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

$3,295,000
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 # 210023431
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

450 Arenas La Jolla, CA 92037

$3,937,000
3 Beds
2 Baths
2,627 SqFt
Status Pending
MLS # 210024459
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
This Fresh, Coastal and Comfortable Beach Barber Tract Custom home offers the opportunity to experience the finest in beachside living while holding an address steeped in San Diego history. Situated on a desirable corner lot, the entire 2,600 square foot home was fully remastered in the 1990s and includes three bedrooms and two bathrooms across two levels. The matte white stucco facade of the home is offset by a clay colored barrel tile roof and vibrant blue window awnings, nodding to the iconic European architecture of Greece. The Mediterranean inspiration is carried inside with an eat-in kitchen featuring a cathedral ceiling, custom solid wood cabinetry, coved ceilings in both the living and dining rooms, oak and Saltillo tile flooring throughout, and an idealic sunroom highlighted by a latillas ceiling. Numerous french doors lead to the various secluded outdoor flagstone patios, showcasing serene water features and lush landscaping. While both of the secondary bedrooms and bathrooms are located on the ground level, the primary suite encompasses the entire upper level with its own fireplace, vaulted ceilings, walk-in closet, and luxe bathroom. Rounding out the home is a two car finished garage, central air conditioning, a stucco wall perimeter for added privacy, and ease of access to all of the amazing amenities including world class beaches and a short walk to the village of La Jolla. Equipment: Garage Door Opener Sewer: Sewer Connected, Public Sewer Topography: LL

800 Prospect Street Unit 4a La Jolla, CA 92037

$3,500,000
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,596 SqFt
Status Pending
MLS # 210024715
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
Historic La Jolla gem located in the SW corner of a midcentury architectural masterpiece, this home is the largest floor plan offered at Park Prospect with some of the best 180-degree whitewater ocean views in La Jolla. Views also of the beautiful gardens of the La Jolla Historical Society Wisteria Cottage and east to the Louis Gill designed St. James by the Sea and the yellow tiles of Bishops Tower. 3 BR, 2 BA, with master suite. Large patio offers stunning views. Designed by master architect Russell Forester. Unique opportunity to create your coastal aerie within a registered historical landmark. Steps to the La Jolla beaches and coastal parks, fine dining, the Village, shops and museums. Park Prospect is a Mills Act designated building. Park Prospect is one of the few buildings that extends the principals of modernism to a La Jolla landmark. Designed by local architect, Russell Forester, Park Prospect is the first condominium built in La Jolla designed in the International Modernist style. Forester was one of the first architects to take Mies van der Rohe’s ideas about modern design of steel and glass and use them for residential designs. Park Prospect is recognized as an Historical Landmark by the City of San Diego and is designated as such under the Mills Act. Equipment: Garage Door Opener Sewer: Sewer Connected Topography: GSL

253 Bonair St. La Jolla, CA 92037

$7,250,000
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,238 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 210030686
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
This is a development opportunity. Location, location! Unique, prime income property with exceptional development opportunity steps to beautiful Windansea Beach. Offering includes two adjacent parcels (APN 351-381-06-00 and APN 351-381-07-00). Total property for sale consists of this two bedroom cottage with studio ADU and the adjacent Fourplex building to the west (all with two bedroom units), totaling six units. Currently fully rented. Please see preliminary concept rendering by W-F Architects for 5 luxury townhomes. Sewer: Sewer Connected Topography: LL

6201 Camino De La Costa La Jolla, CA 92037

$4,995,000
3 Beds
2 Baths
2,180 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 210033111
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Nestled in the heart of La Jolla’s Street of Dreams, this Camino de la Costa traditional one story home, effectively built in 1956, is only one house from the ocean front. It has a dazzling ocean view and a wonderful view deck ideal for relaxing with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. There are gleaming hardwood floors, cathedral ceilings, built in bookcases, crown moldings and wainscotting. A home for the holidays, this property has a dedicated dining room and a large (28x14) family room, French doors, stainless steel appliances and granite counters in the well thought out kitchen. Picnic on the grassy area in the back yard or stroll the tree lined street of Lower Hermosa and inhale the ocean. This is La Jolla living at its finest. Sewer: Sewer Available Topography: LL

2345 Vallecitos La Jolla, CA 92037

$2,795,000
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,932 SqFt
Status Pending
MLS # 210033735
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Rare opportunity for renovating a major fixer or build your dream home in the Upper Shores. Single level brick, wood & stucco exterior with hardwood flooring and plaster walls. Ocean peaks from several rooms. Tax records show house is 1932 sq. ft. but home is actually quite bit larger plus there is a separate guest studio of approximately 400 sq. ft. Quiet neighborhood yet near the Shores beach and all the great restaurants & shops. Huge flat & gently sloping lot of 19,153 sq. ft. Bring your contractor and discover this great opportunity! Equipment: Dryer, Range/Oven, Washer Sewer: Sewer Connected, Public Sewer Topography: LL,GSL Guest House Est. SQFT: 400

2152 Caminito Circulo Sur La Jolla, CA 92037

$1,229,000
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,746 SqFt
Status Pending
MLS # 210034186SD
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Fully remodeled, quiet single level Mt La Jolla twinhome w/ views! No detail spared in 2020-2021 remodel. $108k+ on redone kitchen/baths, new flooring/baseboards, shutters, automatic blinds, electrical, entry doors & H2O pipe reroute. Upgrade list available. Vaulted ceilings LR & primary BR & skylights in kit provide extra natural light. Large back patio runs the length of property w/ views to westerly sunsets. Direct garage access w/tankless H20 heater, new epoxy flooring, storage, sink/laundry. Storage! One of few units w/ large usable attic space & 3 closets in primary BR. Mt La Jolla- 62 acres w/ 4 tennis courts, 4 pool/spas, Clubhouse, putting green, trails. HOA- H20, trash, cable/internet, exterior maintenance & manager. Complex Features: ,,,,, Equipment: Dryer,Garage Door Opener, Range/Oven, Washer Sewer: Sewer Connected Topography: LL

2152 Caminito Circulo Sur La Jolla, CA 92037

$1,229,000
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,746 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 210034186
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Fully remodeled, quiet single level Mt La Jolla twinhome w/ views! No detail spared in 2020-2021 remodel. $108k+ on redone kitchen/baths, new flooring/baseboards, shutters, automatic blinds, electrical, entry doors & H2O pipe reroute. Upgrade list available. Vaulted ceilings LR & primary BR & skylights in kit provide extra natural light. Large back patio runs the length of property w/ views to westerly sunsets. Direct garage access w/tankless H20 heater, new epoxy flooring, storage, sink/laundry. Storage! One of few units w/ large usable attic space & 3 closets in primary BR. Mt La Jolla- 62 acres w/ 4 tennis courts, 4 pool/spas, Clubhouse, putting green, trails. HOA- H20, trash, cable/internet, exterior maintenance & manager. Complex Features: ,,,,, Equipment: Dryer,Garage Door Opener, Range/Oven, Washer Sewer: Sewer Connected Topography: LL

1441 Al Bahr Dr La Jolla, CA 92037

$2,500,000
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,778 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 220000061SD
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Welcome home to your Secret Garden! Fantastic Country Club location with amazing potential. You are right in the heart of everything La Jolla has to offer. Walk to the beach, shops and restaurants. Adding a second story would bring you amazing views. Check into recently approved SB9 and SB10 laws to see if you can qualify to add an ADU (possibly above of the garage). Bring your contractor and designer to make this a showstopper. This home can be lived in while you make upgrades as the possibilities are endless. Single story 3 bedroom home with office (could easily be used as a 4th bedroom). Attached two car garage with direct access. Pictures of the ocean view are from the upper level of the lot. Sewer: Sewer Connected Topography: LL,RSLP,GSL,

1441 Al Bahr Dr La Jolla, CA 92037

$2,500,000
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,778 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 220000061
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Welcome home to your Secret Garden! Fantastic Country Club location with amazing potential. You are right in the heart of everything La Jolla has to offer. Walk to the beach, shops and restaurants. Adding a second story would bring you amazing views. Check into recently approved SB9 and SB10 laws to see if you can qualify to add an ADU (possibly above of the garage). Bring your contractor and designer to make this a showstopper. This home can be lived in while you make upgrades as the possibilities are endless. Single story 3 bedroom home with office (could easily be used as a 4th bedroom). Attached two car garage with direct access. Pictures of the ocean view are from the upper level of the lot. Sewer: Sewer Connected Topography: LL,RSLP,GSL,

5460 La Jolla Blvd Unit G102 La Jolla, CA 92037

$1,790,000
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,827 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 220000622SD
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
Tranquil, relaxing beach home in contemporary Seahaus! Single level open floor plan with peek ocean view and large patio for indoor-outdoor living. Modern architecture with chic styling including the best of everything. Open great room style living and kitchen with direct access to large outdoor space. Freshly painted in warm neutral color and polished travertine flooring and counters throughout. Upgraded modern kitchen with SS appliances and ample cabinets. Dark sleek stone counters, matching island-great space for entertaining. Master bed is large and contains ensuite bath, walk in closets and built-ins. Secondary bedrooms are private and have shared second bath. Beautiful amenities include pool, BBQ, underground secure parking, gym and on-site manager. Very well maintained and lightly lived in. Equipment: Dryer, Washer Sewer: Public Sewer Topography: LL