach.



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