Imperial Beach Real Estate
Imperial Beach is the most southwesterly city in the continental United States, surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and San Diego Bay to the west and north and by Mexico to the south. Residents here are proud of the city’s history and its concern for wetlands protection which has led to the establishment of one of the area’s few wetland preserves.
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The town excels in areas for swimming, surfing, nature tours, bird watching and enjoyment of the Tijuana Estuary, as well as a close-knit community that puts environmental matters first.
Imperial Beach has also taken major steps toward establishing itself as a major destination in the ecotourism industry by attracting visitors interested in wildlife, migratory birds, coastal dunes, and a world-renowned estuary. The National Wildlife Refuges, The San Diego/South Bay National Wildlife Refuge, the Otay Valley Regional Park, and the Tijuana River Regional Park, are all popular destinations for those interested in the unique wildlife and environment of the southwestern coast. The Tijuana River where it enters the Pacific Ocean, is an intertidal coastal estuary of tidal wetlands known as the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve and is the largest salt-water marsh in Southern California.
Imperial Beach is also a major surfing destination with a popular destination being the landmark Pier along Seacoast Drive. One of the most famous surfing spots along the west coast is the Slough at the mouth of the Tijuana Estuary where the first person to surf the big waves here was famed surfer, Allen “Dempsey” Holder. A public art display of surfing history can be seen along the promenade in Imperial Beach. The city maintains a live web cam for surfers to check out the waves.
Over the last few years, the Port of San Diego and Imperial Beach have begun a series of oceanfront improvements with the Pier Plaza redevelopment. In the center of the Plaza is the town’s main public art piece, Surf Henge, created by artist Malcolm Jone, and surrounding the Plaza are low concrete seawalls with the glass tile work called Illuminations by artist Mary Lynn Dominguez. These installations are testament to the interest the city has in its beauty and uniqueness as a historical surf site.
Imperial Beach also has a history as a military town. In 1952 Ream Field became home for the first helicopter anti-submarine units to deploy from aboard an aircraft carrier. In 1968, at its pinnacle, Ream Field was NAS Imperial Beach with 3,400 military personnel and home to all West Coast Navy helicopter squadrons. It was known then as the “Helicopter Capitol of the World.”
This unique coastal city south of downtown San Diego offers a great area for an active lifestyle, beautiful scenery, gorgeous sunsets, as well as an active community and easy access to other parts of San Diego. For those interested in a growing community that takes advantage of the best that the area has to offer along with a friendly relationship with business and sensible development, Imperial Beach is one of the most attractive cities in the region.