Neighborhood Spotlight & Real Estate Trends: La Jolla
Surrounded by specular coastline, bluffs, and an upscale village atmosphere, this oceanfront community in San Diego offers the perfect blend of nostalgia and modernism–sure to capture the attention of everyone who visits.
ABOUT LA JOLLA
There has been great debate around where the name “La Jolla” originated. Some say it’s the Spanish word derived from the original Local Native American name Kumeyaay, which means “land of holes” which some believe refers to the caves visible from La Jolla Shores. Others speculate the name originates from the Spanish word la joya, which means “the jewell”, giving way to the nickname “Jewel City”.
La Jolla’s early history was mapped during the Mexican period of San Diego’s history as pueblo land (communities of Native Americans).
It was in 1870 that several of the pueblo lots were subdivided into an area that became known as La Jolla Park.
In the 1890s, the San Diego, Pacific Beach, and La Jolla Railway was built, connecting La Jolla to the rest of San Diego, quickly making it known as a resort area.
By the 1900s there was a boom, and over 100 buildings and 350 residential areas were built. This cascaded into what we now know as a city that occupies 7 miles of curving coastline along the Pacific Ocean.
As of 2010 the population of La Jolla was estimated at around 47,000.
La Jolla REAL ESTATe TrendS
This neighborhood ranks better than 95% of areas in San Diego for its livability score, offering plenty of attractions, a strong sense of community, nightlife, dining and plenty of shopping options.
All of which comes at a cost. La Jolla real estate is on the pricey side, but it really doesn't get better than this when you're looking at investing in one of the greatest cities to live in the world.
Here are the current housing trends for La Jolla:
Despite prices being high, La Jolla has still seen a dramatic rise in real estate values over the last decade. This increase confirms the strong demand for living in a neighborhood that many would consider “paradise”.
You can browse the current inventory of homes for sale in La Jolla here: steelesandiegohomes.com/homes-for-sale
AMENITIES IN LA JOLLA
This neighborhood offers the perfect mix of hustle and bustle without losing its casual, relaxed luxury for locals and visitors alike.
From boutique hotels to fun-filled spectacular beach days, La Jolla is anchored by unique and locally oriented businesses, restaurants, retailers and features art and culture on every corner.
The parks and beaches in La Jolla are nothing short of amazing, probably the best in San Diego. There are many great spots to explore.
La Jolla is also home to a variety of historic buildings, with many structures on the National Register of Historic Places. Over 50 of which are listed as San Diego Historical Landmarks, according to LaJollaHistory.org.
Education in La Jolla is ranked highly not just by parents and teachers but also test scores. La Jolla has scored 9 out of 10 on greatschools.com for its academia.
- Del Mar Heights
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- Sorrento Valley
- University City
- North Clairemont
- Bay Ho
- Pacific Beach
- Mission Bay
Once you do get to the Village, it’s best to leave your car and stroll. Everything you’ll need is within walking distance. Carpool or take public transportation whenever you can. Even better, ride a bike!
Heading to the Beach? Consider La Jolla Shores, which has a large parking lot and free parking on adjacent residential streets. Even so, get there early!
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La Jolla is the ideal coastal location for anyone looking to invest in a higher-end market. Endless activities and lavish seaside surroundings make everyday feel like a special getaway. La Jolla was rated with one of the highest livability scores in San Diego (for its amenities, low crime rates, and excellent educational and employment opportunities) and the upwards trend of growing value in real estate shows no signs of things slowing down. All of this makes La Jolla a prime market to buy, sell or rent a home.