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The affluent neighborhoods of La Jolla, California cover seven miles of hilly terrain and curving coastlines. The prosperous community has many hillside residences positioned to take advantage of the magnificent sunsets on the Pacific Ocean. Although there are quite a few great reasons to make this area your home, here are five reasons to consider living in La Jolla.
The sunshine and sea breeze combined with the year-round Mediterranean-like temperatures make this location ideal for vacationers, retirees and lovers of the great outdoors. The local temperature seems to be a consistent 71°F for most of the year. The Jewel City (its nickname) is surrounded on three sides by picturesque beaches and rocky cliffs. Easy access to beaches and amazing vistas, make this a great spot for year-round living.
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La Jolla’s boundaries include Interstate 5 and Gilman Drive to the east and has the University of San Diego as its northern boundary. The community stretches along the Pacific Ocean shoreline to the north, including Torrey Pines State Reserve and down to Pacific Beach to the south. Every year wild seals can be seen frolicking in the water.
Of course, there’s a whole lot more to the area than just beaches. La Jolla is known for its institutions as well. The Scripps Institute of Oceanography is located here along with UCSD, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the La Jolla Playhouse as well as the La Jolla Beach and Yacht club.
Homes in the area have a median value of $1,355,700. Although the market has shown a slow decline over the last year (-4.2%) analysts are predicting a 1.1% rise in home values over the next 12 months. There seems to be plenty of room for dealing when it comes to the purchase price at the moment. The median list price for homes is currently $1,550,000 but the median final sale price is $1,170,175. There are a variety of housing options available with varying price structures. Condominiums, apartments and single family homes are available along with luxury estates and beach bungalows.
One of the most amazing things about living in La Jolla is the ability to travel to the mountains, the desert and sink your toes in the ocean all on the same day. The community is popular among retirees, singles, students and families. There are a variety of home styles to choose from; the community is divided between University Town Center (UTC), La Jolla Cove, and Bird Rock.
Living in a community like La Jolla may not necessarily be the ideal for everyone. The lifestyle and the income level are definitely high end. The communities are some of the richest in the country, but La Jolla is more than that; those who call it home understand that it’s more than just the beautiful lawns, stone, steel, glass and concrete. The spirit of community and love of the land are powerful reasons for moving to La Jolla.
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