Called “O.B.” by San Diegans, Ocean Beach is a classic southern California beach town. Ocean Beach has long been known as one of San Diego’s most relaxing and low-key neighborhoods and is located on the west side of the Point Loma Peninsula. There are two beach areas, North OB and South OB, where one can swim, surf, or take leisurely sunset strolls on the sand. With the beautiful beaches, park space, nearby amenities and plenty of dining choices, Ocean Beach has much to offer to those seeking a casual beach lifestyle, while also providing easy access to the airport, downtown and the bay.
A History of Ocean Beach
THE EARLY HISTORY OF OCEAN BEACH
Ocean Beach is at the end of the old Kumeyaay Highway, now Interstate 8. The local Kumeyaay tribe of native americans visited Ocean Beach for millennia to gather the readily available seafood and shellfish at the beach and along the nearby rocky shoreline.
OCEAN BEACH MATURES
Near the end of the 19th century, Ocean Beach attracted locals and visitors alike with its beautiful beaches and a new resort hotel. In the early 20th century, after a streetcar line was built to connect Ocean Beach to the rest of San Diego, a dance hall and an amusement park were opened. I remember my grandmother saying what fun she used to have at the Wonderland Dance Hall. With the opening of another streetcar line connecting OB to northern beach towns, further residential development resulted in establishing Ocean Beach as not just a vacation spot but also a neighborhood.
SOUTH OCEAN BEACH
The heart of Ocean Beach is Newport Avenue, a classic “main street”. There are many shops, a hardware store and a variety of restaurants. Newport Avenue hosts a Wednesday afternoon Farmer’s Market and seasonal festivals, such as the OB Christmas Parade and the summertime OB Street Fair and Chili Cookoff. A block away is the Ocean Beach Pier, one of the longest piers on the West Coast at over 1,900 ft long. At the foot of Newport, is South Ocean Beach, a popular surfing area and swimming beach. The main lifeguard station for this section of the coast is here at South Ocean Beach located at the foot of Santa Monica Avenue.
NORTH OCEAN BEACH
Voltaire Avenue with it’s restaurants and shops. is the main commercial street for North Ocean Beach This is the home to the Ocean Beach Peoples’ Organic Food Market, a longtime organic health food cooperative that started in the 1960’s during the area’s heyday as a hippie enclave. My family has been members of the Market for many years. and I can say that the produce here is delicious! North Ocean Beach also has Robb Field which has areas for organized sports clubs such as baseball, soccer and rugby as well as facilities for tennis, basketball, and skateboarding. At the entrance to Robb Field there are two well respected, yet casual restaurants, Beau Beaus. and Third Corner, which also sells premium wine by the bottle, or the case. North OB has a fantastic beach with several surf spots such as Avalanche on the south end and The Jetty at the north. North OB is divided by a rock groin,“Nub Jetty”, a jetty project halted near the shoreline by community activists in the 1970’s. The north side of the jetty is known for it’s “Dog Beach”, a no leash dog area where dogs can run on the sand and romp in the ocean waves. Some of the more talented canines actually surf!
OCEAN BEACH HOMES
There are single and multi-family homes and residences along the flat blocks near the ocean. A gentle slope extends up to the crest of the Peninsula. Homes here are larger and often have sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, Mission Beach, Mission Bay, Pacific Beach and La Jolla.
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Brad Herrin-Realtor Associate
1075 Rosecrans St.
San Diego, CA 92106
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