Gritty graffiti and crumbling slabs of concrete give way to an ocean view in San Pedro’s Sunken City, a spot that has intrigued rogue explorers for its mystique. A dramatic view from above captures the rugged cliff face that holds the ruins.
The Sunken City sits along the coastline in San Pedro near Point Fermin Park.
The origin of the Sunken City dates back to the 1920s, when exclusive bungalows with expansive views of the Pacific Coast sat on the rocky cliffs. Due to constant erosion, the homes were abandoned in 1929 as the area started to slip into the ocean below. All but two of the bungalows were moved to different locations.
The City of Los Angeles fenced in the area in the 1980s to deter rogue explorers from climbing the dangerous cliffs. Artists and photographers continue to explore the ruins of desolate roads and bungalow shacks.
The ongoing issue of trespassing has become a concern for neighboring residents and the city. The Los Angeles Police Department's Harbor Community division has handed out several citations for trespassing on the grounds.
Willian Avila (shot with GoPro)
City Councilman Joe Buscaino is spearheading an effort to keep Sunken City open within daylight hours. Residents, members of the Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council, and the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks are working together to reach a solution for the dozens of people that go into Sunken City illegally, especially at night, said Branimir Kvartuc, communication director for Councilman Buscaino.
Waves crash against the base of the cliff below the Sunken City as visitors negotiate its rugged terrain.
The remains of house foundations and bucked sidewalks are embedded in the cliff face.
Another view of the Sunken City in San Pedro.