Point Loma Wooded Area
The Wooded area of Point Loma is a neighborhood within the hilltop area south of Talbot Street on both sides of Catalina Boulevard; the area west of Catalina is also referred to as the College Area. The Wooded Area borders Naval Base Point Loma (know to the locals as sub-base) to the south, La Playa to the east, Roseville-Fleetridge to the north, and Sunset Cliffs and Point Loma Nazarene University to the west. These boundaries are not universally agreed upon.
Point Loma Nazarene University is one of the loveliest campus’s I have ever laid eyes on. Perched overlooking the Pacific Ocean, I envy those that get to attend college on this beautiful and historic piece of land . Rich in fascinating history the university campus was originally known as Loma Land, a Theosophical Society commune run by Katherine Tingley. Lomaland dissolved in the aftermath of WWI and was used for bootlegging during the 1930’s prohibition. It was taken over by Fort Rosecrans during WWII as an observation point. It then went through a series of college campus changes until finally in 1973 Pasadena College took over the location. It eventually changed it’s name to Point Loma Nazarene College and is now known by it’s current name.
An abundance of Eucalyptus and Evergreen trees grace the Wooded Area. The lots here are large and sidewalks few, making this area feel like the country. These unique qualities cause homes in the area to be priced in the million plus range. There are even some incredible mansions tucked away up here.
As I am sure you are seeing, the homes in this area are not only outstanding, but also rare in their individuality. Styles are varied, but because the trees are tall and full, whatever the style the area has a feeling of exquisite seclusion. Some of the homes have pretty spectacular views, most of them do not, but the woodsy feel of the area makes you feel like you are living in a tree house, which in my opinion makes up for the no view factor.
The glorious Italian Renaissance mansion Rosecroft is located at 530 Silvergate Avenue is listed on the National Resister of Historic Places. Made famous for it’s begonia gardens,The Rosecroft Gardens, attracted plant enthusiasts from far and wide. Unfortunately it closed in the 1960’s and all that remains of Rosecroft Gardens today are an historic stone wall and a street name to commemorate the site. This home has hosted many famous people including Ronald Regan, Jimmy and Rose Carter, Dr. Seuss and Robert Mondavi. You can read more about this provocative piece of real estate on wikipedia.
Another curious tidbit for all of you Harvard Classics fans. Richard Henry Dana, Jr., Harvard graduate and author of Two Years before the Mast, visited San Diego in the 1830s, describing this neighborhood as “a well-wooded headland.” He and other merchant sailors gathered firewood and hunted rabbits here. Dana also wrote a book called The Seaman’s Friend: A Treatise on Practical Seamanship. Dana Middle School located in the neighborhood of Loma Portal was named after Richard Henry.
Though the Wooded Area tends to be residential, there are a few places to go close-by for a cup of coffee or some shopping. Peet’s Coffee & Tea at 955 Catalina Boulevard, is an enjoyable local coffee house. Peets is found in the Catalina Marketplace which also has one of my favorites–Fresh and Easy.
Interested in finding out more about the Point Loma Wooded Area, or would like to schedule a tour of some great homes in this San Diego neighborhood, please call me at 619-405-7673, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.