In 1929, a block of ocean-front houses began to slip into the sea, leaving behind the graffiti covered ruins of a neighborhood’s lost dreams.
You’re not really supposed to be exploring this somewhat sketchy and unstable land but if you do, just hop the wall and squeeze your fat ass under the wrought iron fencing that was erected to keep people like you out.
Your first view of Sunken City when entering from the eastern edge of Point Fermin Park.
The ‘city’ seemed pretty quiet when I visited. Saw numerous critters, a few hobos and a couple of stoners. I hear the weekends can get a little gangy, so make sure you leave your blues and reds at home.
3 palms with a view? SOLD!
Views of Angel’s Gate Lighthouse can be seen in the distance in various spots around the hood.
San Pedro’s Flat Top
Rough Road Ahead
Watch that curve.
Natural landscaping is kinda big here.
Beach access is only a step away.
The association doesn’t seem to have a problem with color, so paint away.
Semi-flat lot available or is that a road?
Perhaps they’ll put a bridge in at some point.
Up, up and away…then a long way down.
This section hasn’t slipped as much but residents were still forced out after then-Gov. Ronald Reagan declared the Point Fermin landslide zone a disaster area in March 1970.
Come On IRIE
The ruins have been a frequent site of accidental falls and suicides. The most recent case involved a 40-year-old Latina who jumped to her death on March 11, 2013. RIP.
A torn up graffiti covered road is a constant reminder of what could happen to the neighborhood that sits above it.