The Coolest House in All of Ocean Beach

by on April 2, 2015 · 19 comments

in Environment, Ocean Beach

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis has gotta be the coolest house in all of OB.

There’s no other house like it. Not along the cliffs like this.

It’s at the end of Bermuda Pescadero Street and has been there for decades, in various states of repairs.

Now, it looks habitable.

So close to the ocean, this dwelling has to have a very moderate year-round temperature. It has to be the coolest house in OB.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA


{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

obbrian April 2, 2015 at 12:23 pm

What street is that suppose to be on? Sunset Cliffs? Ocean Front St.? It s not on Bermuda.


Frank Gormlie Frank Gormlie April 2, 2015 at 1:29 pm

Pescadero – called us on it already and we’ve changed the text.


Christo April 2, 2015 at 12:24 pm

It’s at the end of Pescadero


Frank Gormlie Frank Gormlie April 2, 2015 at 12:50 pm

Christo – you are correct! Thanks. I had to refer to my notes that I took over a week ago and it said “Bermuda”. Oh well.


Christo April 2, 2015 at 2:43 pm

There used to be a patio on the top and one below. I have fished from both.


Christo April 2, 2015 at 2:44 pm

And your welcome!

IMHO- the coolest house in OB is at the end of Bermuda. Love that place…


john April 2, 2015 at 1:23 pm

I’m a little puzzled at the lack of detailed investigation, you usually come up with information most could never find, such as:

Was this structure originally constructed this way?
Is it legal?
Is it a free standing property or attached to tbe home above?
Is that bluff eroding further?

Or is this unusual variance from your usually high standards (wheres the story here?) a sly way to invite discussion to find these things out? :-)


Frank Gormlie Frank Gormlie April 2, 2015 at 1:29 pm

“Investigation” – come now, my friend – just trying to share a bit of OB with you plus certainly didn’t want to disturb the residents – nor take the time to look into any history.


Lisa Hofman April 2, 2015 at 2:02 pm

Great piece to share, thank you.


cat April 7, 2015 at 9:46 am

libs never take time to look into any history…..


Frank Gormlie Frank Gormlie April 7, 2015 at 4:07 pm

Cat – that is crazy – the OB Rag is filled to the bream with history.


Christo April 2, 2015 at 2:46 pm

Don’t know
Attached to one above
Definitely. There used to be a cement porch below it.


Sarah April 2, 2015 at 2:10 pm

So cool, thanks for sharing!


rick callejon April 2, 2015 at 10:58 pm

Coolest location, perhaps. However, that shack is far from the coolest house in OB.


Frank Gormlie Frank Gormlie April 7, 2015 at 4:09 pm

Well, rick callejon – YOU should talk – afterall – you definitely have one of the BEST houses and views in OB!


Dave Rice April 2, 2015 at 11:02 pm

I stumbled across this place years ago while out walking the cliffs (or attempting to) with some friends – when the occupants, along with those in the place above, were having a huge party and welcomed us with a few beers. Thought it was really cool then and I still think it is today – though I doubt it’d be legal nowadays, if it ever was.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t figure out at the party who actually lived in the house, or I’d have tried to make friends and asked to check it out…I’ve always wondered if there’s more to it carved into the cliff or something, which would only make it even cooler.


joyce April 3, 2015 at 8:45 am

rich james took me down there to check this place out 10 or 15 years ago……very cool place….secret… and got wave damage on a fairly regular basis….you would not want to be in there when the surf gets too big


rick callejon April 7, 2015 at 11:15 am

Look what the cat dragged in…Poppycock!


Jerry April 9, 2015 at 11:47 am

The address is 1496 1/2 Pescadero Drive….I actually live there for nearly 6 years and yes..we had many, many parties to say the least. I lived there from 1992 – 1998. Orignally when this house was built there were actually directly below on the slab in front. In the late 80’s the lower “shack” was destroyed in a storm which also took away the toilet for the upper “Shack”. So when I lived there there was no toilet….which for $250 month in rent was just fine! The inside was painted & carpeted and it has a shower, sink, refrigerator, etc….and was the perfect beach house during college. The surf gets big in January and usually beats up the front of the house (you could get some water in the house if the window is open) and the surge can run in front of the door and up the stairs. Sometimes seaweed would end up on the roof…Overall definitely not only the coolest house in OB but one of the coolest on the planet!




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