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Very rare and early real estate auction map of Ocean Beach, San Diego, published in 1888.

The map covers much of the modern neighborhood of Ocean Beach from Brighton Ave (and the Ocean Beach Volley Ball Courts) in the north to Point Loma Avenue in the south.

The map was based on the surveys of O.N. Sanford, San Diego City Engineer, and was printed by Schmidt Label & Co. of San Francisco.

The map differentiates between lots that had already been sold (sold red) and lots that were due to be sold (dashed red and numbered). The auction covered by this map was primarily for lots close to the ocean, and many directly on the ocean. The lots were previously part of the San Diego Pueblo Lands.

The map shows the routes of the Ocean Beach R.R. Co. and Del Mar & San Diego R.R. Co. ("the short route bet. Los Angeles and San Diego") proceeding through Ocean Beach.

There are interesting notes in the top left, one mentioning a "line of Sand Hills being removed for Ship ballast and building purposes", and three others for freshwater springs near the sandhills.

The integral cover title reads: "Invest at Ocean Beach and Make a Fortune. Unquestionably the Best Place To-Day To Invest around San Diego. A word to the wise is sufficient."


Extremely rare with only one copy located in OCLC, at the California Historical Society.

This is one of the best early San Diego real estate maps that we have handled. This kind of fine-grain San Diego urban development predating 1900 is very hard to come by.

Condition Description
Folding map printed on front and back.