Here is a look at the CARLSBAD AREA housing market (including other North San Diego Communities) for March 2013. As you can see CARLSBAD is in a SELLER’S MARKET, as are all other nearby communities, except Rancho Santa Fe, having low inventory and buyer demand that means the market favors sellers. Carlsbad homes are selling [...]Read More
is a coastal town about 25 miles north of San Diego, sandwiched between Carlsbad to the north, Solana Beach to the south, the ocean (west, of course), and Rancho Santa Fe to the east.
The city was incorporated in 1986, covers about 20 square miles, and as of the 2000 census had a population of 58,000. Encinitas has an international reputation as a flower capital (especially poinsettias), and a cruise around town will show you why this is so. You will find a decent number of nurseries although many have disappeared. Encinitas is also the home of the San Diego Botanical Garden, a feast for the eyes if you are a plant lover.
Encinitas consists of several communities from which it was originally incorporated – Encinitas (which includes the downtown area) and sometimes referred to as Old Encinitas, Leucadia (the older, funky, surfing part of town to the north), Olivenhain (to the east), Encinitas Ranch (a newer large subdivision), and Cardiff, or more formally Cardiff-by-the-Sea (to the south bordering Solana Beach, with a separate zip code but without a separate town government).
Encinitas has a thriving downtown area, primarily south of Encinitas Boulevard along the Coastal Highway (Route 101) near the beaches. There is office space, along with numerous shops, clothing boutiques, restaurants, galleries, and a wide range of services catering to residents, surfers, vacationers and others – just about everything you can imagine.
The Coaster (commuter train) also stops in downtown Encinitas (the Amtrak trains do not – head south to Solana Beach or north to Oceanside to catch these).
The El Camino Real shopping corridor is a popular retail area to the west with lots of shopping, dining and services, north of Encinitas Boulevard. There are hundreds of retailers (e.g., Home Depot, Target, Office Max, TJMaxx,, HomeGoods, among others), and several distinct shopping centers (e.g., Encinitas Town Center).
Restaurants vary widely in Encinitas, ranging from casual to fairly upscale. The downtown area along the Coast Highway has around 50 eating places, offering a broad range of America, California, and ethnic styles (Indian, Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Jamaican, Italian, French). A favorite local hangout and one also popular with vacationers is Le Papagayo, in Leucadia. The amenities of Carlsbad, including high-end dining at the Park Hyatt Aviara (formerly the Four Seasons) and the La Costa Spa and Resort, are a short distance away. Or head south a mile or so to Cardiff and take in one of the shore-front eateries along Route 101.
Encinitas Schools have an excellent reputation, a reason many residents have decided to reside here. There are two school districts for residents, plus students from neighboring communities in the upper grades: San Dieguito Union School District and Encinitas Union School District.
Encinitas beaches are well-known by surfers and non-surfers alike. No matter what your favored beach activity, you will likely find a place here that will feel just right.
Swamis, at the far southern end, is probably the best known surfing beach in the area. It is located below the bluff where the Self-Realization Fellowship Temple and Ashram Center was built back in 1937 – locals began calling the beach Swamis (it was originally named Noonans Beach) and the name stuck [this beach was immortalized by the Beach Boys' famous hit, "Surfin' USA"].
Heading north the next major beach is Moonlight Beach, perhaps the most activity friendly for all ages – it is popular with residents and vacationers, there are barbecue pits, picnic tables, beach volleyball areas, showers/changing rooms, a snack bar and plenty of parking, plus handicapped access to the beach itself.
Other beaches to the north include Stone Steps, Beacon’s and Grandview (in Leucadia), all of which are popular with surfers and beach-goers alike and known for their views from the bluffs above.
Housing in Encinitas is fairly diverse – in style (cottage, contemporary, Tuscan, Spanish, Italian/Mediterranean, traditional, craftsman and so on), age, size and price.
There are beach cottages (some of which have been updated) and a couple of homes built to look like boats that are now preserved, bluff-top homes along Neptune Avenue (the most expensive area) with fabulous ocean views, expansive tract homes in Encinitas Ranch, funky houses in Leucadia mixed in with some of the newest subdivisions in Encinitas, larger homes on huge lots with room for horses in Olivenhain, and numerous condos and town-homes.
There are a good number of rental properties in the area for vacationers, as well as several mobile home parks and multiple small apartment buildings. There are also several 55+ communities.
There are a good number of subdivisions in Encinitas, both gated and ungated, and some have been built in just the last several years – there is a small amount of new construction – especially in Leucadia.
Village Park is a large neighborhood west of Encinitas Ranch offering a mix of housing (attached and detached homes , condos and apartments) and tending to be the least expensive area on average (e.g., High Country Villas, Summerhill).
Encinitas Ranch is a large community of newer tract homes, many with views of the distant ocean or the Encinitas Ranch golf course.
Some other complexes include Pacifica, Nantucket, Sea Bluff (attached townhomes in Leucadia, some with direct ocean frontage), West Hampton Cove, Cambria, Rancho Encinitas, Palomare Heights, Sage Canyon, Sheridan Estates, Nautilus Cove, and Sandalwood.
An appealing coastal town in North San Diego County, Encinitas may be just the place for you, with a range of homes for sale, excellent schools, beautiful beaches, a booming downtown, and terrific climate year-round.
MY FAVORITE RESTAURANTS – Blue Fin Sushi (El Camino Real) and The 3rd Corner in downtown Encinitas on the 101
MY FAVORITE BEACH – Moonlight Beach
| Carlsbad, Del Mar, Encinitas, For Buyers, For Sellers, La Jolla, Market Reports, Oceanside, Rancho Santa Fe, San Marcos, Solana Beach | Jeff Dowler | No Comments
| Cardiff, Carlsbad, Del Mar, Encinitas, For Buyers, For Sellers, La Jolla, Market Reports, Oceanside, Rancho Santa Fe, San Marcos, Solana Beach | Jeff Dowler | No Comments
This review of the housing market in Carlsbad and nearby North San Diego communities for the first half of 2012 as compared to the same time is 2011 is quite telling, with some significant changes. But it’s also quite clear each community is different, and the axiom that all real estate is local is obvious. [...]Read More
| 365 Things, Encinitas | Jeff Dowler | No Comments
If you aren’t familiar with the ENCINITAS LIFESTYLE, or even if you are, you might enjoy this glimpse into what it’s like to live in this eclectic Southern California coastal town – beaches, shopping, dining, art, fairs and festivals, and so much more. ENJOY!Read More
| Beaches, Encinitas, For Buyers, Leucadia, Relocation | Jeff Dowler | No Comments
LEUCADIA (a community along the coast at the northern end of Encinitas) has a reputation as a funky beach community with a long history of surfing. There are some terrific beaches, and the town retains much of the feel of days gone by, rather than becoming gentrified as so many Southern California towns have. Experience [...]Read More
| Aviara, Cardiff, Carlsbad, Del Mar, Encinitas, Financial, For Sellers, La Jolla, Oceanside, Rancho Santa Fe, San Marcos, Solana Beach, Taxes | Jeff Dowler | No Comments
April 30th, 2012 is coming up fast!! This is the deadline to request an INFORMAL ASSESSMENT REVIEW of your home’s current assessment, which of course determines your property taxes. Given some homes in CARLSBAD, and elsewhere in San Diego County, may now have a market value that is less than their assessed value, having an [...]Read More
| 365 Things, Encinitas, Fairs and Festivals, Things To Do, Tourist Stuff | Jeff Dowler | 1 Comment
Every year the Downtown Encinitas Mainstreet Assocation (DEMA) sponsors the ENCINITAS CLASSIC CAR NIGHTS on the 3rd Thursday of each summer month – June, July, August and September. Thus, as of this writing, there are 3 more summer Thursday evenings to enjoy the CLASSIC CARS, live music and stroll the downtown Encinitas area to shop [...]Read More
| 365 Things, Dining, Encinitas | Jeff Dowler | No Comments
I am a dessert fan, big time. Chocolate in particular. ELIZABETHAN DESSERTS in Encinitas fits the bill perfectly. ELIZABETHAN DESSERTS is a bit of an anomaly, being located at Sunshine Gardens Nursery at the intersection of Encinitas Boulevard and Quail Garden Drive. But think of it this way – you can go shop for flowers [...]Read More
San Diego Real Estate Market Reports for North San Diego County Coastal/Inland Communities – March 2011April 29th, 2011 | Cardiff, Carlsbad, Del Mar, Encinitas, La Jolla, Market Reports, Oceanside, Rancho Santa Fe, San Marcos, Solana Beach, Uncategorized | Jeff Dowler | No Comments
Here are the real estate market reports for major communities along the coast and inland in North San Diego County for MARCH 2011. Please don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any questions or need further information on any of these or other nearby communities. CARLSBAD CARDIFF DEL MAR ENCINITAS ESCONDIDO LA JOLLA [...]Read More
| 365 Things, Encinitas, Things To Do, Tourist Stuff | Jeff Dowler | No Comments
The MEDITATION GARDENS at the Self Realization Fellowship in Encinitas area a fabulous place to take a quiet walk on the bluff high above the ocean. Winding paths, tranquil pools of water filled with koi, and beautiful flowers, coupled with amazing views beyond the trees of the blue Pacific, are sure to please AND relax [...]Read More
| 365 Things, Encinitas, Things To Do | Jeff Dowler | No Comments
NAUTILUS HOLISTIC HEALTH CENTER in Encinitas is one of the few community accupuncture centers in the North San Diego County area. The NAUTILUS HOLISTIC HEALTH CENTER is one of the few health centers in the San Diego area offering community acupuncture, the way it is commonly done in China, with treatment of more than one [...]Read More
| 365 Things, Encinitas, Shopping | Jeff Dowler | No Comments
QUEEN EILEEN’S may be one of the most unusual, and “funnest” (my word) place to shop that I’ve seen in the area. Queenie, as owner Eileen Burke, has created a store filled to the brim with all sorts of fun, creative, useful gifts for all ages. It’s hard to describe in a few words all [...]Read More
| Carlsbad, Condos, Encinitas, For Buyers | Jeff Dowler | No Comments
Both Encinitas and Carlsbad have condo communities offering new condos for sale. In Carlsbad, AVELLINO is still building new town home condominiums in the La Costa Greens master planned community. These new homes for sale in La Costa feature 2 and 3-story models (the 3-story model has an option for an elevator), with 3 floor [...]Read More
| 365 Things, Dining, Encinitas | Jeff Dowler | No Comments
The health benefits of raw vegetable juices are well known, and the FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH JUICE BAR is the BEST place around to get ‘em. The FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH JUICE BAR offers a wide range of fresh organic vegetable and fruit juices in a wide range of blends, along with smoothies (e.g., Berry, Colada, Tropical [...]Read More
| 365 Things, Dining, Encinitas | Jeff Dowler | No Comments
The FIREFLY GRILL AND WINE BAR is in the heart of the El Camino Real shopping corridor, just a couple miles south of the Carlsbad line. It’s well worth a visit for great food, a terrific wine list, upscale ambiance, and great value. Don’t let the location in a strip mall scare you off. They [...]Read More
San Diego Real Estate Market Reports for North San Diego County Coastal/Inland Communities – January 2011February 26th, 2011 | Aviara, Cardiff, Carlsbad, Carlsbad Village, Del Mar, Encinitas, La Costa, La Jolla, Market Reports, Oceanside, Rancho Santa Fe, San Marcos, Solana Beach | Jeff Dowler | No Comments
Here are the real estate market reports for major communities along the coast and inland in North San Diego County for JANUARY 2011. Please don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any questions or need further information on any of these or other nearby communities. CARLSBAD CARDIFF DEL MAR ENCINITAS ESCONDIDO LA JOLLA [...]Read More
San Diego Real Estate Market Reports for North San Diego County Coastal/Inland Communities – December 2010January 16th, 2011 | Cardiff, Carlsbad, Del Mar, Encinitas, La Jolla, Market Reports, Oceanside, Rancho Santa Fe, San Marcos, Solana Beach | Jeff Dowler | No Comments
Here are the real estate market reports for major communities along the coast and inland in North San Diego County for DECEMBER 2010. Please don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any questions or need further information on any of these or other nearby communities. CARLSBAD CARDIFF DEL MAR ENCINITAS ESCONDIDO LA JOLLA [...]Read More