Welcome to La Jolla
Gorgeous coastal community with incredible scenery
La Jolla is a scenic coastal community surrounded by bluffs and beaches to the northwest of Downtown San Diego. Known as the Jewel City, La Jolla is a place of gorgeous landscapes, luxury living, and world-class culture and amenities.
Homes within La Jolla are among the most desirable on the entire West Coast. Its diverse housing options include majestic clifftop and beachfront properties with awe-inspiring views over La Jolla’s curving Pacific coastline. There are also many apartments and condominium buildings.
What to Love
People & Lifestyle
La Jolla is a major tourist destination with spectacular scenery, outstanding restaurants and resorts, and first-class cultural attractions.
It is also a thriving community, offering employment opportunities in sectors such as higher education, finance, bioengineering, scientific research, and healthcare. This affluent community offers its residents a wonderful seaside lifestyle. The concentration of highly-regarded public schools in the area is another reason why La Jolla is a community consistently in high demand.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
La Jolla is a fantastic place to shop and eat with a great selection of high-end boutiques and trendy restaurants concentrated on Prospect Street and Girard Avenue.
Sugar and Scribe Bakery
is a local favorite—chef Maeve makes frequent appearances on The Food Network and has her own popular YouTube channel. One bite of the sweet treats at Sugar and Scribe will be all it takes to understand how she has risen to fame! Michele Coulon Dessertier
has amazing cakes and her lunch specials are worth catching. The free-range chicken sandwich is our lunchtime favorite—ask for avocado if they have it—and the best cake is the Gateau Aileen hot milk sponge cake filled with buttercream, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries—pure bliss!
La Plaza La Jolla
is the jewel of Jewel City’s downtown shopping options. This beautifully designed open-air plaza has a great selection of stylish fashion shops and chic eateries. If you want a clean bite, head to La Plaza’s Beaming Organic Superfood Café
. Try their cleanse juices and don’t leave without sampling an açai bowl! The elevated rooftop views at La Plaza have to be seen to be believed, especially since they take in a stunning panorama of La Jolla’s incomparable coastal scenery. Great views and great food come together at Duke’s La Jolla
, one of the best restaurants overlooking La Jolla Bay. Duke’s creative takes on island cuisine are delicious every day of the week, with Friday nights adding live music to the mix.
Things to Do
Located at the northern end of La Jolla’s 7-mile long curving Pacific coastline, La Jolla Shores
is a beautiful beach that’s always popular with kayakers, snorkelers, stand-up paddleboarders, and surfers.
Ellen Browning Scripps was a wealthy journalist, publisher, and philanthropist who settled in La Jolla in the 1890s. Scripps commissioned the construction of many landmark local buildings that have since been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
is housed within Scripps’ former La Jolla home, and many other local spots bear her name, such as Ellen Browning Scripps Park
, a photogenic lookout surrounded by three beaches at La Jolla Cove.
The park’s stunning ocean views make for breathtaking sunsets and a good spot for whale-watching during the gray whale migration season between December and March. The state-of-the-art Robert Paine Scripps Forum
, named after Ellen’s son, has won major architectural awards for its unique design. Also known as the Scripps Seaside Forum, this cutting-edge waterfront facility is a great venue for events such as conferences, symposiums, live music concerts, and private ceremonies. The adjacent Scripps Institution of Oceanography
is a world-leading ocean research center with a fantastic aquarium. Visit Caroline’s Seaside Café
at the Scripps Institution for brunch, lunch, or hot cocoa.
Local events include the La Jolla Food & Wine Festival
at La Jolla Cove in May and La Jolla Art & Wine Festival
on Girard Avenue in October. Both festivals feature food and drink from the best local restaurants, breweries, and wineries, plus exhibitions and stalls showcasing the work of talented local artists and handicraft makers, as well as live music performances.
Public schools within La Jolla are operated by the San Diego Unified School District. Highlights include:
La Jolla Elementary School, Public, K-5
Muirlands Middle School, Public, 6-8
La Jolla High School, Public, 9-12
Evans School, Private, K-6
Gillespie School, Private, PK-6
The Bishop’s School, Private (Episcopal Church College Preparatory), 6-12