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O.B. – Classic California Beach Town With A Casual Vibe

There are many facets to this unique beach town called "O.B." It has an odd collection of antique stores, bars, restaurants, musicians, bikers, surfers and artists. The beaches, parks and nightlife make this a popular destination for visitors. Over 27,000 people live in O.B. While many residents describe O.B as "laid back," there is a lot of energy here. Throughout the day you can hear the roar of the occasional jet overhead, the barking of dogs at Dog Beach, waves breaking along its sandy beaches, and reggae or rock n' roll music.

Hodad's Ocean Beach
Brooks Hannan getting ready for customers at Hodad's – a popular restaurant where people line up for its famous hamburgers and cold beer.

Ocean Beach is within the 92107 Zip code.The close proximity to the ocean and bays make home prices higher than most inland areas of San Diego County. In May, 2015 the median price for single-family homes sold in Ocean Beach was $792,000 according to DataQuick. The median price for condominiums in May was $425,000.

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Gail McGiven works for the County of San Diego and lives in O.B. "I love living here," she said. "You don't need a car on weekends - just park your car and walk to the beach or ride a bike." O.B. is Located a few miles northwest of downtown San Diego, south of Mission Beach and north of Sunset Cliffs. At the entrance to O.B. is Robb Field, a 60-acre sports park with baseball, softball, tennis, handball, basketball courts, an athletic club and skateboard park. There is a large grassy area where people come to play soccer or rugby. Robb Field is on the north side of Sunset Cliffs Blvd, next to the Mission Bay inlet. On the other side of the street is Dusty Rhodes Park with an area for unleashed dogs.

Ocean Beach
View from the O.B. Pear looking toward Mission Bay and Mount Soledad..

A sandy beach stretches from the entrance of Mission Bay to Sunset Cliffs. A walkway spans most of the length of the one-mile beach that has designated areas for surfers and swimmers. The northern end is known as "Dog Beach." This area has been set aside specifically for leash-free pets and their owners. At the southern end is the Ocean Beach Pier. Built in 1966, it's the longest concrete pier on the West Coast, measuring 1,971 feet and includes a restaurant and bait shop. The pier is open to the public for walking and fishing 24 hours a day.

Ocean Beach neighborhood main street - Newport Ave.
Hodad's and The Black are two famous local businesses along Newport Ave.

Around Newport Avenue is the main business area. Here you'll find antique stores, restaurants, head shops, tattoo and piercing shops, coffee houses, bars, bike and surf shops, and an international youth hostel. The Black (5017 Newport Ave.) is a local landmark that sells novelty items including incense, candles, pipes, greeting cards and t-shirts. The Strand Theatre (4950 Newport Ave.) opened in 1924 and was designated a historic building by the San Diego Historical Resources Board in 2003. There are several small independent hotels but no nationally franchised hotels.

Ocean Beach Pier

Ocean Beach Pier
Built in 1966, the Ocean Beach Pier is the longest concrete pier on the West Coast, measuring 1,971 feet and includes a restaurant and bait shop. The pier is open to the public for walking and fishing 24 hours a day.

Local events include the Ocean Beach Street Fair and Chili Cookoff in June, a jazz festival at the foot of Newport Ave. in September, and the Ocean Beach Kite Festival in March. Every Wednesday there is a farmers market on the 4900 block of Newport Ave. between Cable and Bacon streets. It's a great opportunity to soak up the vibe of the community and purchase locally grown produce, art, flowers and crafts.

Brooks Hannan lives and works in O.B. and likes the laid back pace and interesting people that live here. "The waves are good here and you can't really be bored at night," said Hannan who works at Hodad's, a local restaurant known for serving up some of the best burgers in town. The restaurant has a classic VW microbus that has been converted into a dining booth. The walls are adorned with surfboards and personalized license plates with beach/surf/skate/rock themes.

Other popular restaurant options include: Bravo's South Beach Bar & Grill (5059 Newport Ave.); Nati's (1852 Bacon St.); and Newport Pizza & Ale House (5050 Newport Ave.). There are also plenty of options for nightlife. For live music try Winson's (1921 Bacon St.); The Harp (4935 Newport Ave.) or Dreamstreet (2222 Bacon St.). O.B. has a lot to offer residents and visitors alike. From the great beaches, the fishing pier, restaurants and nightlife, this is a beach community that is unlike any other in the county.

Dog Beach Ocean Beach San Diego, neighborhood profile
At the north end of the Ocean Beach, dogs are allowed to run leash-free, making for a very nice San Diego neighborhood for pet owners.




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Ocean Beach Elementary
4741 Santa Monica Ave.

4605 Point Loma Ave.

Sacred Heart Academy
4895 Saratoga Ave.


1921 Bacon St

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