5) Lower Hermosa (west of La Jolla Blvd.)
The Lower Hermosa area of La Jolla is an exclusive community home to many breathtaking seaside mansions on streets lined with Palm Trees and sidewalks. Development began in 1923 when La Jolla Properties, Inc. opened a sub-division with architect, Edgar V. Ullrich Ullrich designing the first homes built in Lower Hermosa with homes resembling the Casa de Manana Resort Hotel.. Each lot spans 75 to 80 feet of frontage and 150 feet in depth.
According to the San Diego History Center, “Edgar Ullrich designed more than fifteen homes in La Jolla Hermosa. Ullrich homes followed the Spanish Mediterranean and French Normandy style or a combination of both although he favored the Normandy influence.” In 1926 Thomas Shepard also developed homes adding elements from Japanese and European design. In the 1930’s Clifford May homes came on the scene building homes with style based on the Spanish Hacienda and his own California Ranch house with red tile roofs and completely walled-in courtyards.
Further, the Lower Hermosa is home to Camino De La Costa known around the world as The Street of Dreams where these estates sit along the cliffs. Homes in this area the lots and palm tree lined streets mentioned above. From Lower Hermosa it’s just a quick walk or wheel to Windansea Beach. The small beach was named after the Wind and Sea hotel, but unfortunately, the hotel burned down in 1940 something. Experienced (only) surfers enjoy this break.
Streets of Note: Camino De La Costa, Bonair
6) Upper Hermosa (east of La Jolla Blvd.)
Upper Hermosa is on the east side of La Jolla Blvd. Although this area is very similar to Lower Hermosa, due to it being a little farther from the ocean, you will find that homes in this area tend to have a lower price point than those of Lower Hermosa. This area offers a mainly flat area making it enjoyable for neighborhood walks and bike rides. Still, the homes are immaculate and stunning.
Streets of Note: Waverly Ave., Beaumont Ave., La Jolla Hermosa Ave., Belleview Ave., Folsom Dr., La Canada