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Lined with upscale, high-end clothing stores, alongside some of the best restaurants, bars, and eateries in San Diego, the Village of La Jolla serves the true epicenter of the coastal community. 

The Village of La Jolla, often affectionately shortened to “The Village,” is a destination point for residents and tourists alike. As one of the larger neighborhoods in La Jolla, The Village is intersected with cross streets lined with upscale name-brand shops, such as Ralph Lauren, Brooks Brothers, Lululemon Athletica, and Tommy Bahama. Dining options are equally plentiful, with highly-rated restaurants like Whisknladle, serving up award-winning Cali-French fare, and Brockton Villa, which features a wrap-around deck that overlooks La Jolla Cove. The Grand Colonial Hotel, which opened in 1913 (and charged just $1 per night), is perched on Prospect Street at the center of The Village.

The Village of La Jolla also features Scripps Park and Coast Boulevard Park, both of which serve as ideal spots to watch the sunset, as well as La Jolla Cove Beach, a famous attraction for seals that sunbath on the shore, and kayakers and divers looking to explore the sea caves along the water’s edge. Meandering walking trails snake along the jagged coastline, offering panoramic views of the Southern California landscape and a perfect serene contrast to the bustling city streets situated just blocks away.
 
The Village of La Jolla was once home to Ellen Browning Scripps, who bought two lots on the ocean side of Prospect Street in 1896. Scripps would later become a notable philanthropist, funding some of the most famous landmarks in La Jolla, including the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego, the La Jolla Women’s Club, Torrey Pines State Reserve, and the Birch Aquarium at Scripps. Scripps died in 1932, but La Jolla soon came into its own after World War II ended, attracting soldiers coming home from the war. La Jolla became a destination for tourists from all over the country, which helped build up the infrastructure of what would become The Village. In 1996, Scripps’s home was updated and now serves as the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.  
 
The Village of La Jolla is home to some of best public and private schools in the country, including The Bishop’s School, The Gillispie School, La Jolla Village Montessori School, and La Jolla Elementary. The Village also features 10 religious institutions of varying denominations within the borders of the neighborhood. The spectacular ocean views coupled with bustling streets overrun with shops and restaurants, truly makes The Village the heart of La Jolla.