One of the most recognizable photographs of San Diego on TV and in print is the one that spans out over the San Diego Yacht Club across the bay to the city. Some of the shots were taken in brilliant sunshine with clear blue skies and the city skyline off in the distance and others at dusk with stunning bay views and city lights.
All are emblematic of San Diego and undoubtedly were taken from some strategic point in the Fleetridge area of Point Loma.
The Roseville-Fleetridge area is the oldest settled part of the Point Loma peninsula in the city. The area was named after San Diego pioneer Louis Rose and David Fleet. Rose bought much of the area in 1866, laid out streets and built a wharf and hotel. David Fleet, son of aircraft pioneer and influential San Diegan and philanthropist Rueben H. Fleet, developed the area in the mid-1950s.
Its boundaries are roughly Rosecrans Street on the east, Canon Street on the south, Catalina Boulevard on the west and Nimitz and Chatsworth Boulevards on the north.
The views, however, are without boundaries.
Dawn Leahy, a Realtor with Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty, is an expert in this area. Her office is in the Point Loma village and she has been selling real estate in coastal San Diego for more than 15 years.
“The heart of my business is Point Loma,” Leahy said. “I focus on listings in La Playa, Fleetwood, the Wooded Area and Sunset Cliffs.”
Leahy has a four-bedroom, four-bathroom listing at 3604 Carleton St. in the Fleetridge area for $2.8 million.
Leahy said when the doors to the property swing open, you are greeted by the aforementioned postcard view of the sailboats, bay and city skyline. “You can see straight through the house to the view.”
Leahy, who is among the top-producing agents for Pacific Sotheby’s, said the current owners are only the second owners of the home. They have done some remodeling, but the “essence of the architecture remains.”
Floor-to-ceiling windows frame the view from nearly every room.
“In this specific section of Fleetridge the views are protected,” Leahy said. “It has CCRs (covenants, conditions and restrictions) that are on record with the city.” She said there is also an architectural review committee.
“The views you have there on Carleton are going to be that way forever,” Leahy said. “The CCRs expire in 2025, but renew automatically thereafter in 10-year increments unless a majority of homeowners elect to do away with them.”
Not a likely outcome is my guess.
“There are sections where the CCRs have expired,” Leahy said. “The areas that have the views are well-enforced and each parcel has an exact number of feet registered in the public record.”
Leahy said that the views from many of the homes in this area of Fleetridge are absolutely on par with homes in La Playa. “It has absolutely unparalleled panoramic views that are unobstructable,” she said.
The La Playa section of the Point Loma peninsula is a bayfront neighborhood farther out on the point. It is the last residential area before the southern one-third of the peninsula that is entirely federal land, including Naval Base Point Loma, Fort Rosecrans
National Cemetery and Cabrillo National Monument. This is where commercial and military ships anchored during the early days of the city. La Playa was the town’s first anchorage or “harbor” where cargo was loaded and unloaded into and from small boats. Goods were then transported to the settlement by land over what is generally the path Rosecrans follows along the peninsula today.
Leahy has a four-bedroom, six-bathroom listing for $2.75 million in this area at 615 San Gorgonio St. that was built in 1932.
“My clients purchased it from an estate back in the early 1970s,” Leahy said. “So they are only the second owner.”
She said some modifications have been made but “the thing that is beautiful about it is that it has been maintained so beautifully and the architectural features kept intact.”
Leahy said it has a beautiful view on a large piece of property for the area.
“Literally, the living room picture windows are the original picture windows,” she said. “They look out over the yard, the city and the bay.”
Leahy said when you have view homes in this neighborhood you often don’t have usable yard space.
“A lot of times they are perched on the hillside to obtain the view, but in this case you have a large yard,” she said. “It’s tremendous for entertaining or just enjoying.”
Leahy refers to the home as reminiscent of a Richard Requa, a noted early San Diego architect. The original owners were personal friends of Requa and traveled with him to Mexico around the time of the exposition. There is “one down the street” by Requa in the same style and Requa lived in Point Loma. But no documents exist on the original construction or plans, so it can’t be verified.
“Most people don’t realize what’s here,” Leahy said. “Relatively speaking, Point Loma is one of the most affordable areas along the coast where you can get a view home, an incredible community and just have the perfect San Diego lifestyle.”
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