Be 2 Degrees From Royalty With This Historic Home in La Jolla

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In 1927, English master architect Herbert Palmer, the illegitimate son of son of King Edward the VII and a lady-in-waiting of King Edward VII’s mother, Queen Victoria designed and built this La Jolla home named “Casa de las Joyas” or the “House of Jewels”, also affectionately deemed as “The Taj” by locals. Palmer was exiled from England and lived for years in India, where he admired Eastern architecture. Incorporating five types of Eastern architecture in creating his “Jewel”, it includes numerous arches, circular walls, stonework, and beams. Its distinctive three pointed white domes resemble the famed Taj Mahal in India, however, it was not meant to be a replica of the famed Taj Mahal in India. The home is a highly visible landmark seen my most who travel into La Jolla.


The Taj has over 3,800 square feet of immaculate living spaces, beautiful views, and a 42-foot, all-tiled swimming pool overlooking the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club, while showcasing the majestic ocean views. Perfectly located, you can easily walk to the beach, stroll through the Village, or walk to the Shores. Everything you need is right at your fingertips, including easy access in and out to the freeways!


Boasting a flexible floor plan with five bedrooms, plus two optional spaces, this magnificent estate is great for a family, second home, or vacation rental. In fact, the home is already among the top 20 Airbnb’s in the world! The folklore and legends of the Taj make it a one-of-a-kind historical experience, and because of its historical designation, the Taj has Mills Act designation for low property taxes, too.


See the video tour here.

Images courtesy of Maxine and Marti Gellens

Maxine and Marti Gellens are the exclusive agents representing the La Jolla, California, real estate market as a member of the Haute Residence Real Estate Network. View all of their listings here.

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