Located up a winding road at the northern edge of La Jolla, the La Jolla Farms enclave offers residents and visitors some of the world’s best views of the Pacific Ocean. The Farms features homes that perch on the rugged bluffs rising above the magnificent Torrey Pines State Beach. Built mainly between the 1940s and 1960s, the houses are architecturally eclectic and occupy lots ranging from about one acre to about seven acres.
To the north of The Farms lies the Torrey Pines Natural Reserve, home not only to the extremely rare and endangered pine that gives the park its name but also to a wide variety of other indigenous vegetation and wildlife.This 2000-acre state reserve is a coastal wilderness of forests, chaparral-clad hillsides, and sandstone canyons accessible by a network of dirt hiking trails that wind along the ocean bluffs.
The City of San Diego owned Torrey Pines Golf Course, one of the nation’s premier public facilities, borders the southern end of the park. William F. Bell designed its two championship 18-hole courses in 1957, and in 2001 Rees Jones redesigned the southern course.
The Farms is also famous for its world-class educational institutions. Situated on a vast tract of land within the enclave, the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) is one of the world’s leading public research universities. The nearby Salk Institute for Biological Studies consistently ranks among the top US research institutions in the life sciences.
The La Jolla Playhouse, founded in 1947 by Gregory Peck, Dorothy McGuire, and Mel Ferrer, is theater-in-residence on the UCSD campus. Now comprising three venues, the Playhouse is a past Tony Award winner for America’s outstanding regional theater. Its repertoire has included many world, US, and West Cost premieres.