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The Beautiful Town of La Jolla…a Little History

Beautiful La Jolla is no doubt one of San Diego’s most notable beach towns, but have you ever wondered about the history of this attractive Southern California jewel?

Tourists and locals often venture into La Jolla for prestigious shopping, unique dining and to take in the spectacular ocean views.

But let’s step back in time for a little history. Native American artifacts have been found throughout La Jolla over the decades, indicating that the shoreline was inhabited nearly 10,000 years ago.

What does “La Jolla” mean and where did it come from?
Historians are somewhat divided on the subject of the towns name as it is unclear where the name actually originated. Perhaps the most well-known theory is that it came from the Spanish word La Joya (which means “the jewel”). However a second theory is that it derived from the Indian term Woholle (meaning “hole in the mountains”) – which makes sense with the caves and rock formations that span the shoreline.

An Influential Part of San Diego
La Jolla became incorporated as part of San Diego in 1850. In the late 18oo’s, the railroad extended to La Jolla, which empowered substantial growth – real estate developers quickly took notice of the breath taking coastal land and began building resorts to attract visitors from all over San Diego. Around this same time, La Jolla was considered and up and coming artist colony, and caught the eye of newspaper heiress Ellen Browning Scripps. Her passion for La Jolla led to many generous contributions to facilitate it’s growth, and in turn earned her a well deserved title on a number of landmarks and institutions in La Jolla (and San Diego) including the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, and Ellen Browning Scripps Park.

Alluring Architecture
A vast of array of luxury homes  dazzle this coastal town with exquisite architecture. The eye-catching collection of homes in La Jolla exhibit many influential styles from the early beach cottage, to early modernism and classic mid-century modern, to the inclusion of Spanish Colonial and Mediterranean style influences.

La Jolla has seen tremendous growth over the decades, from a mere 350 residents in 1900, to  now over 40,000. And who wouldn’t want to call this “jewel” of a town, home.

To read more information about the beautiful town of La Jolla, please visit the La Jolla Community Page.

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