The view of the rear of a home at 455 Silvergate Ave., in the wooded area of Point Loma. Photo courtesy of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

The view of the rear of a home at 455 Silvergate Ave., in the wooded area of Point Loma. Photo courtesy of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

— Directly above La Playa and the edge of the bay, the home on Silvergate Avenue was originally built in 1910, but underwent a major transformation in 2006 by award-winning, La Jolla-based Dewhurst & Associates with a kitchen designed by William Ohs Inc., who has been featured in Architectural Digest and is a leading national manufacture of luxury, quality cabinetry that features classic European and American styles.

The home was completely transformed, including a Crestron home automation system, but with an aim toward keeping as much of the original character as possible. Several of the original wooden floors were refinished and one of the bathrooms was “more or less left intact, including the original basket weave tile flooring and a claw foot tub — it’s a great juxtaposition up against the upscale modern finishes throughout the rest of the home — it anchors it in history,” Leahy said.

Leahy describes the home as unassuming from the front and that “people drive by and say ‘oh look at this adorable little cottage’ and you get inside and you realize wow this is spectacular.”

On a spacious, private lot, the home is filled with light with a great traditional feel about it.

“The wine cellar is absolutely not to be missed; it’s a 2,000 bottle wine cellar with a cork floor.” Leahy said. “They excavated out from the existing downstairs into the back, so that the temperature control actually comes from the temperature of the earth.”

It’s the view from the master bedroom though that takes one’s breath away; there is a full view of downtown from the master bedroom, Leahy said.

“The view from the master suite is actually protected, there is a restriction on the deed on the property below,” she said. “From the master bathtub you can actually see the shores of Coronado and watch the waves break.”

Leahy said the Point Loma peninsula is one of San Diego’s hidden gems, “people just don’t know about it; if they just understood and knew about it in the same way as they know about La Jolla, our prices would match up, but right now it’s so much more affordable coastal living that any other coastal community.”

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