Imagine the perfect beach town filled with bustling downtown life, unique shops, local companies, and friendly residents. Now add beautiful coastline with postcard perfect beaches, and you have the town of Encinitas. Encinitas is tucked in between Solana Beach to the South and Carlsbad to the North. The city of Encinitas includes the smaller subsections of communities including Cardiff-By-The-Sea, Leucadia, Olivenhain, and what is know as “New Encinitas”. Just a quick 25 minute drive south on the 5 you will find yourself in Downtown San Diego proper.


Because of the diverse neighborhoods in Encinitas, the homes are also varied and diverse. From custom coastal homes high up on the beach bluffs to spacious condos, you can find a nice option of housing for any living need in Encinitas. Many homes offer ocean or canyon views (depending on which part of town you are in). Homes in Encinitas offer convenient location close to freeways, shops, and of course the beaches!

Just like the sub neighborhood of Encinitas, homes in the greater Encinitas area are a smart investment due to the steady increase of property values over the past several decades. An entry level detached home here can run from a starting point of one million and up. The average home prices in this community range from the high $400,000’s on the low end to $8,000,000 on the high end.


Both public and private schools in Encinitas boast high scores and great academic life for students. From Preschool all the way through junior college, you will find several top notch options. Mira Costa College Satellite campus sits just North of the San Elijo Lagoon and offers diverse higher learning courses. The private schools in Encinitas are nothing but world class – some private school offerings include The Grauer School (7th-12th grade), The Rhoades School (K – middle school), and Encinitas Country Day Schools (preschool-high school). Most public schools in Encinitas are rated 10s including Oak Knoll and Flora Vista Elementary School (K-6), Digueno Middle School (7th-8th grades), and San Dieguito High Academy (9th -12th grades). Whether you are looking for a great daycare or award winning private schools, Encinitas is a great place to live with amazing academic options all around.




Life in Cardiff By The Sea is unanimously described as laid back coastal living. This small sub-sect of Encinitas takes pride in its walkability to restaurants, beaches, San Elijo Lagoon, and the infamous “Seaside Market”. It stands as it’s own small-town community with a separate zip code of 92007. The community offers parks with ocean views, tennis courts, and several community areas. The stretch from Cardiff State Beach where you can pass by the statue known as “The Cardiff Kook” and head North to Swami’s Beach is infamous for walkers, joggers, bikers, and outdoor enthusiasts. The Cardiff coastline offers sweeping views of the ocean and waves crashing below the soaring beachside bluffs. Cardiff-By-The-Sea is truly a gem for surfers and beach lovers alike, and is perfectly set up as a classic Southern California beach town neighborhood.


Founded in 1911 by developer J. Frank Cullen, the community was named in honor of his wife’s native Wales and many streets have English names. A later developer, German musician Victor Kramer added the “by-the-Sea” from the song “By The Beautiful Sea”. The 1950’s and 60’s brought a wave of surfing to the beach community, where Cardiff Reef became a popular surf spot for the board sliding enthusiasts. The influence of surfing is shown throughout the city, even upon entering into Cardiff you see a classic figure of a surfer on the community welcome sign.


If you are looking to have an ocean view home, then you have come to the right place. The hill that slopes down towards the ocean is lined with residential streets with every kind of beachside home you could imagine. Cardiff-By-The-Sea homes are mostly comprised of custom builds that vary greatly in size and design. Several award winning architects have built and designed homes up on the ocean-side hill overlooking the ocean and quaint town. You can also find various rental properties and condo/townhomes that allow for some affordability in the housing marketing in Cardiff-By-The-Sea.

As with the other coastal neighborhoods, homes in Cardiff-By-The-Sea are a great investment due to the steady increase of property values over the past several decades. An entry level detached home here can run from a starting point of one million and up. The average home prices in this community range from $275,000 on the low end to $5,000,000 on the high end.


The quaint community offers “a small school experience by the sea”. Cardiff-By-The-Sea is a school system that rates among the highest in the nation. Another bonus is that you can go from kindergarten through sixth grade in Cardiff-by-the-Sea. The two main schools are Cardiff Elementary and Ada W. Harris Elementary School. These two close-knit and famously small schools provide a great family like atmosphere for all students. Small classrooms and the opportunity for your children to grow up with friends who are also next-door neighbors is a huge bonus for Cardiff residents. These well known schools feed into Oak Crest Middle School and San Dieguito Academy.