La Jolla, San Diego's Jewel by the Sea

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Population:42,808
Language:English
Currency:U.S Dollar.

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Home to La Jolla Cove with its natural sea caves and beautiful Windandsea Beach, there’s really no need to leave home when you live in La Jolla. A virtual playground is right at La Jolla’s backdoor.


A rugged, yet extremely beautiful coastline is what sets ‘the jewel,’ as this neighborhood is sometimes called, apart. La Jolla is one of the most popular West Coast destinations–for sightseers, divers, surfers, swimmers, kayakers, gliders, and more. La Jolla Village offers locals and visitors alike unique shopping, delectable dining as well as eclectic art galleries.

La Jolla was incorporated as part of San Diego in 1850; however, it took 19 years for permanent residents to arrive. Two brothers, Daniel and Samuel Sizer, each bought a plot of La Jolla land in 1869 for US$1.25 per acre. That land, between modern day Fay and La Jolla Boulevards, is now worth about US$2 million per acre, which just goes to prove why La Jolla has some of the most prized real estate in the nation!

In the 1890s the railroad extended to La Jolla, enabling additional growth and catching the attention of real estate developers. It is during this time that La Jolla first became an artist colony. This is also the timeframe when Ellen Browning Scripps, a newspaper heiress who was extremely generous, settled in La Jolla. Her name is featured on a number of Southern California landmarks, including the Scripps Institute of Oceanography and Ellen Browning Scripps Park, both located in La Jolla.

La Jolla had only 350 residents in 1900. At the end of World War One, La Jolla grew to 4,000 residents. The 1929 stock market crash slowed development until after World War II, when many service members came back to settle in La Jolla. By 1960 more than 17,000 people called La Jolla home. Today, there are about 40,000 people living in the seaside community.

Offering a little something for everyone, modern-day La Jolla real estate ranges from turn-of-the-century Spanish architecture to magnificent modern designs and everything in between. Home to La Jolla Cove with its natural sea caves and beautiful Windandsea Beach, there’s really no need to leave home when you live in La Jolla. A virtual playground is right at La Jolla’s backdoor.

La Jolla’s public schools are very highly rated. There are three public elementary schools in the neighborhood, in addition to one middle school and a high school. Additionally, there are several private schools from which to choose.

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