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Home Price Points

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Below the median
$ 959,000

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Near the median
$ 2,475,000

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Above the median
$ 20,000,000
Points of Interest
Athenaeum Library
Children's Pool
Mt Soledad
Torrey Pines Gliderport
Torrey Pines
La Jolla Shores
La Jolla Cove

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Torrey Pines State Reserve
To qualify as a State Reserve in California, an area must have outstanding or unusual natural or scenic values. The California Parks & Recreation Department, which oversees the Torrey Pines State Reserve, has been dubbed by that department as "a wilderness island in an urban sea." The reserve is a fragile environment, which is why you can't picnic or camp there. It is home to the nation's rarest pine tree—Pinus torreyana. While this tree species was once more abundant, it now grows only in the Torrey Pines Reserve and on Santa Rosa, an island off of Santa Barbara, California. The reserve not only protects the pines, but also Southern California's last waterfowl refuges and salt marshes. The topography is spectacular here—high broken cliffs and deep ravines on headlands that overlook the Pacific Ocean. Hikers can choose trails of varying difficulty through the stands of the pines that have been sculpted by the wind. You can also reach Torrey Pines State Beach by trail. Pines are only part of the reserve's rich plant community. You'll see wildflowers in spring. In the early mornings of the fall and winter, you can witness California quail gathered in coveys. At the reserve, you'll find a rustic, pueblo-style building that was constructed in 1923 as a restaurant called the Torrey Pines Lodge. Among other things, it featured lampshades made of Torrey Pine needles. It now houses the Visitor Center, which features interpretive displays and recounts the history of the reserve, beginning with the Kumeyaay Indians.

Phone: 858.755.2063
$6 parking fee ($5 for seniors)
Open daily 8 a.m. till sunset
Visitor Center open daily at 9 a.m.

Print Date: 11/13/2019
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