La Jolla Stories

Among the rarest of pines and heaviest of hummingbirds on Razor Point Trail

This short hike has sandstone badlands, a gorge, a sweeping coastline, and the namesake Torrey Pines.

The Razor Point Trail in Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve meanders through high-quality southern maritime chaparral habitat, offering stunning glimpses of the Pacific Ocean before ending at an outlook. The Razor Point Trail offers many ...

104 feet of direct ocean frontage

La Jolla estate on Sea Ridge Drive

Beds: 5 Baths: 6 Current Owner: Tami Okuma/301 Sea Ridge Drive Trust List Price: $10,800,000 How about an “oceanfront paradise boasting 104 feet of direct ocean frontage” on a “premium” La Jolla bluff-top lot? The ...

Strollers, botanizers, and runners on Broken Hill Trail

Emerge from the chaparral to spectacular ocean views

The Broken Hill Trail is the longest and one of the most scenic trails at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, winding through a thicket of chaparral until the trail opens up to reveal spectacular ocean ...

These leopards don't bite

They don’t eat us, but we do eat them.

Someone hollering “Shark!” at the beach is akin to a person yelling “Fire!” in a theater. Folks react whether or not they see a fin rising out of the water or smoke filling the room. ...

Real estate bubble still popping

Jeffrey Lubin, who said investors could get 17 percent a year, files for bankruptcy

Once high-flying hard-money lender Jeffrey Lubin has filed for Chapter 7 liquidation bankruptcy. His wife Barbara joined in the filing. Her given address was on Hidden Valley Road in La Jolla, in a home worth ...

Encinitas before yuppies, the proposal to divide Fairbanks Ranch

Oceanside's secret French village and the University City bridge fight

The Most ideal of Provinces Rancho Santa Fe proposed an alternative plan, which called for preserving Del Dios as a two-lane road and, instead, extending and expanding San Dieguito Road (Route 728) such that it ...

He who would steal from a dog

Older surfer type rips off humane society collections box, gets away on bike

On June 24 at 2:47 p.m., a Caucasian male walked into My Sister’s Closet resale and consignment clothing store in La Jolla and stole the cash donation box earmarked for the Rancho Coastal Humane Society. ...

If this place vanished off the face of the Earth…

Not enough value at Leña Craft Mexican

In the past, I’ve relied upon summing up any restaurant’s worth with a single question: Would I eat here again? I’ve considered that a foolproof barometer, an easy either/or situation for whether I could recommend ...

Opposition remains for La Jolla Jewish center plan

The ball's been rolling for nearly 14 years

A 2002 Reader article detailed Hillel of San Diego's attempt to build a new facility adjacent to UCSD. In 2011, the Reader revisited the issue. Almost five years later, the project still has not advanced ...

The ruby sea dragon

From Perth to La Jolla

It washed up on a Perth beach nearly a hundred years ago and had been stashed away in Western Australia Museum’s collection from 1919 until recently, when scientists at Scripps Institute of Oceanography obtained and ...

Live life in a modern sculpture

The residence took four years to design and build

Current Owner: Stefan Lemperle Beds: 4 Baths: 4 List Price: $8,795,000 La Jolla’s Lemperle Glass House, a 2007-built modern contemporary home is described in listing materials as “warm modern luxury redefined” and named after owner ...

Real estate fraudsters stole more than $30 million

Coronado, check...La Jolla, check...Del Mar, check...

Coronado businessman Courtland Gettel and Arizona lawyer Jeffrey Greenberg pleaded guilty this week to pulling off a real estate scam that took in $30 million. They took out big loans against expensive homes in La ...

Where to take the cousin

Duke’s La Jolla, family friendly and slightly upscale

Living in San Diego, I get a lot of out-of-town visitors, so there’s a need for places that are nice but casual with decent food and an atmosphere that pushes the San Diego dream. Some ...

Life-changing gelato

Bobboi brings the flavor

My wife hosted a bridal shower recently and told me to take my son and go away for a few hours. We decided to go up to the La Jolla Cove area. It was still ...

A whale of a house

Full barbecue service area? Do go on

Current Owner: Chenago Family Trust Beds: 5 Baths: 6 List Price: $15,950,000 Advertising remarks for the estate at 8410 Whale Watch Way, situated on a hillside about a half-mile from La Jolla Shores, begin with ...

Torrey Pines Road pothole problems never stopped

Case involving injured bicyclist reveals city made patches to no avail

The pothole on Torrey Pines Road that cyclist Jonathan Sammartino struck in March 2015 — sending him over his handlebars head first into the concrete — had been on the city's radar for more than ...

Many rewards at “the Knoll” — Scripps Coastal Reserve

Spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean await visitors after a short, easy walk through coastal sage scrub.

The Scripps Coastal Reserve, or ”the Knoll,” offers spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean from coastal bluffs and an easy walk through coastal sage-scrub habitat. Owned by the University of California as part of their ...

When Bill Clinton claimed the couch

Bubba napped with the sharks at Birch Aquarium

A piece of old furniture is getting jettisoned in the Birch Aquarium’s office remodel: the couch Bill Clinton took a nap on in 1997. Clinton gave the UC San Diego commencement address that year, then ...

Have you tried the bone broth?

Unexpected coolness at Farmer & the Seahorse

In the world of nightlife and dining, there are cool scenes and there are bad scenes. There are plenty of weird scenes out there, too. Then, there are the random scenes, the likes of which ...

Mosh for Life

Ché Café hosts a suicide prevention slam dance on Saturday afternoon

“About a year ago I was going through a difficult time, and I found getting information about low-income therapy really difficult,” said Charles Peckham, organizer of this weekend’s Mosh for Life at Ché Café. “I ...

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