La Jolla Downtown
La Jolla Village is the charmingly quaint downtown area of the gorgeous, affluent community of La Jolla, California. Also called Village of La Jolla or La Jolla Downtown, it’s a lovely mix of residential homes and apartments with a lot of storefront businesses. You can find pretty much anything you need right here in this modern neighborhood with the old time vibe.
Where The Excitement Is
Residents, passersby, and tourists alike tend to savor the beauty of this bustling little, self-contained community by the sea that seems like a picture-perfect small town of yesteryear. You can find shops all around the downtown district that reflect the interests, activities, and style that’s so popular in La Jolla.
The Shops at La Jolla Village is an especially beloved shopping mecca. It boasts stores galore, a chic cinema, and a vast array of restaurants. Also popular is the La Jolla Village Square, which is a large shopping arena with a movie theater, dessert shops, international eateries, and stores for all kinds of interests.
La Jolla residents enjoy easy access to the nearby SR-52 and I-5 freeways. Additionally, the Rose Canyon Bike Path provides a fun way for bikers to both get around the area and enjoy riding out of the pressure of street riding. Many MTS bus routes can be found throughout the downtown area. There is a Mid-Coast Trolley station in the works for future location on Nobel Drive, too, so the options are growing.
Parks for Recreation
Don’t think that it’s all hustle and bustle. In fact, something about the area’s scenic location with plentiful views of the sea gives it a chronic feel of recreational joy. There are two parks in La Jolla Downtown that are specifically designed for enjoyment, Rose Canyon Open Space Park and Villa La Jolla Park.
Rose Canyon Open Space Park is an open space park with several trails for walking, hiking, and exploring. It provides a beautiful escape for city dwellers. Dog walkers, bird watchers, and nature lovers alike frequent this park. Rose Canyon Open Space Park features a naturally occurring creek and a plethora of wildlife who live in its unusual terrain. Don’t be surprised if you spot rabbits, mule deer, owls, or foxes in this gorgeous park. Volunteers can help out the Friends of Rose Canyon, an organization that’s dedicated to preserving the park.
Although less grand in scale than the Rose Canyon Open Space Park, the Villa La Jolla Park is every bit as lovely. This is the park for families. It has swings for kids of all ages, even babies. Older kids will enjoy a large swing set and play structure. There are also four slides for children of various ages, and there are two play structures just for toddlers. There’s plenty of room for open play, too.
Families who choose to live in La Jolla Downtown are in luck when it comes to schools as well. Elementary school kids are served by the kindergarten through fifth grade academy of Torrey Pines Elementary School. Junior high school kids attend Muirlands Middle School. Those who are in the ninth through twelfth grades can go to La Jolla High School or Universal City High School. Additionally, there are a number of highly acclaimed private schools available in and near the community of La Jolla.