San Diego’s North County Coastal region is home to some of California’s most beautiful coastline. From Oceanside to Del Mar each one of the regions communities has it’s own unique charm and a variety of home styles. From condos and cottages to multi-million dollar mansions with spectacular coastal views and access. To discover more about each one of these diverse communities and learn about the current real estate market see below.
Del Mar is a small, seaside hideaway approximately 20 minutes north of downtown San Diego. Defined by calm salt water lagoons on each end, this charming, laid back town is best known for it’s exceptional weather, world famous thoroughbred racetrack, the county fair, fabulous beaches, haute cuisine and unique shopping. With a population of approximately 4,500 in the 2.1 square mile coastal area, Del Mar offers an oasis of unhurried, yet civilized, living. Some of San Diego Counties most expensive real estate can be found on the Del Mar coastline and along with it’s sister to the south, La Jolla, it is considered to be one of the most coveted addresses in San Diego. Read More About Del Mar…
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”.
The community takes pride in its “walkability” with the beach, lagoon, restaurants, markets, post office, library, and other commercial services in easy walking distance to each other.
San Elijo State Beach Campground provides beach campsites and day-use beach parking and lifeguard service. Recreational areas include Glen Park, with tennis and basketball courts, a children’s play area and picnic tables. Cardiff Sports Park has multiple baseball and soccer fields.
One surf hotspot is Cardiff Reef, located alongside Historic Highway 101 at the mouth of San Elijo Lagoon. Surf at the reef consistently breaks both right and left attracting professional and amateur surfers from all over Southern California and beyond year round.
Located along six miles of Pacific coastline in northern San Diego County, Encinitas has an approximate population of 60,000 and is characterized by coastal beaches, cliffs, flat-topped coastal areas, steep mesa bluffs and rolling hills. The Encinitas real estate market is diverse with high-end oceanfront properties, small condos, multi-unit buildings along with the newer planned development of “Encinitas Ranch” There is a significant flower growing industry in the City and many people claim that Encinitas is the Flower Growing Capital. San Diego Botanical Gardens is a beautiful oasis to visit with an Amazon Rainforest and the largest display of bamboo in the world. The gardens of the Self Realization Center are beautiful and sit overlooking the ocean in a serene garden-like setting. Golf enthusiasts will enjoy Encinitas Ranch Golf Course, a championship 18 hole par 72 course with panoramic ocean views. This public facility has five tees available and can be enjoyed by golfers of all abilities. Downtown 101 is a coastal shopping district over 100 years old featuring historic architecture, quaint shops, sidewalk cafes, and restaurants framed by beautiful flower baskets. The beaches in Encinitas are outstanding. The surfing is unbeatable and many surf contests are held throughout the year in Encinitas. The San Elijo Lagoon Reserve is the largest coastal wetland in San Diego County and is home to nearly 300 different bird species throughout the year.
English spiritualists settled Leucadia in 1870 and are reputed to have danced, in diaphanous white robes, in the little Roadside Park. The spiritualists are the reason so many of the streets are named after Greek gods and goddesses. Leucadia is Greek for “a sheltered place.” Heritage Eucalyptus trees, planted in the 1880s, still grace the highway. When President Roosevelt passed through Leucadia in an open car during the Depression, local children climbed the Eucalyptus trees to wave to him. Change happens slowly in this nostalgic little California beach town. In lieu of fast food restaurants and franchise chain stores, Leucadia has two miles of Mom ‘n Pop businesses, and that’s the way everyone likes it. It’s most memorable bumper sticker is “Keep Leucadia Funky.” The town played an active role in the rebirth of the classic Highway 101 shield, restored by the city in 1997, and was part of the successful 101 Campaign to have Highway 101 declared an historic route. – Courtesy of “The Leucadia Blog” www.theleucadiablog.com
The City of Carlsbad is a scenic coastal community of nearly 107,000 residents located 35 miles north of the city of San Diego. The city covers 42.8 square miles, 40 percent of which is dedicated to open space, including three lagoons, miles of hiking trails and nearly seven miles of coastline. The City of Carlsbad is situated in north San Diego County where a great climate, beautiful beaches and lagoons, and abundant natural open space, combine with world class resorts, family attractions, well-planned neighborhoods, a diverse business sector and a charming village atmosphere to create the ideal California experience. – Courtesy of the City of Carlsbad
Oceanside is a thriving community in North County San Diego that provides all the conveniences of a modern city without the disadvantages. Located just 35 miles north of San Diego, Oceanside offers a unique combination of outstanding location, well-priced available land and multiple resources. California’s main highway, Interstate 5, runs through Oceanside, as does Highway 78, which provides southeast access to Interstate 15. Highway 76, which runs northeast, also provides access to Interstate 15. With the Los Angeles area to the north and the San Diego/Tijuana area to the south, Oceanside enjoys proximity to all major Southern California destinations, while at the same time maintaining its coastal beauty and autonomy. – Courtesy of the City of Oceanside