Welcome to La Jolla
La Jolla is a seaside community named after the Spanish word for jewel, signifying its picturesque location on the Pacific Coast. Europeans first settled in La Jolla in the 1880s. In 1884, philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps purchased considerable land along the waterfront and began investing in its development.
The city was incorporated in 1927 and soon experienced a major influx of residents. During the 1920s and 1930s, many exquisite hotels and luxurious homes were built along the waterfront, attracting wealthy vacationers from around the world. During World War II, this trend continued as Hollywood celebrities spent their winters in La Jolla.
Today, La Jolla is known as a vibrant coastal town with stunning beaches, pristine waters, and world-class cuisine. The city boasts a friendly, laid-back lifestyle with plenty of outdoor activities, arts, culture, and entertainment. With a mild climate year-round conducive to California’s iconic array of recreational options, La Jolla is an ideal place to call home.
What to Love
Upscale feel with a beachy, relaxed vibe
Epic high-end boutique shopping
Endless outdoor activities
Home to agent Kara Kay’s office, located in the heart of the village
Residents of La Jolla have a variety of activities to enjoy, from shopping in quaint boutique stores to exploring La Jolla's expansive coastline. It’s known for its pristine beaches, including Windansea and Black's Beach, and its picturesque scenery. Walking along the shoreline is a popular pastime in La Jolla, and residents can find breathtaking ocean views around every turn.
The local lifestyle in La Jolla is laid-back and casual. Many people enjoy the leisurely lifestyle of living near the beach and take advantage of the ample outdoor opportunities. The downtown area is filled with small boutique stores and restaurants, providing residents with plenty of options for shopping, dining, and entertainment. Living in La Jolla provides unparalleled natural beauty, a warm climate, and the simple joys of living in a beachfront paradise.
Dining, Shopping & Entertainment
Blue Ocean/Harumama is a family-run sushi restaurant serving fresh, delicious sushi for over 15 years. The restaurant offers a wide variety of sushi options, such as traditional nigiri and maki, sashimi, and modern rolls.
Founded by restaurateur George Hauer in 1983, George’s at the Cove has become a staple of La Jolla’s dining culture. The restaurant has three distinct venues: George’s Ocean Terrace, George’s Bar & Grill, and George’s California Modern. These venues offer exquisite views of the Pacific Ocean while serving an array of carefully crafted modern cuisine.
With its bright and vibrant atmosphere and delicious house-made Italian cuisine, Catania is the perfect spot to enjoy a meal with friends or family. The menu offers a variety of Italian dishes, including classic Italian meats, pasta, and pizzas. Additionally, you can enjoy a selection of freshly made bread, salads, and desserts that are sure to tantalize your taste buds.
The Mediterranean Room at La Valencia Hotel offers an unparalleled dining experience. The menu includes an extensive selection of dishes. You can start your meal with Spanish tapas or Italian antipasti, followed by traditional entrees like chicken parmigiana or mussels in red sauce. For dessert, sip espresso or sample delectable local desserts like pastiera napoletana with ricotta cheese.
Things to Do
La Jolla Cove is a stunningly scenic area that sits on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, providing incredible views of the blue ocean, white sand beaches, and rolling cliffs. The area surrounding La Jolla Cove is home to an abundance of marine life, making it a great spot for wildlife viewing. In one day, you can see dolphins, sea lions, harbor seals, sea turtles, and a variety of birds. There are also plenty of large rocks to explore and observe the marine creatures up close.
If you’re looking for a laugh, The Comedy Store in La Jolla hosts an impressive line-up of well-known and up-and-coming stand-up comedy acts. If you’re looking to interact less with humans and more with animals, the Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institute of Oceanography has tons to offer. With educational tide pools, underwater exhibits, and summer camps for kids, the aquarium is a neighborhood treasure.
For some quality time outdoors, the Torrey Pines Reserve is a protected area of 2,000 acres. The reserve is best known for its rare and endangered Torrey pine trees, found only on this stretch of the Southern California coastline.
La Jolla has a number of excellent educational opportunities. Some of these include: