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La Playa - one of San Diego's first neighborhoods

Along protected coves just inside the entrance of San Diego Bay is an area known as La Playa. This place has played an important role in San Diego's history. In 1542, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo and his crew were the earliest Europeans to arrive in San Diego Bay. They picked the area of La Playa to come ashore. Protected from waves and wind by the magnificent headland of Point Loma, the calm waters off of La Playa provided a safe place to anchor. The hills offered a great view of boats entering and leaving San Diego Bay. The location and natural beauty of this area have made La Playa prime real estate for hundreds of years.

La Playa house on winding street
La Playa has been considered a prime real estate for hundreds of years. Today this charming neighborhood has some of the highest average home prices in the county.

Today, residents of this charming neighborhood enjoy beautiful views of San Diego Bay, Coronado and the skyline of Downtown San Diego. A mostly upscale residential neighborhood, La Playa has a population of 2,457. Within the larger community of Point Loma, La Playa is located across the channel from Shelter Island and bordered by Silvergate Street on the north, the Point Loma Naval Base on the south, Dickens Street on the east and Jenkins Street on the west. The neighborhood contains two yacht clubs, San Diego Yacht Club and Southwestern Yacht Club. Some bay front homes have private piers for small boats.

Sailing off of La Playa neighborhood on San Diego Bay
The Point Loma High School sailing team practices just offshore from La Playa.

"The La Playa neighborhood has some of the most expensive homes in San Diego," said Leslie Reynolds, who has lived in Point Loma for 30 years. She moved to La Playa in 2004 with her husband and two sons who are professional competitive sailors. As a resident and Realtor with Prudential California Realty, Reynolds is familiar with home prices in the area. "Home prices in La Playa range go from around $1 million to $14 million," she said. "There are new custom homes along side beautiful older homes." Reynolds said she is currently selling a home that was built in 1918. In October there were 17 homes listed in La Playa that were over one million dollars.

"A lot of people that live here are into the water - either sailing, kayaking, swimming or fishing," said Reynolds. "Many of the homeowners own boats and some have private docks."

Private docks along La Playa
Some waterfront homes in La Playa co-own private docks.

A small business center is located in "The Village" along Canon Street between Roscrans Street and Scott Street.  Here you'll find beauty salons, cafes, banks and other small businesses. Restaurants in the area include Old Venice, Pomadora, Lighthouse Grill, and Harbor Front Pub.

A path that runs along the shore is popular among residents for taking a leisurely stroll or jog. The unpaved path has a natural beauty with views of the boats sailing on the bay. The path is part of the historic La Playa Trail that is one of the oldest European trails in California and served as the link between Point Loma and Old San Diego.

La Playa feels somewhat secluded, but its proximity to Downtown San Diego and the International Airport make living here convenient. The prime location along San Diego Bay and panoramic views from hillside homes are still key ingredients that make La Playa prime real estate - just like they did for San Diego's earliest residents.

Path along La Playa
Residents living on the hillside of the La Playa neighborhood enjoy panoramic views of San Diego Bay, Coronado and Downtown San Diego.

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Map - La Playa San Diego


Cabrillo Elementary School
3120 Talbot

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3341 Browning


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2241 Shelter Island Dr.


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