La Jolla

The "Jewel City"

Searching for La Jolla Homes for Sale?  You will love this affluent, coastal city located in Southern California.  La Jolla is actually part of the city of San Diego and occupies seven curvy miles of the Pacific Ocean.  La Jolla has the most spectacular landscape and views with its seaside bluffs and beaches.  La Jolla Homes for Sale are some of the most expensive real estate in the country.

La Jolla has a population of over 46,000 people.  Its diverse businesses encompass lodging, dining, software, finance, real estate, bioengineering, medical practice and research.  La Jolla is home to the University of California San Diego as well as the Salk Institute, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Scripps Research Institute and the headquarters of National University.

Ellen Browning Scripps settled in La Jolla in 1896, a journalist and publisher, she spent the last 35 years of her life calling La Jolla home.  Ellen Browning Scripps was a wealthy philanthropist and was responsible for many historical buildings located in La Jolla including: the La Jolla Women’s Club, the La Jolla Recreational Center, The Bishop’s School, the Old Scripps Building at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography as well as her own residence.  Her philanthropic donations were also responsible for launching Scripps Memorial Hospital.

La Jolla is noted for many attractions including Torrey Pines Golf Course which hosts the Farmer’s Insurance PGA Tour event and was host to the 2008 US Open.

Downtown La Jolla is home to many shops, jewelry stores, restaurants and hotels.  The shopping and dining districts in La Jolla are in the area of Prospect Street and Girard Avenue.  These great attractions draw visitors from all over the globe.  La Jolla has several beaches including: Windansea Beach, La Jolla Shores, La Jolla Cove, Children’s Pool Beach and Black’s Beach.

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Things to do and see

La Jolla is such a beautiful community with a lot of history and activities.  There are so many things to do and see.

The Bed & Breakfast Inn at La Jolla located at 7753 Draper Ave, it is one a historical site in San Diego.  It was originally built in 1913 for the George Krautz Family.  This is a boutique Bed & Breakfast with 15 rooms available for your luxurious stay in La Jolla.  It is located just a block from the infamous La Jolla Cove and beaches, stroll the cliffs or just enjoy the warm Southern California sunshine.  Don’t miss the peaceful and tranquil garden designed by famed horticulturist Kate Sessions.

The Grande Colonial is La Jolla’s oldest original hotel.  The hotel first opened on February 1st in 1913, owned by A. B. Harlan and George Bane.  It was originally called the Colonial Apartments and Hotel.  George Bane took over the hotel and had a grander vision of it for tourism.  The original building was moved to the rear of the property and a grander building was built and finished by 1928 to have 28 apartments and 25 single hotel rooms.  During WWII, the hotel housed many of the “top brass” from Camp Callan.  The hotel was also frequented by many Hollywood stars while performing at the La Jolla Playhouse, Charlton Heston, Dorothy McGuire, Groucho Marx, David Niven and many others.  The hotel has been upgraded many times through the years and most recently, in 2007, an $8 million restoration was completed.

The Mount Soledad Cross, formerly known as the Mount Soledad Easter Cross, is a landmark in the La Jolla neighborhood of San Diego.  The current cross was erected in 1954 and is the third one on that location, the first was erected in 1913.  The cross had been involved in many legal battles over the separation of church and state since the property it is on, was government land at one time.  The land was eventually sold to the Mount Soledad Veterans Memorial Association, in 2015, so that the cross would not be considered unconstitutional.

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, is currently closed and undergoing an expansion project to increase the gallery space from 10,000 square feet to 40,000 square feet to be able showcase more artworks from its collection.  The museum, formerly known as La Jolla Art Museum, was originally the home of Ellen Browning Scripps.