Offbeat L.A.: Sunken City- 20th Century Ruins in San Pedro

Sunken City in San Pedro (photo by Nikki Kreuzer)

Sunken City in San Pedro (photo by Nikki Kreuzer)

Originally published May 9, 2014 at The Los Angeles Beat

Crumbling foundations (photo by Nikki Kreuzer)

Crumbling foundations (photo by Nikki Kreuzer)

Ghosts of a former hillside housing community that slid into the sparkling Pacific way back in 1929 still haunt the sunny cliffs of San Pedro. Now known as Sunken City, the broken foundations and shards of concrete have been covered and recovered with technicolor graffiti. It has been a teenage playground for decades; the perfect dangerously romantic make out and underage drinking destination. Mysterious and secluded, it waits with its spectacular views for adventure seekers and those who dare to ignore the clearly posted No Trespassing signs and slip under the pre-carved hole beneath the fence. Every good adventure seeker knows that when there is a will there is always a way.

Ruins (photo by Nikki Kreuzer)

Ruins (photo by Nikki Kreuzer)

When the earth started sliding back in 1929, it was quick and relentless. Two homes on the 600 block of Paseo del Mar were completely lost, plunging into the hungry sea, while the rest were swiftly relocated. The earth stretched its weary bones, moving sometimes as much as 11 inches a day. This continued into the mid-1930s. Over 70 years later it is exciting and beautiful, although technically illegal and off limits, and functions as an urban climbing mecca where danger lurks close with a misplaced footstep. It is a perfect reminder of how fragile our time is on this planet. Nature can act with capricious whim and destroy even as it creates. Nothing is truly solid.

The author at Sunken City (photo by Thomas Kreuzer)

The author at Sunken City (photo by Thomas Kreuzer)

Sunken City: 500 W Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro, CA 90731. Located next to Point Fermin Park.

Explore at your own risk.

About Nikki Kreuzer

Nikki Kreuzer has been a Los Angeles resident for more than half of her life. When not working her day job in the film & TV industry, she spends her time over many obsessions, mainly music, art and exploring the oddities of the city she adores. So far she has written 100 Offbeat L.A. articles, which she started in 2013 while writing for The Los Angeles Beat. She has also been published in the LA Weekly, Oddee.com, Twist Magazine, Strobe and Not For Hire. Nikki is also is a mosaic artist, working actor and published photographer. As part of the band Nikki & Candy, she plays bass, sings and is co-writer. Find Nikki & Candy music on iTunes, Amazon, YouTube and other music sites. Nikki is currently working on her first novel. Please “like” the Offbeat L.A. Facebook page! For more Offbeat L.A. photos & adventures follow @Lunabeat on Instagram.

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