La Jolla

La Jolla is an affluent neighborhood in San Diego, California. It is a hilly seaside community, occupying 7 miles of curving coastline along the Pacific Ocean within the northern city limits.

UVktltF4JYMEDekYyjYgD_GxFJ-6cA-MOso7hbAFH_gLa Jolla may be a village, but there is more going on here than in many American cities. It has a superb theater, a fine art museum and scenic attractions ranging from improbable cliffside architecture to white-foamed surf that remains in constant motion while chubby seals take their afternoon naps. There are food festivals, outdoor concerts and a writers’ conference on the calendar, not to mention the Annual Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contest, timed for the weekend before Halloween. A mere dot on the map at the end of the 19th century, La Jolla boomed after World War II as San Diego, 20 miles to the south, began to spread its suburban tentacles up the coast. (The San Diego branch of the University of California, in fact, is in La Jolla.) Much of what has kept La Jolla attractive can be traced to a single benefactor, Ellen Browning Scripps, who turned her house into the Museum of Contemporary Art and whose surname is linked to gardens, ocean-front parks and other features of the village, including the popular Institution of Oceanography.

Willis Allen Real Estate


Willis Allen Real Estate’s local roots are as deep as the Pacific Ocean that laps at San Diego’s pristine shores.

Independent and family-owned, we have been guiding clients in the home-ownership process since we were founded 100 years ago by an excellent businessman, Frederick L. Brown. He built the company on timeless values that are as important to our clients today as they were in 1914–superior service, knowledgeable agents and ethical business practices.

In 1924 our company helped found the Real Estate Broker’s Association of La Jolla, created to promote industry ethics and professionalism. In 1940 the company’s namesake, Willis Allen, Sr., bought the business, changed the company name and grew with the city. Under his strategic stewardship the company opened its second location in Rancho Santa Fe in 1952 and expanded to Del Mar in 1973.

In 1981 Willis Allen’s current president and CEO, Andrew E. Nelson took the helm. A former Naval officer who flew in the back seat of F-4 Phantom Fighter Jets, Nelson drew on that leadership experience and training to help the company flourish, even in trying times. Under his leadership the company, which he bought outright in 1995, has more than doubled in size. Willis Allen Real Estate opened a Point Loma office in 1988, a Coronado branch in 2002 and in 2004 expanded to revitalized Downtown San Diego.