Pacific Beach Real Estate
Are you looking for the quintessential, California beach town? Look no further. Pacific Beach, or PB to the cognoscenti, with its sun, its sand, and its boardwalk, is the most popular beach in San Diego. Resting snugly between the Pacific Ocean and Mission Bay Park, Pacific Beach is a saltwater playground attracting serious surfers and sailboarders year round as well as swimmers, sunbathers, boogie boarders, jet-skiers, water skiers, kayakers, Frisbee throwers, kite enthusiasts and a colorful assortment of quirky, eccentric characters. Bathing beauties, dolphins, and surf competitions give Pacific Beach a classic endless summer feel.
Single family detached homes in Pacific Beach range in price from $539,000 for a two bedroom, two bathroom 750 square foot home built in 1952, to $4,900,000 for a two bedroom, two bathroom home built in 1951. While Pacific Beach property is still in high demand there are many types and price ranges available to Real Estate Agents that are knowledgeable in the area.
Pacific Beach condos range in price from $89,000 for a one room, 411 square foot home built in 2006, to $3,300,000 for a two bedroom, two bathroom 1,450 square foot home built in 1966.
Pacific Beach’s concrete boardwalk runs three straight miles along the shoreline for skaters, cyclists, runners and walkers. Speed is regulated, there’s even a dividing line making it less likely people will run into each other zooming past shops and restaurants with their patios and deck chairs for people watchers.
Pacific Beach’s Crystal Pier opened in 1927. The 950 feet long wooden walkway led to the Crystal Pleasure Pier Ballroom and Joy Zone. In addition to an amusement park and arcade, there was an Aztec style ballroom over the water at the end of the pier featuring a cork-cushioned dance floor, high ceilings and an enormous crystal ball – hence the name.
From the beginning, visitors complained that the pier rocked too much and that the swaying lights made them dizzy. Soon, the pilings were declared unsafe and the complex was condemned. After extensive lawsuits, the bank foreclosed, spent $10,000 replacing pilings, built a 500-foot extension and remodeled the pier adding ten motel cottages letting you “Sleep over Seas” and a soda fountain. Its open to the public for fishing and is a popular place from which to watch the spectacular sunsets.
At the north end of the beach is Tourmaline Surf Park. At the south end is Belmont Park complete with an old time roller coaster, fun rides, shops and restaurants.
Pacific Beach’s Mission Bay Park is a 4,500-acre water recreation area comprising dozens of resorts and attractions including Sea World as well as miles of bicycle trails. An historic paddle wheeler, the Bahia Belle, cruises the inlets of Mission Bay.
There is also a thriving residential community comprised of college students, single professionals and families. Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and Mission Bay, and extending some three miles along the ocean, Pacific Beach’s casual business district is replete with bars, clubs, restaurants, coffee houses and an eclectic mish mash of funky surf shops, clothing stores, and craft galleries.