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Point Loma at a Glance
  • Population: 19,921
  • Median price single-family home: $827,500
        (2008)
  • Median price single-family luxury home:
        $1,650,000
  • Land area in square miles: 5.9
  • Residents per square mile: 3,100
  • Distance from Downtown S.D.: 3.6 miles
  • Solds: 125 (2008)

  • Points of Interest

    Cabrillo National Monument

    Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery

    Shelter Island Shoreline Park
    Diverse Architecture, Sweeping Views
    Rumor has it that Point Loma was an island millions of years ago. But by dumping tons and tons of soil and rubble, the San Diego River eventually connected it to the mainland. And today Point Loma and neighboring Ocean Beach make up a peninsula that comes between San Diego Bay and the Pacific Ocean. "Hill Point," as it is translated from Spanish, was discovered by eight archers in 1602, 60 years after Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo founded San Diego. The whole area was mapped in 1846, and that brought in settlers. Point Loma has been thriving ever since.

    Because of its location, many lucky Point Loma residents who live in prestigious neighborhoods have spectacular views of the water and of the downtown San Diego skyline.

    The community is the closest residential area to the San Diego International Airport, so some neighborhoods have airport/airplane noise. The airport has a curfew at night for take-offs. The Airport Authority and the Federal Aviation Administration have a Quieter Homes Program underway, insulating individual homes from noise in a variety of ways.

    Neighborhoods and Architecture
    Point Loma is a wonderful place to spend a Sunday just cruising the streets and looking at houses, whether you want to buy or not. If you're partial to the red-tile-roof Spanish-style architecture, you'll get an eyeful of it in Point Loma. The area also has its share of stately, more traditional mansions. In fact, the variety of architectural styles in Point Loma is probably more diverse than in any other San Diego County community.

    Popular neighborhoods include the Wooded Area, which has lots of stately trees and a rural feel, Kellogg Beach (yes, it has a sandy beach unlike most of Point Loma's shoreline), and Sunset Cliffs, which is technically part of the Ocean Beach Zip code and features spectacular ocean views. Another luxury area is La Playa, which was San Diego County's first residential subdivision, established in 1849. You'll find most of Point Loma's stately mansions there. Loma Portal is best known for it diverse architectural styles.

    Liberty Station, formerly the site of the Naval Training Center, is a collaboration between the City of San Diego Redevelopment Agency and the Corky McMillin Company. It's a mixed-used development offering a blend of homes, schools, business, arts, and culture. It is home to High Tech High School and High Tech Middle School. Both schools draw students from throughout the city. The homes in the development are Spanish, Mediterranean, Italian, and Mission styles.

    Who Lives Here?
    Point Loma is quiet and conservative, populated by many of San Diego's "old-money" established families and active-duty and retired upper-rank Navy officers because of its proximity to several Naval facilities. A large percentage of Point Loma residents are or were involved in San Diego's once-flourishing fishing industry. The community is also home to well-respected Point Loma Nazarene University, which offers its students a variety of curricula, and serves up stunning ocean vistas, too. It's often referred to as the most beautiful campus in the world.

    Residents are very protective of their community and its ambience. One example was their long battle with the San Diego Unified School District, which wanted to sell the site of Point Loma?s Dana Middle School to developers. The school had been closed because of declining enrollment. The residents succeeded. Because this is the kind of friendly, close-knit community that makes people never want to leave, Baby Boomers who had grown up there bought their own homes and started families and soon the school was once again needed. Today, Dana thrives as a school for 5th and 6th graders.

    Recreation, Nightlife, Shopping, and Arts
    Because of its strategic ocean/bay location Point Loma is one of San Diego's most popular areas for boating, beach combing, skin diving, surfing, and tide pool exploration. Shelter Island is a convenient and beautiful place to sunbathe or swim, and you can fish from a public pier. The area is also a boating lover's paradise, because of Shelter Island's marinas. There are numerous yacht clubs, and the community is home to the majority of San Diego's sportfishing industry. Shelter and Harbor islands offer up some of San Diego's hottest nightlife. Point Loma offers free concerts every Friday night during the summer at the Point Loma Little League Field.

    The nearby Midway District boasts almost every store you can think of, as well as the San Diego Sports Arena. There is a farmer's market every Saturday at the mixed-used Liberty Station. Liberty Station also offers museums and galleries, a 46-acre waterfront park, shops and restaurants, a nine-hole golf course, and a 16-acre outdoor promenade that runs the entire length of the project.

    House Prices
    The median price for a single-family home is currently $827,500. The median price for a single-family luxury home is currently $1,650,000. Please note that our "Home Price Points" are based on the luxury market.
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    Story by Jacqueline Shannon
    Photography by Latara Dragoo


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