A pristine stretch of coast that offers the best of casual luxury
Perfectly located between downtown San Diego and the beach cities of North County, La Jolla is a well-known and beloved city with a thriving economy. While La Jolla is a peaceful town with tranquil beachside living, residents can still easily get to popular San Diego destinations like Balboa Park, Coronado Island, Petco Park, and The San Diego Zoo and Safari Park, making this town truly the best of both worlds.
In the 1890s, the San Diego, Pacific Beach, and La Jolla Railway were built, which connected La Jolla to the rest of San Diego and made it a popular resort area. The railway built facilities such as a bathhouse and a dance pavilion, and visitors were housed in small cottages and bungalows above La Jolla Cove, two of which (the "Neptune and Cove Tea Room") still exist and are the oldest buildings in La Jolla that are still on their original site.
Nowadays, La Jolla offers upscale living with unparalleled proximity to multiple, world-class beaches, like Windansea Beach. If you head to a La Jolla beach, make sure to keep an eye out for the resident seals that call La Jolla’s coastline home. It’s truly a fabulous place to call home - don’t be surprised to see multiple A-listers at the grocery store!
With the perfectly temperate year-long weather, La Jolla has a strong health and fitness culture. Some residents even go snorkeling or scuba diving every day, while others prefer running or biking along the coastline along with taking classes in town. Residents also enjoy hiking, especially at local trails in the Torrey Pines State National Reserve, or golfing at some of the world-class courses in the area.
Making things even better, there are lots of healthy dining options in La Jolla. From quick takeout options to fancy water-view restaurants, the options are endless. Most La Jolla restaurants utilize high-quality, local ingredients because of the emphasis on healthy living in the area.
You’ll find lots of high-earning individuals in town due to the city’s upscale price point, but all residents are hospitable, kind, and friendly to neighbors. Parents are involved with the schools/school district and form a close-knit community amongst themselves.
There is no shortage of fantastic dining options in La Jolla; it’s revered as one of the best places to eat in the area. For an upscale date night or dinner with clients, Donovan’s Steak and Chop House offers unparalleled ocean views and fantastic steaks. Eddie V’s and Herringbone are both great seafood restaurants with fresh catches of the day and elegant atmospheres. Barbarella Restaurant & Bar is a more casual spot to grab dinner or drinks with friends, and Brick & Bell is a popular, buzzy spot as well.
The Shops at La Jolla Village will have everything you need, from cute boutiques to workout studios or beauty salons, whereas Westfield La Jolla is an upscale outdoor mall with luxury shops and even a skating rink. Downtown La Jolla is truly full of great shops, locally-owned boutiques, chain stores, and popular nationwide fitness studio brands.
Of course, with all Southern California beach towns, the ocean and surrounding areas remain top of mind for most residents. La Jolla Shores Beach is the starting point for numerous marine adventures. The La Jolla Underwater Park is a space for all kinds of marine life. Orange garibaldi, rays, leopard sharks, and kelp are all there, and snorkeling or scuba diving are the best ways to take in the scenery. Sunny Jim Sea Cave is a sea cave that can be accessed by land and La Jolla Cove (great for family beach days!) hosts a bevy of sea lions who spread out on rocky points to sunbathe while your little ones investigate the tide pools.
Golf is also (not shockingly) top of the to-do list here in La Jolla, given the proximity to the famous Torrey Pines Golf Course, which was home to the 2008 & 2020 US Open and Farmers Insurance PGA Tournaments. Torrey Pines State Beach has incredible mountainous hiking on the coast for outdoor lovers, and La Jolla Tennis & Beach Club is another popular local facility.
For movie-goers, The Lot is the area’s upscale movie theater and offers plush seats and drinks delivered to the theater. In addition, The Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center is the permanent home of the La Jolla Music Society, and if you are more inclined to theater, the La Jolla Playhouse on the campus of UC San Diego is just the thing. It is a Tony Award-winning venue, and many productions made their way from the Playhouse to Broadway.
The schools also make La Jolla a wonderful place to raise a family. Three schools serving La Jolla have A+ standing: Preuss School UCSD, La Jolla High School, and University City High School. In addition, Old Town Academy K-8 Charter School and the Magnolia Science Academy San Diego also have an A grade.