La Jolla (â€œlah-HOY-yahâ€) is a seaside resort community of 42,808 residents within the city of San Diego, California. The most compelling geographical highlight of La Jolla is its ocean front, where residents and visitors can enjoy the alternating rugged and sandy coast line and view wild seal congregations. Mount Soledad in La Jolla offers views from northern San Diego County to Mexico. La Jolla borders Pacific Beach to the south and extends north to Torrey Pines State Reserve and Del Mar, California. It encompasses the neighborhoods of Bird Rock, Windansea, The Village of La Jolla (including “downtown La Jolla”), La Jolla Shores, La Jolla Farms, Torrey Pines, Mount Soledad and La Jolla Village (including La Jolla Village Square).
The landscape of La Jolla today is shaped by its development. With palm-lined streets, large estate homes in masterplanned and gated developments, La Jolla has become one of the most expensive neighborhoods in the nation, boasting some of the country’s most wealthy people. Interstate 5 forms La Jolla’s man-made border to the east, with the exception of some University of California, San Diego and commercial property east of I-5 and north of La Jolla Village Drive, which is also part of La Jolla.