If you want a home on a half acre site, walking distance to Muirlands Junior High School and La Jolla High School, Muirlands West might be the area for you. This area borders the tranquil La Jolla Country Club, and the homeowners have easy access to The Village and the Pacific. Many of the homes were built in the 70’s and 80’s, and today’s owners are doing a bang up job remodeling kitchens and bathrooms. Residents love these excellent homes and prize the mostly level lots and profusion of cul-de-sacs. Some homes in the area have beautiful sunset and ocean views.
The Muirlands, one of our largest neighborhoods, is composed of distinctive areas such as Muirlands Village and the Old Muirlands. Muirlands Village has mainly single-story, ranch-style homes built in the 70’s, some with ocean views. Owners’ children have easy access to Muirlands Junior High and La Jolla High, and residents stroll the sidewalks and walk to the Village, especially on Sundays when they visit the local Farmers Market at La Jolla Elementary School. The Muirlands is named not after John Muir, the naturalist, but after Harold Muir, who bought 257 acres on Mount Soledad in 1926 and built the first grand estate on Muirlands Drive. Old Muirlands boasts handsome, gated estates on exceptionally large parcels and some of the most attractive, mature landscaping in southern California. The meandering streets are lined with eucalyptus trees and have a real country feel. Walkers and cyclists are found daily is this mostly level area. Many of the homes in other areas of the Muirlands are on steeper, quite streets and have northern and southern views of the ocean.
Some of the most interesting, cutting-edge architecture in town can be found in the County Club area. The topography ranges from gentle slopes to steep hillside settings. The area boasts some of the oldest and some of the newest homes in La Jolla. Many of the homes overlook the famed La Jolla County Club or the expanse of reserved open spaces on Mount Soledad. On the northern slope, there are gated estates with postcard views of the north shore. At the top, in La Jolla Summit, there are wonderful family homes built on theater lots with south-facing views of the ocean and city. Homeowners in The Summit make good use of the community amenities such as two pools, lighted tennis courts, and work-out facilities.
Winding up the hill toward the top of Mount Soledad, you’ll find amazing sweeping panoramic views from homes on hillside lots. These homes usually face the north shore, one of the best views on the entire coast of California. From here, you see the waves crashing on the beach, the coastline running miles north, the night lights on the surrounding hills and the communities along the coast to the north. Hidden Valley residents prize their privacy and the lush, natural landscape abutting their homes. The hills and canyons surrounding the homes in Hidden Valley are full of wild life and birds. Access to Highway 5 is easy, and one just rolls down the hill to La Jolla Shores Beach.
Bordered on the north by UCSD and the east by Highway 5, La Jolla Village is home to young professionals, students, and second-home owners. Composed entirely of condominiums and apartments in a variety of complexes, some with tennis courts and most with pools and spas, area residents have the best freeway access in town and fan out in every direction for work and play. La Jolla Village is also home to a terrific shopping center, known as La Jolla Village Square with a Whole Foods, Ralph’s, Trader Joe’s, Peets coffee and many other shops. The Square also has an AMC theater with 12 screens and a multiplex art movie house. Condos range from one to three bedrooms in low rise buildings or in side by side single and two story townhouse style condominiums. The size of units ranges from roughly 1100 to 2000 square feet.
Memories are made at The Shores, as the natives call this stretch of La Jolla on the ocean. Children and adults share the pleasures of swimming, kayaking and surfing in the water, while families picnic on La Jolla’s most expansive stretch of beach. In the summer, there is an infusion of part-time residents and tourists, many from Arizona and Texas. Of note in the area are the Scripps Institution of Oceanography with its graceful pier and the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club with its par three pitch and putt golf course and many tennis courts. The housing in this neighborhood includes apartments, condominiums, beach cottages, oceanfront homes, and sprawling homes on half acre sites in the Upper Shores just across La Jolla Shores Drive. The Upper Shores has some breathtaking homes with even more breathtaking north shore views. As La Jolla Shores Drive rises to the north, towards UCSD, it passes the beautiful, gated community of Montoro.
If easy access to Highway 5 and points north and south is of paramount importance to you, this area may be your neighborhood. The age and style of the homes are eclectic, and the prices varied. There are condominiums in a gated development called La Jolla Shores Heights and estates on half acres and more along LA Jolla Scenic North. And, the neighborhood has every type of house in between. An area known as the Cliffridge area has many two-story family homes. Cliffridge is full of children. If you live in La Jolla Heights, you are just minutes to USCD, the La Jolla YMCA, the Mary Birch Aquarium, and several churches and synagogues. You’re also close to shopping at La Jolla Village Square and University City’s Westfield Shopping Center.
The area referred to as La Jolla North includes the University of California at San Diego and the Veteran’s Administration Hospital. It’s bordered by Highway 5, La Jolla Village Drive, and North Torrey Pines Road. Many students and faculty live in the adjoining La Jolla Village area, La Jolla Heights, or La Jolla Shores. UCSD is a precious educational and cultural resource to the community, drawing from La Jolla and surrounding areas such as Del Mar, University City, and points north, east and south. On the cliffs overlooking the ocean, Salk Institute occupies a complex of buildings designed by Irving Kahn regarded as one of the country’s most distinguished pieces of architecture. On the mesa north of Salk and UCSD is the Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation and the facilities of many biotech firms. The Birch Aquarium, open to the public, is on the UCSD campus above the pier of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Information about the University may be found at www.ucsd.edu.
Bounded on the north by Torrey Pines Golf Course and on the east by UCSD, the Farms is most similar in feel to areas of Rancho Santa Fe. The homes are large, gated estates, many of them with pools and tennis courts, and almost all the homes are 6000 square feet or more. Lot sizes range from half acres to about five acres, and some homes have dazzling views of the stark and rugged terrain overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the famed Black’s Beach. At low tide, you can walk along the ocean from Black’s Beach north to Del Mar and south to La Jolla Shores beach. Enjoy the sight of hang gliders from the nearby Glideport. The Salk Institute, designed by Louis Kahn, is a next door neighbor. Combining architectural styling, privacy, and exclusivity, La Jolla Farms is one La Jolla’s premier neighborhoods.
The City of San Diego is an amazing collection of more than 100 different neighborhoods, each with its own distinctive flavor and style. Whether you’re attracted to the Victorian and craftsman styles of Mission Hills and Golden Hills, the Spanish style of Pt. Loma or Talmadge, the convenience of docking your boat at your home in the Coronado Cays, or stabling your polo pony in Rancho Santa Fe or Olivenhain, San Diego has something for everyone.
San Diego real estate values tend to increase annually, well exceeding the national averages. From coastline to inland valleys, our unique geography provides a landscape that people from across the country find attractive and valuable. If you’re a first time home buyer looking to purchase a condominium or single family home, a growing family looking for the perfect area to raise your children, or a successful person considering an estate as your second home, your options are endless in San Diego.
The city proper encompasses more than 300 square miles, and the county borders on over 70 miles of sunny California coastline. San Diego is a sportsman’s paradise whether you yearn to do ocean fishing, rock climb, hang glide, bicycle, run, play tennis, or play golf on one of the 80 golf courses in the County. Offering the only Mediterranean climate in the nation and unparalleled scenic beauty, it’s no wonder everyone who visits wants to stay here or find a way to come back.
In addition to climate and beauty, San Diego offers a cosmopolitan downtown area vibrant with fine dining, entertainment, and stunning architecture. Options for nighttime entertainment are endless, including performances at the Civic Center, the Old Globe Theater, the La Jolla Playhouse, and Copley Symphony Hall. The world renowned San Diego Zoo beckons you to historic Balboa Park with its many museums and acres of open space. Café dining and coffee houses can be found everywhere downtown. The Gas Lamp District is a go-to spot for live entertainment and after hours socializing. And, let’s not forget Petco Park, home to the San Diego Padres, and Qualcomm Stadium, where the San Diego Chargers do our city proud.
Peggy and Eric Chodorow know San Diego and have sold homes in its various neighborhoods for decades. Whether you are looking for a home in Downtown San Diego, Hillcrest, Del Cerro, Bonita, or Bonsall, let us find you the perfect home or represent you in the sale of your home. Call us for an appointment at 858-456-6850.
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