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Discovering La Jolla – An Interview With Ross Clark

By Lindsay Goebel Last Updated March 16, 2022 2 min read
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An Interview with Ross Clark
REALTOR® – Sales Associate
The Clark Group, BHHS

The seaside community of La Jolla, California sits 12 miles NW of San Diego. Known as “the jewel” of San Diego, La Jolla’s landscaping features towering bluffs and beautiful picturesque beaches. To learn more about this coastal town, we interviewed La Jolla native and luxury Realtor, Ross Clark.

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What do you love about La Jolla?       

La Jolla is a beautiful coastal city with a micro-climate, which means that we have perfect temperatures at all times. The air feels clean and the lifestyle is active and healthy from the fresh food to the endless outdoor activity options.    

On top of that, La Jolla is a melting pot of everything from biotech engineering to life sciences. La Jolla has elite universities like the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and Scripps Research – a medical research center focused on biomedical studies.     

La Jolla is truly a beach town with a twist because of all of the opportunities and the strong economy.    


What are some outdoor activities that you consider must-dos during summer in La Jolla?  

Hiking Torrey Pines is a great start. It feels like you’re in Northern Cali without taking the drive. You feel like you’re out of the city and truly in nature. You can hike from the tops of the bluffs all the way down to the shore. I would also recommend going to La Jolla Shores to take some surfing classes.   

Another great summer activity is kayaking and snorkeling at the cove. If you hire a kayaking guide, they will take you to the edge of the cliffs where you can see nurse sharks and sea lions. I would also recommend going to La Jolla Shores to take some surfing classes.

Lastly, you’ll want to take a trip to San Diego. It’s a lot different than it was 10 years ago. There are great restaurants, water walkways, the world-famous San Diego Zoo, and Balboa Park.


What are some of the best restaurants and coffee shops in La Jolla?  

If you want to eat like the locals, try Candor by Giuseppe. It’s a bistro with super fresh, clean, healthy food. Another great place is Manhattans (Manhattan of La Jolla). It’s an old-school Italian restaurant. They even make your Caesar dressing at the table.   As for coffee, my go-to’s are Brick and Bell Coffee and Birdrock Coffee Roasters. At Brick and Bell, they ground on-site so it’s incredibly fresh.  

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