Point Loma is located on a hilly peninsula that defines the north and east side of San Diego Bay. The name Point Loma comes the Spanish word for hill, and the area boasts some of the most beautiful views of Downtown San Diego, the Bay, Islas Coronado, and southernmost Channel Islands of San Clemente and Santa Catalina. On the west side of the peninsula along the Pacific Ocean there are sandy cliffs called Sunset Cliffs. On the east side the land gradually slopes into San Diego Bay with many homes and developments going right to the water’s edge. To the north the cliffs and hills become lower and flatten into Ocean Beach and the Midway area. Most neighborhoods in Point Loma consist primarily of single family homes. The bayside residential area is called La Playa. La Playa includes some of the most expensive homes in San Diego, some bay front homes have private piers for small boats. The newest commercial and retail area is found at Liberty Station, site of the former Naval Training Center San Diego, which includes residential homes, a shopping center, schools and parks.