La Jolla, CA Real Estate News

By Susan Laxson CRS, Realtor in Naples & Marco Island, FL
(Premier Sotheby's International Realty)
"The Village of La Jolla"... what a delightful pleasure it is to leisurely stroll the streets (Girard, Prospect, Coast & Pearl) of the Village and enjoy the European traditions of sidewalk cafes, shopping in sophisticated boutiques, enjoying world class cuisine in the many restaurants, and visiting the Children's Pool to watch the baby seals. The center or focal point of the "jewel", known as the Village of La Jolla, features older cottages, many remodeled, and charming and sophisticated condominiums with ocean views. Most homes in the Village are on small lots, but very charming, and any oceanfront homes near or in the Village are highly sought after. There are several condominium projects throughout the village of La Jolla and many with spectacular ocean and coastal views, including t...
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By Susan Laxson CRS, Realtor in Naples & Marco Island, FL
(Premier Sotheby's International Realty)
SHORT SALES are in every community, including the jewel of Southern California... La Jolla.  A "short sale" can happen when a property has little or no equity, that is, the seller owes at closing time more than the property is worth. In these situations, lenders are sometimes willing to accept less than the full amount due, commonly referred to a "short pay" or "short sale." If you are in the market for a good deal, you might want to look at these listings, while they are still available. La Jolla Racquet Club - 2 bdrms/2 baths, 1,240 sq. ft. Original List Price:       $387,900 Current List Price:        $319,900 Current Mortgage:       $361,200 with Washington Mutual 6/2007 Southpointe - 3 bdrms/2 ½ baths, 1,500 sq. ft. Original List Price:       $525,000 Current List Price:        $52...
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By Susan Laxson CRS, Realtor in Naples & Marco Island, FL
(Premier Sotheby's International Realty)
SOLEDAD SOUTH neighborhood in La Jolla, as its name implies, is on the southeast side of Mount Soledad.  This hilly La Jolla neighborhood offers affordable La Jolla living with older La Jolla homes built in the 1960s or later.  In addition to well-maintained neighborhood homes, there are master-planned and gated communities including Windemere, Ridgegate and Mount La Jolla.  Windemere features homes and townhomes in a gated enclave centered around the tennis club, pools & park-like setting.  Ridgegate, is a newer community, featuring two story, multi-level homes throughout its hilly terrain. Ridgegate is a guard gated community with pool, spa and basketball court. Mount La Jolla is an older community with a park-like setting and with more recreational facilities than most other communit...
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By Susan Laxson CRS, Realtor in Naples & Marco Island, FL
(Premier Sotheby's International Realty)
MUIRLANDS WEST  in La Jolla, also known as West Muirlands, is nestled between the La Jolla Country Club and and its more stately neighborhood, the Muirlands. Muirlands West is a lovely area of La Jolla and features traditional homes, with many older homes now being upgraded and remodeled.  Muirlands West offers a peaceful setting of mature landscaping, winding streets, and balmy, ocean breezes.  Close to the Village, shops, and schools, Muirlands West remains an affordable alternative to the coastline estate properties. To view any of the Muirlands West homes for sale or for more information about Muirlands West, contact Susan at (760) 567-9100 or visit our website at www.LJ-Homes.com.
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By Susan Laxson CRS, Realtor in Naples & Marco Island, FL
(Premier Sotheby's International Realty)
MUIRLANDS in La Jolla is located on the western slopes of Mount Soledad and south of the La Jolla Country Club.  Muirlands history goes as far back as the 1920's and is considered one of the first La Jolla neighborhoods to be developed along "Old Muirlands Drive".  This historic road is where you can still see the original street gutters built by ocean pebble rock.  It is reported that the original lots, now worth millions, were sold for $1,500 each in the 1930's!  Muirlands features older estate homes and more modern homes built throughout this exclusive and coveted neighborhood.  These lovely properties are situated on large lots and shaded by ancient, stately trees.  Many of these fine homes have spectacular ocean views to the west.  As the streets meander through the Muirlands neigh...
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By Susan Laxson CRS, Realtor in Naples & Marco Island, FL
(Premier Sotheby's International Realty)
LA JOLLA is wonderful seaside community appropriately named "The Jewel" because it truly is the "gem" of Southern California. This popular beach destination has been around since the late 1800s and boasts of an illustrious history.  The Beach Boys added to its fame with their 1963 song "Surfin' USA"... "All over La Jolla... At Waimea Bay, everybodys gone surfin', surfin' U.S.A." Pristine beaches, year-round 72 degree perfect San Diego weather, tide pools, sandy coves nestled between rocky bluffs, and panoramic views of the Pacific is just part of what makes La Jolla a very desirable place to call home. Up and down the coastline you'll come across areas of homes that represent the sixteen different neighborhoods of La Jolla. Real estate in this coastal village is represented by beach cot...
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By Susan Laxson CRS, Realtor in Naples & Marco Island, FL
(Premier Sotheby's International Realty)
Looking for a retreat with ocean views in the heart of La Jolla?  LOWER HERMOSA is an older community in La Jolla developed in the 1920s and is considered one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in La Jolla.  Lower Hermosa is located south of Windansea Beach and north of the Bird Rock area.  This coveted La Jolla neighborhood has wide streets and one of the most beautiful coastlines in San Diego County.  Featuring some of the older and more classic residences in La Jolla, this area is a highly desirable area for La Jolla home buyers.  Camino de la Costa, one of the Lower Hermosa streets, is a tourist attraction for the beautiful oceanfront estates that line its lovely path. Known for its oceanfront properties, Lower Hermosa, also has a few small condominium complexes. Interested in buyi...
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By Susan Laxson CRS, Realtor in Naples & Marco Island, FL
(Premier Sotheby's International Realty)
LA JOLLA, California has many neighborhoods, some of which I have described in previous posts.  Here is a map that shows the locations of the La Jolla neighborhoods.  If you are looking to buy or sell your La Jolla home, please contact Susan at (760) 567-9100. La Jolla Farms La Jolla Shores La Jolla Heights Hidden Valley Country Club Village Beach-Barber Lower Hermosa Bird Rock Muirlands La Jolla Mesa La Jolla Alta Soledad South Muirlands West Upper Hermosa La Jolla Village North
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By Susan Laxson CRS, Realtor in Naples & Marco Island, FL
(Premier Sotheby's International Realty)
Do you ever wonder what someone in another country pays for gasoline?  Do you ever wonder why they pay more or less than we do in La Jolla?  The other day I was at our desert home and decided to see what Costco charged for gas as opposed to a Shell station a block away. vs. To take it further, I went online to view what other countries pay for gas and here is a list below of what the average cost of gas is in other countries.  I continue to ponder why we are paying so much... there doesn't seem to be a rational reason.  If you have one, please let me know!  NATION CITY PRICE/COST USD Regular/Gallon Netherlands Amsterdam $6.48 Italy Milan $5.96 Denmark Copenhagen $5.93 Sweden Stockholm $5.80 United Kingdom London $5.79 Germany Frankfurt $5.57 France Paris $5.54 Portugal Lisbon $5.35 Hung...
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By Susan Laxson CRS, Realtor in Naples & Marco Island, FL
(Premier Sotheby's International Realty)
HARRY'S COFFEE SHOP, in the village of La Jolla, has been around since 1960 and I imagine that the décor has changed very little in the almost 50 years of serving the local La Jollans. For those of us who grew up during the corner diner days, Harry's is the place for you, and my family has enjoyed Harry's for years.  It's a sixties style diner outfitted with booth seating, vinyl cushions and a coffee bar.  There's also patio seating outside in the front for those beautiful La Jolla days. The same people have worked there for years and most of us are on a first name basis with the locals.  It is a place that you can run into, sit at the counter, and visit with people or simply read the paper.  I remember my first experience to Harry's.  I parked in the private lot in the back and walked ...
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By Susan Laxson CRS, Realtor in Naples & Marco Island, FL
(Premier Sotheby's International Realty)
It was reported recently that vacant homes may need special insurance coverage.  An empty unsold house is a problem.  When a homeowner moves out and the house remains empty, it may continue to be protected by homeowners insurance for risks such as fire, as long as the premium is paid. But after 30 days of vacancy, things like vandalism, water damage caused by broken pipes, and theft are no longer covered. Some policies cease coverage after 60 days.  Exclusions in coverage for vacant properties are not new. Insurance companies believe that damage to a home is more likely when no one is living in it and that certain things grow worse with inattention. They even reserve the right to cancel what coverage remains in force when they learn of an extended vacancy. This potential gap in coverage...
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By Susan Laxson CRS, Realtor in Naples & Marco Island, FL
(Premier Sotheby's International Realty)
Today I would like to introduce you to the area known as "La Jolla Village North".  I actually think it should be called something like "La Jolla East but West of the I-5".  This community is situated on a narrow strip of land along Interstate 5 and adjacent to the UCSD campus.  La Jolla Village North contains many condominium developments, and is in close proximity to a shopping center and movie theaters.  I purchased my very first home here in the Eastbluff complex.  I paid $62,500 for it brand new!  At my tender young age, I was somewhat of a risk taker and put the deposit which was $2,000 on my credit card and then waited to earn enough money to get the loan while the property was being built.  The risk paid off and I sold it for much more years later.  Today they are being sold for...
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By Susan Laxson CRS, Realtor in Naples & Marco Island, FL
(Premier Sotheby's International Realty)
If you are interested in information about La Quinta or desert area real estate we would like to invite you to view our comprehensive website at www.LQ-Homes.com.  Here you will find every development, pictures, aerials, hoa information, maps and prices for La Quinta properties.  You can also visit us at www.Resort-Home.com for more information about the Palm Desert, Palm Springs, Indian Wells, Rancho Mirage and surrounding area communities. View all desert area listings in the MLS by clicking the link below: Interested in any San Diego County listings for sale?  Click the link below: If you would like more information contact us at (760) 567-9100.  
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By Susan Laxson CRS, Realtor in Naples & Marco Island, FL
(Premier Sotheby's International Realty)
98 SOLD PROPERTIES IN LA JOLLA MONTH         NUMBER OF HOMES SOLD January 2008              14 detached homes February 2008             12 detached homes March 2008                 17 detached homes April 2008                   20 detached homes May 2008                   21 detached homes June 2008                   14 detached homes Least expensive home sold:  $695,000 on Desert View Drive Most expensive home sold:  $16,500,000 on Dunemere Drive  
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By Susan Laxson CRS, Realtor in Naples & Marco Island, FL
(Premier Sotheby's International Realty)
My family and I share many happy memories of Fourth of July celebrations at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club.  Here is more information about this historical jewel by the sea... THE LA JOLLA BEACH AND TENNIS CLUB was originally opened in 1927 as the La Jolla Beach & Yacht Club.  An enterprising couple, Frederick William Kellogg and Florence Scripps Kellogg purchased the property in 1935 in order to create an oceanfront resort that would attract out-of-town visitors, as well as local La Jolla residents.The Kelloggs broadened the Club's appeal by creating an exclusive oceanfront tennis resort with four new tennis courts, a junior Olympic-sized swimming pool, and renaming the resort the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club. To attract out-of-town guests, they built the "Beach Club Apartments" at...
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By Susan Laxson CRS, Realtor in Naples & Marco Island, FL
(Premier Sotheby's International Realty)
Wishing you and your families a wonderful Fourth of July!  Whether in La Jolla or in another part of our incredible country, may we all remember the sacrifices made to allow us to live free.  Our prayers are with the armed forces and with the future of our great nation. God Bless America! For a list of the fireworks displays and patriotic activities tonight, please visit www.signonsandiego.com.
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By Susan Laxson CRS, Realtor in Naples & Marco Island, FL
(Premier Sotheby's International Realty)
Summer is here and La Jolla is the perfect place to be!  Residents are looking forward to the annual Fourth of July fireworks displays that can be seen in every direction from atop Mount Soledad. The beach is crowded with locals and those San Diegans that venture over from inland San Diego County when their temperatures top 100 degrees and our cool coastal breezes are around 80 degrees. Today it would seem appropriate to introduce you to the neighborhood known as "La Jolla Shores".  This is where my family and I have spent many Fourth of Julys enjoying the beach, boogey boarding, barbecuing with friends and family and watching the fireworks display at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club. LA JOLLA SHORES is north of the Village of La Jolla and east and west of La Jolla Shores Drive.  If you...
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By Susan Laxson CRS, Realtor in Naples & Marco Island, FL
(Premier Sotheby's International Realty)
Today I would like to introduce you to two more La Jolla neighborhoods, La Jolla Heights and La Jolla Mesa. LA JOLLA HEIGHTS is located on the northeast side of La Jolla.  This location is popular for several reasons, the close proximity to UCSD, easy freeway access, and the close knit community which surrounds the La Jolla YMCA.  There are affordable condominiums such as La Jolla Shores Heights which overlook vistas to the east and detached homes; some tracts and others custom.  The older homes within the tracts have been remodeled over the years and are prized for their large lots.  There are lovely custom homes built on the hillsides which offer westerly views to the ocean and others with easterly views of University City and the mountains.   LA JOLLA MESA is a neighborhood in La Jol...
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By Roberta Murphy, Carlsbad Real Estate and Homes
(San Diego Previews Real Estate)
I’ve never really given much thought to San Diego County’s two nude beaches: Black’s Beach in La Jolla and San Onofre State Beach at the northern tip of San Diego County. Both are pretty remote-- and it appears the nudists are a pretty peaceable lot. At least until this morning. It was reported in this morning’s San Diego Union Tribune that San Onofre park rangers will start enforcing a ban on nudity September, 1, 2008. It seems there have been public complaints, and some park employees objected to working in a place where not everyone is clothed–which specifically targets the Trail 6 beach area at San Onofre. And like other beach workers who object to picking up cigarette butts, used baby diapers and assosrted foul debris, maintenance workers at San Onofre State Beach object to occasio...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
Mt. Soledad in La Jolla is a fascinating place to visit for a visual perspective on the San Diego area. With views extending 30 miles or more in all directions, one really gains a better idea of the diversity of the San Diego landscape, as well as a bird’s eye view of La Jolla itself…considered “the Jewel” of Southern California.  Mt. Soledad is a great place to visit on a clear (or relatively clear) day, and residents who live in the area often bring their out of town guests for a tour. Sunsets are spectacular, unless you have a marine layer rolling in. The Mt. Soledad Cross and War Memorial at the summit have provided lots of controversy over the years, which continues today. Read: Controversial Landmark in La Jolla Mt. Soledad is the location of many of La Jolla’s most expensive home...
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