Cliff dwellers, art lovers, and aficionados interested in the finer things of life are drawn to the idyllic neighborhoods of La Jolla, known as the region’s crown “jewel” (meaning of La Jolla). This beloved gem is the home to many San Diego natives who live near the posh shops of Prospect Avenue, as well as recent UCSD graduates and young professionals who make up the thriving UTC area. It’s where the city meets the sea, with more than a bit of luxury thrown in the mix.
In downtown La Jolla, close to the cove, take in the sweeping ocean views and listen for the seals calling to each other among the cliffs. Inching closer to UTC, near the 805, is where you’ll experience the city complement to the seaside view. The newly renovated UTC mall isn’t your average shopping center. With upscale restaurants, high-end boutiques, and a speakeasy right inside, it’s considered a main attraction all on its own and a soon-to-be central hub for San Diego’s trolley system.
Near Prospect Avenue, you can’t pass up a chance to eat at a few of the neighborhood favorites like The Cottage, located inside a repurposed vintage home, for breakfast, Prep Kitchen for a patio lunch, or Catania for handcrafted Italian cuisine and outdoor seating overlooking the ocean. George’s at the Cove and Duke’s La Jolla are also must-visit places when you want to cheers to America’s Finest City with front row seats to watch the sun go down. On the other hand, UTC isn’t to be outdone. It has recently added world-renowned dim sum spot, Din Tai Fung, and chic Mexican hotspot Javier’s to its lineup of restaurants; both with vibrant atmospheres (and waiting lines!) to boot.
Break out the surfboard, kayak, or snorkel gear because La Jolla is all about the aquatic life. There’s nothing like breathing in the sea breeze and spending time along the shoreline. Head out to handle the waves on your own, sign up to snorkel with leopard sharks, or take surf lessons in a group. Torrey Pines is also nearby, which is one of the top hiking spots in all of San Diego County. Even if you don’t consider yourself the outdoorsy type, you’ll soon fall in love with the La Jolla way of life.
Whether you heed the call of the Pacific or prefer more urban dwelling, La Jolla has both to offer well within reach of each other. Epic coastline views, in-the-sea adventures, art, culture, food, and street festivals, it all can be found in abundance. You’ll soon understand just how much “the jewel” lives up to its name.
Walk Score 50
Median Home Price $1,611,200
Median Rental Price $7,025