Encinitas evokes visions of endless summers, beaches, surfers, year-round gardens and scenic roadways. National Geographic once named Encinitas one of the 20 best surf towns in the world, while Swami’s beach, a favorite spot among local surfers, was the inspiration behind the Beach Boys hit “Surfin’ USA” back in the mid-1960s. The Encinitas culture is all about being casual and comfortable. Encinitas residents know how to enjoy life and spend much of their time outdoors since the weather is nearly perfect. 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 city was incorporated in 1986, drawing together the communities of New Encinitas, Old Encinitas, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Olivenhain, and Leucadia.
This beautiful city has much to offer for activities and entertainment, including the scenic coastline famous for its beaches, surfing, and breathtaking sunsets. A large portion of Encinitas was once devoted to agriculture and the floral industry. There is still a presence of growers, including the Ecke Ranch, where most of the poinsettias in the world originate. There is still a significant flower growing the industry in the City and many people claim that Encinitas is the Flower Growing Capital.
Real estate in Encinitas is quite varied. Quaint older cottages, sleek moderns, and Tuscan style villas dominate the coastal areas. The western city border running along the Pacific Ocean is Old Encinitas, which includes Leucadia and Cardiff-by-the-Sea. The atmosphere is unconventional, bohemian, relaxed and carefree. Popular activities include sightseeing at the Meditation Gardens and Self-Realization Center south of Moonlight Beach, browsing through the eclectic Seaside Bazaar, antique and thrift shops along Coast Highway 101, surfing at Beacon’s Beach, or paddle boarding near Swami’s Beach. Downtown 101 is a coastal shopping district over 100 years old featuring historic architecture, quaint shops, sidewalk cafes, and restaurants.
The east side of town, or New Encinitas and Olivenhain, is generally newer construction offering homes to suit every lifestyle and budget. Heading towards El Camino Real and Olivenhain, the community has a more suburban feel, with many visitors coming from all around to do some shopping along El Camino Real or at the newer, sophisticated Forum shopping center, located on the border of South Carlsbad and Encinitas. Golf enthusiasts will enjoy the Encinitas Ranch Golf Course, a championship 18 hole par 72 course with panoramic ocean views. A newer neighborhood, Encinitas Ranch, was constructed around the golf course and offers many residents golf course and ocean view homes.
New Encinitas properties include newer single-family developments, condominiums, and apartments. Large contiguous neighborhoods and high-density complexes exist throughout. The community of Olivenhain is comprised of many large estate homes. Many of these properties contain groves of trees including citrus, avocado and other agriculture and facilities for boarding horses and equestrian pursuits.
The natural beauty of the Encinitas communities, along with temperatures between 40 and 85 degrees year-round, make Encinitas a spectacular place to live.
For more information on Encinitas real estate, contact Kylie Reiter at 858-705-1699.
Encinitas Union School District
San Dieguito Union High School District
Encinitas Ranch Golf Course
San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy
San Diego Botanic Garden
Surfline / Swami’s Beach
Self-Realization Temple and Mediation Gardens