Point Loma, San Diego in Focus
A City Upon a Hill
Point Loma’s name comes from the Spanish word for hill, and fittingly, Point Loma is home to some of the most beautiful views in San Diego county. The peninsula where Point Loma is located is bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west and south, and San Diego Bay to the east. From the hills of Point Loma, you can see the bright lights of downtown San Diego, the expanse of San Diego County, the islands off the coastline and fabulous views of the ocean.
The west side of Point Loma alongside the Pacific Ocean features sandy cliffs and a community of expansive homes called Sunset Cliffs. The north is home to the unique community of Ocean Beach, similar in its modern hip and artistic vibe to the community of Venice Beach in Los Angeles County.
A Maritime Community
Much like its neighbor, Coronado, Point Loma is a maritime community. Both communities feature beautiful homes along sandy beachfront property, including several private beaches. Point Loma also has many military institutions and has long held ties to the United States Navy. There are many honored graves at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.
The newest mixed-use development of retail shops and businesses, Liberty Station, is actually built on the site of the former Naval Training Center in San Diego. This project reuses many of the former Naval Training Center’s buildings and features schools, shops, homes and parks. The Point Loma community is also home to many sport fishing and sailing marinas.
During the 1950s, the eastern end of the Point Loma peninsula was was raised above sea level with mud and sand dredged from deepening a shipping channel in the previous decades. This new peninsula ended up becoming Shelter Island, which even today features many marinas and resorts with still-existing vintage Tiki and Polynesian touches that were popular during the 50s.
Shelter Island eventually inspired the United States Navy to build another recreational island, next to the San Diego Airport. This island, called Harbor Island, was built in 1961 using the sand and mud leftover from deepening berths in the bay for holding aircraft carriers. Harbor Island is a popular island, partially because much like most of Point Loma, it features fantastic views of both the San Diego Bay and the San Diego city skyline.
Harbor Island also features a popular event during the holiday season in December. An ocean Parade of Lights where boat owners decorate their crafts with lights and other decorations and take them around the San Diego Bay.
A Family Community
Most of the homes in the various communities that make up Point Loma are single family residences. Because of its maritime roots, many of these homes that face the bay have private piers for boats.
Many of the homes and developments on the east side of Point Loma go right up to the water’s edge in San Diego Bay and it is common to see families frolicking on the water during the fine Southern California weather.