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

$2,350,000
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.. Neighborhoods: BIRD ROCK Equipment: Garage Door Opener, Range/Oven, Washer Other Fees: 0 Sewer: Sewer Connected Topography: LL

408 Bonair La Jolla, CA 92037

$1,150,000
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,252 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 200008089
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
This Henry Hester designed complex of four boasts eleven foot ceilings and large three bedroom floor plans in a quiet courtyard setting. #408 is the top floor front unit which has peek ocean views and is shielded by the privacy screening of a tree. The large master suite has a spacious master bathroom. Hardwood floors and a recently remodeled kitchen have this condominium move-in ready. Take advantage of local web cameras that allow live streaming views from LJ Shores, the Cove, Coast Blvd. & Windansea. Neighborhoods: Windansea Equipment: Range/Oven Other Fees: 0 Sewer: Sewer Connected Topography: GSL

5480 La Jolla Blvd #101 La Jolla, CA 92037

$1,614,000
3 Beds
2 Baths
2,052 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 200042423
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
LARGEST SW CORNER END 1st FLOOR BREAKERS UNIT-SEAHAUS!! This light/bright single level home provides the best in La Jolla lifestyle. Over 2000sf w/gleaming Brazilian Cherry hardwood floors, fireplace, French doors leading to spacious patios spilling out to a lush lawn, feel/hear/see nearby ocean, side by side parking spaces w/electric charger, xtra storage room, resort style living enjoying SeaHaus amenities pool/spa, barbecue, fitness center, comm. room, nearby Bird Rock's favorite shops/restaurants. Clearly Bird Rock provides with the best CA Coastal lifestyle. This unit is a simple lock and leave. No steps/stairs needed from your parking garage, side by side assigned spaces #24&25 w/EV charger on pole between. Storage (door 10), unit #5 provides extra room approximately 6'x8'x8'. Electric controlled drapes in Living Room, A/C is 2 years new, water heater 2 years new, alarm system, 3rd bedroom has Murphy bed for versatile use as office or bedroom (no closet). Complex Features: ,,,, Equipment: Dryer, Range/Oven, Washer Other Fees: 0 Sewer: Sewer Connected Topography: LL

7863 Caminito El Rosario La Jolla, CA 92037

$1,895,000
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,980 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 200046161
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
Panoramic Ocean Views! Extremely quiet and private w/ superb location walking distance to La Jolla shores, LJ Beach & Tennis, Restaurants shops etc! Quaint community of 8 townhomes in Vista Del Rey, perched on a private peninsula in the shores. Exceptionally built with soaring ceilngs, flooded with light and great finishes. Property lives like a detached home, plenty of parking in addition to the 2 car garage. The 8 townhomes share over 6 acres. Equipment: Dryer,Garage Door Opener,Pool/Spa/Equipment, Washer Other Fees: 0 Sewer: Sewer Connected Topography: LL

939 Coast Blvd Unit 101 La Jolla, CA 92037

$3,588,888
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,800 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # NDP2000392
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
2 story Ocean Front Living in Downtown La Jolla, comes with Concierge Services at iconic 939 Coast Blvd.This ground floor Villa, separate, and stand alone Townhome is located on La Jolla's Coastline.Two bedrooms downstairs and a luxurious master suite upstairs End-unit featuring stunning ocean views, gated courtyard entry, Resort-like amenities, spacious, private patios with a private Spa.Sweeping ocean views and a fabulous location in the heart of the Village that allows you to walk to all of the best shops and world class dining.

5658 Desert View Drive La Jolla, CA 92037

$1,279,000
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,860 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 200047452
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Rare opportunity to own a single level home in La Jolla with fantastic city and mountain view at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac! Owners recently put in luxury vinyl plank flooring throughout, new bathroom shower tile, new AC, appliances and window treatments. Lovely deck off the kitchen and family room facing the view making outdoor entertaining and living a breeze. Landscaping finished with irrigation and turf for low maintenance. No HOA dues! This home is very clean and ready for you to move in. Easy access to the 5 freeway, Pacific Beach, Mission Bay and various San Diego attractions. Other Fees: 0 Sewer: Sewer Connected Topography: LL

5480 La Jolla Blvd Unit J102 La Jolla, CA 92037

$1,450,000
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,816 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 200049467
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
Amazing price for a highly updated, Seahaus Breakers unit. Nestled in the heart of Bird Rock, a block from pristine beaches & Calumet Park. Floor-to-ceiling windows & french doors equipped with electric blinds. Spacious private patio & outdoor space. Gorgeous sunsets & waterline views . New premium flooring, fixtures & fireplace surround. Custom cabinets/shelving in the dining & living spaces. Updated kitchen with expanded counters & coastal finishes. ~10 yards from Midway St allows easy street access. Enjoy incredible amenities including the pool/spa/entertaining facilities & impressive gym OR stroll through the surrounding neighborhood stores & restaurants in this picturesque seaside community. 2 large bedrooms and a third bonus room that could be an additional bedroom, office or living space. Spa-like master bathroom with dual sinks, vanity, soaking tub, shower and massive walk-in closet. Laundry Room with great storage within unit. 2 parking spaces plus option to rent third. Storage unit in garage. This conveniently located, classy, coastal-contemporary also enjoys peak ocean views! Please visit our 3D tour. Complex Features: ,,, Equipment: Dryer,Garage Door Opener, Range/Oven, Washer Other Fees: 0 Sewer: Public Sewer Topography: LL

5688 Desert View Dr La Jolla, CA 92037

$1,298,000
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,793 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 200051075
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Spectacular 180 degree views from family room, kitchen, and 2 bedrooms, as well as the extremely oversized patio/deck with spa that is perfect for entertaining. Remodeled in 2006, this home is warm and inviting. Ceramic tile and laminate throughout the home. Stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops, and maple cabinets. Large living room with a cozy fireplace. Double paned windows and sliding door. Has a 10,000 sf lot that has been terraced with more than a dozen fruit bearing trees. Other Fees: 0 Sewer: Sewer Connected Topography: ,,RSLP,SSLP

1614 Caminito Barlovento La Jolla, CA 92037

$1,225,000
3 Beds
2 Baths
2,023 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 200051481
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
Ocean views and gorgeous sunsets! Meticulously maintained private and spacious single level home. Open floor plan showcasing dramatic vaulted ceilings. Beautiful wood floors throughout. Fireplace, separate dining room, atrium. Expanded master en-suite, curbless shower. Motorized window blinds, ceiling fans, plantation shutters. Large private patio for your Al fresco dining or just enjoying a sunset. Coastal charm at its best El Dorado offers its own pool and spa.You can also enjoy the La Jolla Alta Community amenities that include state of the art gym, swimming pools, spa,tennis courts and a clubhouse. Equipment: Dryer,Garage Door Opener, Washer, Water Filtration Other Fees: 61 Sewer: Sewer Connected

5515 Ladybird Lane La Jolla, CA 92037

$2,250,000
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,993 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # NDP2002702
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Welcome to 5515 Ladybird Lane! Located in the coastal community of La Jolla Mesa Vista, this newly remodeled single level home, situated on a mild hilly cul-de-sac street offers almost 2,000 sqft of living space to include 3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, and a 2-car garage. Newly refreshed landscaping greets you as you reach the home. Enjoy an open floorplan featuring modern amenities to include a gourmet kitchen boasting a chef’s island with quartz countertops & waterfall on two sides, high end energy efficient appliance package: professional range with 6 gas burners & true European convection oven technology, Smart French door refrigerator with internal water dispenser, Smart top control dishwasher, 46-bottle stainless steel wine fridge, stainless steel drawer style microwave, and cabinetry with chrome knobs & pulls and soft-close technology. Adjacent is the spacious dining room. The living room showcases picture windows where you can take advantage of the gorgeous views of the ocean shoreline, the bay, and city lights at night. A set of French doors open to the newly refreshed backyard perfect for entertaining or alfresco dining. The master bedroom suite comes complete with a walk in closet, and a luxurious master bathroom with dual sink vanities and marble countertops & backsplash, honed marble flooring, shower surround & accent wall in a chevron design for the oversized spa-like shower, and frameless glass shower enclosure. Two spacious secondary bedrooms are adjacent with mirrored closet doors. A secondary full bathroom offers a shower & bathtub combo, and dual sink vanities with quartz countertops. Other highlights & upgrades of this home include: a Ring doorbell, engineered wood flooring throughout, new energy efficient black fiberglass windows by Andersen, interior & exterior designer paint, new doors, new hardware & fixtures throughout, new baseboards, new HVAC, new plumbing including a tankless water heater, new electrical including lighting throughout t...

5450 La Jolla Blvd. D201 La Jolla, CA 92037

$1,850,000
3 Beds
2 Baths
2,163 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 200051886
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
Enjoy the best of Sea Haus with this prime corner unit boasting jaw-dropping panoramic ocean views. This spacious, turnkey Bird Rock beach single story condo features an open concept layout that seamlessly combines the gourmet chef's kitchen with granite countertops, an adjoining dining area with sit-down ocean views and balcony access, a large living room with fireplace, and an adjacent office/den/third bedroom with its very own private stairwell leading to the beautiful resort pool and spa. See supp. The sit-down, ocean view patio is perfect for watching the waves or enjoying a gorgeous sunset. Other features include gourmet chef's kitchen with stainless steel appliances, full size laundry room, two large side by side parking spaces, and an extra-large storage unit in the garage. Many lovely upgrades throughout - including polished travertine flooring, fireplace, custom built-in cabinetry, and exquisite artisan blown-glass kitchen island. This quiet, peaceful home is walking distance to the ocean, Calumet Park and Hennemans surf break, Bird Rock Park, and all the wonderful shops and restaurants Bird Rock has to offer. Complex Features: ,,,,,, Equipment: Dryer, Washer Other Fees: 0 Sewer: Sewer Connected Topography: LL

1001 Genter Unit 5d La Jolla, CA 92037

$1,995,000
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,941 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 200052198
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
Gorgeous remodel with a contemporary design. This spacious condo offers an open floor plan with phenomenal natural light, unobstructable ocean, golf course and evening city light views. two-bedroom with a bonus room that can be used as a Den or office and is offered Fully furnished! The Seville building offers 24 hour doorman on site management and maintenance, pool, spa, gym & library. Short walk to village shops and restaurants. Equipment: Dryer, Washer Other Fees: 0 Sewer: Sewer Connected Topography: LL