Nestled between the Village of La Jolla and Windandsea Beach, Beach-Barber Tract is a beautiful coastal neighborhood in La Jolla that offers the best of both worlds: Direct access to Southern California’s most beautiful beaches, and close proximity to the shops and restaurants of the Village.
The cozy coastal community is steeped in history and tradition. The neighborhood was originally known as Neptunia until the early 1920s when a developer named Phillip Barber, heir to the Barber & Company steamship firm in New York, fell in love with the quant but slow-growing seaside community. He immediately bought the land and began development, selling small acreages of land outfitted with European revival style homes. Barber, himself, built a
sprawling and eclectic Spanish Colonial style home on Dunemere Drive that is still there today, and was at one point owned by Academy Award-winning actor Cliff Robertson. The neighborhood is also home to former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
Architecturally, the neighborhood is a diverse array of European revival homes, including Spanish Colonials, English Tudors, and French Normandy style homes. The quiet streets are lined with impeccable landscaping, including large manicured bushes and beautiful, flowery gardens. Many of the homes feature panoramic views of the rugged San Diego coastline.
On the southern tip of the Beach-Barber Tract is the famed Windansea Beach, which serves as a main attraction for local surfers. The beach gained notoriety in the 1960s during the inception of the Windansea Surf Club, which assembled famous San Diego surfers like Chuck Hasely, Mike Hynson, Skip Frye and Billy Caster. Visitors may also recognize the San Diego Windansea Beach Surf Shack – now a historical landmark – that was built by surfers in the 1940s to host beach parties.
La Jolla High School sits on the eastern end of the neighborhood, although there are a number of other notable educational institutions nearby, including The Gillispie School, La Jolla Elementary School, The Evans School, and La Jolla Country Day School. Beach-Barber Tract is also bordered on all sides by several religious institutions of varying denominations. The quant beachside community makes an ideal home for anyone looking to indulge in the finest coastal beauty that La Jolla has to offer.