La Valencia: La Jolla’s Beloved Landmark Celebrates Summer Nights


What would Paris be without the Eiffel Tower, Rome without the Coliseum or even New York minus the Statue of Liberty?  The same might very well be said for the La Valencia Hotel and La Jolla.  This iconic landmark is truly the anchor of this beachside community.  With summer underway, the La Valencia is introducing its “Summer Nights” where guests can enjoy different themed menu combinations every week throughout the summer.  The new Executive Chef, Alex Emery has announced the following menu to be celebrated through August.

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  • Monday – Paella Night – Spain meets La Jolla
  • Tuesday – Baja Night – New rendition of local cuisine
  • Wednesday – Schucks and Champs ( $1, $2 and $3 dollar oysters with champagne)
  • Thursday: Throwback to the Supper Club, a three course meal with classic drinks.

This popular evening series at La Valencia is a sought after event for not only guests at the hotel, but for anyone who appreciates the hotels stunning ocean views and vintage coastal luxury.  Commonly referred to as “The Pink Lady” due to its Mediterranean style architecture and beautiful rose hue, Amber Anderson, of Anderson, White & Associates from Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty, works closely with La Valencia management on various projects, thanks in part to the location of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s global headquarters at 1111 Prospect Street, just across the street from the hotel.

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“The La Valencia is the crown jewel of La Jolla.  We are so fortunate to have a very close relationship with the hotel management and often pair with them for exclusive partnerships and sponsorships,” says Anderson.  “Because we are neighbors, many of their guests often find their way into our showroom to check out the Vintage 1900 Rolls Royce or the 1967 GT and Lionel Train set on display.”  Anderson also adds that they  go the extra mile for her clients that stay at their hotel.


One exciting addition that is scheduled to open in December is the new $1 million dollar day spa in a three story home built at the turn of the century that is attached to the hotel.  Because of its historical significance, careful and thoughtful renovations  have been designed and received the support of the La Jolla Historical Society.  The spa will feature six treatment rooms as well as additional space on the upper deck for massages.  A drink and food menu will also be featured.

Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty has long practiced community outreach to nurture and enhance positive and cooperative relationships between its neighboring businesses and organizations throughout San Diego County.   



Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s Architectural Division: Special Lecture Series


On Monday, August 29th, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty held a special Architectural event at San Diego’s world renowned Museum of Contemporary Art located in the heart of La Jolla, California. The event, a two-part lecture and the final in the Architectural Specialist Series offered by Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s Architectural Division, focused on contemporary architecture and architects as well as aspects of sustainable design and green architecture.

Jan Horn, Executive Director of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s Architectural Division was the featured speaker at the event. Horn, who has been featured as a guest speaker at the Museum of Architecture, the Museum of Modern Art in La Jolla, the Prada Museum and the New School of Architecture in San Diego, believes with the multitude of architecturally significant properties in San Diego, there is a tremendous responsibility to provide specialized representation and marketing for these listings.

“Our Architectural Division enables us to raise the bar on the marketing of architectural houses and utilizes the connections we have cultivated in the architecture community,” says Horn. “Through our certification program, our agents are able to provide their clients with a significant advantage in the representation of their unique architectural homes.”

Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s is the only firm in San Diego to offer an Architectural Certification Program. This is a unique curriculum that instructs and equips their real estate agents with this specialized area of knowledge.

The event was well-attended by both real estate professionals and members of the community and provided a unique look at the many styles of contemporary design and sustainable architecture in our community.

For more information about Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s Architectural Division, contact Jan Horn at 858-334-8787,,

Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty Celebrates the Grand Opening of their Global Headquarters in La Jolla


On Thursday, July 21, 2016, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty celebrated the much-anticipated grand opening of the firm’s new Global Headquarters in the heart of downtown La Jolla, California. Located at 1111 Prospect Street, the flagship office sits directly across the street from the historic La Valencia Hotel and was designed to showcase the best of San Diego Real Estate to the global audience that visits La Jolla each year.


The “blue” carpet was rolled out to welcome the estimated 250 guests to the 6,600 sq. ft. venue. Guests were greeted by photographers, stilt-walking street performers and live music and enjoyed a globally inspired cuisine and wine pairings.  Additionally, party-goers were treated to a TESLA automobile demonstration and test-drives along with the opportunity to view a classic 1913 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost and a vintage Lionel model train collection which were displayed in the office’s public exhibit hall.


With its prominent location, high visibility, digital displays and public interest component, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s Global Headquarters will engage visitors from around the world and let them explore all that San Diego has to offer through a dynamic multi-media gallery experience. It was important to us to design a dynamic headquarters to showcase the global reach of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand and promote not only our listings and listings from our affiliate offices all over the world, but to also promote the benefits of living in San Diego, to the 50,000 plus annual visitors that flock to La Jolla each year,” says Brian Arrington, CEO, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty.

Even before stepping into the office, the view from the street is commanding and inviting. The entryway features a 40-foot wide front door that opens onto a multimedia gallery for tourists and locals alike to explore real estate options in all of San Diego County via touch-screen interactive displays. The giant 13-foot wide “jumbotron” and numerous full motion video monitors highlight properties for sale from all of our 29 locations in San Diego county as well as properties across the world.


The flagship office features a unique interactive public venue that will be used to feature a wide array of exhibits to residents and visitors alike. Whether it’s model trains, a classic or exotic car display or exclusive artwork on loan from Sotheby’s Auction House, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s Global Headquarters Exhibit Hall will offer the public an opportunity to interact within the office. Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s new International Relations Division, which is headed by Lupe L. Soto and was created to further expand the firm’s global footprint, is also based at the Global Headquarters.


“One of the most important features of our new headquarters is that it’s designed to be accessible to each and every one of our agents,” says Nyda Jones-Church, President, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty. “Whether the agent is based in the Carlsbad, Del Mar, or La Mesa office – they will have the ability to not only have their listings showcased in this prominent location, but to physically utilize the space to meet with their clients.”


Designed with the help of San Diego based designers, San Diego Office Design under the guidance of Tamara Romero and her talented team.  The office combines clean contemporary office spaces with an open kitchen concept typically found in Sillicon Valley technology companies and better reflects the mobile nature of the modern real estate agent. “This new office is the physical space where our global online marketing capabilities are made tactile to the public,” says Chris Crocker, Chief Operating Officer, Pacific Sotheby’s Realty. “We are showcasing the extensive digital advertising capabilities we currently provide to our clients in a somatic setting so that the true depth of our digital marketing capabilities can be experienced in person.  We are not just on the forefront of digital marketing, we are setting a new standard for others to follow.”


Among the many guests who attended the Grand Opening event were the top brokers in the San Diego Real Estate Industry, members of the media, prominent community and company leaders as well senior executives from Sotheby’s International Realty® affiliates and affiliates from other Sotheby’s International Realty offices. “The new La Jolla office is ideally located in one of the world’s premier markets, the jewel of the San Diego coastline,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “This office is a culmination of the dedicated leadership of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty combined with star brokers committed to providing exceptional service of the highest caliber. We could not be more proud of the accomplishment of this fine company which represents the Sotheby’s International Realty brand so professionally in this important luxury real estate market.”

Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty will be hosting several upcoming events for brokers, clients and the public. In the meantime, they invite the community to come by for a tour.


Since it’s opening in 2010, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty has grown to be San Diego’s largest locally-owned and operated real estate firm. The company which is comprised of approximately 500 agents in 29 office locations throughout San Diego County, was recently recognized by the San Diego Business Journal as one of San Diego’s Fastest Growing Private Companies as well as one of San Diego’s Largest Private Companies and was named San Diego’s Best Real Estate Company in 2015 by San Diego’s Best Union Tribune’s Readers Poll.









Extraordinary Properties

This month’s issue of Extraordinary Properties is now in print and online! From the beaches of Del Mar and La Jolla to the open spaces of North County and Rancho Santa Fe and from Downtown’s urban lofts to Coronado’s waterfront estates — and everything in between — where will you find your dream home?




Living on the World’s Best Beaches

Recently Travel & Leisure Magazine published their first ever “Best Beach on Earth” survey. While no one would argue that these are indeed some of the best beaches in the world, we feel the need to point out that San Diego offers its own slice of coastal paradise with a dash of the reality that we can actually live, work and play in this paradise everyday.

Here are some great properties available in our beautiful backyard.

5840 Camino de la Costa

5840 Camino de la Costa, La Jolla, CA 92037  $16,900,000

This beautifully detailed Oceanfront Masterpiece gently rests on a bluff overlooking an intimate cove in La Jolla. Enter through the spacious Italianesque courtyard to this magnificent home. The exquisite master suite is located on the main level. Every room has high, individually designed ceilings and each surface has been carefully and gracefully detailed to create a warm and rich environment. The oceanfront patios and lawn area provide great opportunities to enjoy every sunset.

1660 Torrey Pines Road

1660 Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla CA 92037   $13,500,000

Listed for $11,995,000 to $13,500,000. With only a handful of truly significant oceanfront estates in all of Southern California, 1660 Torrey Pines Road is perhaps the finest of all! A short stroll to the world renowned La Jolla’s village, this sprawling 6 bedroom, 6 ½ baths, and 5500 sq ft masterpiece rests on nearly an acre of a magnificent cascading landscape that embraces the beauty of coastal living. Two storybook cottages, a third delightful guest house, detached three car garage, and another two car attached, complete a property like no other. One cannot help but be taken by the visually stunning “Cove”, a curving northern coastline and the horizon create a brilliant picture frame for the blue ocean waves rolling straight inward. Designed for single level living, the guest suites are carefully placed on a lower level, which allows for uninterrupted seclusion. The estate includes its own scenic canyon with meandering stone walkways and lounging plazas, which are easily accessed by the home’s multiple terraces.


8562 El Paseo Grande, La Jolla, CA 92037   $12,999,000

Extraordinary beachfront residence in La Jolla Shores, on the sand! This contemporary style home offers a pool and spa which is one of only two homes on the beach in this exclusive enclave to have this feature. On the beachside of this fine property there’s 50 ‘ of glass doors that slide away into the walls and completely disappear, allowing you to experience the ocean in all of it’s magnificent glory whether you’re inside or outside. The living room, master bedroom and breakfast area and kitchen enjoy the disappearing glass doors. The entire living area can be opened to the ocean. One of the secondary bedrooms offers it’s own private balcony to the ocean, another bedroom offers sliders to the courtyard and pool area. The entire lower level boasts spectacular views and sliders across the entire space that open to the lower deck and your own private security gated steps to the sand. From the moment you enter this home you’re mesmerized by the views, the large scale of the living space is impressive.


8470 El Paseo Grande, La Jolla CA 92037  $11,600,000

Enchanting single level ocean front beach house featuring stunning whitewater vistas. A rare opportunity to own one of the 22 coveted homes along La Jolla Shores beach with 51′ of beach front. Gated entry leads to a charming patio courtyard. Large open floor plan with vaulted ceilings, bleached hardwood floors and a fabulous great room open onto a spacious terrace overlooking the Pacific Ocean!


2790 Bayside Walk, San Diego, CA 92109  $2,870,000

Mission Bay right at your doorstep. Charming historic Tudor style (yes, at the bay) 2 story home with incredible bay views and immediate access to the beach. Covered front patio great for entertaining and watching the sailboats. Ready to move in or rent out whole home or each floor separately. Vacation rental rates! Fireplace and beautiful wood floors downstairs. Upstairs 2 BR/1 BA has own kitchen. Corner lot w/ 4 parking spaces. Opportunity to own or develop this fabulous property.


490 W. Ocean View Ave., Del Mar, CA 92014  $10,700,000

300 Feet of unobstructed Ocean views. Live like you’re sitting on the Pacific Ocean. A very rare 1.2 acre (almost all usable) property with large pool and beautiful grounds. The BEST of architect Ronald Wilson with stunning views from almost every room. The contemporary elegance flows through the 7200+ SF of living space. Never before offered for sale!


5220 Chelsea, La Jolla, CA 92037  $6,250,000

Incredible opportunity! Unique flat, usable oceanfront lot with permitted plans including coastal development. Plans reflect a 6 bedroom, 6.5 bath w/ basement and parking for 7 cars, includes lift and elevator! Customize your dream home. Located on the coveted ocean bluff top in the highly sought after Bird Rock neighborhood.

Spotlight Property: Paradise on the Pacific in La Jolla, California


Set back the hands of time and prepare to enter a sea side La Jolla estate that has a rich and nostalgic past. An architect’s dream, this California casual home seamlessly blends old world charm and modern flair. With only a handful of truly significant estates located on the Southern California coastline, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty looks to expose a global audience to this unique offering.

This spectacular estate previously owned by a celebrated local philanthropist and political journalist Harle Montgomery, whose career accolades include interviewing former, US Presidents John F. Kennedy & Richard Nixon along with a wide array of foreign dignitaries. If these walls could speak, 1660 Torrey Pines would share a history as old as La Jolla itself. The owner’s cosmopolitan lifestyle is definitely reflected in the property with a magnificent entry way flanked by remarkable hand carved columns from the Swat region of India, all leading to century’s old door acquired from a monastery in Nepal. Gazing out towards the rolling waves of the Pacific through magnificent reclaimed windows from the iconic Hotel Del Coronado, will surely elicit pure tranquility.

Exclusive marketing channels and a robust global media strategy make Sotheby’s International Realty the perfect vehicle to showcase such an exquisite estate. Partnerships with the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, BBC and many others insure that local properties have unrivaled access to qualified buyers around the world.

To promote the new offering, the company has included two of their top agents. Each brings a unique skill set and range of expertise. Amber Anderson, an expert negotiator and global marketing powerhouse, who has recently sold two of San Diego country’s largest ocean front homes. She is joined by Ross Whitney, whose impressive 31 year career has seen him earn numerous industry awards and professional accolades. After a complete re-invention of the home, both Amber and Ross look to showcase this spectacular property to a local and global audience.



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