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La Jolla Information

La Jolla is located in Coastal San Diego. It’s reputation is that it’s one of the most prestigious areas of San Diego with some of the most expensive real estate in all of San Diego County. Many of the homes sit high on the hillsides and overlook one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in all of California. The coastline of La Jolla is about 7 miles in length with beautiful sandy beach and rocky outcroppings. With average yearly temperatures at right about 70 degrees with a nice coastal breeze you can see why so many people love to visit, vacation and live in this area. La Jolla ZIP Code is 92037. 

The name that the Kumeyaay Native Americans called the area was the “land of holes” or “mat kulaaxuuy” in their native tongue. So it is theorized that the Spanish settlers translated the “land of holes” to La Jolla. Some think, although not widely agreed upon, that the Spanish Settlers used the Spanish word “Jewel” which is “la joya” and came up with the name La Jolla. I’ve also heard for many years that La Jolla was from the Spanish word for Jewell and was how La Jolla got its name but apparently this is not the widely held belief. I guess land of holes it is, but how La Jolla looked then and how it looks now is very different. I would say that today’s modern day La Jolla is truly a jewel.

When La Jolla was part of Mexico it showed up on the map as pueblo land. The area became part of California in 1850 and became part of San Diego. In the 1890’s the railway came to town and along with it came the tourist industry. Some of the old landmarks are still around to this day. It wasn’t long after that the real estate speculators to divide up the land and build homes. Bishops School was opened in 1909.

Ellen Browning Scripps settled in La Jolla and was a wealthy journalist in her own right and also from inheriting family money. She was instrumental in making La Jolla what it is today. Her time and her money were dedicated to making La Jolla the fabulous community it is. The United State Marines had a base in La Jolla from 1917 to 1964 and it was named Camp Mathews. It’s now the site of UCSD, University of California, San Diego. In 1960 La Jolla had over 17,000 people living there and today, there are over 40,000 people residing in La Jolla.

La Jolla Neighborhoods

  • Beach-Barber Tract – Coastal area from Windansea Beach to the Village.
  • Bird Rock – South La Jolla and just north of Pacific Beach this coastal community runs from the coast to the foothill of Mt. Soledad. It’s the main town area of La Jolla Coastal South and has nice shops, restaurants and a few great places to grab a cup of coffee.
  • Country Club – This is where the La Jolla Country Club golf course is, hence the name Country Club. Northwest side of Mt. Soledad.
  • Hidden Valley – North Mount Soledad – lower slopes.
  • La Jolla Alta – East of La Jolla Mesa this area is the site of a master planned La Jolla Community.
  • La Jolla Farms – Is a neighborhood in the Northern area of La Jolla and west of UCSD.
  • La Jolla Heights – The area of La Jolla overlooking La Jolla Shores. Wonderful ocean views.
  • La Jolla Mesa – Just North of Pacific Beach and on the South side of Mt. Soledad.
  • La Jolla Shores – Location of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography campus from the hillside down to the beach of La Jolla Shores. This area also have many homes in the residential real estate area.
  • La Jolla Village – Location of the La Jolla Village Square mall.
  • Lower Hermosa – Located South of the Beach-Barber Tract on the La Jolla coastline.
  • Muirlands – Mt. Soledad’s Western middle slope.
  • Muirlands West – West of Muirlands and south of Country Club.
  • Soledad South – East of La Jolla Alta and from the top of Mt. Soledad to the Southeastern slopes.
  • Upper Hermosa – This area is located north of Bird Rock and just east of La Jolla Blvd.
  • Village – This is the downtown business district area of La Jolla. The main town of La Jolla, where all the action is. 

Attractions in La Jolla

  • Birch Aquarium at Scripps
  • La Jolla Library Events
  • La Jolla Playhouse
  • La Jolla Recreation Center
  • Museum of Contemporary Art – La Jolla
  • Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial
  • Seals at the Children’s Pool in La Jolla Shores
  • Stuart Collection
  • Tide Pools and Coves along La Jolla Shores
  • Torrey Pines Gliderport
  • Torrey Pines Golf Course
  • Warwick’s La Jolla Events
  • La Jolla Beaches
  • Black’s Beach
  • Boomer Beach
  • La Jolla Children’s Pool
  • La Jolla Cove
  • La Jolla Shores
  • Shell Beach
  • Torrey Pines State Reserve
  • Tourmaline Beach
  • Windansea Beach 
  • La Jolla Parks
  • Allen Field
  • Calumet Park
  • Cliffridge Park
  • Doyle Community Park
  • Kate O. Sessions Memorial Park (Pacific Beach and La Jolla)
  • Kellogg Park
  • La Jolla Community Park
  • La Jolla Hermosa Park
  • La Jolla Natural Park
  • La Jolla Recreation Center
  • La Jolla Shores Park
  • La Jolla Underwater Park
  • Soledad Park
  • Villa La Jolla Park 

La Jolla Public Schools

  • Bird Rock Elementary
  • La Jolla Elementary
  • La Jolla High School
  • Torrey Pines Elementary
  • Preuss School UCSD “charter middle and high school”
  • La Jolla Private Schools
  • All Hallows Academy
  • Integral Elementary School
  • La Jolla Country Day School
  • Montessori Institute of San Diego
  • Stella Maris Academy
  • The Bishop’s School
  • The Children’s School
  • The Gillispie School


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