The literal meaning of La Jolla translates to “The Jewel” of San Diego. La Jolla lives up to its reputation with sparkling ocean water, coved beaches, soaring bluffs, and stunning beach homes. La Jolla is located 15 minutes from downtown San Diego. This beachside town is a perfect combination of a southern European resort atmosphere and San Diego 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 welcoming residents. In addition to fine restaurants, beautiful beaches, hotels and art galleries, La Jolla is also home to renowned institutions, such as top international research school UCSD, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the Stephen Birch Aquarium & Museum. Whether walking along to discover one of the beautiful coved beaches or looking for fine dining in La Jolla Village, La Jolla has everything to offer its residents and visitors alike and is a true destination to experience in San Diego.


From the earliest inhabitants of Native Americans to well known author, Theadore Geisel (better known as the infamous Dr. Suess), La Jolla has an interesting history and famous residents who called this beautiful jewel of a city home. The area of La Jolla became incorporated as part of San Diego in 1850. In the 1890’s, the railroad extended to La Jolla, enabling additional growth. Around this time, real estate developers began to take an interest in the coastal property of La Jolla, constructing resorts to attract visitors from San Diego and the inland region.

La Jolla Park Hotel opened its doors in 1893 and cottage-style homes began to appear along Prospect Street and Girard Avenue. It was during this time that La Jolla first became an artist colony and home to newspaper heiress Ellen Browning Scripps, who was generous with her wealth and her name can be found associated with several institutions here in La Jolla, including the Scripps Institute of Oceanography and Ellen Browning Scripps Park.

As La Jolla’s appeal as a seaside location grew during the century, it became one of the most popular destinations on the West Coast, attracting naturalists, beachcombers, swimmers, divers, and surfers. Additionally, the favorable winds that swept over the hills and cliffs overlooking La Jolla made it a preferred site for flying sailplanes, and Charles Lindbergh and his wife Anne Morrow Lindbergh learned to fly gliders at Mt. Soledad and Torrey Pines.

La Jolla is also proud to have been home to a number of notable individuals in the arts, sports, and sciences. Cliff Robertson, Gregory Peck, Raquel Welch, Dr. Francis Crick, and Doug Flutie all either born in La Jolla or have called it home.


The history and development of La Jolla truly shapes the immense range of home options. Homes include historical coastal cottages, large ocean view estates, luxury condos, college student centered housing, and Spanish style ranch homes to name just a few.

The architectural home history of La Jolla is as eclectic as the residents and tourists that fill the community. La Jolla is a playground for those who love architecture. Touring the streets you will find influences of the late nineteenth century beach cottages, Early Modernism, Spanish Colonial and Mediterranean styles, Mid-Cenury Modernism, and current modern design among all of the custom built homes either historic or new.

Because of the proximity to the beach, downtown San Diego, and all of the numerous amenities La Jolla has to offer, the price point of homes sit on the higher end. The average home prices in this community range from $300,000 on the low end to a range of $10,000,000-$25,000,000 on the high end. Whether you want a coastal cottage or a high rise condo, you can definitely find something to suit your needs.


The schools in La Jolla are some of the best in the area. Because of the inclusive involvement of the community and educators alike, students are provided with great educational opportunities. Schools such as La Jolla Country Day, The Bishops School, Torrey Pines Elementary, Muirlands Middle School, and La Jolla High School to name just a few, offer a mix of private and public school options to fit each student’s and family’s needs. In addition to the great K-12 schools, the influence of University of California, San Diego in the community provides additional educational and groundbreaking research opportunities for bachelors, masters, and PHD students.