North Coastal Neighborhoods in La Jolla
For those who enjoy a family-friendly, quieter beach scene, La Jolla offers three coastal neighborhoods north of the Village. These include La Jolla Shores, La Jolla Farms and La Jolla Heights.
La Jolla Shores is located just a five-minute drive north from downtown La Jolla. From the Village, head up on Torrey Pines Road, make a left on La Jolla Shores Drive and another left on Avenida de la Playa. Here you'll find a small, quaint business district of shops, restaurants and places to rent surfboards, kayaks and bicycles. The mile-long La Jolla Shores beach is one of the best in San Diego County, with gentle waves suitable for beginning swimmers and surfers, a boat launch (the only beach launch in San Diego), grassy Kellogg Park that parallels the beach, and plenty of parking. La Jolla Shores includes the La Jolla Shores Hotel, Hotel La Jolla, the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club (with a private beach) as well as the Scripps Institute of Oceanography and Scripps Pier. 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 in The Shores offer ocean views and 19 are oceanfront estates situated right on the beach with values up to $20 million.
Directly north of The Shores is the La Jolla Farms neighborhood. La Jolla Farms parallels the coast west of the UCSD campus and includes the Torrey Pines Gliderport, the Salk Institute, Black's Beach (a popular surfing and clothing-optional beach) and the Torrey Pines Golf Course. Originally an area for horse lovers and riding, La Jolla Farms remains a quiet and secluded neighborhood. The area's northern border is the Torrey Pines State Reserve where many residents enjoy hiking. La Jolla Farms residents can also use the private gated road that leads directly to Black's Beach. Most of the La Jolla real estate in this area are newer and custom-built, in a variety of architectural styles, many with stunning views from above the cliffs. Prices are in the multi-million dollar range.
La Jolla Heights lies directly east of La Jolla Shores, just south of UCSD and west of the 5 freeway. The area was first developed to accommodate UCSD professors and staff in the 1960s. It now includes Torrey Pines Elementary school, Allen Field and La Jolla's YMCA. Homes here are built into the hills overlooking La Jolla Shores and many offer stunning views. They include a variety of styles and prices, from some of the more affordable in La Jolla to some of the most expensive, especially those that have been custom-designed or remodeled. La Jolla Heights also includes reasonably-priced condominiums. There are no businesses in La Jolla Heights. It is a quiet, family neighborhood, with tree-lined streets and rolling hills. But residents are just a few minutes from the La Jolla Playhouse on the UCSD campus and from major freeways, shopping centers and shopping and dining in downtown La Jolla.