Point Loma borders the San Diego Bay and extends to the “Point” which is where you will find the Cabrillo National Monument which houses two light houses. One is the Original Point Loma Lighthouse built in 1855 which is now a museum, and the new one that was built lower because the fog and low clouds obscured the light in the original light house.
Point Loma geography is flat at the beach and then it gradually rises to 422 ft high and then slowly descends into Ocean Beach. Since you have this gradual height many homes in Point Loma have views of the Bay with Downtown, Coronado Island, The Point and the Pacific beyond. There are many different areas in Point Loma consisting of Plumosa Park (also known as Upper Loma Portal), Loma Portal, Liberty Station, Roseville, Fleetridge, Wooded Area, and La Playa.
Loma Portal is located between Rosecrans St. and Chatsworth Blvd, and Nimitz Blvd. What makes this place unique is that a portion of the streets have the street lights located in the middle of the street intersections. Loma Portal is in the direct take off pattern for airplanes from Lindberg Field, the S.D. airport, making what is known as the “6 Second Point Loma Lull” where natives just stop talking for 6 seconds and then continue on as if nothing just happened as the plane noise drowns out everything else. The funny thing is that no one usually cares about the plane noise and they are just thrilled to live in Point Loma. Loma Portal consists of mostly single family homes and many are older Spanish Style but there is a great mix of differing styles, usually very charming.
Liberty Station is located between Lytton St, Rosecrans St, Laning Rd and also borders the Boat Channel. It is the former Naval Training Center (NTC) and is now an urban newer development that has 350 homes and townhomes, an Arts and Cultural District, Retail District (with Trader Joes, Gourmet Vons and several other retailers and restaurants), Office District, The Rock Church, High Tech Schools, Sail Ho Golf Course, and a 46-acre Waterfront Park that people come from all over San Diego to enjoy. Some of my favorite places to eat here are Tender Greens, Sushiya, Slater’s 50/50, Fig Tree Café and so many more. It also is home to Stone Brewery which is the largest restaurant in San Diego. The homes here were all mostly completed in 2004 and the most attractive part of living here is being walking distance to everything in this walking village development. This is a destination spot to many who live in the surrounding areas. This walking village has a lot going on including several charity runs, Christmas and other holiday events, festivals of all sorts, Friday nights liberty station, movies in the park during summer just to name a few, so if you like to walk to play golf, walk to the park, or walk to restaurants, then this may be the place for you.
Roseville and Fleetridge are hard areas to separate perfectly. The combined section starts from the south side of Nimitz Blvd. and borders Chatsworth Blvd. then cuts over at Talbot St. and out to the Bay. The area that is higher in elevation is Fleetridge and the lower elevation is Roseville. Roseville was named after San Diego Pioneer Louis Rose is the oldest settled part of Point Loma. Roseville also became home for many Portuguese fishing boat families which settled here well over 100 years ago. It has also been called “Tunaville” because it had such a big part of the tuna-fishing fleet. Roseville is mostly single family homes with some mix of condo’s and apartment buildings closer to Rosecrans St.
Fleetridge the higher elevation part of Roseville is known for its single story homes on larger lot sizes than the norm in Point Loma. Fleetridge was named from its developer David Fleet who is the son of Rueben H. Fleet.
Wooded Area is located between the Sunset Cliffs area and the Point Loma Nazarene University to the west, the Roseville and Fleetridge to the North, La Playa to the east, and the Naval Base to the south side. The Wooded Area got its name because of its evergreen and eucalyptus trees and other mature vegetation that is very prevalent. Another feature of this neighborhood is that there are no sidewalks, and many of the homes have large lots which many homeowners say reminds them of more rural areas.
La Playa spanish for “The Beach” is located south of Talbot St, east of Gage Dr. and Silvergate Dr and north of Fort Rosecrans and ends at the S.D. Bay. Kellogg Beach, a small mellow beach usually has Point Loma residents enjoying it year round. There is approximately 30-40 bay front homes and a few of these homes have their own, or part of a shared boat dock. There is also approximately 10 bay front condo complexes right near the beach. This area is typically filled with the most expensive homes in Point Loma because of its uniqueness of great neighborhood, bay front properties, fantastic views of the bay with its own beach.