Welcome to La Jolla
Monte Carlo vibes and coastal beauty in an iconic San Diego town
The name La Jolla translates to “the jewel,” and one look at this impeccable place proves why it deserves the title. The pristine coastline of La Jolla winds over seven breathtaking miles of silky white shores, rocky coves, and stunning cliffsides, creating a paradise of unparalleled wild beauty. Sea lions play and nap on the soft sand, and the unique topography just begs to be explored.
Early town founders recognized La Jolla’s potential for grandeur and began developing the retreat in the late 1800s. By the 1890s, La Jolla was already known as a prime seaside spa town, and today affluent and high-profile buyers from all over the world seek out second-home real estate here.
What to Love
- Charming downtown village
- Spectacular coastal views
- Grand estates and beachfront properties
- Prestigious art galleries and cultural offerings
A gorgeous coastline takes center stage in La Jolla, and daily life here focuses on ways to enjoy the sparkling water and pristine beaches. La Jolla is known for its active, healthy lifestyle, and residents can often be found paddle boarding at the beach, scuba diving at the Cove, and even swimming among the chatty sea lions and adorable seals.
While the beach rules the soul of La Jolla, opulence is always top of mind. After all, this is the most prestigious neighborhood in San Diego. For those who prefer to stay on dry land, evening cocktails at the waterfront bistros offer an elegant way to appreciate the sweeping ocean vistas.
Dining, Shopping & Entertainment
La Jolla’s most common comparisons offer a glimpse into this exclusive town’s atmosphere. This prestigious place is often referred to as Southern California’s own Monte Carlo, and La Jolla’s Prospect Street earns another impressive title — the Rodeo Drive of San Diego. This is where you will find couture clothing and sartorial standouts like the dreamy Italian ensembles at Mila Boutique
and the romantic, carefully curated selection at Lissilaa
Prospect Street, and, indeed, most of La Jolla, is also renowned for its world-class culinary scene. The elevated New American cuisine at George’s at the Cove
pairs perfectly with the oceanfront setting, while Eddie V’s Prime Seafood
offers a classic steakhouse experience and live music. Perhaps no other spot in La Jolla so perfectly encapsulates the area’s luxe feel as The Marine Room
. Sporting the most coveted views in Southern California, as well as a sumptuous chef-driven menu of fresh seafood and haute cuisine, this celebrated bistro features French fare and dramatic scenery.
Things to Do
Art and nature define the idyllic enclave of La Jolla, and here residents have their choice of cultural offerings and wild beauty. While established institutions, like the excellent National Gallery of Fine Art
, serve as the town’s artistic authorities, La Jolla also buzzes with smaller galleries. Places like Legends Gallery
cultivate sophisticated, important collections with a deft hand and keen eye.
La Jolla Country Club
is perched on a hill overlooking the coastline’s crashing waves and an expansive horizon. This esteemed private club provides La Jolla residents with a glittering social scene and championship golf course. La Jolla Cove
is the crown jewel of the town’s already impressive lineup of beaches. The rocky, winding pathways and native wildlife, like seals and sea lions, make the Cove a local favorite for afternoon lounging and evening strolls.
La Jolla residents enjoy access to some of the best schools in Southern California. Served by the San Diego Unified School District
, La Jolla provides excellent public and private educational academies, including: