San Diego always ranks highly whenever discussion turns to the top cities in which to live, work, and play. As we enter the last quarter of 2014, there’s one thing many folks agree about San Diego: the La Jolla community is the place to be.
Regardless of age, race, or career pursuits, this seaside town offers a little bit of everything for everyone.
The La Jolla community
Often referred to as the “jewel of the city of San Diego,” La Jolla is a thriving community of 42,808 residents residing within city limits. While the name is often said to mean “the jewel,” it actually comes from the name of the Native American tribe that inhabited the area before the Spanish arrived many centuries later.
Be that as it may, many of the community’s residents call it “the jewel.” Though it’s technically part of San Diego, it’s frequently referred to as its own village, town, or city.
7 reasons to call La Jolla home
Are you looking to make a move before the end of the year? You’d better put La Jolla at the top of your list. Here are a few of the great reasons you should:
- Natural beauty. You’ll be amazed by the natural beauty of the coast at La Jolla. There are hundreds of ocean caves, secluded coves, and beachfront parks to keep your family occupied … not to mention the famous clifftop promenade that overlooks the Pacific. If you enjoy outdoor activities, the Torrey Pines State Reserve is next door. It’s one of the largest oceanside reserves in the state and offers incredible takeoff sites for hang gliders and adventurists.
- Water activities. As a byproduct of being on the coast, La Jolla affords residents a variety of water activities. Whether you enjoy fishing, swimming, surfing, cave exploring, or even whale watching, you can find it here. With all these opportunities, La Jolla residents often spend summer vacation in their own backyard.
- Fantastic weather. Not a fan of extreme seasons? La Jolla is the place for you. Even as 2014 comes to an end, you can enjoy the natural beauty and water activities. The average high during the summer months is anywhere from 75 to 77 degrees, while the winters range between 50 and 65 degrees.
- School system. Moving to La Jolla is a smart choice for families with children. While the school system as a whole performs well, the UCSD Charter Preuss School leads the way. It ranks 4th in the state of California and 40th in the entire nation among the Washington Post‘s list of most challenging schools in America. U.S. News & World Report listed it as the 5th best school in the state and 42nd in the nation.
- Excellent medical facilities. When you live in La Jolla, you can count on UCSD Medical Center and Memorial Hospital La Jolla. Both were named in Becker’s Hospital Review’s top 100 list this year. They offer specialties in cardiology, gastroenterology, and orthopedics.
- Famous circles. Interested in brushing shoulders with famous politicians, athletes, and entertainers? There’s no need to travel to Los Angeles. In just the past few years, such people as Mitt Romney, John McCain, Cliff Robertson, Gregory Peck, Francis Crick, John Michels, and Bruce Robinson have owned homes in La Jolla.
- Easy access. With one of the state’s best airports located just a few miles away, La Jolla allows you to enjoy coastal beauty while retaining access to the rest of the world. Business professionals especially enjoy soaking in the seaside ambiance while still being able to slip away when work calls.
As 2014 comes to a close and families think about the possibility of relocating, La Jolla is waiting with beautiful scenery, first-class amenities, and open arms.