Point Loma Mansion Makes It Into ‘San Diego’s Least Affordable Housing’

by on April 5, 2019 · 11 comments

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A local Point Loma home – one might easily say mansion – made it into this week’s San Diego Reader cover story on the area’s “least affordable housing.”

OB writer Dave Rice took a trip around the region to see how different locales define “luxury living” and their own version of exclusivity. He found a 6-bedroom, 5-bath residence –  over 7300 square foot – with enough space in its wine cellar to fit 1500 bottles – over at 4095 Lomaland Drive. It definitely fit the bill for the coastal areas of San Diego.

Here’s part of his intro:

“Luxury living” is a term that eludes simple definition. For some, it may be a beachfront home occupying a slice of Southern California’s most coveted coastline. Others might prefer a penthouse condo equipped with the latest in modern technology perched atop a downtown high-rise while the plebeian masses scuttle to their service jobs dozens of stories below. Lovers of English period movies might envision a classically-influenced mansion ensconced among dozens of acres of meticulously landscaped walled gardens.

Here’s Rice’s part on San Diego’s coastal area:

San Diego – Coastal

To get the listing count out of the triple digits along the coast of San Diego proper (La Jolla, Pacific Beach, Ocean Beach, Sunset Cliffs, and Point Loma), we’ve got to crank the minimum list price to $5.5 million. That still yields 95 results. Let’s be honest, though, we’re definitely cracking eight figures in this part of town.

“The pinnacle of Point Loma,” the residence at 4095 Lomaland Drive was “recently selected to Top 10 Homes in the USA magazine.” The current six-bedroom, five-bath, 7328-square-foot residence was built in 2001, though one of the included three parcels comprised by the estate has “a three-story World War II bunker from 1942.” There’s a wine cellar with storage for 1500 bottles, living room with rock wall fireplace and disappearing walls that open the space to an outdoor patio, an ocean view office loft, and the requisite chef’s kitchen with oversized center island and wraparound bar.

The estate “blends timeless, traditional design with modern finishes, comfortable spaces with seamless indoor/outdoor living, privacy and the most DRAMATIC WHITEWATER views in Southern California.” The one-acre lot sits above Sunset Cliffs Natural park and adjacent to Point Loma Nazarene University, affording it one of the most secluded locations within a 15-minute drive of downtown.

The Lomaland mansion was first listed for sale in May 2018 with an asking price of $24,995,000 that remains unchanged to date.


{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Frank Gormlie April 5, 2019 at 12:42 pm

Ya gotta think about this place the next time you want to complain about the homeless.


G. Carlin April 5, 2019 at 6:06 pm

All the world really needs is not love, but the political will to implement ubiquitous public shower and restroom facilities and reliable robots that will keep them clean. Then nobody would need a house, we could walk around all the time.


Oldob April 7, 2019 at 1:56 pm

I don’t understand your comment, Frank? How are the two related?


Frank Gormlie April 9, 2019 at 11:25 am

The plain, obvious disparity in the extreme wealth displayed by this mansion and the house-less reality of the homeless. Where is the democracy and justice in that? The right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Remember that line?


kh April 9, 2019 at 12:36 pm

No not seeing it. Sounds like grasping at straws to drum up classism. We don’t know anything about the owner or how they acquired their millions. .

The value of that uselessly large and ornate house, beyond the land value, is in large part from what they spent hiring many blue collar trades and craftsmen. The rest is construction materials of which a majority would’ve been domestically produced.
Maybe you see it as stepping on the opportunities of homeless, I see opportunities created for workers and their families.


Frank Gormlie April 9, 2019 at 12:59 pm

“Are waitresses paid the price of their winking?”


Peter from South O April 9, 2019 at 4:49 pm

Actually, Neil Young wrote: “Are waitresses paying the price of their winking?”

(I may be old, but I got to see all the cool bands)


Oldob April 11, 2019 at 10:44 am

Why the leap from homelessness to this mansion? I am sure that your home and possessions, Frank, would seem like a life changing treasure to someone living on the streets. Stop vilifying the rich Frank. Stop throwing a blanket over everyone who has been blessed with material wealth, assume that they do t deserve it and suggest that they should give it away to the less fortunate. For all you know, the owner of that home has done amazing things to help the less fortunate in our community. Every time someone buys an apartment building or tears down a home you whip your following into a tirade by talking about how greedy they are and how they victimize others. Nobody has to take responsibility for themselves? If they fall, others by decree of the government have to pick them up? Stop your robin hooding and I think you might be surprised how selfless and generous a lot of these people who you vilify are.


Frank Gormlie April 11, 2019 at 11:21 am

It continues to amaze me that people go to great lengths to defend the very wealthy and turn a blind eye to the huge, devastating disparities of wealth in this country; it hasn’t been this bad for a century. Robin Hood is a great model, myth that he may have been.


retired botanist April 9, 2019 at 2:05 pm

imo, that wine cellar is really ugly- looks like a mud bunker! And I’m not wild about kh’s comment that “opportunities were created for workers and their families”…seems a bit like ‘blue washing’ a justification for gross consumption by a 1%er. Sure, the owner can spend his dollar however he wants, I get it, but he could have hired the same workers to build something a lot less ostentatious and maybe even LEED designed. And domestically produced materials? Hmm, sort of doubting that, too…


Vern April 10, 2019 at 6:04 am

4095 Lomaland Dr, San Diego, CA 92106
Last sold:Jan 2003 for $600,000
Currently on the market for $24,995,000
An increase of @ 4065.8% in 16 years
(Zillow 04/09/10)


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