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Beach Living in La Jolla

For some, the smell and sounds of the ocean are as important as they air they breathe or the house they live in. They like their air with a tang of salty breeze and their homes within hearing or walking distance of waves breaking. Fortunately in La Jolla, ocean lovers can enjoy a variety of beach living lifestyles near the ocean.

For those who love surfing and the laid-back surfing environment, nothing beats WindanSea Beach in the south coastal area of La Jolla. The beach has been a popular surfing spot for decades, even before American journalist Tom Wolfe wrote about The Pump House Gang in the 1960s. Surfers erected the iconic grass shack in the 1940s and have lovingly maintained it ever since. WindanSea attracts experienced surfers because of its shorebreak, a condition on steep beaches that results in hard surf breaking at the shoreline. The beach itself is wildly beautiful, consisting of sloping cliffs covered with vegetation, some sandy areas, and flat sandstone rocks perfect for sunbathing. Dogs are allowed early in the morning. WindanSea Beach is part of La Jolla's Beach-Barber tract, which runs north as far as the Village. The neighborhood is family-friendly and not far from schools, restaurants and motels for your out-of-town visitors. Homes are a varied mix of older beach cottages, remodeled larger houses, condominiums and apartment buildings.

For those who enjoy beach living with an urban flavor, La Jolla Village offers the perfect setting. La Jolla's downtown area has an urban feel, with a lively combination of hotels, businesses, shops, restaurants, museums and art galleries. But it also has a unique, small-town village feel with community spirit and those who live in the neighborhood are just steps from the coastline. Many residents enjoy daily walks, stopping to sit on one of the many benches overlooking the ocean. Ellen Scripps Browning Park is perfect for picnics and popular with locals for concerts, car shows and July 4 fireworks. The Cove is a favorite swimming and diving spot and for those willing to share a beach with harbor seals, the Children's Pool offers swimming at certain times of the year. There are also tide pools and caves to explore. Homes in and around the Village neighborhood are mostly condominiums and apartments, with a few older beach cottages and remodeled homes tucked in.

Just north of La Jolla Village, La Jolla Shores is another coastal neighborhood enjoyed by beach lovers. The mile-long La Jolla Shores beach is one of the best in San Diego, especially for families. There are ample restrooms, lifeguards, gentle surf perfect for beginners and children, a grassy park that parallels the beach, and a boat launch. The quaint main street, Avenida de la Playa, includes several shops and restaurants, as well as schools for surfing and kayaking lessons. Both locals and visitors love this neighborhood, which includes the La Jolla Shores Hotel and the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, right on the sand. La Jolla Shores is a family-friendly neighborhood with a quieter type of beach living. Homes in "The Shores," as residents call their neighborhood, are a diverse mixture of beach cottages, custom-built houses, luxury condominiums, apartment buildings and vacation rentals. Many homes here offer ocean views and 19 are oceanfront estates situated right on the beach.

Interested in additional information about real estate La Jolla? Contact any one of the premier real estate agents in our directory. Familiar with the local area and neighborhoods, they will be able to help you find a place to live that will meet your needs and individual preferences


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