La Jolla, also known as “The Jewel” of San Diego, is truly a diamond shining bright. This affluent seaside community is surrounded by breathtaking ocean bluffs and beaches, attributing to some of the highest homes prices in the country. La Jolla is not only known for its beaches but is also home to the University of California, San Diego, the Salk Institute and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. The majority of La Jolla’s homes consist of California Ranch and Spanish Mediterranean style. They’re few and far between but there are still the rare early 20th century bungalows, 1920s Spanish Colonial homes and mid-century modern homes built in the 1940s-1960s.
The community’s border starts at Pacific Beach to the south and extends along the Pacific Ocean shoreline north to include Torrey Pines State Reserve ending at Del Mar. La Jolla encompasses neighborhoods including Bird Rock, Windansea Beach, the commercial center known as the Village of La Jolla, La Jolla Shores, La Jolla Farms, Muirlands, Torrey Pines, and Mount Soledad to name a few.
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.
La Jolla is served by the San Diego Unified School District. Public schools include La Jolla High School, La Jolla Elementary, Torrey Pines Elementary, and Bird Rock Elementary, as well as The Preuss School UCSD, a public charter school. The community’s prep schools are The Bishop’s School, The Children’s School, Integral Elementary School of La Jolla, Delphi Academy, Stella Maris Academy, All Hallows Academy, The Gillispie School, and the Evans School. La Jolla Country Day School is located in the nearby community of University City.
Attractions and activities
La Jolla is the location of Torrey Pines Golf Course, site each year of a PGA Tour. Torrey Pines also hosted the 2008 U.S. Open. Nearby are the de facto nude beach, Black’s Beach, and the Torrey Pines Gliderport.
Downtown La Jolla is noted for jewelry stores, boutiques, upmarket restaurants and hotels. Prospect Street and Girard Avenue are also shopping and dining districts.
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.
Beaches and ocean access include Windansea Beach, La Jolla Shores, La Jolla Cove and Children’s Pool Beach. For many years, La Jolla has been the host of a rough water swim at La Jolla Cove.