Updated: Jun 4, 2019
There is no denying that La Jolla is one of the most desirable places to live and visit in all of California. From a gorgeous coastline to unparalleled cuisine (and everything in between), Team Cairncross has loved helping buyers and sellers with their La Jolla homes. While the real estate in the area is world class, there are so many wonderful things to spotlight about this fantastic community. Maybe someday you too will want to call it home.
Mapping the La Jolla Neighborhoods
La Jolla itself is a desirable seaside community covering seven miles of California coast. There are about 16 different neighborhoods in the greater La Jolla area, which we outline below.
La Jolla Heights: Perched atop the hills and overlooking the Pacific Ocean and La Jolla Shores.
La Jolla North Village: Near the UCSD campus, and many of the rental properties in the area are occupied by the college’s students. Near the La Jolla Village Square shopping plazas.
La Jolla Farms: Located near the coast, on the cliffs that overlook Black’s Beach.
La Jolla Shores: Bordering the beach area of La Jolla shores, this neighborhood is also home to Scripps.
Bird Rock: Located south of La Jolla Boulevard and bordering Pacific Beach as well as the southern side of Mt. Soledad.
Hidden Valley: Offering up many phenomenal views of the Pacific Ocean, this neighborhood is east of La Jolla Shores, and includes part of the lower area of Mt. Soledad.
Country Club: This neighborhood is on the lower northwest side of Mt. Soledad and surrounds the La Jolla Country Club.
The Village: The La Jolla Cove and downtown business district which includes a majority of La Jolla’s shops, restaurants, and hotels as well as some condos.
Beach - Barber Tract: The neighborhood that connects Windansea Beach to the Village.
Lower Hermosa: Waterfront homes located to the west of La Jolla Blvd, in between Bird Rock and Beach-Barber Tract.
Upper Hermosa: This area is to the east of La Jolla Blvd and to the north of Bird Rock.
Soledad South: Mt. Soledad’s neighborhood that encompasses the southeastern slopes up to the peak.
La Jolla Mesa: Bordering the Pacific Ocean, the homes in this area are on the lower southern side of Mt. Soledad.
La Jolla Alta: East of La Jolla Mesa, this is a master-planned community.
Muirlands: The neighborhood on the western slope of Mt. Soledad.
Muirlands West: A tiny neighborhood situated between the Muirlands and Country Club areas.
Things To Do and Places To Eat
La Jolla has no shortage of great places to hit the beach or grab a bite, so Team Cairncross shares some of our top spots below.
Windansea Beach: Commonly referred to as 'Windan,' this .8 mile stretch of coastline is discretely located between the buzzing neighborhoods of Bird Rock and The Village. Unlike its tourist-heavy counterparts, you won't find large parking lots, waterfront retail, or surfboard rentals at Windansea. Instead, you'll find a quiet enclave of sand and clay rock formations that ease into an eclectic range of swimming, surfing, and play zones where locals of all ages prefer to spend their summer days.
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve: Whether you are a hiking newbie or an avid outdoor enthusiast, the Torrey Pines Reserve offers something for everyone. There are trails with beach access, stunning views and a variety of difficulty levels.
Kayak the Caves One of the most beautiful parts of La Jolla is the Ecological Reserve, which is home to one of the highest concentrations of sea-life in the state. A great way to explore it is via kayak!
El Pescador Fish Market: If you’re looking for very high quality seafood without the white tablecloths, El Pescador is a slam dunk. This awesome restaurant/market offers everything from premium sashimi to classic fish tacos. “Fish is sourced daily from local fisherman and various purveyors, and is guaranteed to be of the highest quality.” There’s usually a small line, but it moves quickly. Sit inside, sit outside, or take amazing ingredients to go.
The Lot: If you’re looking for a terrific movie theater experience, The Lot is an exciting new addition to The Village of La Jolla. Kick off your night with drinks or dinner in their beautiful restaurant and bar, or order gourmet meals and cocktails while enjoying a film.