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La Jolla

There is hardly a more picturesque location in San Diego than La Jolla. Situated on a seven-mile stretch along the coast with incredible beaches and panoramic ocean views. La Jolla is known as The Jewel of America’s Finest City, (La Jolla in Spanish means “The Jewel”) and as soon as you visit its neighborhoods and it shores you can see why.

La Jolla is defined by ocean bluffs, canyons and hillsides culminating at Mount Soledad. Sweeping vistas and world-class amenities abound within its delightful neighborhoods.

Home buying options in La Jolla range from modern homes to historic houses built early 1900s. It also has a range of properties including single-family homes, apartments, condos, beach bungalows, and luxury estates sat within acreage.

Dr. Seuss found inspiration for many of his books while living here. He famously said that his favorite of all of his books was The Lorax, which he was motivated to write when construction threatened his tranquil, beautiful community of La Jolla.

He was right to want to preserve this jewel of a town.

La Jolla Neighborhoods

BEACH-BARBER TRACT:

This picturesque neighborhood is located just north of the Bird Rock and Lower Hermosa area and is considered a most desirable neighborhoods with its casual beachside approach to La Jolla living. While a mainly-residential neighborhood that connects Windansea Beach to the Village there are a few shops and restaurants along La Jolla Shores Boulevard.

This is a neighborhood rich in La Jolla history and beautifully preserved early architecturally designed homes. Spanish Colonials, English Tudors and French Normandy-style homes adorn charming streets as well as beach cottages, condos and oceanfront estates. Many of the European revival-style homes were built from 1920 to 1940 and were designed by some of San Diego’s noteworthy early architects. Homes in Beach-Barber Tract vary from $950,000 to 30 million, and  condominiums are available for around $500,000 in one of several small condo developments.  

BIRD ROCK:

A quirky but laid-back and charming neighborhood known for its beautiful ocean views and stellar surfing. This neighborhood runs along the south side of La Jolla Boulevard until it connects with Pacific Beach and includes homes at the southern side of Mt. Soledad. Bird Rock is a well-established neighborhood of La Jolla, becoming an official community back in the early 1900s.

The business district has recently undergone considerable renovation and now offers a great shopping and dining experience. with plenty of art galleries featuring the work of local and national artists. Bird Rock has some of La Jolla’s more affordable coastal homes, apartments, and condominiums.

COUNTRY CLUB:

This exclusive neighborhood surrounds the La Jolla Country Club and is located on the lower northwest side of Mt. Soledad, and sits above La Jolla Village. This area is sought after because of its privacy and coastal ambiance with most of its residential blocks facing the ocean. Multi-million dollar estates with incredible views of the Pacific and expansive lots make up much of Country Club. Many of the homes in the Country Club neighborhood date back to the 1920′s and 1930′s and have been impeccably maintained and loved. The La Jolla Summit Condo Community is located on the perimeter of the Country Club neighborhood, and is a desirable alternative place to live for those not wanting the upkeep of a large home or estate. Shopping, dining, golfing and beautiful beaches are all within a couple minutes drive and the neighborhood is also home to the La Jolla Natural Park, a 42 acre open space that is breathtaking.

HERMOSA (Lower):

This neighborhood boasts some of La Jolla’s most spectacular homes. so it is no surprise that “The Street of Dreams” (Camino de la Costa) is within this neighborhood. Lower Hermosa stretches along the water from Beach-Barber Tract to Bird Rock; west of La Jolla Boulevard. Established as a community in the 1920’s the area has an ‘Olde Worlde’ charm with architectural styles of classic, traditional and breathtaking! Prices range in the multi-million zone with just a few hundred homes within this pristine Pacific Ocean view neighborhood

HERMOSA (Upper):

Upper Hermosa is a peaceful, entirely residential area located east of La Jolla Boulevard and north of Bird Rock. A range of architectural styles creates a wonderful neighborhood and its flat topography make it perfect for cycling and walking. Located a little further from the ocean many homes sit on large lots with established and lush landscapes. Undisturbed by the hustle and bustle of recreational/business district activities Upper Hermosa is family oriented and quiet, and yet just moments away from Bird Rock or La Jolla Village. Home prices are heavily dependent on the view from the property and range from $1.7 million to $4 million. There are no condominiums within this neighborhood.

HIDDEN VALLEY:

A neighborhood east of La Jolla Shores and on the lower north slopes of Mt. Soledad. Many of these homes offer dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean and the twinkling city lights of San Diego. The spectacular landscape of Hidden Valleys hills and canyons is teeming with wild life and tranquility and yet offers convenient access to freeways and UCSD. Luxury homes and condominiums are available in this community.

LA JOLLA ALTA:

La Jolla Alta is a neighborhood comprised primarily of planned residential developments with their own tennis facilities, clubhouses and fitness centers. The community of La Jolla Alta is located on the south slope of Mt. Soledad. Spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, Mission Bay and San Diego city lights can be seen from many of the properties. The two condominium developments of La Jolla Alta are the gated Ventana and Eldorado and are attractively priced.

LA JOLLA FARMS:  

One of La Jolla’s most beautiful neighborhoods with sprawling, unique homes, many of which are built on the cliffs that overlook Black’s Beach. Stunning views and sandy beaches are a hallmark of this area and local residents have private access to the gated road that leads directly down to Blacks Beach. The area feels somewhat seclude but La Jolla Farms borders UCSD, the Torrey Pines Gliderport, and the Salk Institute and downtown La Jolla. 

LA JOLLA HEIGHTS:

Perched atop the hills that overlook La Jolla Shores, this neighborhood has stunning views, tree lined streets, rolling hills and quiet nights and is located between La Jolla Village and La Jolla Shores. Single family homes with a view begin around two million and more affordable homes and condominiums start in the mid $800’S. Most homes were built in the 1960’s but many have been remodeled and thoroughly updated to appeal to the modern, luxury buyer. There are no businesses located in La Jolla Heights but is has easy access to freeways and is an easy drive to downtown La Jolla and nearby San Diego.

LA JOLLA MESA:

This neighborhood sits on the lower southern side of Mt. Soledad and borders Pacific Beach.

LA JOLLA NORTH VILLAGE:

This neighborhood is popular with UCSD students, many of whom rent the condos and townhomes in the area.  Includes the La Jolla Village Square shopping plazas with its many stores and 2 movie theaters (Landmark & AMC).

LA JOLLA SHORES:

Comprised of single family homes and some condos along and around the La Jolla Shores beach area and east up into the hillside.  Also includes the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and several blocks of businesses (mainly restaurants and 8 kayak rental stores) along Avenida de la Playa.

MUIRLANDS: 

A residential neighborhood on the western slope of Mt. Soledad named after the Naturalist John “Father of Natural Parks” Muir.  Muir’s beautiful, refurbished estate still exists in the neighborhood for visitors to enjoy. The area of Muirlands is a highly desirable, older neighborhood of La Jolla offering tree lined streets and a unique luxury feel. Limited street lighting creates a perfect environment for stargazing at night and Windandsea Beach is just moments away. Muirlands is a larger, yet quiet neighborhood with approximately 1,000 residents living in a variety of home styles both old and new.  Prices in Muirlands vary and can range anywhere from $2-20 million.

MUIRLANDS WEST:

The smallest of the La Jolla neighborhoods sits directly above the La Jolla country club and is located between Muirlands and Country Club. Some properties within Muirlands West will have sweeping ocean views and most homes are located on beautiful, wide, tree lined streets.

SOLEDAD SOUTH:

The homes in this neighborhood span from the southeastern slopes of Mt. Soledad all the way to its peak.

THE VILLAGE:

(Not to be confused with “La Jolla Village”) The downtown business district of La Jolla. Most of La Jolla’s shops, businesses, and restaurants are located here as well as hotels, condos, and some detached homes.


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