Thursday, September 17, 2009

The Other Side Of The Tracks



This is the last group of photos from a walk earlier this week with my daughter. The top picture shows the view west from the top of the hill behind our house. Down in the flats are the railroad tracks and the Coast Highway, which used to be the main route between San Diego and Los Angeles before the 8 lane freeway went in, east of here. Up the hill on the other side, at the bottom of a 65 foot cliff is the Pacific Ocean, invisible in the haze. Beyond that final line of greenery and houses, it's blue ocean as far as the eye can see.



The neighborhood still has a touch of rural, even though we're getting hemmed in by housing developments on three sides. These two gates appealed to me.



One of my best friends remodeled this house almost 30 years ago. It's held up really well. Most of the original houses around here are beach cottages.



This grand old Spanish Revival home on the crest of the hill was built in the 1920s and has a commanding whitewater ocean view. The grounds have been subdivided over the years, so the yard is a shadow of its former size, but still lovely.

3 comments:

The Weaver of Grass said...

Lovely houses and I too love that fence with its peeling paint. I do hope nobody decides to smarten it up, it has such a lived in feeling.

steven said...

hi golden west, this is another beautiful post. the houses and details have such feeling and presenc e to them. i wish i could put it into words but there's a home feeling about them. i love the idea of the ocean right beyond the crest of that hill. i've never seen the pacific ocean although i think i might sometime in the next few years. have a peaceful evening. steven

Delwyn said...

Hi GW

your neighbourhood still has that relaxed slightly wanton and worn coastal feel about it...

I enjoyed the glimpses but I don't know where you are...except between LA and San Diego...

Happy days