Bird Rock is a distinct neighborhood within the community of La Jolla in the City of San Diego. Comprising the southwesterly corner of La Jolla, it has retained its unique identity separate from the rest of La Jolla to the north and Pacific Beach to the south while capturing the best of the La Jolla and southern California lifestyles.
Bird Rock is defined by its single-family neighborhoods arranged in a rectangular street grid and bounded by the Pacific Ocean to the west and the foothills of Soledad Mountain to the east. Its southern boundary is most easily described as Turquoise Street while newcomers and longtime residents debate its northern boundary. All agree that it is at least as far north as Camino de la Costa while some argue that the "Bird Rock" state of mind extends as far north as Via del Norte (La Jolla Methodist Church).
Bird Rock is blessed with one of the best elementary schools in the San Diego Unified School District. Bird Rock Elementary School students continue their public education at Muirlands Middle School and La Jolla High School, a short drive or bike ride to the north.
Bird Rock boasts three public parks. The eponymous Bird Rock Park is shared with Bird Rock Elementary and serves as an athletic field. It also has a very nice play structure for young children. Calumet Park is the size of 3 residential lots and enjoys a spectacular location on the coastal bluff. Calumet is an open grassy area with several benches. The third park goes by many names - officially it is known as La Jolla Hermosa Park but locals know it as Rock Park or Helene Henkel Park. It is a pocket park outfitted with a gravel surface, a table, and a couple of benches, and this park affords one a spectacular view of the rocky coast to the north. There are also 5 coastal viewpoint overlooks, and stairway access to Tourmaline Beach to the south. Bird Rock is the only coastal neighborhood in La Jolla that does not enjoy a sandy swimming beach, although that doesn't bother the surfers who enjoy several breaks off the Bird Rock coastline.
The heart of Bird Rock is the merchant district which covers 3-1/2 blocks of La Jolla Boulevard from Midway Avenue to Camino de la Costa. The district is home to nearly 100 businesses, offering a wide variety of products and professional and personal services as well as restaurants. Bird Rock has a reputation as a restaurant row with offerings to satisfy every palate and budget, from casual snacks to elegant old-world dining. The merchant district underwent a major transformation in 2008 as the four-lane boulevard was converted to a landscaped two-lane road with diagonal parking. The transformation made the district pedestrian-friendly and an inviting place to stroll, enjoy a cup of coffee, and dine al fresco.
Bird Rock has a strong tradition of active residents and merchants and friendly neighbors who support community events throughout the year - among these are the Tour of Bird Rock Homes in January, the Beaumont Avenue Fourth of July Parade, the Community Picnic in August, Halloween Window Painting in October, and much more.
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Classes for kids
Nightingale Music School: Nightingale Music School is offering music classes to infants, toddlers, preschoolers and elementary age students and combine all types of music, from traditional nursery songs, to classical, to rock-n-roll with creative movement, games and percussion instrument playing to enhance learning and initiate children into the magical world of music.Click here for more information.Tinkergarten provides high quality early childhood learning in the healthiest classroom of all- The outdoors. Families connect with trained leaders in their local community for play-based kids classes that help develop core life skills, all while having fun! Locations may vary . For LaJolla locations, I highly recommend Sophie Domal's classes.
Click here for more information.Kalabasharts is a school of music and the arts. They believe in fostering a creative and community minded environment where students of all ages can dive into their talents and explore their artist within. They believe that having music ans art inyour daily life creates a healthy and happy mind and spirit.
Click here for more information.Kid-friendly placesLittle Locks is an online toy store and children’s hair salon. Here you will find the perfect gift for all ages.
Click here for more information.Bird rock Coffee Roaster is a world renowned coffee bar. Next door to the coffee bar is the Art Cooperative, a space for Art and Music and they even have a small play area for kids! I highly recommend trying their Almond Milk Latte!
Click here for more information.Beaumont's restaurant. If you feel that going to a family-friendly restaurant is a sacrifice, bring your crew over to Bird Rock. Beaumont’s is a top choice among La Jolla families because of its casual atmosphere, swanky decor, and delicious food. Kids have a great time and even four-legged family members are welcome on the covered patio.
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