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La Jolla was reportedly named after the Spanish word meaning “the Jewel”. This small beach community certainly is a jewel, boasting 7 miles of coastline laden with some of the world’s best-known beaches.

Located a short 12 miles north of Downtown San Diego, this ocean-side haven has the art, culture, and educational institution access only found in major metropolitan areas. In addition to fine dining from worldwide ethnicities, the village offers a small town environment with many activities like surfing, running, swimming, golf, cycling, pilates, and yoga. Plus, the shopping is extraordinary. There are museums with world class art and homes which have achieved world recognition as the most expensive in the US in 2008 and 2009.

The weather has the least variation between winter lows and summer highs of anywhere in the US, with very little precipitation. Add in that California sunshine and it’s a combination that’s unbeatable, making La Jolla one of the most desirable places to live in the US, if not the world.

The natural beauty of rising cliffs at the cove and Black’s beach with the magnificent beach below make even a morning walk or afternoon stroll through La Jolla unusually beautiful. Mt. Soledad rises 800 feet above sea level, and a special underwater canyon near the cove is protected as a special Coastal Environmental Habitat making this area great for kayaking, scuba diving and exploring tide pools.

Thanks to the help of many artists, the culture and history live on. From the Atheneum’s art history and education, The Museum of Contemporary Art, The La Jolla Music Society, The Women’s Club, and The Garden Club, to The La Jolla Historical Society, patrons of the arts carry on the original purpose for “The Jewel”—it was originally founded as an artist’s colony.

Today artists continue the path to beautification with recent oversized murals decorating in-village buildings as well as free gallery openings, fine dining creations, and book signings from renowned authors. There are annual art and wine festivals as well as a weekly Farmer’s Market that displays the work of local artisans and offers food from local growers and chefs.

La Jolla is a very special community of residents from around the world. The magnificence of the area is unique and the people that live here appreciate this land of artistic beauty. Contact us today to learn more about finding your next home in La Jolla.

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