Real Estate around Mt. Soledad | La Jolla Blue Book
The highest point in La Jolla, California is Mt. Soledad, rising 822 feet above its surrounding neighborhoods, midway between La Jolla Village and the 5 freeway. Topped with the Mt. Soledad cross, it is visible for miles around and used by commercial aircraft coming from the north to guide them into the final descent into San Diego. It is also home to several radio and television broadcasting towers and the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial honoring those who have fought for our country.
The view from the top of Mt. Soledad is one of the best in San Diego, allowing walkers, cyclists and visitors to enjoy a 360-degree view, including downtown La Jolla and the ocean, Mission Bay Park and San Diego Bay, and east into the mountains. Not surprisingly, the area around Mt. Soledad has also attracted developers and individual buyers and builders who prefer their homes nestled into the hills with a view. These hilly neighborhoods around Mt. Soledad include Hidden Valley, Muirlands, Muirlands West, La Jolla Mesa, La Jolla Alta and Soledad South and house some of the best real estate in La Jolla.
The Hidden Valley neighborhood is located on the northern slopes of Mt. Soledad. Homes here are very private, built into the hillsides and surrounded by lush canyons and wildlife. Most Hidden Valley homes face north and offer spectacular views up the coastline. Home prices here start at $1 for condominiums and $2 million for luxury residences. Traffic in this neighborhood is light and the roads long and winding and so it is popular with cyclists. There are no businesses in Hidden Valley, but residents are just a short drive from downtown La Jolla, La Jolla Shores and major freeways.
The Muirlands, named after naturalist John Muir, is one of La Jolla's oldest, largest, and most popular neighborhoods, with more than 1000 residences. It is located on the western slopes of Mt. Soledad, not far inland from the coastal neighborhoods of Upper and Lower Hermosa and the Beach-Barber tract. The Muirlands is a family-oriented neighborhood, near La Jolla Elementary School, Muirlands Middle School and La Jolla High School. Homes here range from $2 to $20 million and include a wide variety of architectural styles, including classic ranch, English Tudor, Spanish colonial and modern. Many Muirlands homes include swimming pools and guest homes.
Muirlands West is a smaller, more affordable neighborhood nestled in between Muirlands on the south and the Country Club neighborhood on the north. It includes many older homes built on large lots in the 1970s and 1980s, with big back yards and swimming pools. Many of these homes have been remodeled. Prices range from $1.5 million to $2-3 million. Muirlands West enjoys wide, quiet, tree-lined streets and is family oriented, with many local children able to bike or walk to local schools.
On the southern slopes of Mt. Soledad, the La Jolla Mesa neighborhood looks out over Pacific Beach and Mission Bay all the way to downtown San Diego, Coronado and Mexico. Homes here are unique and many date back to the 1940s and 1950s, but have been beautifully maintained. Prices range from $1.2 million to $6 million, depending on the view. There are no condominiums in La Jolla Mesa. Many streets here only allow single-story construction to preserve the view for all residents. La Jolla Mesa is close to shopping and schools in La Jolla and Pacific Beach.
La Jolla Alta includes several planned developments located directly east of La Jolla Mesa, also on the southern slopes of Mt. Soledad. Residents here also enjoy the southern view out over Mission Bay and into downtown San Diego, as well as views east of the sunrise. La Jolla Alta includes many luxury homes, most built in the 1980s, as well as the gated communities of Crystal Bay (large, luxury patio homes) and Ventana and Eldorado (condominiums). Prices start at $1.3 million for most of these homes, which are larger and more affordable than in many other La Jolla neighborhoods. These planned communities also include tennis courts, swimming pools and fitness centers. Residents are close to the shopping areas of La Jolla and Pacific Beach.
Soledad South sits on the southeast side of Mt. Soledad, east of La Jolla Alta. It includes a variety of homes and planned developments, many built in the 1960s. Prices range from $500,000 for condominiums to $3.3 million for larger homes. Many homes here have excellent views south over Mission Bay, the ocean and the San Diego city skyline. The gated communities in Soledad South include Windemere and Ridgegate, with their own swimming pools, clubhouses and tennis courts.