La Jolla, California

La Jolla is a seaside community within San Diego, occupying seven miles of beautiful coastline along the Pacific Ocean. Surrounded on three sides by ocean bluffs and beaches, La Jolla is located about 12 miles north of Downtown San Diego.

There are 17 neighborhoods within La Jolla: La Jolla Farms, La Jolla Shores, La Jolla Heights, Hidden Valley, Country Club, Village of La Jolla, Beach - Barber, Lower Hermosa, Bird Rock, Muirlands, La Jolla Mesa, La Jolla Alta, Soledad South, Muirland West, Upper Hermosa, La Jolla Village, and La Jolla Hights. La Jolla is home to the University of California, San. Diego (UCSD), the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the Salk Institute, the Scripps Research Institute, and headquarters of National University. Beaches in La Jolla include Torrey Pines City Beach, Black's Beach , La Jolla Shores, La Jolla Cove, Boomer Beach, Shell Beach, Casa Beach, Wipeout Beach, Whispering Sands Beach, Marine Street Beach, and Windansea Beach.


La Jolla Cove

La Jolla Cove is a small cove, ecological reserve, and public beach surrounded by cliffs in La Jolla, which is within the city of San Diego. Point La Jolla forms the south side of the cove. Hundreds of sea lions make the cove their home and can often be seen on the beach and in the water. On the bluffs above the beach is Scripps Park which is a popular area for picnicking and family gatherings. Just north of La Jolla Cove is Torrey Pines State Beach.


Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is a 2,000-acre state reserve located in the community of La Jolla which is in the city of San Diego. The reserve, which is a natural area, is bordered on the south by Torrey Pines Municipal Golf Course and on the north by the city of Del Mar. The reserve, which is a National Nature Landmark, consists of a large plateau with cliffs that overlook Torrey Pines State Beach and a large lagoon. Wildlife includes coyotes, bobcats, and raccoons.


University of California, San Diego

The University of San Diego (USD), established in 1949 in San Diego, is a Roman Catholic research university with an enrollment approaching 10,000. Even though USD is a Catholic University, it is no longer governed directly by the Diocese of San Diego. A lay board of trustees currently governs the operations of the university. USD offers 89 undergraduate and graduate programs which includes a paralegal school, an accredited law school, a school of business, and a school of engineering.


La Jolla Timeline


Lands of La Jolla are incorporated as part of the City of San Diego.


Auction of lots takes place in the first La Jolla Park subdivision; considered as the founding year of La Jolla.


Opening of La Jolla Park Hotel.


Railroad extended to La Jolla from San Diego; La Jolla Post Office established. Anna Held arrived in La Jolla and created Green Dragon Colony.


First La Jolla Village Improvement Society organized.


Ellen Browning Scripps buys two lots on the ocean side of Prospect Street and builds her first home.


Library Association of La Jolla formed.

Barber Tract development begins (first known as Neptunia); first telephone lines installed.


Wisteria Cottage is built.


Marine Biological Association is organized, later Scripps Institution of Oceanography.


Ground broken for new bathhouse at the Cove; first La Jolla newspaper is published.


Architect Irving Gill designs a re-model of Wisteria Cottage for Virginia Scripps.


The Bishop's School, with buildings designed by Irving Gill, is built; Gill also designs and builds the first Scripps Institution of Oceanography building.


Opening of Colonial Inn (Grande Colonial La Jolla).


La Jolla Woman's Club is built.

Arsonist sets fire to several La Jolla buildings, including Ellen Browning Scripps' house; work begins on new home designed by architect Irving Gill; La Jolla Community House and Playground, now La Jolla Recreation Center, also designed by Irving Gill, opens.

Scripps Memorial Hospital opens (first known as the Sanitarium); paving of La Jolla streets begins.


Electric railroad begins operations; Casa de Manana opens as resort hotel; street lights are introduced.


The La Valencia Hotel opens; The Balmer Schoof is started at the La Jolla Country Club; The Muirlands development begins.


La Jolla Beach and Yacht Club formed (now La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club).


Children's Pool breakwater built.


Ellen Browning Scripps dies (August 3).


Art Center organized in former home of Ellen Browning Scripps.


Camp Callan is established at Torrey Pines Gliderport with the start of World War II.


Wisteria Cottage becomes The Balmer School, later La Jolla Country Day School (until 1961).


First stop signs are installed at Girard and Torrey Pines Road.


La Jolla Playhouse founded by Gregory Peck, Dorothy McGuire, and Mel Ferrer.


The Cove Movie Theater opens.


White Sands begins operations as a retirement home.


University of California San Diego campus established in La Jolla; La Jolla School of Arts and Crafts is formed.


The La Jolla Community Plan is adopted by the San Diego City Council.


The University Towne Center shopping mall opens.


BLOB (Ban Large Office Buildings) is organized to oppose large structures.


La Jolla celebrates its centennial.


Architect Robert Venturi designs an update to the former home of Ellen Browning Scripps, originally designed in 1916 by architect Irving Gill, as the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.

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