A hilly seaside community, occupying 7 miles of curving coastline along the Pacific Ocean 

La Jolla, described long ago as an idyllic seaside habitat, has been a magnet for achievers:  artists, scientists, writers, merchants, academics, researchers, captains of industry, entertainers, and European aristocracy, both real and ersatz.  It is a jewel of a Village, with the sparkling blue Pacific Ocean as a backdrop.

Fine restaurants welcome both locals and visitors with cuisine from sushi and California fusion to carnivore feasts and Mexican platas, accompanied by craft beers and great wines.  Shopping is equally varied:  flip flops, board shorts and beach dresses to haute couture.  Art galleries cater to every taste. Music and theatre abound; La Jolla Playhouse, Sherwood Auditorium and the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library are cultural treasures. Once you have been here, you will want to stay. Boredom is rare.

Neighborhoods of La Jolla

Village of La Jolla: the downtown business district includes most of La Jolla’s shops, museums, art galleries and restaurants on Prospect and Girard.  Homes and condos in the Village have great walkability, and are highly sought after.

Beach-Barber Tract:  Reminiscent of Northern California’s Carmel by the Sea, some of the homes are half-timbered and could be transported seamlessly to an English Village.  Others are traditional Spanish, with terracotta tile roofs.  WindanSea Beach is renowned as an elite surfing area, and a great place to watch the sun set.

Lower Hermosa:  Wide streets lined with palms lie to the west of La Jolla Boulevard.  Magnificent oceanfront homes line Camino de la Costa, known as the Street of Dreams.

Upper Hermosa:  A verdantly landscaped residential area east of La Jolla Boulevard, within walking distance of Bird Rock restaurants and La Jolla Methodist Church, once the site of an old train station.

Bird Rock:  the family-oriented neighborhood of Bird Rock has its own business district with restaurants and coffee shops and small businesses which every community needs.  Traffic roundabouts have been installed, complete with landscaping for beautification.  And yes, there IS a Bird Rock.  Walk two blocks toward the ocean and you will find it, covered with sea gulls and pelicans.

Muirlands West: a neighborhood located off Nautilus Street as you head up Mount Soledad, past La Jolla High School and Muirlands Middle School.

Muirlands: a grand old neighborhood, with large custom homes, some of them historically designated.  Inspiration Drive and surrounding streets have many estate-like properties.

La Jolla Alta: a master-planned community with both single family and attached homes, built in a Mediterranean style.  Many are situated on tiered theatre lots which offer views to the south as far as the islands off Mexico.

La Jolla Mesa: an area with spectacular white-water southern views from the hill above Pacific Beach.

Soledad South: east of La Jolla Alta, homes sit on the gentle southern slope of Mount Soledad, with easterly views to the mountains, and ocean views to the west and south.

Hidden Valley: a quiet residential area on the lower northern slope of Mount Soledad, just below the veteran’s memorial park which marks La Jolla’s highest point.

Country Club: set in the hills above the Village of La Jolla, many of these home on winding streets overlook the pastoral La Jolla Country Club golf course as well as the ocean.

La Jolla Shores: Kellogg Park lies next to the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club.  It has a flat, accessible beach area popular with kayakers and scuba divers, near the La Jolla Shores Village, with excellent restaurants and shops.  Residences range from Olde La Jolla beach cottages and vacation condos to fine oceanfront homes on El Paseo Grande. To the north is the Scripps Institution of Oceanography campus.  The Shores neighborhood extends up the hill above La Jolla Shores Drive.

La Jolla Heights:  some of La Jolla’s grandest views are found on the ridgeline above La Jolla Shores on streets such as Calle del Oro and Whale Watch Way.

La Jolla Village, aka the Golden Triangle:  the centerpiece is La Jolla Village Square, a shopping center with theatres, restaurants, retail and grocery stores, surrounded by condo developments.  This vibrant area is highly popular with young professionals and empty-nesters.

La Jolla Farms: Located on the ocean bluff above Black’s Beach, near the Torrey Pines Gliderport, UCSD and the Salk Institute, this neighborhood offers some of La Jolla’s largest homes and lots, with a stunning array of architectural statements.