La Jolla


If a place you do seek
That will treat your sweet eyes.
Where seals lie on the beach
And no clouds dot the skies.

Where you live your best life
And the sun warms your cheeks.
As you take in the views
Of the coast and the peaks.

Kayak in the blue waves
Or grab lunch with some pals.
Take selfies on a cliff
As you hike with the gals.

From fancy beach mansions
To shops and museums.
Your two eyes will get wide
When you come to see ‘ems.

Whether surfing’s your thing
Or you want to relax.
You could golf on the links
Or watch whales with humpbacks!

This San Diego town
That brings so much joyya.
Both fancy and caj’
Welcome to La Jolla.


For almost a century, the enchanting seaside colony of La Jolla has inspired both visitors and artists. The most famous of which has to be Theodor Seuss Geisel, or “Dr. Suess,” as the world knows him. La Jolla’s seaside cliffs and surrounding beauty inspired Dr. Suess to write classics such as “The Cat in the Hat” and “Green Eggs and Ham.” Local fish, local people and even the landscape became characters in his famous children’s books — most famously the tree that inspired “The Lorax.” (you can see he even inspired the little poem above!) And just like Dr. Suess, many people feel drawn to this whimsical village to this day. With its seven miles of panoramic coastline views, La Jolla shines so brightly that it’s been dubbed the “Jewel of San Diego,” and is the most unique coastal town in the entire county. La Jolla is surrounded on three sides by dramatic coastal cliffs and soft sand beaches, making it a piece of land that’s packed full of natural wonder. Torrey Pines Natural Reserve offers hiking on trails that loom high over breathtaking ocean views and is home to approximately 3,000 of our nation’s rarest pine tree —Pinus torreyana. To add a bit of luxury to this beauty, you can enjoy these world-class views as you play the world-famous links at Torrey Pines Golf course. Luxury is everywhere in La Jolla, as it offers an upscale lifestyle that makes much of the real estate consist of large, multi-million-dollar homes and condos. The area is popular amongst retirees for its slower pace and beautiful landscape — as well as families for its laid-back atmosphere, village vibe and many activities. Due to the topography, many split-level homes can be found here, as well as some ranch style and Spanish style homes.


La Jolla offers luxury charm at a laid-back pace. Many locals and tourists find their way here not to just take in the views, but to take a step back from the hustle and bustle of San Diego. And there are a few neighborhoods for them to find their happiest place. The heart of the downtown colony is called The Village. It’s both posh and beachy at the same time — like a flip-flop, high-heel hybrid! The streets are lined with luxurious hotels, museums, art galleries and restaurants. Everyone wants to hang out here, including the seals. Just down the street, the La Jolla Cove is where you can find seals and sea lions living their best lives as they bask in the sun. Another must-experience area nearby is Children’s Pool Beach. This little nook in the coastline has a seawall that was originally built to protect kids from incoming waves but has long been taken over by the local seal colony. Just to the north you can see La Jolla Shores. You’ll find a laundry list of outdoor activities here, such as kayaking through the famous La Jolla caves, taking surf lessons or snorkeling alongside seals and other wildlife. To the southernmost part of the colony, you’ll discover Bird Rock. This unique area bursts with charm, stemming from the many boutique shops and dining opportunities. All in all, La Jolla is consistently voted one of the best beach destinations in the world, and dazzles with luxury, leisure and seaside serenity.


Here are a few things I recommend to make your La Jolla experience even more memorable.
Must Eat
The Promiscuous Fork is dedicated to enticing your taste buds by blending simple ingredients to create unique and original items, and their salmon bowl is now exception. Eat it. Then tell your friends about it. Then, eat it again.
Must Brunch
When you talk about a terrific terrace, Georges Rooftop should be at the top of the list. Grab a table overlooking the Pacific or snag a stool at the elevated rooftop bar to tantalize your eyes while you tickle your taste buds.
Must caffeinate
Maybe the best coffee on the coast. Caffeine connoisseurs flock to Bird Rock Coffee Roasters for the simple ingredients and great tasting brews.
Must kayak
Both visitors and locals love kayaking La Jolla Cove to explore its seaside caves, paddle next to sea lions and soak in the surreal sunsets.
Must surf
WindandSea. This beach has been surfed by the great ones, and for good reason. The surf breaks hard right at the rocky shoreline due to a steep slope in the ocean floor and underwater reefs.
Must find
The Secret Swings. These hand-painted, secret swings have been hung and maintained by locals for years. They’re always placed somewhere overlooking a beautiful view of the sea and are a photo op dream. Each of these swings does come with a catch — you have to find them to enjoy them.
Must view
Another hidden gem in the La Jolla coastline is the deserted Mushroom House. You guessed it, this architectural oddity is shaped like its fungal namesake, constructed from cement 300 feet below the Blacks beach cliffs. It was abandoned years ago by its builder. You don’t have to understand it, but you should probably see it.

La Jolla Properties

Over the years, we’ve represented both La Jolla buyers and sellers. If La Jolla real estate is a vision for your future, give me a call! I’d love to talk with you.

2442 Soledad Ct

2442 Soledad Ct 92037
4 bed / 3 bath / sq. ft. 2471

939 Coast Blvd. 20H

939 Coast Blvd. 20H 92037
3 bed / 2 bath / sq. ft. 1608

La Jolla

San Diego Neighborhoods: La Jolla, CA in 60 Seconds
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Also known as the jewel, La Jolla features a 7-mile stretch of picturesque views, renowned beaches and luxurious hotels. Lo Jolla is great for singles, couples, families and also has some of the best school districts in San Diego County.
Lo Jolla properties are some of the most sought after and premium priced properties in all of California. Condos start around $350 000, while detached homes start around $1.1 million.
Now for the fun part. Take a walk around Lo Jolla village and light your Instagram on fire with pop up art all over town from local artists. How about water activities? Lo Jolla has got you covered: kayaking the caves, paddle boarding and snorkeling. Now as for me, I must do just grab a friend and pick any one of the dozens of locations by the water for a sunset cocktail.
La Jolla San Diego – HGTV stars show their clients an incredible La Jolla home
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Wow, so beautiful. Opens up to the ocean, I can just picture us out here having wine and watching the sunset.

This is so us. What I love about this backyard because it’s low maintenance. So, it balances the fact that when you’re not working, you don’t want to work at the house. Oh, an icemaker.

Icemaker outside?

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That’s legit.

We’ve still got more house to see. Wow. Look at this too, a fireplace. You guys read our minds. Imagine this house in, say, Malibu. It would be double the price.

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And you would get half of the view.

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Room for three.

It’s your home and you can do whatever you want in the shower.

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How far is La Jolla from San Diego?
To get to one of the most pristine pieces of land in San Diego, you’ll be on the road for 14 miles. Most of the time this is a 21-minute drive. But if you hit rush hour, you might want to double that. The good news is that no matter how long the drive takes, it’s worth it when you get there!

Here’s a map!

How to pronounce La Jolla
Turns out that La Jolla is such a unique place that even the name is pronounced in its own way. This little piece of paradise is commonly mispronounced “La JOL-LA,” but the correct pronunciation in “La HOY-a.”
What does La Jolla mean?
What’s in a name, right? Well, when it comes to La Jolla, there seems to be a lot of controversy and speculation. It has been dubbed the “Jewel of San Diego,” but the origin of how the village got its name is unclear. Scholars who researched this found no concrete answer to the meaning of La Jolla or where it originated. The one thing we know for sure, is that “La Jolla” is not Spanish for the “The Jewel.”
Where to see seals in La Jolla?
Want to catch some sun with a seal? No problem. Especially in La Jolla. When you get into the village, head towards the water and you’ll have plenty of choices. The main stretch of sand to see our pinniped friends flop around, is along Coast Boulevard in between The Cave Store in the north and Children’s Pool in the south. La Jolla Cove is the main attraction, but there are other beaches along this seal and sea lion trail that are full of both adult and baby seals — just waiting to be in the background of a saltwater selfie. Check out Children’s Pool (Casa Beach), Shell Beach and Boomer Beach as well. As far as parking, La Jolla Boulevard fills up very quickly, so you’ll want to get there early in the day if you want supreme parking. If not, you’ll find a spot a little further away from the cove on Girard or Prospect, and you can walk from there.
How far is La Jolla from the San Diego Airport?
Going straight from the flight to the beach? Perfect! La Jolla is about 13 miles on the road from the airport, which will take you around 20 minutes.
46,781 people live in La Jolla
No. of Housing Units:
17,064 houses, condos, and apartments in La Jolla
Walking Score:
City Representative:
Nearest Hospital:
Scripps Memorial Hospital
VA San Diego Healthcare System
Public Schools:
La Jolla Elementary
Muirlands Middlle School
La Jolla High School
Preuss School UCSD
Bird Rock Elementary
Torrey Pines Elementary
Private Schools:
Montessori School of La Jolla
La Jolla Pre-school Academy
Distance to Dowtown:
13.2 mi
Distance to San Diego Airport:
13 mi
Distance to the beach:
1 mi