La Jolla in Spanish means "The Jewel". It is the Jewel of America's finest city, San Diego. La Jolla is located 15 minutes from downtown San Diego. It has wonderful beaches, cultural activities and fine restaurants. La Jolla is an exquisite combination of a southern European resort atmosphere and Southern California fun. While La Jolla is known to be one of the most affluent communities in the United States, it has a down to earth feel due to the beautiful natural scenery and the helpfulness of its residents.
In addition to fine restaurants, beautiful beaches, hotels and art galleries, La Jolla is home to renowned institutions, such as the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the Stephen Birch Aquarium & Museum. This is in addition to the University of California, San Diego. Furthermore, La Jolla is home to many Bio-Tech and software companies. In short, La Jolla is a great place to live in, visit, or do business.
Visitors from around the world enjoy the warm climate while staying in gorgeous houses and luxurious hotels. The indulge in all the beauty La Jolla has to offer while only a few minutes from downtown San Diego.
La Jolla features some of the highest home prices in the nation with an average listing price of $2,965,000. Of course, listings come in all sizes and prices with condos starting near $200,000 and soaring to multi-million dollar, oceanfront mansions. It should therefore come as no surprise that many of the Real Estate Industry's leading Premium Full-Service Brokerages can also be found nestled together in the heart of La Jolla. Among them is the Prestigious Locally Owned and Globally Known, RE/MAX Associates, located at the intersection of Prospect Street and Girard on 1010 Prospect Street, just up the street from Scripps Park and La Jolla Cove Beach. If you have time after visiting La Jolla Cove, check out the STUNNING Ocean View from their 3rd Floor RE/MAX Associates Penthouse Suite (located above the Livingroom Cafe). Binoculars for Whale Watching are graciously offered to those that venture in the office to inquire about Real Estate or just to enjoy the view.
La Jolla is surrounded on three sides by ocean bluffs and beaches and is located 12 miles (19 km) north of Downtown San Diego, and 40 miles south of Orange County California, The climate is mild, with an average daily temperature of 70.5 °F (21.4 °C) La Jolla is home to a variety of businesses in the areas of lodging, dining, shopping, software, finance, real estate, bio-engineering, medical practice and scientific research.
The University of California, San Diego (UCSD) is located in La Jolla, as are the Salk Institute, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and the headquarters of National University (though its academic campuses are elsewhere).
Locals and tourists alike all flock to the world famous beaches including:
Windansea Beach - A surfer's paradise
Children's Pool Beach
Shell Beach (La Jolla)
La Jolla Cove
La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club
La Jolla Shores - excellent for families and surfers. Lifeguard protected
Black's Beach (a nude beach leading up to Torrey Pines State Reserve)
The town of La Jolla is made up of numerous neighborhoods, each with its own design style and charm.
La Jolla Farms – This northern La Jolla neighborhood is just west of UCSD. It includes the Torrey Pines Gliderport, the Salk Institute, and some of the most expensive homes in the world.
La Jolla Shores – The residential area and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography campus along La Jolla Shores Beach and east up the hillside. Also includes a small business district of shops and restaurants along Avenida de la Playa.
La Jolla Heights – The homes on the hills overlooking La Jolla Shores.
Hidden Valley – Lower portion of Mount Soledad on the northern slopes.
Country Club – Lower Mt. Soledad on the northwest side, including the La Jolla Country Club golf course.
Village – Also called Village of La Jolla (not to be confused with La Jolla Village) the "downtown" business district area, including most of La Jolla's shops and restaurants, and the immediately surrounding higher density and single family residential areas.
Beach-Barber Tract – The coastal section from Windansea Beach to the Village. A few shops and restaurants along La Jolla Boulevard.
Lower Hermosa – Coastal strip south of Beach-Barber Tract.
Bird Rock – Southern coastal La Jolla, and the very lowest slopes of Mt. Soledad in the area. Notable for shops and restaurants along La Jolla Boulevard, five traffic roundabouts on La Jolla Boulevard, coastal bluffs, and surfing areas just two blocks off the main drag.
Muirlands – Relatively large area on western middle slope of Mt. Soledad. No businesses.
La Jolla Mesa – A strip on the lower southern side of Mt. Soledad, bordering Pacific Beach. No businesses.
La Jolla Alta – A master planned development east of La Jolla Mesa. No businesses.
Soledad South – Southeastern slopes of Mt. Soledad, all the way up to the top, east of La Jolla Alta.
Muirlands West – The small neighborhood between Muirlands to the south, and Country Club to the north. No businesses.
Upper Hermosa – Southwestern La Jolla, north of Bird Rock and east of La Jolla Blvd.
La Jolla Village - Not to be confused with the Village (of La Jolla). In northeast La Jolla, east of La Jolla Heights, west of I-5 and south of UCSD. The neighborhood's namesake is the Jolla Village Square shopping and residential mall, which includes two movie theaters
La Jolla is the location of Torrey Pines Golf Course, site each January or February of a PGA Tour event formerly known as the Buick Invitational and now (since 2010) called the Farmers Insurance Open. In 2008, Torrey Pines also hosted the 2008 U.S. Open.
Two Must See's for visitors and locals alike are The Torrey Pines Lodge, at the golf course and the Museum of Contemporary Art - La Jolla The Museum of Contemporary Art, founded in 1941, is located just above the waterfront in what was originally the 1915 residence of philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps. The museum has a permanent collection with more than 3,500 post-1950 American and European works, including paintings, works on paper, sculptures, photographic art, design objects and video works. The museum was renamed Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in 1990 to recognize its regional significance.
La Jolla is truly a jewel among the many diamonds on the California coast. You owe it to yourself to come visit.
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