What La Jolla Farms lacks in bustling city streets, it more than makes up for in acreage and privacy. With roughly 100 homes, some boasting as many as seven acres of land, the neighborhood has a distinct private, residential feel. Many of the eight-figure homes have been built on the bluffs overlooking Black’s Beach (most famous for its “clothing optional” policy) with expansive outlooks of the Pacific Ocean and the California coastline. Perched high above the shoreline, La Jolla Farms offers some of the best sunset views and whale watching opportunities in all of San Diego.
Although the city of La Jolla is fueled by tourism, La Jolla Farms has remained largely isolated from the bustle of the city, save for the occasional throng of local surfers, or students from the neighboring UCSD campus. La Jolla started out as a relatively unpopulated artist colony in the late 1800s, but it grew significantly once real estate developers saw the beauty and value of its coastline. Although the stock market crash in 1929 halted development, by the end of World War II the population surged as many servicemen returned from the war and settled in the area. During the 1940s and 1950s, La Jolla Farms was in the midst of its primary development with a range of architectural designs. The exclusive neighborhood now features Spanish-style colonials as well as more contemporary-style architecture. Today, La Jolla Farms is home to some of the wealthiest people in the country, including businessman Ron Burkle, Gateway Inc. co-founder and philanthropist Ted Waitt, and Nobel laureate and UCSD professor Roger Tsien.
La Jolla is also home to some of the best public and private schools in the country, including La Jolla High School, Bishop’s School, La Jolla Country Day School, Bird Rock Elementary School, Torrey Pines Elementary School, and the Preuss School. Residents can also choose from 20 religious institutions within La Jolla, covering a wide range of denominations.
In addition to Torrey Pines Golf Course, La Jolla Farms is located just south of the Torrey Pines State Park and the Torrey Pines Gliderport, the number-one ranked paragliding school in North America since 2000. It’s not uncommon to see the skyline dotted with paragliders floating alongside the steep, craggy shoreline on their way to and from the Gliderport, while admiring some of the breathtaking panoramic views the residents of La Jolla Farms experience every day.