One Neptune Place: Then and Now

Posted by Dennis DeSouza on Thursday, February 18th, 2016 at 9:45am.

One Neptune Place ocean view

Last year, a new condominium called One Neptune Place was completed. The 3-story gated complex is seated directly across the street from Windansea Beach. One Neptune Place holds 18 upscale condos with distinctive floor plans, gorgeous ocean views and impressive features. Though the condominium may be new, the land it rests on has a long history that dates back to the earliest development efforts in the area.

A closer look at Windansea Beach’s new oceanfront condos

One Neptune Place condos for sale are sunlit expanses with up 2,100 square feet of living space. The upscale condos feature up to three bedrooms and bathrooms and offer panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean.

Condos in gated complex take in natural light and boast lots of clean lines and contemporary architectural enhancements, courtesy of designs created by Marengo Morton and developed by Mike Turk. An article published by the Times of San Diego stated that One Neptune Place also uses solar-electric systems and boasts an underground parking garage.

One Neptune Place real estate promises gorgeous views of Windansea Beach, a favored spot with a long surfing history. Panoramic views of the pristine shoreline can be enjoyed from private balconies, which boast plenty of room for outside seating. Some units also offer mountain views.

Beyond the superb views, oceanfront condos in One Neptune Place possess a wide array of exquisite features, such as shaker cabinetry, Caesarstone countertops, grey washed white-oak floors and waterfront patios. The gated oceanfront complex also offers buyers a fine collection of amenities, such as a lovely terrace, seaside fire pit, beach access and underground parking.

History of the Windansea community

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Today, One Neptune Place is home to a stunning, new condominium that offers buyers breathtaking views of Windansea Beach, but the land’s history goes much further back. According to the Times of San Diego, in the early 1900’s, the Strand Hotel served travelers from the very same spot. Years later, the hotel was renovated and renamed, but it ultimately succumbed to a fire in the early 1940’s. Time passed and the land became home to an apartment building.

Documents from the City of San Diego Historical Resources Board state that the La Jolla Strand subdivision saw its earliest development efforts in 1909 with the building of the redwood board-and-batten walled Strand Hotel. By 1912, a small wooden pier, viewing stand and beach cottages had also been erected to encourage visitors.

Windansea Beach real estate

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In 1919, Dr. William Snell bought the Strand Hotel and renovated it using materials from the viewing stand and wooden pier, which had fallen into disrepair. SD News reported that Dr. Snell decided to rename the hotel and held a contest to create a pool of choices. Ms. Montgomery Brackett won six dinners in exchange for her entry, Windansea Hotel.

The La Jolla Historical Society traced the name origins of Windansea Beach and the surrounding community to Dr. Snell’s hotel that was built with redwood boards and renovated with reclaimed materials. Ms. Brackett’s contest entry ended up naming much more than one seaside hotel.

Windansea Hotel was but one of Dr. Snell’s construction projects. He also built homes in the Vernacular Tudor and Vernacular Craftsman styles using rocks he found on the beach, which added an undeniable charm.

On February 26, 1943, a fire engulfed Windansea Hotel. According to SD News, the fire started in the hotel's kitchen in the middle of the night. Hotel managers risked their lives to warn and evacuate guests. The fire destroyed the Windansea Hotel and it was never rebuilt.

The community surrounding One Neptune Place has come a long way from quaint board-and-batten walled hotels and dilapidated wooden piers. The area is just as naturally beautiful and inviting as it was in 1909, but now it has a charming history to share, one that was many years in the making. One Neptune Place is a lovely new addition to a beautiful seaside community that holds a beach with a unique name and celebrated surf break.

For more information about homes in this area visit our La Jolla real estate page or contact DeSouza Select Properties.

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