This area includes Carmel Valley, Carlsbad, Del Mar, Encinitas, Oceanside, Rancho Santa Fe and Solana Beach. With all the excitement of the downtown San Diego redevelopment, people sometimes forget that this North County Coastal area is still a very active & sought after real estate market. Especially, the coastal communities between Del Mar & Carlsbad. Solana Beach is a wonderful, affluent community that lies between the Pacific Ocean & Rancho Santa Fe. Most of northern Solana Beach is occupied by the San Elijo Lagoon County Park and Ecological Reserve. Solana Beach, as with most coastal communities in San Diego, is host to a near perfect climate and it is just minutes away from some of San Diego's most beautiful beaches.
Recently, with the development of the Solana Beach exclusive, Cedros Design District, as well as a newly opened Amtrak station, you can walk on the beach, buy a pastry, or a coffee at a local cafe and even board a train to Los Angeles....all without ever driving your car. Like many coastal communities, Solana Beach is a wonderful blend of the old & the new, with over 70 percent of Solana Beach being built within the last 20 years. Comprised of tract housing, golf homes (built adjacent to the Lomas Santa Fe Country Club), bungalows, condos, apartments and custom homes with breathtaking ocean views.
5 miles north of San Diego, located on the Pacific shoreline, is the lovely community of Encinitas. Considered by many to be the surfing Capital of California, this community has been home to surfboard makers since the early 1960s. The coastal community consists of mostly old & new custom homes, many facing a picturesque ocean view. Encinitas is also home to the famous Ecke Poinsettia Ranch. In addition, Encinitas comes in a variety of real estate from lovely cottages, bungalows, condos, apartments and even mobile home parks. The area considered to be New Encinitas, is located inland east of I-5 and consists of mostly tract housing which includes detached, townhomes, condominiums, apartments and single family homes. Many of the homes are located inland facing glorious views of the bounding Encinitas hills.
Encinitas also has a developed commercial area that attracts local shoppers from neighboring communities. Olivenhain, a historic township located in the upper eastern section of Encinitas, borders Rancho Santa Fe, features land lots, large enough to house horse stables and is considered to be one of the more presitgious north coastal communities. Olivenhain, Encinitas, Cardiff-by-the-Sea and Leucadia all incorporated as a city in 1986, but each community continues to maintain their distintive character.