Our City of Encinitas CA real estate spotlight features a small beach community near San Diego with a renowned golf course.
The Encinitas City CA beach community offers a small city (population of 60,000) with plenty of sandy beaches. Plus, the best golf course in San Diego County called the Encinitas Ranch Golf Course.
We recently published a post here about the Encinitas Ranch Homes. Here
City of Encinitas CA Facts
Recently honored as “One of the Best Surf Towns in the World”.
Encinitas in Spanish means “little oaks”.
Encinitas City located 26 miles north of San Diego.
Estimated driving time of 28 minutes to San Diego.
The U.S. 2010 Census revealed a population of 59,518.
A 2018 estimate places its population at 62,904.
99.2% live in households.
Known as the “Quintessential California Beach City”.
It’s over 100 years old downtown Shopping District offers cute boutique and antique stores inside historical buildings. Visitors love to hang out at their many sidewalk cafes.
City of Encinitas CA History
In 1986, over 69% of the voters agreed to incorporate Encinitas as a city.
Since 1982, downtown Encinitas thrives thanks to the 101 Main Street Association keeping its downtown businesses “beachy, historic, and viable”.
Hansen Surfboards Shop opened in 1961 as San Diego’s largest and oldest surf shop. It takes up over 20,000 square feet.
City of Encinitas Past Resident Celebrities
Encinitas boasts some famous celebrities as former residents like:
Michael Chang, a professional tennis player.
Bobby Riggs, a professional tennis player.
Mary Pickford, a silent movie actress and founding member of United Artists Studio.
City of Encinitas CA Neighborhoods
City of Encinitas CA real estate includes five major areas:
Cardiff-by-the-Sea – Located on its southern oceanfront community. Featuring streets named after British classic composters and cities. Also, Mira Costa College maintains its San Elijo Campus there. And, the Lux Art Institute operates in this area.
Leucadia – This coastal community offers tree-lined boulevards and streets. Its art galleries, restaurants, and unique stores provide convenience to the local single-family residences. Their most popular beaches include Grandview and Beacons.
New Encinitas – Its newest area featuring large tracts homes surrounding a popular golf course and shopping centers.
Old Encinitas – Sits along Coast Highway 101 offers a small beach area with a mix of different housing styles and businesses. The famous Encinitas Welcome Arch appears here with the early 20th century La Paloma Theater and the famous surf beach Swamis.
Olivenhain – Located in the east border as a semi-rural area. Mainly single-family homes with private equestrian facilities and a large 4-H Club.
City of Encinitas CA Real Estate Market 2019
Redfin claims these City of Encinitas real estate market prices in 2019:
- Homes typically receive one offer;
- Homes sell for about 2% below list price and go pending in around 26 days;
- Hot Homes can sell for around list price and go pending in around 9 days;
- Average Home Prices during September 2019 = $1.1 million; and
- Average Sale Price per Square Feet = $542.
Redfin Overview – the City of Encinitas, a car-dependent area requiring a car. Minimal infrastructure for biking. The City of Encinitas maintains a very competitive housing market.
- Average Home Value = $1.07 million;
- Median Listing Price = $1.499 million; and
- Median Sale Price = $1.117 million.
- Median Listing Home Price = $1.5 million;
- Median Listing Home Price per Square Foot = $579; and
- Median Sold Home Price = $1.3 million.
Realtor Overview: the City of Encinitas is a seller’s market. More buyers than listed homes for sale.
City of Encinitas Beaches
Moonlight Beach favored by families because they provide children’s play areas, shower stalls, beach rentals, and a volleyball court.
San Elijo Lagoon, known for its romantic walks.
City of Encinitas Other Outdoor Activities
Besides enjoying their beaches Encinitas offers many nature trails.
Annie’s Canyon Trail spanning a quarter-mile with moderate to challenging trails to hike. Beautiful natural sandstone formations add to its allure. Enjoy the spectacular view of the ocean and nearby lagoon from its peak.
San Elijo Ecological Reserve on 1,000 acres with over seven miles of hiking trails rated easy to moderate. View open wetlands with many animal species. Hikers and birders love this natural reserve.
San Diego Botanic Garden which Trip Advisor rates 4.5 Stars (out of 5) from 516 reviews. Beautiful gardens and lots of colorful plants and flowers on 37-acre grounds. Besides gardens, visitors enjoy the pools and waterfalls.
Meditation Gardens part of the Self Realization Fellowship Temple where visitors stop at koi ponds, waterfalls, and meditation nooks to meditate. Also, provides a beautiful coastline view and spectacular colorful flora.
City of Encinitas Events
Many year-round events occur in Encinitas City.
April Street Fair – Two-day annual street fair held downtown.
Classic Car Cruise Night – Enjoy classic cars like hot rods every third Thursday from May through September on the Coast Highway 101.
Encinitas Environment Day – An environmentally-themed games for families held on the second Sunday in June.
Deep Pit BBQ – Held at the San Dieguito Heritage Museum at the end of May.
Fall Festival – One-day street fair held downtown every November.
Heritage Ranch Events– Held at the Heritage Museum year-round.
Salute to Education – Sponsored by the Encinitas Chamber of Commerce as a Salute to Education held every June to honor local students and teachers.
OktoberFest – Coincides with the start of the famous German Oktoberfest party on the last Sunday of September. Over 200 vendors, German music, food and lots of beers.
Switchfoot Bro-Am – A free surfing competition event with outdoor music held every July at the Moonlight State Beach.
Wavecrest Woodie Meet – An annual event on Moonlight State Beach on the third Saturday in September. The largest wooden bodied vehicles rally in the world. Free admission.
City of Encinitas Culture
Encinitas Historical Society located inside an 1883 schoolhouse loaded with exhibits, photos, and oral histories of Encinitas. Free entrance.
Lux Art Institute, known for its “unique art”. View live artists working. Take courses and send your kids to their art camps.
San Diego Botanic Garden, a 37 acre garden with the largest collection of bamboo in America. Also, a tropical rainforest, desert gardens, a subtropical fruit garden, and California native plants.
San Dieguito Heritage Museum opened in 1988 offers lessons and exhibits on the origins and culture of the city and its original Native American dwellers.
Self-Realization Fellowship temple opened in 1920 as a religious organization following the teachings of its founder and resident Paramahansa Yogananda. Besides, Encinitas, the Realization Fellowship owns over 500 temples and retreats around the world.
City of Encinitas Restaurants
Fish 101 rated 4.5 Stars (out of 5) from 497 reviews who liked their calamari the best.
101 Diner got 4.5 Stars from 172 reviews who liked their strong coffee and traditional diner setting and menu.
Le Papagayo earned 4.5 Stars from 294 reviews for their lamb, salmon, BBQ pork, paella, and wahine salad.
Union Kitchen & Tap rated 4.5 Stars from 290 reviews for their traditional American pub food.
The 3rd Corner ranked 4.5 Stars from 233 reviews for their fresh seafood, especially the halibut.
Trattori I Trulli rated 4.5 Stars from 228 reviews for their Italian cuisine with the Cioppino earning praise.
Honey Bistro & Bakery earned 4.5 Stars from 124 reviews for their breakfasts.
Lobster West got 4.5 Stars from 131 reviews who love their lobster meals.
Q’ero Restaurant rated 4.5 Stars from 198 reviews for their authentic Peruvian cuisine.
Encinitas Cafe ranked 4.5 Stars from 111 reviews for their authentic old school diner on Highway 101.
Bier Garden of Encinitas got 4 Stars from 116 reviews for their “great burgers”.
City of Encinitas Schools
The Encinitas Union School District oversees the local schools.
The California School Ratings website offers these City of Encinitas schools as the best:
Capri Elementary ranks 10 (out of 10) with a 90.8 percentile.
Flora Vista Elementary also ranks 10 with a 95.8 percentile.
Ocean Knoll Elementary ranks 9 with an 89.9 percentile.
Paul Ecke-Central Elementary ranks 9 with an 83.8 percentile.
Park Dale Lane Elementary ranks 8 with a 78.1 percentile.
This City of Encinitas CA real estate spotlight presents one of the world’s best surf towns. Also, known as one of the world’s flower capitals.
Besides beautiful beaches and surfing, the City of Encinitas offers year-round activities and festivals for families to enjoy.
Boasts the best golf course in San Diego County. Also, enjoy the many miles of hiking trails and botanical gardens.
With 10 local restaurants rated 4.5 Stars enjoy a variety of fine dining and cuisines.
High education exists in Encinitas with two elementary schools rated 10 and two more rated 9 and another rated 8 by California School Ratings.
Contact Us to learn more about what good things the City of Encinitas CA real estate offers your entire family and available homes to purchase.
Steven Rich, MBA – Guest Blogger
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