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Mission Hills

Mission Hills can be said to be the heart of San Diego—both geographically and historically. Founded in the late 1800s, Mission Hills over looks Old Town and San Diego Harbor and is just north of bustling downtown San Diego. With a population of approximately 30,000 people, Mission Hills boasts an array of bungalow, arts and crafts, Spanish Revival , Victorian and Spanish Revival homes . More recently, contemporary homes have become part of the fabric of the community. Some of San Diego’s premier architects such as William Hebbard, Richard Requa, Sim Bruce Richards, Home Delawie, and John Lloyd Wright have their names attached to homes in the neighborhood.

Kate Sessions left her stamp on Mission Hills as well and the stately trees and lush landscaping make the area truly desirable. Residents appreciate the fact that they can walk to the commercial centers around University Avenue and Washington Street where there are excellent restaurants, book stores and antique shops. They also treasure their ability to quickly access all parts of the city. Homes typically sell for between $500,000 and $5,000,000 while condos sell for between $300,000 and $1,500,000. There are several ultra luxury condos selling for more than $2,000,000.

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Point Loma

Point Loma is an amalgamen of many different communities happily coexisting on a beautiful seven mile peninsula jutting into San Diego Bay. Close to downtown San Diego, Point Loma nonetheless has the feel of a seaside village with deep recognition of its roots. Portuguese explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo first set sight on the area in 1542 . Settlers followed in the La Playa area 1700s. Portuguese fishing fleets trolled the waters for tuna in the 1900s. Today Point Loma is home to Rosecrans National Cemetery, the Naval Base-Point Loma, Cabrillo National Monument, and diverse communities such as Ocean Beach, Shelter Island, Sunset Cliffs and La Playa.

Internationally known for its sailing, sport fishing and marinas, Point Loma is the perfect marriage of sun and sea as the roughly 40,000 residents can attest. The housing stock runs the gamut from modest bungalows to multi million dollar mansions directly on the Bay with some of the most architecturally interesting properties in all of San Diego. Homes in the 92106 zip code range from $500,000 to $10,000,000 while condos range from $400,000 to $1,000,000. Homes in the 92107 zip code range from $500,000 to $4,000,000 while condos range from $200,000 to $700,000. When people imagine the Southern California lifestyle, they are imagining Point Loma.

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Bird Rock

Bird Rock actually divides into two areas – one to the east and the other to the west of La Jolla Boulevard. East of the boulevard you will find many young families, first-time homeowners, as well as those who have lived in the area for decades. Originally developed in the 1940’s, many of these single-story beach bungalows remain in their original condition while others have been substantially expanded and turned into two story homes. The annual July 4th parade that winds through Bird Rock and Upper Hermosa is a much anticipated event; children in costume ride home-made floats, skateboards, and bikes down the tree-lined streets. On the west side of the Boulevard, also on small lots, are contemporary oceanfront homes, older homes that have been modernized, and new two-story homes. Lookout points at the ocean’s edge abound in this area. Along La Jolla Boulevard itself, you will find the condominium development known as Seahaus, which is home to many second-home owners.

Lower Hermosa

Lower Hermosa has some of the most prized waterfront estates in La Jolla, with mature landscaping and architecturally striking homes, both new and vintage. The neighborhood is located on the west side of La Jolla Boulevard and while the streets are relatively level many of the homes have beautiful ocean and sunset views. Most of the residents live here full-time, but there are also many homeowners who spend part of the year in La Jolla.

Upper Hermosa

Upper Hermosa is an area with quiet streets and well-maintained family homes. Traffic is light, and on any day you can see people walking and biking. Those who live in Upper Hermosa prize the strong sense of community and enjoy walking to the ocean and to the Bird Rock commercial district along La Jolla Boulevard. Homes tend to be traditional in design and landscaping is mature. A biking/walking path leads from the Upper Hermosa to middle school and high school.

Beach Barber Tract

Straddling La Jolla Boulevard and bisected by Nautilus Street, two of La Jolla’s main arteries, is one of La Jolla’s most colorful and varied neighborhoods. The famed surfing beach, Windansea Beach, immortalized in Tom Wolfe’s The Pump House Gang, is frequented by natives and visitors alike. Much of the Beach-Barber Tract is within easy walking distance of The Village, and there is good public transportation available to all residents. There are condominiums, duplexes, apartments, and stylish single-family homes – not to mention some luxurious oceanfront homes. You’ll also find a handful of post World War II cottages with what appear to be thatched roofs. Home to many of La Jolla’s historic homes and carefully tended gardens, the Beach-Barber Tract is special.

Village

Who doesn’t want to live in The Village? When you live in the residential areas of The Village, you can walk to absolutely everything in the commercial districts, which border the Pacific. Housing ranges from affordable condominiums in small complexes to luxurious high rises with full concierge services. There are ocean-front homes, traditional beach cottages, and sophisticated townhouses – all within walking distance of shops, fine dining, La Jolla Cove, and the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art. Small lots and low maintenance landscaping are the norm for the homes in The Village, and condominium living is ideal for many who live in La Jolla as part-time residents.

Soledad South

Windemere and Ridgegate are two guard-monitored, gated communities with full amenities on the south slope of Mount Soledad. From two-bedroom condos to 4000+ square foot homes, homeowners like these communities and their style of living. Mount La Jolla is another planned community further down the mountain. It has attached and detached homes on acres and acres of lushly landscaped property. Many homeowners in Soledad South like the proximity to Interstate 5, to Pacific Beach shopping and beaches, and to the activities offered at Mission Bay Park. Views to the east of the city, the mountains and the twinkling night lights, make these homes special and sought after.

La Jolla Alta

Residents of this area applaud their views of Mission Bay, downtown San Diego, the Colorado Bay Bridge, and the jeweled neckline of the coast at night. The night lights of the City and the fireworks of Sea World are wows. Two types of properties grace this area-single family homes (many built by Techbuilt Companies) on quarter acre and half acre lots and homes in planned communities like Crystal Bay (guard), Ventana (gated), and El Dorado. These three planned communities share a wonderful common facility known as Alta La Jolla with a club house, lighted tennis courts, two pools, and a fitness center.

La Jolla Mesa

Bordering Pacific Beach on the southwest side of Mount Soledad, most of the homes in the La Jolla Mesa neighborhood are custom built. In style, they run the gamut from gorgeous contemporary view homes to Tuscan style homes on large level lots. They also range from some of La Jolla’s most affordable homes to some of its most expensive and distinctive properties. Almost without exception the homes are well maintained and the gardens manicured. Parents in this area are delighted to send their children to Bird Rock Elementary School, a small and highly rated school. It would be hard to find a school with a set of parents more dedicated to supporting and enhancing the school’s programs and environment.

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