La Jolla is a luxury beach town located in San Diego County. One of the finest places to live in California, La Jolla is a picturesque village with casual, relaxed refinement. The homes perched along the bluffs and cliffs overlooking La Jolla’s spectacular curving coastline are every bit as desirable as the community and natural scenery surrounding them.
▪ Stunning ocean views
▪ Gorgeous homes
▪ Outstanding restaurants
▪ Arts and culture
This affluent and in-demand community is known as Jewel City, a name befitting its gorgeous coastal views and first-class amenities. La Jolla was first established as an artists’ colony in the early 20th century, and it remains a haven of art and culture. La Jolla also offers its residents access to outstanding public and private schools.
La Jolla’s world-class dining options include numerous restaurants overlooking the ocean. The 1926 Spanish-style La Valencia Hotel is an icon of the La Jolla waterfront and includes a bustling terrace bistro and a tapas bar with frequent live music. George’s at the Cove is a three-level restaurant with unbeatable ocean views and fantastic contemporary Californian cuisine. Fodor’s lists George’s among the top 10 restaurants in the world, and Open Table calls it one of the best alfresco dining experiences in the United States.
Eddie V’s combines steak and seafood fine dining with live jazz, and The Marine Room serves fresh and delicious French-influenced seafood in an elegant setting with some of La Jolla’s best high tide views. Duke’s is the place to go if you’re craving traditional island cuisine in a contemporary selling.
The Shops at La Jolla Village is an upscale shopping center featuring stylish independent boutiques and recognizable retailers alike. Near The Shops, Prospect Street and Girard Avenue are well-known throughout San Diego for their collection of high-end designer brand stores. Restaurants close to these refined shopping streets include Herringbone, a stylish hot spot for Creative cocktails, chef-driven seafood dishes.
Along with its gorgeous coastline and first-class shopping and dining, La Jolla is known as a hub of arts and culture. In October, the free, weekend-long La Jolla Art & Wine Festival on Girard Avenue showcases the work of hundreds of talented creatives from many different mediums. The festival also features a family art center with kid-friendly arts-and-crafts workshops, a wine and beer garden with drinks from dozens of local wineries and breweries, live music and dance, and gourmet food vendors. La Jolla Open Aire Market is held on Girard Avenue each Sunday morning, with fresh produce from local farms and other artisanal foodstuffs.
La Jolla Playhouse was founded by Hollywood stars Mel Ferrer, Dorothy McGuire, and Gregory Peck at the University of San Diego in 1947. La Jolla Playhouse has a rich history of producing outstanding original plays, many of which have gone on to Broadway success. La Jolla’s Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego houses a large collection of post-war artworks within an exhibition space that tripled in size following a renovation in 2014.
The picturesque beach at La Jolla Cove has clear water teeming with marine life that is popular for swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving. Scripps Beach is another attractive sandy oceanfront stretch framed by Scripps Pier and featuring a dedicated surfing area. Close to the beach, Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography has a collection of more than 3,000 marine animals from over 380 different species.
La Jolla belongs to the highly-rated San Diego Unified Public School District. Highlights include:
▪ La Jolla Elementary School, Public, K-5
▪ Bird Rock Elementary School, Public, K-5
▪ Muirlands Middle School, Public, 6-8
▪ La Jolla High School, Public, 9-12
▪ La Jolla Country Day School, Private (Nonsectarian), PK-12
▪ The Bishop’s School, Independent Episcopal College Preparatory, 6-12