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Some of the most desirable luxury homes in the country rest upon Camino de la Costa in La Jolla. The winding road overlooks La Jolla’s beautiful coastline, providing residents with an incredible view unlike any other on Earth. Given all this, it’s easy to see how Camino de la Costa earned its affectionately bestowed nickname, the “Street of Dreams,” but there is more to this extraordinary place than what’s visible at first glance.   

1. Camino de la Costa is graced with Storybook homes.

Camino de la Costa is adorned with gorgeous homes that boast exquisite contemporary, Spanish or English Tudor architectural influences. In addition to this, some of Camino de la Costa’s luxury homes possess a unique style with a big screen origin, compliments of Hollywood.

A piece written by Linda Marrone in a past issue of the Timekeeper stated that Storybook architecture came about after the return of WWI soldiers. In the 1920’s and 1930’s, homes on the silver screen depicted elements of both English Tudor and French Normandy architecture. The marriage of these two styles became known as Storybook architecture.

The Storybook style originated in Los Angeles and flourished across the country. Some of the historic gems of this architectural trend are located right here in Camino de la Costa, making the “Street of Dreams” something right out of a fairytale.

2. Some of the most valuable homes in San Diego line Camino de la Costa.

It’s no secret that luxury homes in La Jolla are valuable and incredibly sought-after. In fact, a recent report named La Jolla one of the top luxury home markets in the United States. One of the most desired areas within La Jolla is Camino de la Costa, where the 6th most valuable home in San Diego was sold last year. This address on the “Street of Dreams” was also the second most valuable luxury home in La Jolla at the time of sale.

3. Nearby Windansea Beach holds a special place in surf culture.

Windansea Beach is known for its beautiful rocky cliffs and longstanding relationship with legendary surfers. USA Today named the picturesque shoreline one of San Diego’s top ten beaches, but it has more than that going for it.

Over the years, Windansea Beach has made significant contributions to surf culture, some of which remain today in both fictional and physical forms. The Windansea Surf Club was founded by Chuck Hasley in the 1960's and played an important part in the beach's charming history.

One cultural element that also remains is the Surf Shack, which was made famous through literature written by Tom Wolfe. Since its construction by local surfers in 1946, the Surf Shack has become a cherished local landmark. Although the structure itself has been rebuilt, its significance has stood the test of time.

The Surf Shack isn’t the only surfing icon to ever grace Windansea Beach. Hot Curl, a 400-pound statue of a surfer, stood near the Surf Shack back in the 1960s. A replica of the statute is on display at the California Surf Museum.

For information about homes along Camino de la Costa contact DeSouza Select Properties.

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