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La Jolla is nicknamed the “Jewel City”.

Originally, the local Native Americans Kumeyaay called it Kulaaxuuy (land of holes) perhaps because of the caves on the bluffs. It is said that with the arrival of the Spaniards it was corrupted to La Jolla from the Spanish word La Joya which means The Jewel. In 1850 it was incorporated into the City of San Diego. With the development of La Jolla Shores and La Jolla Hermosa in 1926 only people of pure Caucasian blood could own real estate there and Jews and other minorities were excluded. In 1948 the Supreme Court prohibited this type of restriction.

Real estate companies would fire an agent who sold La Jolla real estate to Jews and Jews were required to put a larger down payment and agents would place a green card with the Star of David on their dashboard to warn the sellers. Sellers also would leave their porch lights on to tell agents that they did not wish to sell to a Jew. Since for sale signs were not allowed then or now buyers would visit real estate offices to find out what was available for sale.

With the establishment of UCSD and their many Jewish professors the climate changed and by 1962 there was a tremendous increase of the Jewish population. Today, there are 3 synagogues in La Jolla and 60% of Jews live there. In 2007 the estimated population was 43,054.



Within La Jolla there are several neighborhoods such as:

La Jolla Farms, La Jolla Scenic (North and South,) Muirlands, La Jolla Hermosa (Upper and Lower), WindanSea, Bird Rock, Beach-Barber Tract, La Jolla Alta, Hidden Valley, Country Club, La Jolla Mesa, Soledad and La Jolla Heights.

La Jolla's fabulous coastline demands wonderful views and the closeness to the ocean has a tremendous impact on the price of real estate.

As of 4/8/2014 and going back 6 months, there are 155 detached homes listed for sale ranging from a high of $28,000.000.00 to an average of $4,380,000.00 to a median of $3,150,000.00. There were 161 homes sold with a high of $`6,250,000.00 to an average of $2,233,000.00 and a median of $1,750,000.00.



Public Schools:

La Jolla high School, La Jolla Elementary, Torrey Pines Elementary, Bird Rock Elementary, the Preuss School UCSD (public charter school).

Private Schools:

The Bishop's School, the Children's School, Stella Maris,Delphi Academy, All Hallows Academy, the Gillespie School, the Evans School and the La Jolla Country Day School located in University City.


University of California San Diego which includes the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the San Diego Supercomputer Center.

National University, the Scripps Research Institute, the Burnham Institute (cancer research) and the Salk Institute and International Academy of English.



  • Children's Pool Beach
  • La Jolla Cove
  • La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club
  • La Jolla Shores
  • WindanSea Beach
  • Black's Beach (nudist)
  • Wipeout Beach
  • Scripps Beach



The Village is a shopper's paradise with Sachs, Ann Taylor and interesting boutiques, antique stores, galleries and specialty shops.



La Jolla has the best weather in the country with an average temperature of 70 degrees Fahrenheit. If you enjoy the outdoors you are in for a treat! Hang gliding, roller blading, skate boarding, bicycling, fishing, boating, golfing, tennis, swimming, water skiing, camping, rock climbing, hiking and surfing are enjoyed year round. Skiing is only 2 hours away. Outdoors entertaining is very popular.



Torrey Pines Gliderport, La Jolla Cove, Children's Pool Beach, Mount Soledad, La Jolla Shores, La Jolla Playhouse, Museum of Contemporary Art, Birch Aquarium, Ellen Scripps Browning Park (concerts by the sea), Torrey Pines Reserve State Park.



UCSD, Qualcomm, Scripps Green Hospital, VA Hospital, Salk Institute, private and public schools, Scripps Hospital, investment firms, more than 400 biotechnology companies in Sorrento Valley and La Jolla.

Marilia Cathcart, GRI, E-PRO, CHS, HPS

City and Coast Properties
Broker/Mortgage Broker
CA BRE License #00496226
717 Union St. Ste K
San Diego, CA 92101
NMLS Licenses #385315 & 244536
Notary Public -  CA - Comm. # 1916637
Phone: 619-300-5008

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Marilia Cathcart’s professionalism, knowledge of the real estate market, the loan process and her continuous vital support in all aspects of buying and selling a home were invaluable and very much appreciated. She is easy to work with, personable and made the whole loan process, as well as buying and selling our home very smooth and uncomplicated. It is wonderful to find someone like Marilia who will go the extra mile to assure peace of mind every step along the way. Her availability, and most of all her professionalism, generosity and kindness make her an outstanding representative of her profession. She took us under her wing and guided us through every detail to completion. My husband and I will not hesitate to recommend Marila Cathcart to anyone who is thinking of securing a loan or who is looking to buy or sell their home – she is the BEST. Oscar and Rita Carlson
Endorsement for Marilia Cathcart: In my career as a physician-scientist, I have lived in the northeast, southeast, northwest, and southwest USA, as well as in the middle of the country. As was my custom when moving to a new city, as soon as I knew I would be joining the faculty at UCSD, I flew to town, rented a car, and drove around until I found an attractive neighborhood near my future workplace. I then went to the nearest shopping area for that community, and walked into the realtor offices, tucked to the side of the grocery store. There she was, standing inside the door with a big smile to greet this weary traveler, the lady who would change my life for the better, Marilia Cathcart. She not only showed me houses while I was in town, but continued to send me pictures and information on prospects after I had returned to Seattle where I was finishing training. She paid close attention to what I said I was looking for, the health problems I needed to accomodate, and found many wonderful possibilities. When we found my dream house, she helped me see how I would be able to afford it by calculating how much the mortgage interest deduction would save me in taxes. She found me a banker that gave me the loans I needed, she found me wall-to-wall carpeting at wholesale prices, and she even fixed me up with a very attractive and nice young man I still think about. I ended up so crazy about that house that I wish I still lived there. When I had to move back east, she helped manage that California property for me, and when I finally needed to sell it, she handled that, too, in the middle of a real estate slump, no less. I had bought the house in 1977, and sold it in 1991, so this all may seem like ancient history, but is not the end of the story. When I retired in 2000 and decided to move back to San Diego County, she reprised her role as lifesaver. After looking at loads of houses both physically and now with computer assistance, on line, she found me another perfect house for my needs. She later helped me find a reliable outfit to refinance my loan when the interest rates dropped sufficiently. I have been in this home ten years now, and they will need dynamite to dislodge me. Marilia Cathcart is, quite frankly, the best real estate manager/seller/broker I have ever dealt with, and from coast to coast, there have been quite a few. She has a wonderful business sense, and is frugal with both the buyer's and the seller's money--I know because she has handled both for me. She is also a terrific "people person", with good instincts about what people want, and what will work for them. She was "networking" before the word was invented-- she would call it making friends, and putting people together who can help each other. Since she knows everybody, and never forgets a good guy, when you know Marilia, you potentially know a whole phonebook-full of good guys who can do anything from give you a mortgage loan to fix your sprinkler. As an added bonus, she is just a lovely human being, and a pleasure to know, even after nearly 34 years. Marilia Cathcart has my highest recommendation, without reservation. Charlotte B. McCutchen, M.D. Dr Charlotte B. McCutchen
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