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

$4,250,000
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

7505 Caminito Avola La Jolla, CA 92037

$2,450,000
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.

7170 Encelia Drive La Jolla, CA 92037

$4,966,000
3 Beds
2 Baths
3,064 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # PTP2203453
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Development Opportunity Fully Approved! 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.

5415 Waverly Ave La Jolla, CA 92037

$2,350,000
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,540 SqFt
Status Pending
MLS # 220022558SD
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION, This La Jolla/Bird Rock home is located on the very quiet Waverly Ave, a short walk to shops along La Jolla Blvd and the ocean. This home is ready for a creative flipper or owner occupant ready to take on a project and build their dream home in the irreplaceable community of Bird Rock. Please review photos and video walkthrough in youtube link below---------------------- Equipment: Shed(s) 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 # 220022926SD
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

5841 Ravenswood Road La Jolla, CA 92037

$2,750,000 - 3Br/2Ba -  for Sale in La Jolla, La Jolla
Open House
$2,750,000
3 Beds
2 Baths
2,021 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 220024321SD
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Price Reduction $200K: First time on market in 36 years. Spectacular Bay, City, White Water Ocean and Crescent Beach views from single level California Ranch. Mostly flat .21 acre lot. Value Proposition: Architectural Committee may allow second story and/or roof top deck if does not affect neighbors' views. Topography supports such a proposition. Equipment: Dryer,Garage Door Opener, Washer Sewer: Sewer Connected Topography: LL,SSLP

1701 Las Olas Mar Y Sol Outside Area (outside U.s.) Foreign Country 22703

$449,500
3 Beds
2 Baths
2,123 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # ND22231296
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
Newly completed in 2020, this 3 bedroom, 2 bath condo end unit is modern in every way. Beautiful tile floors, crown molding, recessed lighting and a bright, open floor plan that seamlessly connects the kitchen to the living room leads to the home's gem - the balcony's breathtaking panoramic views that overlook a long stretch of flat sandy beach and Mexico’s stunning Coronado Islands. Meticulous attention to detail is presented in the kitchen with granite countertops, matching backsplash, a magnificent center island, and stainless steel appliances, including dishwasher, garbage disposal, and trash compactor. The living room boasts an electric remote-controlled fireplace and an 80” T.V. to enjoy your favorite shows and sporting events from the comfort of your home. Floor to ceiling sliding doors allow for plenty of natural light and your everyday enjoyment of the ocean view. This is an Alexa-activated home and pairs well with the incredible surround sound. Furniture is negotiable. Adjacent to the living room you will find the stunning master bedroom, with balcony access to breathtaking panoramic views, where every night you can drift off to sleep listening to the subtle sounds of the ocean below. After a restful night, you can begin your day with a morning walk on the beach or a good workout in the full gym that overlooks the water. Las Olas Mar y Sol is situated just off the coastal scenic highway. This elegant condominium sits on one of the most desirable year-long sandy beaches in the Rosarito area. The complex has central heating and cooling, back up water supply and a backup generator/power plant. This 24/7 guarded community has easy access to the highway and is only 25 minutes from the San Ysidro port of entry, making this a very convenient location. The thoughtfully landscaped grounds invite you into this beautiful high-rise community with exceptional amenities tailored for a Stress-Free Lifestyle. You can soak up the Baja sunshine by one of the 3 infinity pools, relax in one of the 8 Jacuzzis or visit the ocean view sauna. You will have it all here at Las Olas Mar y Sol. This property is perfect for full time living, as a second home, or as an income generating asset considering its San Diego weather, year-round vacation-rental desirability. Remember, Valle de Guadalupe, the Baja Wine Country is only 45 minutes away and Puerto Nuevo, the famous lobster village is only 20 minutes down the road!

8956 Cliffridge Ave La Jolla, CA 92037

$2,224,900
3 Beds
2 Baths
2,200 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 220027350SD
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Welcome home to La Jolla, one of San Diego's premier locations. This remodeled single story mid-century modern home has style and sophistication! The warm, inviting, natural Canary wood accents around the home impress the senses and adds to this homes uniqueness! The kitchen is complete with stainless steel appliances including a 6 burner stove. The designer wishbone backsplash is the perfect compliment to the quartz countertops! The Primary bathroom is a beauty with comfy soaking tub, designer tile wood tone cabinets! You wont want to miss the private sitting area off the primary to enjoy morning tea! Sewer: Sewer Connected Topography: LL

2560 Caminito Porthcawl La Jolla, CA 92037

$2,195,000
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,938 SqFt
Status Pending
MLS # 220028349SD
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Stunning Single level Sanctuary that embraces the essence of calm Coastal lifestyle with this distinctively remodeled (2019) haven situated on a quiet cul de sac in La Jolla's gate guarded community of Windemere. This home was extensively transformed into the existing spacious 3 bedroom/2bath open floorplan with cathedral ceilings using quality workmanship and materials including: European Wide Oak Floors, Pietra del Cardoso Kitchen counters, Kitchenaid appliances, Bianco Dolomite marble in Primary bathroom, Kohler “Purist” fixtures plus whole house repiping and extensive LED lighting throughout and the list goes on…. The easy indoor/outdoor living is provided with extensive glass doors from every room leading out to a sun filled private wrap around patio with views of Mt. Soledad while sipping on your favorite beverage or just cozy up to your living room fireplace. LIVE THE LIFE YOU DESERVE!! Your dream coming true in this remarkable single level “lock and leave” getaway or the perfect “forever” home. You can have it all from the Windemere resort-like community offering pools, clubhouse for parties, tennis courts, fitness center, hiking/biking trails, lush grounds, RV or boat parking, and playground. All of this conveniently located in the hills of La Jolla just minutes from the Village, world renowned beaches, shops and restaurants. Complex Features: ,,,,,,,,,, Equipment: Range/Oven Sewer: Sewer Connected Topography: LL,GSL

5384 La Jolla Mesa Drive La Jolla, CA 92037

$1,999,999
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,908 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 220028946SD
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
See this lovely Spanish-style home with bay and ocean views. It's located in the Bird Rock neighborhood of La Jolla. The home has an open layout with three bedrooms and two baths on the first level—an upstairs view room with balcony, ocean and a large, covered patio. The home's interior features vaulted ceilings and open beam construction, a centerpiece fireplace, a spacious remodeled kitchen, and a large dining room. The home features a grassy backyard and is fully fenced, with access to the entry through a security gate. There's an attached garage plus two additional off-street parking spaces. Approximately half-mile walk or drive to Tourmaline beach. It's a few blocks from Bird Rock elementary school, Gelson's Market, and public Equipment: Dryer, Range/Oven, Washer Sewer: Sewer Connected Topography: LL

7109 Monte Vista Ave La Jolla, CA 92037

$2,895,000 - 3Br/2Ba -  for Sale in La Jolla, La Jolla
New
$2,895,000
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,849 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 220029290SD
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Recently designated Historic as an example of Monterey Revival architecture, this perfectly-sited Beach Barber Tract storybook charmer is ready for your personal touches. One block to the beach and Mills Act eligible. Enjoy the ocean view from the upstairs patio and listen to the waves crash at nearby WindanSea Beach. Short walking distance to the village, schools, and restaurants. Private courtyard, great floor plan, and old-time character make this property truly special. Truly a rare opportunity to own this beautiful property. Equipment: Range/Oven Sewer: Sewer Connected Topography: LL