Moving to La Jolla, California?

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by Roberta Murphy

Moving to La JollaThinking of moving to La Jolla? Some cities are the embodiment of luxury, and La Jolla, California is no exception.

La Jolla is a paradise for both the traveler and the resident. Sitting just north of coastal San Diego, it offers a breathtaking coastline with heart-stopping views.

Add to this natural beauty a world-class village, designer shopping and boutiques, fine dining and lodging, a top-ranked university (UCSD) and medical school along with a climate that is arguably the best on earth and you have The Jewel, or La Jolla as Spaniards once called it.

Undoubtedly, La Jolla real estate is expensive and luxury buyers from all over the world would like to own some of their own. And with the declining dollar, more and more foreign buyers are considering La Jolla a prime real estate target.

With a population standing at around 35,000, there is a strong sense of community pride and connection with the outdoors, which averages an annual balmy 74 degrees.

La Jolla beaches are some of the most exquisite in the world, and range from the ever-beautiful and seal-populated La Jolla Cove, to the craggy cliffs at Blacks Beach, the sandy expanses at La Jolla Shores and the tide pools and surfing at Windansea. All offer stunning beauty and year-round photographic opportunities.

La Jolla real estate prices stood at a median of $663,000 in 2000-and have since mushroomed to over $1.4 million median, with average prices for a La Jolla single family home standing at over $1.8 million as of April 1, 2007–and likely even more today.

What about day-to-day living in La Jolla for residents? Its a university town, its a world class destination, and its a certain heaven for local residents.

Aside from the cultural offerings, the top-tier shopping, the beaches and the dining opportunities, there are also wonderful educational choices for families with children. The schools in La Jolla, both public and private, are very highly regarded throughout San Diego County:

Public Schools

La Jolla Elementary School, 1111 Marine Street, La Jolla, 92037
Bird Rock Elementary School, 5731 La Jolla Hermosa Ave, La Jolla, 92037
Torrey Pines Elementary School, 8750 Cliffridge Ave., La Jolla 92037

Muirlands Middle School, 1056 Nautilus Street, La Jolla, 92037
La Jolla High School, 750 Nautilus Street (corner of Nautilus and Fay), La Jolla, 92037

Private Schools

Stella Maris Academy, 7654 Herschel Ave., La Jolla 92037
The Childrens School, 2225 Torrey Pines Lane, La Jolla 92037
All Hallows Academy, 2390 Nautilus Ave., La Jolla 92037
Delphi Academy, 7527 Cuvier St., La Jolla 92037
The Gillespie School, 7380 Girard Ave., La Jolla 92037
La Jolla Country Day School, 9490 Genesee Ave., La Jolla, 92037

The Bishops School, 7607 La Jolla Blvd., La Jolla, 92037

Many are interested in La Jolla real estate and investment opportunities. Listed below are La Jolla homes for sale that may be of interest:

La Jolla CA 92037

$3,695,000
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,280 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 200000852
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Great House with development potential. In the future Build your Dream home by Remodeling this house. One of the Last undeveloped houses on a Lot with Views of the Ocean just a few yards away. In Bird Rock La Jolla with a fantastic access to the Bird Rock Commercial District with Restaurants and unique shops, medical offices, Markets CVS Pharmacy Etc. within short walking distance. Equipment: Garage Door Opener, Range/Oven, Washer Sewer: Sewer Connected Topography: LL

2488 Azure Coast La Jolla, CA 92037

$1,450,000
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,700 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 220001491SD
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Pride of ownership does not begin to describe the care that went into remodeling this house to make it a home. This home is ideal as a permanent residence or second home and is walking distance to the Shores, local shops and restaurants and the ocean. Special features are in abundance and include cathedral ceilings, recessed lighting, many new appliances, porcelain tiling in the downstairs family room and two separate decks - 1 off of the master bedroom and the other off the dining area facing La Jolla Shores - both decks are accessible through sliding glass doors. While a part of the Azure Coast Condominiums, this freestanding home lives like a private residence. Other special features include a state-of-the art alarm system, granite counters and a beautifully finished two-car garage with as much storage as you could imagine. On the lower level, there is a large room that would be ideal as a gym, family room or recreation room. This home has it all – location, ideal floorplan, modern appliances, exquisite finishes and attention to detail. Come see for yourself. Equipment: Garage Door Opener, Range/Oven Sewer: Sewer Connected Topography: LL

8173 Paseo Del Ocaso La Jolla, CA 92037

$3,750,000
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,506 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 220009276SD
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Enjoy the La Jolla Shores lifestyle in this Streamline Moderne Design home by William Kesling of Kesling Modern Structures. This single story home features clean modern lines, open beam ceilings, and beautiful floor to ceiling windows. The tranquil yard with lattice covered patio is great for entertaining. A premiere location less than 2 miles to the beautiful La Jolla Cove, Museum of Contemporary Art, & all of the amenities that downtown La Jolla offers. Just 5 blocks to La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, less than 4 blocks to the beach, & only 1 block to “Cheese Shop” sandwich shop, art galleries, ice cream shop, kayak rentals, multiple restaurants, & more. Welcome home! Sewer: Sewer Connected Topography: LL

7505 Caminito Avola La Jolla, CA 92037

$2,700,000
3 Beds
2 Baths
2,040 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # PTP2202706
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Stunning panoramic coastal ocean view property! 3 Bedrooms + (bonus room on a lower level) permits unknown... 2 full bathrooms. From the living room area you will be able to enjoy the breezy ocean and mountain views.

939 Coast Blvd. Unit 8a La Jolla, CA 92037

$4,350,000
3 Beds
2 Baths
2,444 SqFt
Status Pending
MLS # 220011224SD
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
Stunning panoramic whitewater views spanning from the Children's pool to La Jolla Shores and beyond from this freshly remodeled spacious corner 2 bedroom plus unit in the highly sought after A floor plan(assessor records reflect a 3 bedroom unit which has been thoughtfully redesigned and reconfigured into a spacious 2 bedroom with open concept living area) at the prestigious 939 Coast Blvd. address. Valet and concierge services along with all the luxury amenities. Walk to all the shopping and restaurants in La Jolla village. Unit is being offered partially furnished with an inventory/exclusion list to be provided to buyer. Complex Features: ,,,,,,, Equipment: Dryer, Washer Sewer: Sewer Connected Topography: LL Frontage: Ocean/Bluff

8166 Paseo Del Ocaso La Jolla, CA 92037

$3,195,000
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,775 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # NDP2204523
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Welcome home to La Jolla! Enchanting Single Story Mid-Century Modern seaside retreat in prestigious La Jolla Shores. Customized to evoke warmth & beauty, this 3 BD 2 BA beach getaway stands at the apex of quality & style w/ its idyllic location & richly-appointed spaces. Gated entry offers privacy & security while lush tropical landscaping complements the home’s facade, introducing you to a refined open interior w/ modern design elements. Once inside, the home flows into a luminous open-concept layout giving the space an airy feel w/ an abundance of natural light & seamless indoor/outdoor connections. Just of the main entryway, floor to ceiling windows highlight the formal dining room. Continue to the delightful eat-in kitchen equipped w/ granite counters, breakfast bar, slate tile floors & sliding glass doors. Bringing the comforts of the interior to a more alfresco settings, oversized sliding glass doors work to unite the outdoors into the living room with a fireplace of timeless design to create a perfect balance for casual lounging or hosting elevated gatherings alike. The primary bedroom features sliding glass doors leading to a private deck. 2 secondary guest BRs w/ sliding glass doors, an office/optional room & 2 full baths w/ newer low flow toilets, slate tile & vanities round out this magnificent floor plan. The private backyard offers a perfect balance of beauty & function w/ an oversized patio, lush landscaping, newer landscape water conservation style irrigation w/ drip system, & front lawn synthetic turf. Newer vinyl windows & glass sliders throughout. Peacefully situated on a quiet section of La Jolla Shores with a wonderful neighborhood feel and only minutes from shops, restaurants, the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club, and beautiful La Jolla Shores beach. La Jolla Village, UCSD, Torrey Pines Golf Course and the freeway are just a short drive away.

5575 Ladybird Ln La Jolla, CA 92037

$2,750,000
3 Beds
2 Baths
2,300 SqFt
Status Pending
MLS # 220013350SD
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Beautiful and spacious Courtyard. Panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and downtown San Diego. Heated spa and pool in backyard along with a built in brick fireplace and grill. Only a 10 minute walk to the Beach. Fully owned Solar Panels. Master bedroom includes an enclosed outdoor area, spa tub, & fireplace. Light shines into every room with picture windows and glass doors. Equipment: Dryer,Pool/Spa/Equipment, Washer Sewer: Sewer Connected Topography: LL

7170 Encelia Drive La Jolla, CA 92037

$5,495,000
3 Beds
2 Baths
3,064 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # PTP2203453
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Asking $4,995,000 to $5,495,000. Development Opportunity in Final Approval Review! This project is in review to build a 7,434 SqFt of luxury Residence with a Full 180 degree view overlooking the ocean and downtown San Diego. On a large lot of 13,771 SqFt with pool and jacuzzi. The basement area will feature Movie Theater, Gym, Bar, wine cellar and rec room. Conveniently access all 3 levels from an elevator or with the glass enclosed stairway. Main level is planned with a secondary master bedroom, in addition to the Kitchen, Living Room, and Dinning room with oversized balcony area for that Sothern California interior/exterior living. This home has been designed to maximize the ocean views from every room. Top Level include primary master bedroom with additional retreat and enlarged walk-in closet. Three more bedrooms will be in this level with additional living room. Besides the amazing view, this home is situated in a cul-de-sac street which means additional privacy and less road traffic. Current Home has gone thru a soft interior demo.

971 Skylark Drive La Jolla, CA 92037

$2,650,000
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,928 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 220013468SD
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Admire the white water ocean views, Coronado islands, Crystal & OB Pier, sunsets, 4th of July fireworks and evening night light views from the family room, living room, and backyard. This well maintained single level home is move in ready or can be expanded/remodeled. What's unique about this property is that it has several outdoor entertaining spaces. You have a large front deck for lounging or adding a jacuzzi, a landscaped private courtyard along with a wrap around deck with terraced yard. The separate living and family room has great space for entertaining. The large kitchen has skylights, lots of cabinetry, dual oven, eat-in breakfast area. Just one mile through the beautiful streets of the Muirlands and you'll find yourself in Bird Rock, beaches, restaurants, and more! Single story restricted to protect neighbor views. Roof was installed in January. Gutters 2 years old. Newer water heater. Equipment: Garage Door Opener Sewer: Sewer Connected, Public Sewer Topography: LL,GSL

7255 Via Capri La Jolla, CA 92037

$2,699,000
3 Beds
2 Baths
2,371 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 220013681SD
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Enjoy Expansive Ocean Views! Designers Dream Home! This is the absolute perfect home for a buyer who is a visionary to go in and put their own finishing touches on it. Admire the white-water ocean views, sunsets, and coastal breezes from the Master Bedroom, Kitchen, Family room, and Living room. Currently it sits as a single story with 2 car garage. Excellent location near schools, great dining, shopping and several of La Jolla's famous surf breaks. Topography: LL

5661 Ladybird Lane La Jolla, CA 92037

$2,899,000
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,449 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # NDP2205647
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
New to the market in the desired La Jolla Mesa Vista location! This property offers panoramic south facing ocean views, sprawling whitewater coastline, bay and city views. Located on the end of the cul-de-sac with an elevated flat top lot, this south La Jolla location is perfect for ease of vicinity to the local southern beaches, coastal shops, and nearby restaurants. The residence is a single level, private property, with cool coastal ocean breezes which can be felt from the great room opening to the large outside expansive view deck. An oversized private pool can be found in the backyard. The house is cozy with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths; the lot is large with 10,900 square feet, which allows for build potential or a perfect opportunity to update/remodel and create your own view house.

9527 La Jolla Shores Dr La Jolla, CA 92037

$2,595,000
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,504 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 220014255SD
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
JUST REMODELED + Renewed, charming and adored single-level home boasting enchanted gardens with mature plantings and trees like one would find in their favorite fairy tale. Situated just over a mile from LJ Shores Beach, Kellogg ocean-front park and all the lovely restaurants in the Shores business district. For recreation, enjoy close proximity to Torrey Pines Golf Course, and the 15 Mil YMCA. TP Elementary, UCSD Campus, Scripps Oceanography are also close by. The home features a nicely sized master & 2 guest beds. There is a formal dining room plus casual dining area off the kitchen that leads out to a very sizable back yard oasis, that is the most peaceful spot to read a book and enjoy light coastal breezes. This home has been in the family for decades and is a wonderful place to call home. Brand new flooring, lighting, designer quartz countertops, newer over-sized double pane windows, plantation shutters and more. Potential for ocean view for future 2nd level. - As of 5/22/22 Zillow Value $2,450,000 Don't Miss it. Seller's shall consider all offers between 2.395-2.595 Mil (and above). Home is a Trust Sale. + JUST REMODELED + Renewed charming and adored single-level home boasting enchanted gardens with mature plantings and trees like one would find in their favorite fairy tale. Situated just over a mile from LJ Shores Beach, Kellogg ocean-front park and all the lovely restaurants in the Shores business district. For recreation, enjoy close proximity to Torrey Pines Golf Course, and the 15 Mil YMCA. TP Elementary, UCSD Campus, Scripps Oceanography are also close by. The home features a nicely sized master & 2 guest beds. There is a formal dining room plus casual dining area off the kitchen that leads out to a very sizable back yard oasis, that is the most peaceful spot to read a book and enjoy light coastal breezes. This home has been in the family for decades and is a wonderful place to call home. Brand new flooring, lighting, designer quartz countertops, newer over-sized double pane windows, plantation shutters and more. Potential for ocean view for future 2nd level. - As of 5/22/22 Zillow Value $2,450,000 Don't Miss it. Equipment: Range/Oven Sewer: Sewer Connected, Public Sewer Topography: LL