Mt. Soledad in La Jolla, CA - Forever Views of San Diego and La Jolla

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Views from Mt. Soledad in La JollaMt. 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 homes, in part due to the amazing views of down town and the ocean. The area, however, has suffered landslides over the years, including the recent past in the fall of 2007. There is still some controversy over what caused this most recent problem, and repairs are still on-going (1 home was destroyed, 5 were damaged, multiple homes were evacuated).


There are several radio and television transmitters atop Mt. Soledad as well – stations 8 and 10 (CBS and ABC affiliates). They can be seen for miles, and from up top look a bit odd with multi-million dollar mansions scattered about.


If you are a bike rider, the challenge of riding up the hill from down below may be your thing. It’s not quite the Alps, but the ride up Via Capri on the north side is pretty impressive and difficult (shorter but much steeper than the route up from the south – there’s a sign for trucks stating 15% grade). The drive up in your car may be more your style, and the views are terrific no matter how you approach the summit.


VIDEO of Mt. Soledad views (Part 1)


VIDEO of Mt. Soledad views (Part 2)




If you are interested in La Jolla real estate, here’s some information to help you out. La Jolla is one of the most expensive communities in San Diego County, so prices are high, but the ocean views from many homes are gorgeous…there’s a cost to living in paradise. The village is very upscale with lots of high-end boutiques, restaurants and galleries.

Read: La Jolla Real Estate for general information about the community

Some things to know about current La Jolla real estate prices (at the time of this article):

  • There are 212 detached homes on the market as of the beginning of June 2008, priced from $645,000 to $39,000,000. The average price per SF is $1060/SF (with so many multimillion dollar homes this is not a surprise)
  • There are 235 attached homes in La Jolla on the market ranging in price from $219,000 to $8,900.000 (with an average price per SF of $633/SF).
  • Luxury homes in La Jolla (using the top 10% as a guideline) start at about $8 million.
  • There are 16 homes currently priced at $10 million or above
  • 100 homes have sold in the last 6 months with an average marketing time of 78 days
  • The median price of a detached home, based on the last 6 months of sales, is $1,784,000, up 7% from 1 year ago


If I can provide more information about La Jolla, Encinitas, Carlsbad and surrounding areas, or the housing market in general, or otherwise assist you in your homes search, please contact me by phone or text at (760) 840-1360
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Comments (15)

Alan 'AJ' Nisen California Contra Costa Mortgage Officer
A Large Bank in America - Lafayette, CA

Jeff, If I was going to live in So. Cal., I really would take a look at La Jolla, especially after your pics and video.  AJ 

Jun 03, 2008 11:50 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Thanks, AJ. It IS a beautiful community on the ocean. I appreciate the compliment.


Jun 03, 2008 12:01 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Jeff those are beautiful view, but I do not know that I would want to live in an area that I would have to be continuously concerned about landslides.  But it is beautiful!!!!

Jun 03, 2008 12:47 PM
Lisa Heindel
Crescent City Living LLC - New Orleans, LA
New Orleans Real Estate Broker

Jeff, La Jolla is my favorite place in So day...

Jun 03, 2008 02:45 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

George - well there are areas where there have never been issues, and others where ther have. Due diligence is important.


Jun 03, 2008 03:31 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Lisa - some day I expect to see you here. And you must let me know. :)

Thanks for stopping by to view.


Jun 03, 2008 03:32 PM
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA

Hi Jeff, that was excellent and you are getting so good at this. I still have yet to do my inland reports but I am glad you are leading the way on this. Very good post and the vids are coming along nicely. I have heard there is a camera handle that works well with the Flip and I am looking for it. If I find one ,I'll let you know.

Jun 03, 2008 05:15 PM
Kelly Sibilsky
Licensed Through Referral Connection, LTD. - Lake Zurich, IL

Such gorgeous views. How nice to be able to live somewhere where you can see views like that anytime you want! I'm jealous! :)

Jun 04, 2008 01:17 AM
Kat DeLong
Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert - Prescott, AZ

Jeff: La Jolla (Mt. Soledad)  is a "jewel" and these pic's and videos are proof.   La Jolla is one of my favorite places in CA. 

Jun 04, 2008 01:41 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

William - hey thanks. I keep working at it since the videos are sometimes pretty good and other times not. I would be interested in the camera handle. I have used my tripod in places where I can just stand and rotate - standing cliffside on Mt, Soledad was NOT such a venue. I think I was down the hill in an area that was not appropriate nor safe. :)


Jun 04, 2008 01:51 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Kelly - funny you should say that. I think we take this sort of thing for granted sometimes. A big part of what I enjoy about taking videos and photos of the area I live in is to better appreciate the beauty of where I live, and to NOT take it for granted. Thanks for visiting my neck of the woods.,


Jun 04, 2008 01:54 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Thanks, Kat. There are many who believe as you do, and it's part of why the area is so expensive.


Jun 04, 2008 01:55 AM
Linda Scanlan
A Fan of AR - Burleson, TX

Jeff, I think I'm liking where  you live more and more each time you showcase an area! The views are breathtaking..

Jun 04, 2008 10:07 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Linda - I was amazed the first time I was up there myself. I have gotten more used to it, but depending on the weathe the views can change dramatically. Evening and nighttime is pretety breathtaking as well.


Jun 05, 2008 01:27 AM
Michael Hamby---Annapolis Real Estate

I went to the University of San Diego in the early 80's and have many great memories of driving by and looking up at the mountain.  It is one of my favorite spots.  I return to La Jolla every year in July and always make a visit.

Jun 27, 2008 07:49 AM