San Diego is an amazing place to call home, no matter the neighborhood you choose, but one particular spot shines like few others in the nation: La Jolla.
It’s no wonder this is the only neighborhood in San Diego with its own zip code. In 2008 and 2009, La Jolla earned the title of most expensive place to live in the nation. In 2017, the neighborhoods of Silicon Valley grabbed the top spots, but no one is complaining about ranking just below Beverly Hills with all this exclusive community has to offer.
Discover why the sun always seems to shine on La Jolla, even on the few rainy days a year in San Diego.
Here's a quick rundown of our list:
- Reason 1 - Natural Beauty Abounds
- Reason 2 - Excellent Educational Opportunities at Every Level
- Reason 3 - A Well-Established Community with a Long-Standing Reputation/A Lot of Opportunities to Become Involved in The Neighborhood
- Reason 4 - A Number of Opportunities to Become Involved in The Community
- Reason 5 - Plenty to Do for Those Who Enjoy The Good Life
- Reason 6 - Premium Real Estate Predicted to Hold — and Increase — Its Value
Reason 1 - Natural Beauty Abounds
What do you most enjoy doing in the outdoors: hiking, surfing, watching the wildlife, or just hanging out on the beach (with clothes or without)? La Jolla’s got you covered (except for the northern section of Black’s Beach, reserved for those who prefer no covering whatsoever). In fact, the protected cove known as La Jolla Children’s Pool has a hard time keeping the harbor seals out to let the kids in.
This hilly, seaside community twelve miles north of downtown is known as “Jewel City,” though no one is certain how the name originated. In addition to stunning views, residents have their choice of beaches and natural areas to enjoy without necessarily having to wrestle with the wildlife.
Beginning surfers head to La Jolla Shores, while the more experienced enjoy the rougher conditions of Windansea Beach. Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve offers a number of hiking trails with beach access and the occasional glimpse of a dolphin or gray whale. Those who enjoy a stroll can also hike the La Jolla Walking Trail running from La Jolla Shores to La Jolla Cove. Suffice it say, you can take your pick.
Reason 2 - Excellent Educational Opportunities at Every Level
One doesn’t have to go far to either get an excellent education or find a well-educated resident in La Jolla.
According to Niche, 38% of the population possesses at least a Master’s degree and an additional 37% possesses at least a Bachelor’s degree. This isn’t surprising, seeing its home to the University of California San Diego, the Salk Institute, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Scripps Research University, and the headquarters of National University. In addition to institutions of higher education, many software, financial, real estate, and bioengineering businesses call La Jolla home.
In terms of K-12 educational opportunities, not only do all the public school options earn an A+ rating, the many private, prep schools offer families a number of different educational options for their children.
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Reason 3 - A Well-Established Community with a Long-Standing Reputation/A Lot of Opportunities to Become Involved in The Neighborhood
La Jolla is the only area in the city of San Diego with bragging rights to its own zip code. In fact, there’s been an ongoing to effort to incorporate into its own municipality to establish more local control. Whether or not it’s in the cards, only time will tell.
La Jolla was established as a resort community back in the 1880s, then earned a reputation as an arts colony. The La Jolla Historical Society’s architectural tours offer a glimpse into the variety of architectural styles in the area, from a smattering of the original beach cottages, to mid-century modern gems, and a number of examples of various types of European-inspired dwellings.
The evidence of Ellen Browning-Scripps’ philanthropic efforts appear everywhere around the neighborhood. The local recreation center, offering a variety of programs to residents of all ages was built in 1915 and designed by famous architect Irving Gill. Scripps spent the last thirty-five years of her life in La Jolla, where her generosity helped establish the Children’s Pool, the Public Library, local hospitals, the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, and a number of other institutions that shaped the community and San Diego at large.
Reason 4 - A Number of Opportunities to Become Involved in The Community
An active community is a healthy community, and there are plenty of opportunities to get involved as a resident of La Jolla.
The La Jolla Woman’s Club just celebrated its 100th birthday, starting as a place for women to gather and organize in a world where they weren’t welcome in the voting booth or many public spheres that held the reins of power. Today, it serves a more social role, but continues to thrive.
Other organizations include the La Jolla Village Merchants Association, the La Jolla Shores Association, the Bird Rock Community Council, the Streetscape Committee, and many more.
For those who just want to stay abreast of local news, La Jolla also has its own local publication, La Jolla Light.
Reason 5 - Plenty to Do for Those Who Enjoy The Good Life
Love to dine out or spend the day at the spa? No need to travel far from home in this neighborhood.
La Jolla has 101 restaurants to grab a bite or leisurely enjoy the 266 sunny days it experiences a year. In terms of health and wellness, the local spa and salon scene offers just about every kind of treatment you can imagine to soothe a weary soul.
Reason 6 - Premium Real Estate Predicted to Hold — and Increase — Its Value
All of this beauty and luxury comes at a cost, as we mentioned earlier.
According to Zillow, home prices in La Jolla only increased by 0.1% over the last year, but are predicted to rise 0.6% by fall of 2019. The median listing price is $2,100,000, while the median sales price is a more modest $1,166,800. Zillow also rated the local market as stable.
If you have questions or would like to find out more about the La Jolla real estate market, please contact me, and I’ll be able to help.
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