Point Loma lighthouseIf you are looking at San Diego homes for sale and value life in a beautiful natural environment, Point Loma is for you. This oceanfront community resides on a peninsular surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and San Diego Bay, with the San Diego River running through it. Old Town lies to the east and downtown San Diego is only ten miles distant. The hilly land affords awesome water views and supports a population of approximately 50,000 residents. Condos and private homes often run over a million dollars in Point Loma, though of course more modest properties are also available.

Point Loma is graced by hundreds of jacaranda trees. The military represents a significant proportion of the community, thanks to the local naval base, a fort (Fort Rosecrans) and Marine Corp training depot. The iconic Old Point Loma Lighthouse was retired in 1959 but is a popular tourist spot.

The Point Loma community is composed of a several neighborhoods, mostly geared towards single-family homes:

  • Point Loma Village is the commercial center, featuring many possibilities for dining and shopping. Local activities include sport fishing and yachting.
  • Shelter Island, actually a sandbank built up from dredged materials, is accessed from Point Loma Village by a causeway. This area boasts of marinas, hotels, restaurants and parks, and the area is under control of the Port of San Diego. There are no private residences on Shelter Island.
  • Liberty Station is a new neighborhood, developed at the former site of a naval training center. Its waterfront location lies on a boat channel, where many historical buildings survive and have been adapted to new uses. The Promenade is a cluster of older buildings repurposed to display art, culture, science and technology. The residential area, composed of row houses, townhomes and single family houses, is considered a top retirement location.
  • The Midway District contains a few multi-family residences, but is mostly purposed for commercial and industrial uses.
  • La Playa is a bayside residential area with some of the priciest homes in all of San Diego, many featuring private piers. Two yacht clubs serve the needs of the upscale residents.
  • Sunset Cliffs overlooks the Pacific and borders Sunset Cliffs Natural Park. Sunset Cliffs Blvd. is the main drag and is surrounded by many custom homes. Sunset View is the local public elementary school; Warren-Walker is a nearby private elementary school.
  • Roseville-Fleetridge are a pair of adjacent communities. Roseville was originally settled by Portuguese fishermen a hundred years ago, whereas Fleetridge was developed in the early 1950's and contains large custom homes on winding streets.
  • Loma Porta is home to several public schools, Plumosa Park, a branch library and a retail business center along Voltaire Street. The area is primarily residential, and is well known for its holiday decorations.