Host to the newest commercial and retail development in Point Loma, Liberty Station and Liberty Market are now considered one of the most popular areas of San Diego for food, drink and culture.
Previously the Naval Training Center, Liberty Station has a long history dating back to 1915 when F. D. Roosevelt, in the role of Assistant Secretary of Navy, surveyed San Diego as the site for the next Naval Training Center. The construction work began in 1921 and, by 1941 the place became a prominent Naval Training Station for the nation’s trainees.
The redevelopment of the 361 acre Liberty Station began in the late 1990s and by 2012 the second phase of the project was completed. It is comprised of several districts such as Liberty Public Market with restaurants, bars, & shops, an educational and non- for profit district, host to the infamous Rock Church and High Tech High School, an upcoming hotel district, an office district, art center, a residential district with homes for sale over $1 million, all intertwined with an open community park space and walking trails.
Retail and Commercial District: The retail and commercial district at Liberty Station consists of five places – NTC Landing, Ocean Village, Fitness Club, Harbor Square and The Marketplace. The Marketplace, also known as Liberty Public Market, is a newer addition home to some of San Diego’s favorite artisans such as Raki Raki Ramen, Frat Boy Donuts, Noblerags, Kai & Skye, Friction Jewelry, Roma Express, Olala Crepes, Wiked Maine Lobster, so many more.
The district is host to several restaurants, coffee shops and a variety of retail stores including Starbucks, Trader Joes, Panera Bread, Five Guys Burgers & Fries, Vons, Navy Federal Bank, Sammy’s Woofried Pizza, Tender Greens, ACE Hardware, Con Pane, Slater’s 50/50, and more! Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens is the largest retail center with 25,000 sq. ft area of space and a seating capacity of 700. A six-screen multiplex called the Lot plays host to movie screening and is situated close to the Luce Auditorium. The NTC Landing Center is home to the oldest Golf course in San Diego, the Sail Ho Golf Course built by Albert Spalding of the Spalding sports brand.
Arts District: The Arts District at Liberty Station is a burgeoning place for events concerning arts and culture all across the year. The district has nearly 120 galleries, studios, museums including artists, makers and creators. The district is a place to explore and learn about art and also provides an opportunity to meet, connect, dine, and shop. The District is a park-like space and is about 100 acres in the area.
The Arts District abounds with events and entertainment all through the year making it a very lively place in the city of San Diego. From Friday Night Liberty, a signature monthly event to Liberty Station outdoor movies, Liberty Station Concerts, Summer Camps, Halloween and Art Walk @2018 (the 13th Annual Fine Art Festival), Liberty Station has a busy event calendar for this year. Venues Liberty Station hosts 10 different outdoor and indoor venues is the central point for events, festivals and public and private parties in Liberty Station.
The Arts District, along with The Quarter and South Point are the food and beverage destinations for all food lovers. Beginning with Breakfast Republic (Arts District), a widely known place for innovative breakfast options to Ikuru Sushi (The Quarter) that serves some sumptuous Sushi meal to Los Primos (South Point) that provides some authentic Mexican dishes for a great dining experience, Liberty Station has enough and more food places for the gastronomic pleasures. In fact, The Quarter is centrally located in Liberty Station and acts as connecting point to Point Loma and it also hosts grocery shops, office spaces, banks, medical practice centers and a Chapel making it a one-stop destination for many.
The Neighbourhood: The Neighbourhood is the place to go if you are looking for a glimpse of the residential community at Liberty Station. Split into two different sections, the Neighbourhood hosts both military and civil residential sections. The community consists of around 350 residences which includes both town homes alongside single family homes spread over 37 acres.
The Education District: Situated adjacent to the Neighbourhood, the Education District hosts a 33-acre High Tech Village that consists of five high schools, two middle schools and two elementary schools; all public charter schools.
Hotel District: The Hotel District consists of some of the top hotels including Courtyard by Marriott and Homewood Suites by Hilton which have a combined room capacity of 350. The Barracks, is another hotel in the planning stages. The room capacity of hotels in Liberty Station is expected to increase by end of 2018.
52 Boats Memorial: Serving as testimony of respect and remembrance, 52 Boats memorial was created in the honor of 52 Submarines that were lost during the World War II. The memorial consists of 52 American Liberty Elm Trees, 52 Flags and 52 granite memorials to the ships and the men manning the ships.
Parks and Open Space: One of the major attractions and undoubtedly, a top recreational place in the whole of San Diego is the Park and Open space area. It includes a 46-acre waterfront with playground areas, an athletic club and a walking cum jogging trail along the boat channel. Due to its vast open spaces, Liberty Station also hosts 5K walk and run events. The place is also a host to several gymnasiums, sports clubs, yoga and therapy centers which include – Therapy Specialists, Yoga Six, Point Loma Sports Club, Fitness Without Walls, San Diego Gymnastics, Riptide Soccer Club, Fitness Together, Pilates By The Bay, Performing Arts, & Athletics Restorative Training Specialists.
Known for being a top Naval Training Center during the war period, Liberty Station has, over the years, transformed into a top destination for recreation, arts, music events, and residential living. The place is a mini-city within San Diego playing host to several aspects of San Diego life. Liberty Station is now burgeoning destination with abundant social infrastructure for people from all walks of life be it for permanently staying or just for visiting.