La Jolla is a hilly seaside community, occupying 7 miles of curving coastline along the Pacific Ocean within the northern city limits. La Jolla had the highest home prices in the nation. La Jolla, The Jewel by the Sea, is the cultural, financial, business, and tourism center for all San Diego. It consists of numerous and distinct neighborhoods made up of:
- La Jolla Farms – This is one of the most picturesque neighborhoods in La Jolla and holds some of the most exclusive homes in all of San Diego. A northern La Jolla neighborhood including the famous Torrey Pines Glider port, the Salk Institute, and a group of expensive homes on the cliffs above Black’s Beach.
- La Jolla Shores – Residences include beach cottages, modern homes, and condominiums. There is a small business district of shops and wonderful restaurants along Avenida de la Playa. Also, true sandy beach access is available here.
- La Jolla Heights – All beautiful homes on the hills overlooking La Jolla Shores. All residences and no businesses.
- Hidden Valley – This is the lower portion of Mt. Soledad on the northern slopes. Some residential options here but no businesses.
- Country Club – Lower Mt. Soledad on the northwest side, including the La Jolla Country Club golf course.
- Village – Also called Village of La Jolla (not to be confused with La Jolla Village) the “downtown” business district area, including most of La Jolla’s shops and restaurants, and the immediately surrounding higher density and single family residential areas.
- Beach-Barber Tract – The coastal section from Windansea Beach to the Village. A few shops and restaurants along La Jolla Boulevard.
- Lower Hermosa – Coastal strip south of Beach-Barber Tract. No businesses.
- Bird Rock – Southern coastal La Jolla, and the very lowest slopes of Mt. Soledad in the area. Notable for shops and restaurants along La Jolla Boulevard, five traffic roundabouts on La Jolla Boulevard, coastal bluffs, and surfing areas just two blocks off the main drag.
- Muirlands – Relatively large area on western middle slope of Mt. Soledad. No businesses.
- La Jolla Mesa – A strip on the lower southern side of Mt. Soledad, bordering Pacific Beach. No businesses.
- La Jolla Alta – A master planned development east of La Jolla Mesa. No businesses.
- Soledad South – Southeastern slopes of Mt. Soledad, all the way up to the top, east of La Jolla Alta.
- Muirlands West – This is the all residential small neighborhood between Muirlands to the south, and Country Club to the north.
- Upper Hermosa – Many confuse this area with North Pacific Beach but is actually is the Southwestern part of La Jolla, north of Bird Rock and east of La Jolla Blvd.
- La Jolla Village – Many confuse this area as one in the same as Village. A simple way to remember is La Jolla Village is NOT coastal at all. The Village is a fully and complete coastal town. Very different areas. The neighborhood’s namesake is the La Jolla Village Square shopping and residential mall, which includes two movie theaters.
La Jolla is home to some of the finest and most luxurious homes in San Diego. Price points vary greatly and there is something for everyone. La Jolla should be high on every list when searching real estate in Coastal San Diego.