Point Loma is a historic waterfront community located on the prominent peninsula protecting the west side of San Diego Bay from the Pacific Ocean. One of San Diego’s several coastal communities, Point Loma is a diverse mix of residential areas, all with a unique character and appeal. With a pleasing blend of restaurants, shops, stores, parks and schools Point Loma is a popular area in which to live. There is Liberty Station, a redeveloped military base with housing, shops restaurants and now the impressive Stone Brewery complex .There is Shelter Island, a bayside peninsula established in the 1950’s, that has commercial and recreational boating facilities, restaurants, entertainment venues such as Humprey’s by the Bay, hotels and a bayside walking park with fantastic views of San Diego Bay.
A History of Point Loma
POINT LOMA’S EUROPEAN DISCOVERY
Point Loma’s eastern bayside area is acknowledged to be the spot where Portuguese explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo first landed in 1542. Cabrillo and his crew were the first Europeans to set foot in the region that would become our West Coast. Thus, Point Loma has a history that dates back more than 400 years, years that include being part of Spain and Mexico. After the Treaty of Hildalgo, with Mexico, San Diego and the rest of California became a state in 1850.
POINT LOMA’S PORTUGUESE HERITAGE
The Portuguese community in Point Loma has an enormous legacy of influence and courage. Portuguese fisherman settled in Point Loma in the 1900 drawn by the huge schools of tuna in the Pacific Ocean. For many years Point Loma’s was the center of tuna fishing in the United States. These local fisherman braved the oceans for months at a time to provide a good life for their families and tuna for our nation. It was and is a dangerous occupation. I know of a few fisherman who lost their lives at sea. Bumble bee and Starkiss were headquartered here and are staples in American pantries. The community has a huge “Festa” in the spring to commemorate in the Roseville neighborhood parading down Avenida de Portugal
HISTORIC SITES IN POINT LOMA
There are historic sites and landmarks throughout Point Loma. The most notable is the Cabrillo National Monument, which commemorates the explorer’s historic landing on Point Loma and San Diego Bay. In addition to a 14-foot statue of Cabrillo, the monument also features a museum, natural wildlife habitats, walking trails and the Old Point Loma Lighthouse. The iconic lighthouse has been used as a symbol for the city for more than a hundred years. There is the La Playa Trail, which runs along Rosecrans street. The Trail was initially used by the Kumeyaay tribe of native americans to access the resources in Point Loma’s canyons and bayside shore. It was subsequently used by the European settlers to travel along the bay from the Port at Point Loma to the fort at the Presidio and then on to the Mission de Acala in the Valley. There are several markers for the La Playa Trail from La Playa to the Mission. One is at the foot of Talbot Street, near the San Diego Yacht Club commemorating the Chinese Fishing Village of 1860-1890. A marker is at the corner of Avenida de Portugal at Rosecrans noting the Rose Hotel, the first home in Point Loma and another is near Midway and Rosecrans at the Loma Square Shopping center.
POINT LOMA HOMES
Like many of the older areas of San Diego, Point Loma’s homes styles are diverse. There is a wide range of architectural styles and sizes, from Spanish and Mediterranean style homes, to Craftsman and California Bungalow. Since the Point is hilly, many homes here have views of the ocean, the bay or canyons. The most desired homes have sweeping panoramic views San Diego City and Bay, with the mountains and Mexico in the distance. Point Loma includes all kinds of properties, including luxury homes, a starter homes, condominiums and everything else in between.
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San Diego, CA 92101
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