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La Jolla Schools
La Jolla is served by the San Diego City Unified School District. Public schools include La Jolla High School, one of the highest ranked high schools in San Diego County, La Jolla Elementary located on Girard Avenue, Torrey Pines Elementary, and Bird Rock Elementary, as well as The Preuss School UCSD, a public charter school.

The community's prep schools are The Bishop's School, which was the first private school opened in 1909 and admission is ultra-competitive, The Children's School, Integral Elementary School of La Jolla, Delphi Academy, Stella Maris Academy, All Hallows Academy, The Gillispie School, and the Evans School. La Jolla Country Day School, a highly regarded K-12 high school is located in the nearby community of University City, just on the border of the La Jolla / UTC area.

La Jolla is also home of one of the top universities in the US, University of California, San Diego.
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La Jolla History
Local Native Americans, the Kumeyaay, called this location mat kulaaxuuy 'land of holes'..What sort of topographic feature the description "holes" refers to is uncertain (.little did they know what lay ahean on Mt. Soledad), but it may be the sea-level caves on the north facing bluffs which are visible from La Jolla Shores. This was apparently corrupted by the Spanish occupiers to "La Jolla". An alternate suggested origin is that the name is a corruption of the Spanish La Joya, meaning "the jewel". Although disputed by scholars, this origin of the name is widely cited in popular culture, and has given rise to the nickname "Jewel City.

Historical Timelines of La Jolla

1850 - the area of La Jolla was incorporated into the City of San Diego
1880s - the area was surveyed and subdivided by Frank Botsford, "the father of La Jolla"
1890s - railroad arrives in La Jolla
1893 - the La Jolla Park Hotel opened
1909 - The Bishop's School was founded
1911 - electricity came to La Jolla with 4 customers
1912 - the first motion picture in town was shown
1913 - the first La Jolla Light newspaper was printed and the Orient Theater opened on Girard and Wall
1922 - La Jolla High School was founded
1926 - La Valencia Hotel opened
1926 - La Jolla Country Day School started
1944 - the first stop sign was installed at Girard Avenue and Torrey Pines Road
2007 - SURE Real Estate set the record for the highest priced property sold via auction in La Jolla history
La Jolla Real Estate Overview
La Jolla is a highly affluent, seaside resort community.  It occupies seven miles of curving coastline along the Pacific Ocean in the Central Coastal region of San Diego County. La Jolla real estate has many options depending on the specific area within the city limits. Less expensive homes and condos can be found nearer the UTC area, just west of Interstate 5 with prices starting at $350K for condominiums and about $700K for detached homes.  In other parts of La Jolla homes condominiums commonly sell for $800K to $2M+, and homes range from approximately $1.5M - $6M.  Many of the finest ocean view homes in Jolla sell for $6M - $20M+.  La Jolla is surrounded on three sides by ocean bluffs and beaches and is located 12 miles north of Downtown San Diego.  La Jolla is bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west, Torrey Pines State Reserve and Del Mar to the north, Pacific Beach to the south and University City to the east.  It has a very convenient proximity to Interstate 5 and the east-west California Highway 52.  La Jolla is considered one of the most desirable communities in the United States.
La Jolla Neighborhoods

  • La Jolla Farms - the homes on top of the cliffs above Black's Beach and adjacent to the western boundary of the UCSD campus.
  • La Jolla Shores - the residential area and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography campus along La Jolla Shores beach and east up the hillside. Also includes a small business district of shops and restaurants along Avenida de la Playa.
  • La Jolla Heights - the homes on the hills overlooking La Jolla Shores.
  • Hidden Valley - lower portion of Mount Soledad on the northern slopes.
  • Country Club - lower Mount Soledad on the north-west side, including the La Jolla Country Club golf course.
  • Village - a.k.a. Village of La Jolla (not to be confused with the UTC area or La Jolla Village) the "downtown" business district area, including most of La Jolla's shops and restaurants, and the immediately surrounding higher density and single family residential areas.
  • Beach-Barber Tract - the coastal section from Windansea Beach to the Village. A few shops and restaurants along La Jolla Boulevard.
  • Lower Hermosa - coastal strip south of Beach-Barber Tract.
  • Bird Rock - southern/coastal La Jolla, and the very lowest slopes of Mt Soledad in the area. Notable for shops and restaurants along La Jolla Boulevard, five traffic roundabouts on La Jolla Boulevard, coastal bluffs, and surfing areas just two blocks off the main drag.
  • Muirlands - relatively large area on western middle slope of Mt. Soledad.
  • La Jolla Mesa - A strip on the lower southern side of Mt. Soledad, bordering Pacific Beach.
  • La Jolla Alta - A master planned development east of La Jolla Mesa.
  • Soledad South - Southeastern slopes of Mount Soledad, all the way up to the top, east of La Jolla Alta.
  • Muirlands West - The neighborhood between Muirlands to the south, and Country Club - to the north.
  • Upper Hermosa - North of Bird Rock, east of La Jolla Blvd.
  • La Jolla Village - (not to be confused with the Village of La Jolla) - north-east of La Jolla, east of La Jolla Heights, west of I-5, and south of UCSD. This neighborhood's namesake, The La Jolla Village Square shopping and residential mall,  is located here. It should be noted that The Village (of La Jolla) and La Jolla Village are not at all the same; The Village is the heart of La Jolla proper; La Jolla Village has taken the name but is in the neighboring community of University City. Most of this region was developed in the early 1980s, primarily consisting of condominiums with some detached homes.  Parts of this area are referred to a the "Golden Triangle" as Interstate 5, Interstate 805 and Highway 52 form a triangular boundary of this area.La Jolla is served by the San Diego City Schools. Public schools include La Jolla High School, La Jolla Elementary, which was the first public school, built in 1896 with the first classes in the Heald Store at the corner of Herschel Avenue and Wall Street but then moved to its present location on Girard Avenue, Torrey Pines Elementary, and Bird Rock Elementary, as well as The Preuss School UCSD, a public charter school. The community's prep schools are The Bishop's School, which was the first private school opened in 1909, The Children's School, Integral Elementary School of La Jolla, Delphi Academy, Stella Maris Academy, All Hallows Academy, The Gillispie School, and the Evans School. La Jolla Country Day School is located in the nearby community of University City.