Although the origins of its name are uncertain, no one can deny that La Jolla is indeed a beautiful seaside community. While it may or may not get its name from the Spanish word for jewel (joya), La Jolla is indisputably a jewel by the sea. This seaside escape is only 15 minutes away from the busy streets of downtown San Diego and has a distinctly Mediterranean resort feel. La Jolla is also notable for being home to University of California, San Diego (UCSD) as well as the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), the Scripps Research Institute and the Salk Institute.
La Jolla’s coastal profile stands out, with one of its most prominent topographical features being the over 820-ft. Mt. Soledad. It has one of the most dramatic coastlines in the country, offering stunning views of the ocean – add gorgeous views and a relaxed village lifestyle and it’s easy to see why many inevitably dream of living in La Jolla.
While it’s justifiably famous for its ultra-luxurious homes, many of which come with eight-figure price tags, La Jolla actually has a diversity of real estate options, including a sprinkling of starter homes, condos and townhomes. It is composed of over a dozen neighborhoods, each with its own unique feel. These include La Jolla Village, La Jolla Alta, La Jolla Heights, Muirlands West, Beach Barber Tract, and more.
For a small community, La Jolla offers residents and visitors plenty of shopping, dining and entertainment options. There’s La Jolla Playhouse, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the La Jolla Open Air Market, and Birch Aquarium at Scripps, to name a few. The neighborhood as a whole is upscale yet with a casual chic vibe, with countless cafés and restaurants lining its streets. You’ll find everything here, from fast and affordable eats to the most exquisite plate of food you’ll ever taste. There’s a café or a restaurant for every taste, budget and occasion in La Jolla.
Parks and Open Spaces
Green spaces abound here. Ellen Browning Scripps Park sits on La Jolla’s Coastal Boulevard. Tall palm trees and perpetually green grass makes this large park a favorite location for outdoor activities. It’s also no wonder some people choose to get married in Ellen Browning Scripps Park. Other parks worth mentioning are Kellogg Park (perfect for families) and Cuvier Park (another popular venue for weddings).
With a curving coastline 7 miles long, La Jolla’s beaches are their own outstanding gems. Swimming, snorkeling, and diving enthusiasts will find a haven in La Jolla Cove, a protected area for several species of marine life. Seasoned surfers will want to check out the fierce waves at Windansea Beach. Got kids? Bring them to Children’s Pool Beach for some fun under the sun.