Many of the homes in La Jolla come with a view of the ocean due to the hilly terrain that has been terraced for maximizing the breathtaking Pacific views. La Jolla’s neighborhoods comprise Bird Rock, La Jolla Shores, La Jolla Farms, La Jolla Heights, the Village of La Jolla, Muirlands, Country Club, Windandsea, Hidden Valley, and La Jolla Mesa.

The Village is the downtown district where the streets are lined with upscale shops, art galleries, restaurants and luxury hotels. A former artist’s colony, La Jolla’s roots in the arts are evident with robust opportunities to experience art, theatre and music at the many galleries, esteemed La Jolla Playhouse or the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.

Home to the University of California, San Diego, La Jolla enjoys the many advantages of a large public research university—like the arts, research, and businesses created by it—however La Jolla doesn’t feel like a college town.

This dichotomy exists partly because the geography of La Jolla separates the residential areas and the Village of La Jolla from the campus, and partly because most tend to live and play in the adjacent less-costly neighborhood of University City.