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Welcome to our Bird Rock, La Jolla real estate spotlight.

Awhile back, we published a post about La Jolla real estate generally here.

But, this post focuses on the Bird Rock community within La Jolla.


Bird Rock, La Jolla Real Estate Overview


Located in the southwestern corner of La Jolla, Bird Rock offers homes dating back to the 1950s.

Bird Rock bordered by the foothills of Soledad Mountain at its east, and Tourmaline in Pacific Beach.

The name “Bird Rock” derives from a large white rock once shaped like a bird on the shores of the Pacific Ocean frequented by different marine birds.

Oceanfront neighborhoods in Bird Rock include:

  • Calumet Avenue;
  • Chelsea Place;
  • Chelsea Street;
  • Dolphin Place; and
  • Sea Ridge Drive.


Bird Rock considered a “laid-back” community offering gorgeous ocean views, classy restaurants, and “quaint” boutiques.


Bird Rock History


In 1906, subdivided by Michael F. Hall naming it the “Bird Rock City By The Sea”.

In 1927, aviator Charles Lindbergh enjoyed his last meal at the Bird Rock Inn before commencing his famous first solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean to Paris.

In the late 1930s, anticipating World War II, factory workers moving to the area created a housing boom.

During World War II, the Bird Rock Coastal Defense and Anti-Aircraft Training Center and the erection of Camp Matthews created a major military hub for the area. Over a million Marines got their marksmanship training at this center.

Post World War II, the housing boom construction continued. Camp Matthews became the UC San Diego campus.

In 1951, the Bird Rock Elementary School opened to accommodate the influx of new families.

In 2011, the 26th season of the MTV “Real World” filmed in Bird Rock. A 6,800 square-foot home located on Crystal Street and Chelsea Drive featured in the show boasting a large pool and a rooftop tennis court covered by a life-size chess set.


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Bird Rock, La Jolla Homes


Bird Rock consists of gridded street patterns since the 1950s with recent renovations and new construction.

Also, Bird Rock known for its sandstone cliffs and as the only La Jolla community without sandy beaches for swimming. Yet, it’s a short walk to the popular WindanSea Beach.

You’ll find enchanting homes featuring custom architectural styles near classy restaurants and cafes on La Jolla Boulevard.

Because of the Bird Rock homes closeness to the beaches (two blocks) expect home prices starting at $400,000 for a condo and $1.2 million for a single-family home.

Many Bird Rock neighborhood homes offer plenty of open space to watch beautiful sunsets. Residents enjoy the open space for walking their pets,


Bird Rock, La Jolla Real Estate Market 2020


Realtor provides these facts about the Bird Rock real estate market in 2020:

  • Median Listing Home Price = $1.6 million;
  • Median Listing Home Price by square foot = $788;
  • Average Sold Home Price = $1.5 million; and
  • Bird Rock a seller’s market in 2020 with more buyers than listed homes.


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Bird Rock Attractions


Bird Rock’s Merchant District offers quaint boutiques, world-class restaurants, and laidback eateries. It covers 3 1/2 blocks of La Jolla Boulevard from Camino de la Costa to Midway Avenue.

Yearly community events incorporate:

The Bird Rock Bike Path begins on Hermosa Avenue and enjoys little traffic making it perfect for biking and strolling.

Calumet Park offers picnic tables, benches, and breathtaking views.

La Jolla Hermosa Park on the north end also provides great views.

The Street of Dreams (Camino de la Costa) offers oceanfront mansions with stunning ocean views.

For a full day’s itinerary of Bird Rock’s attractions from morning to late night go here.


Bird Rock Restaurants


The La Jolla Neighborhood Guide recommends the following casual restaurants in Bird Rock and La Jolla:


Yelp recommends these restaurants in or near Bird Rock:

Enoteca Adriano rated 4.5 Stars (out of 5) by 1,015 reviews for their Italian cuisine.

Eddie V’s Prime Seafood and Steaks got 4.5 Stars from 1,583 reviews for their seafood and steaks. Also, for its “posh” atmosphere and great ocean views.

Sugar and Scribe Bakery earned 4.5 Stars from 1,306 reviewers for their pastries, coffee, breakfast, and brunch.

Cafe Vahik rated 4.5 Stars by 490 reviews for their breakfast and brunch, coffee, and tea.

Ambrogio15 received 4.5 Stars from 429 reviews for their Italian cuisine and pizzas.

La Clochette Du Coin earning 4.5 Stars from 182 reviews for their breakfast and brunch.

Wheat & Water rated 4 Stars (out of 5) by 251 reviews for their Traditional American food and pizzas.

Beaumont’s rated 4 Stars by 630 reviewers for their New American food and live music.

Whisknladle rated 4 Stars by 1,868 reviews for their breakfasts, brunch, and New American cuisine.

Lupi Vino Cucina Bar rated 4 Stars from 157 reviews for their Italian cuisine served for more than 30 years.



Bird Rock Schools


The Great Schools Organization rates the following schools in or near Bird Rock as the best:

Bird Rock Elementary School rated a 10 (out of 10) with a 10 for Test Scores and Equity Overview and a 9 for Academic Progress. Teaching grades K-5 to around 350 students.

La Jolla Elementary School rated a 10 with a 10 for Test Scores, Equity Overview, and Low-Income Students. Teaching grades K-5 to about 444 students.

Muirlands Middle School rated a 9 (and 10 for Test Scores) teaching grades 6-8 to around 1,075 students

La Jolla High School rated a 9 (and 10 for College Readiness) teaching grades 9-12 to about 1,150 students.




This Bird Rock, La Jolla real estate spotlights a community within La Jolla.

Bird Rock provides a “laid-back” community offering beautiful ocean views, “quaint” boutiques, and stylish restaurants.

Attractions include six popular year-round community events for the whole family. Plus, two popular parks and a bike trail offering outdoor activities.

Yelp ranks six restaurants with 4.5 Stars ranging from breakfasts & brunch, seafood, steaks, and Italian cuisine.

The local schools include Great Schools Organization ratings of 10 for two elementary schools and a 9 for their middle school and a 9 for their high school.

Bird Rock homes date back to the 1950s with plenty of open space and famous for its sandstone cliffs.

The average sold home price of $1.5 million in 2020 maintains a seller’s market.

Contact Us to learn more about this quaint laid back community and its million-dollar homes for sale.

Steven Rich, MBA – Guest Blogger


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