La Jolla : California


What It Is Like to Retire in La Jolla

Baby boomers will find a retirement lifestyle in La Jolla, California (population about 46,000), that is tops for scenery, climate, and proximity to the rest of the world. La Jolla features magnificent estate homes set atop hills and small mountains, nestled by the ocean in an upscale community.  The Village (of La Jolla) is its charming downtown area. La Jolla, population 42,000, is actually part of the city of San Diego. The journalist and publisher Ellen Browning Scripps devoted herself to philanthropic endeavors benefiting her adopted home of La Jolla. She commissioned many of La Jolla's most notable buildings, including the La Jolla Recreational Center, and many of which are on the National Register of Historic Places. Photo of Scripps Institution of Oceanography pier courtesy of Scrippsnews at English Wikipedia, in the public domain.

La Jolla is located in San Diego County in southern California. The name is pronounced "Lah HOY-Ya." For a list of profiles of over 1200 cities and towns go to retirement community reviews, - and here is more information on taxes and what it is like to retire in California.

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Where to Retire in La Jolla and Home Prices

There are many communities within La Jolla, often with confusing names. For example The Village (of La Jolla) is the downtown, as opposed to the residential neighborhood of La Jolla Village. La Jolla (Farms), (Shores), and (Heights) are similarly named neighborhoods. A great range of active adult and 55+ communities are nearby, if not in La Jolla.
The main drawback to living in La Jolla is the expensive housing. Starter homes tend to be in the $1 million range. Fortunately there are apartments that can be had for less, either as condos or as rentals. Surrounding areas tend to be slightly less expensive, the more so as one goes away from the water.  In early 2022, the median listing price was $2.7 million, according to


What Is Special about La Jolla

• Picture perfect town on the Pacific and adjacent to San Diego • Sunny Climate • Resort atmosphere • Views of the ocean • Beautiful homes and gardens • Proximity to San Diego •  Torrey Pines (Public) Golf Course • UC San Diego •  Scripps Institution of Oceanography,


What Is Not Special about La Jolla

• It is very expensive and exclusive • You have to like living in a popular tourist area.

Who Will Like Retirement in La Jolla

People who live here tend to be wealthy. They enjoy the fine life style, the superb restaurants and shopping.

Local Economy Is Driven by

Tourism, real estate, retail, software, high tech

Climate and Physical Environment

La Jolla has Mediterranean climate and atmosphere. The town is reminiscent of a southern european village with touches of Beverly Hills along the upscale retail shops on Prospect Street. Much of La Jolla's natural charm stems from the presence of the ocean and Mount Soledad. The average August high is 78 degrees and the January average low is 50.  The most rain comes in January (just over 2").

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

La Jolla culture centers on outdoor activities and shopping. UC San Diego is located in La Jolla and features many cultural events. Nearby San Diego has much to offer for those looking for serious cultural opportunities. There are many galleries and upscale restaurants. The world renowned Museum of Contemporary Art  San Diego has a branch in La Jolla.  The La Jolla Playhouse was founded in 1947 by Gregory Peck, Dorothy McGuire, and Mel Ferrer.It now incorporates three theaters: the Mandell Weiss Theatre (1983), the Mandell Weiss Forum (1991) and the Potiker Theater (2005).



Crime in La Jolla is under the national average.


Medical Facilities

San Diego has many hospitals.


San Diego International Airport is about 5 miles; Rapid Transit has stations in La Jolla connecting to Los Angeles Amtrak; La Jolla is average in walkability when compared to other towns.


Valuable Links

La Jolla by the Sea

La Jolla on Wikipedia


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