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:

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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.

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.

2130 Vallecitos Unit 243 La Jolla, CA 92037

$1,200,000
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,535 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 200007990
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
LA JOLLA SHORES BEACH ONE LEVEL RESIDENCE! Bright END unit in LJ Shores Clubdominiums with superb amenities including pool, tennis, community room, gym, bbq area and gated community. Super-close to sandy beach for swimming, kayaks, surfing, wildlife and people watching or just relaxing! Close to shops and fabulous restaurants in this VIBRANT Shores neighborhood. Two BR plus DEN/3rd BR w/built-in cabinetry, plantation shutters, parquet floors, in-unit laundry and underground parking!

5450 La Jolla Blvd Unit D102 La Jolla, CA 92037

$1,250,000
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,827 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 200012379
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
Ground floor, 1 story “Breakers” model on the ocean/quiet side of the SeaHaus complex. Separate laundry room, wood floors, high ceilings & plantation shutters throughout. Pool, spa, gym, BBQ amenities available in Birdrock’s most desired complex. Steps to the ocean, Calumet park, shops & restaurants all nearby. Private patio & small grassy yard overlooks pool area and the ocean in the background. Lease-Option to Purchase. Seller carry-back financing. Land contract

8675 Glenwick Ln La Jolla, CA 92037

$2,195,000
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,945 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 200022676
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Welcome to 8675 Glenwick Lane! Located in La Jolla Highlands, situated on an elevated lot with ocean views, this inviting single level home was fully REMODELED (completed in 2020), creating a more open floorplan where you can enjoy modern amenities in almost 2,000 sqft of space offering 3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, and a 2-car attached garage. As you reach the property, you’ll notice the newly refreshed front yard, as well as the brand new board and batten exterior

939 Coast Blvd Unit 20h La Jolla, CA 92037

$1,799,000
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,608 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 200025700
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
This supremely livable home offers an esteemed seat perched 20 stories high on the renowned La Jolla coastline. It overlooks the La Jolla Cove and features 270+ degrees of unsurpassed year-round sunrise and sunset views, ingenious use of all space, a seamless flow from the living area and kitchen to the ocean-view bedrooms, a third gorgeous village-view bedroom that can serve double duty as an office, and many updates. Turn-key ready yet with endless decorating possibilities to suit any taste.

5430 La Jolla Blvd Unit C202 La Jolla, CA 92037

$1,549,000
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,827 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 200026499
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
Big, dynamic ocean views from this spacious, highly updated Seahaus unit. Nestled in the heart of Bird Rock, a stones throw from pristine beaches & Calumet park. Enjoy incredible amenities including the pool/spa/outdoor entertaining facilities & impressive gym OR stroll through the surrounding neighborhood stores & restaurants in this picturesque seaside community. Floor to ceiling windows & french doors to a spacious balcony flood your living space with natural light & allow views from every angle.

7578 Cabrillo Avenue La Jolla, CA 92037

$1,750,000
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,802 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 200027896
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Welcome to 7578 Cabrillo, a custom-built Contemporary Masterpiece in La Jolla Village, walking distance to downtown La Jolla and the Cove! This beautiful property features a multi-level layout designed to allow for maximum versatility for entertaining and privacy, with multiple seamless indoor/outdoor spaces, with one level dedicated to a private master suite. The entire property is loaded with custom finishes and design elements, indoors and out, creating the perfect balance of function and style...

909 Coast Unit 3 La Jolla, CA 92037

$1,495,000
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,443 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 200027898
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
Picturesque seaside location, location, location! This lovely, bright, ocean-view residence at the shore offers turn-key ready living with a rare three-bedroom floor plan, sleek modern kitchen, and superb proximity to La Jolla's most beautiful beaches, parks, fine shops and restaurants. With in-unit laundry and community pool and secure underground parking, this home offers a superb walking lifestyle in a world class site.

7860 Calle Juela La Jolla, CA 92037

$1,299,999
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,496 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 200028390
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Bring your vision to this lovely designed, but fixer, home w/ flexible potential. Walk to LJ Shores beach. Vaulted ceiling w/ wood beams & fireplace. Private front and back patios. Classic Stone Pines,quasi cul-de-sac, & pedestrian bridge over Torrey Pines for carefree walk to the beach. Architect built to live in the home in the 50s. New roof 2017. Handicap upgraded bath. Easy access to UCSD. Great starter home or income property but needs a lot of work; or build your own new home on this 6042 lot.

883 Candlelight Place La Jolla, CA 92037

$1,724,900
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,539 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 200030255
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Enjoy stunning sit down ocean views from this fabulous single level home. Walk to North PB/Bird Rock. Open floor plan concept welcomes indoor/outdoor living with large windows/doors opening to expansive view deck. Eat in kitchen with subzero, wine refrigerator, granite counters, island and new stove. MBR offers a coffered ceiling, sliding door to patio, walk in closet and ensuite master bath. Hardwood flooring throughout, crown molding and an abundance of light. Low maintenance yard and storage in garage.

1542 Alta La Jolla Drive La Jolla, CA 92037

$1,249,000
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,932 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 200030832
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
Stunning single level end unit with some ocean views exudes modern coastal charm at its best. Light and airy with vaulted ceilings, skylights, fireplace, hardwood floors, and plantation shutters. Gorgeous new bathrooms featuring quartz counter tops, double sinks, barn door glass sliding shower doors, and free standing soaking tub in master bath. Exquisite crystal knobs and pulls. Kitchen and living room open to spacious walled patio/garden. Landscaped atrium creates a Zen-like ambiance. SEE SUPPLEMENT--