La Playa, San Diego Real Estate Spotlight

La Playa San Diego Real Estate Spotlight Facts

In La Playa San Diego Real Estate the original La Playa maintains historical significance for California and San Diego. In 1542 the first European setting foot in California, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo,    landed in La Playa. La Playa (“The Beach” in Spanish) borders San Diego Bay in the Point Loma community.

Some of the most expensive homes in San Diego found in La Playa. A mainly residential neighborhood containing two yacht clubs, the Southwestern Yacht Club and the San Diego Yacht Club. Many bayfront homes maintain private piers for small boats.

La Playa protected from wind and waves by the Point Loma headland creating a safe place to anchor. The surrounding hills provide great views of San Diego Bay. The views also include the Downtown San Diego skyline and Coronado.

Considered prime real estate for over 100 years.

An upscale residential neighborhood with a population of only around 2,500. Located within the Point Loma community bordered by the Point Loma Naval Base to the south, Silvergate Street on the north, Jenkins Street to the west, and Dickens Street on the east.

The La Playa neighborhood contains many of the most expensive San Diego homes with prices ranging from $1 million to $15 million. Homeowners enjoy the water with swimming, kayaking, sailing, and fishing. Many own boats for their private docks.

La Playa’s small business center called “The Village” on Canon Street between Scott Street and Rosecrans Street. Plenty of beauty salons, banks, cafes, restaurants, and small businesses. 

Residents love the unpaved path running along the shore providing jogging or leisurely strolls. Its natural beauty provides spectacular views of sailing boats in the bay. This path serves as a link between Point Loma and Old San Diego and is one of the oldest California trails and part of the historic La Playa Trail.

While La Playa feels secluded, it’s conveniently close to the international airport and Downtown San Diego. 


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Things to do in La Playa


Nearby parks include:

Point Loma Community Park where Yelp gives this part a 4.5 Rating (out of 5). Nice little park offering great summer concerts;

Cabrillo National Monument and Park famous for their low tide pools, the Old Point Loma Lighthouse, and the Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo museum to learn about the founding of San Diego and cultural history; 

Shelter Island Shoreline Park a mile long scenic park with views of the Bay and San Diego along with a boat launching ramp and public fishing pier; and

Liberty Station NTC Park owned by the City of San Diego’s Park and Recreation Department. Features an outdoor basketball court, two playgrounds, three comfort stations, four multi-purpose fields, picnic areas, and special events fields.


Other Things to do in La Playa


Trip Advisor recommends the following beaches and water sports activities:

Resort Watersports with a 4.5 Star rating offering many types of water sports instruction;

The Catamaran Spa with a 5 Star rating offering luxury wellness and spa resort;

Action Sports Rentals with a 4.5 Star rating offering many types of water sports and boat rentals;

Mission Beach Surf School with a 5 Star rating providing first-class surfing instruction;

San Diego Surf Lessons another surf school with a perfect 5 Star rating;

Segway of Pacific Beach earned a 5 Star rating offering Segway Personal Transporter (a 2 wheel transporter) tours and rentals;

San Diego Sand Castles another perfect 5 Star rating offering workshops on how to build large beautiful sand castles on the beach;

The Promenade at Pacific Beach earned a 4.5 Star rating providing a scenic promenade at the ocean with many restaurants, stores, markets, and special services.

Live Music

Humphrey’s By The Bay a lounge with live music featuring famous musicians for many years. Trip Advisor gives this lounge 4.5 Stars.  Yelp gives this venue a 4.5 Star rating too as the best jazz and blues club in San Diego.


La Playa Restaurants


Restaurants in La Playa rated by Yelp include:

Old Venice where Yelp gives them 4 Stars and recommends their Magic Mushrooms, Ravioli, and Chicken Florentine.

Pomodoro Ristorante Italiano where Yelp rates them 4.5 Stars recommending their Linguine Di Mare, Spaghetti Carbonara, and Caprese for dessert.

Bencotto Italian Kitchen with Yelp 4.5 Star rating recommending their Gnocchi, Tagliatelle, and Tiramisu for dessert.

Lighthouse Bar & Grill earning 4 Stars from Yelp which recommends their seafood, short ribs, and garlic fries.

Harbor Town Pub earned 4 Stars from Yelp for their American style breakfasts and brunch.


Restaurants near La Playa include:

La Playa Taco Shop rated 4.5 Stars by Yelp which recommends their Mexican foods famous for their Carnitas, Fish Tacos, and Carne Asada.

Seaside Pho & Grill which Yelp gives a 4 Star rating featuring Vietnamese cuisine along with Asian-fusion foods. Their most popular dishes include Spring Rolls, Crispy Imperial Rolls, and Garlic Noodles.

Vessel Restaurant & Bar given 4 Stars by Yelp providing New American cuisine at the Kona Kai Resort and Spa on the water.

Bali Hai Restaurant earned 4 Stars from Yelp who recommends their Ahi Poke. A popular Polynesian restaurant famous for their Mai Tai cocktails, and seafood cuisine.

Brigantine Restaurant Yelp 4 Stars rating specializing in Seafood with Oysters on the half shell, Surf & Turf, and Fish Tacos.

Humphreys Restaurant earning 4 Stars from Yelp featuring New American California foods emphasizing seafood. Yelp recommends their 1855 Premium Angus Steak, Short Rib Quesadilla, and Eggs Benedict.


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La Playa Schools


Nearby schools include:


Elementary Schools

Loma Portal Elementary whose Overview describes their school as an “active, warm, vibrant learning community” since 1914.

Cabrillo Elementary School where their Overview states they provide an excellent education to their diverse community for grades kindergarten through 4. They offer exposure to performing and visual arts, physical education, and a challenging curriculum.

Middle School

Dana Middle School where their FAQs point out a rigorous education challenging each student to reach their full potential. Their principal emphasizes preparation for success in high school and higher education.

High School

Point Loma High School founded in 1925, boasting numerous famous sports figures, politicians, and business giants amongst their alumni. Their 100 member faculty teaches 2,000 students offering a wide curriculum of academic and elective programs.


Point Loma Nazarene University a highly ranked Christian College with a low student to teachers ration (15:1) with renowned graduate programs including an MBA program and a nursing school.


La Playa San Diego Real Estate Spotlight Conclusion


Our La Playa San Diego real estate spotlight emphasizes its historical significance to California and San Diego histories.

La Playa contains some of San Diego’s most expensive homes. An upscale neighborhood with around 2,500 residents.

Four nearby parks offer a variety of activities. Watersports of various types offer the most diversions found in La Playa.

Boasts the best Blues & Jazz venue in San Diego.

Italian, seafood, and American style breakfast restaurants dominate the cuisine found within La Playa. Nearby restaurants offer a wide variety of ethnic foods.

Their schools provide a well-rounded education for all ages.

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Steven Rich, MBA – Guest Blogger


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