Cardiff by the Sea, CA

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Welcome to Cardiff By The Sea! 

Explore this beachside coastal San Diego Community of Cardiff By The Sea, a sub neighborhood of Encinitas. In Cardiff you will find coastal hills dotted with custom beach homes, a quaint downtown, and waves paired with sprawling beaches for everyone to enjoy.

Living in Cardiff by the Sea

The sub community of Encinitas, Cardiff By The Sea, is home to professional surfers as well as doctors, lawyers, and those that love coastal living. Cardiff By The Sea offers beachside living in all shapes and sizes. The homes in Cardiff vary from investment properties for purchase or your very own unobstructed ocean view dream home. Cardiff offers award winning schools and a quaint downtown. It sits close to downtown Encinitas and creates a close-knit community of like-minded individuals.

Homes in Cardiff By The Sea

Eclectic, unique, and sweeping ocean views are what come to mind when thinking of homes in Cardiff By The Sea. Because Cardiff is divided by the 5 freeway to the East, Manchester Blvd to the South, the Hwy 101 to the West, and Santa Fe Dr. to the North, you get a quaint little town of about 12,000 residents which has its own zip code of 92007, completely separate from its parent city Encinitas.  Most homes are stacked on the hills overlooking the ocean bluffs. The average home price in Cardiff varies greatly but many homes run in the 1- 3 million dollar price range. Ocean view and larger homes in Cardiff will run at the higher end. You can find affordable condos, town homes, and other multi-family homes in Cardiff By The Sea which offer a more affordable option compared to detached single family homes in this beachside town.

The Neighborhoods in Cardiff By The Sea generally flow into one another – where Manchester  meets Birmingham, you find the Downtown  and ocean view communities. J Frank Cullen developed what was once farmland into Cardiff By The Sea homes and neighborhoods. Read more on the history of Cardiff here. The Composers’ District of Cardiff is set on the North West end of the Cardiff By The Sea and  includes streets like Mozart, Chopin, Verdi, and Listz. The architecture is varied and interesting with ultra modern designs, classic beach cottages, small bungalows, and California Spanish style haciendas.

You will find varied beach living of all shapes and sizes in Cardiff by the Sea. Your dream beach home is waiting!

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Things to Do In Cardiff By The Sea

If you like long walks on the beach, having Rob Machado as a neighbor, endless waves breaking on a reef,  local small businesses, and tasty restaurants – then you won’t run out of things to do in Cardiff By The Sea. From the surf contests held at the infamous Cardiff Reef, to the smell of “Cardiff Crack” (otherwise known as the best prime rib bbq) cooking outside of Seaside Market, the quaint town of Cardiff By The Sea will keep you entertained with breathtaking ocean views and that small beach town lifestyle that captures life in a California dream. Try camping at San Elijo State Beach, hiking the San Elijo Lagoon, or run past the Cardiff Kook on the Hwy 101 above the ocean North into Encinitas. You won’t be bored and you will love living in Cardiff By The Sea.

Food and Drinks in Cardiff By The Sea

If you have a hankering for some tasty breakfast, head over to Pipes Cafe and get an omelet to fill you up along with some zingy coffee. And all of you non-morning people, don’t worry! Breakfast is served all day. If a healthy smoothie is more you thing, try the delicious Sambazon Cafe  for the best acai in Cardiff By The Sea. Ki’s Restaurant and Pacific Coast Grill at Cardiff Reef offer fine coastal dining right on or across from the beach.

If you are looking for a bar or place to grab a drink with some friends, Cardiff has numerous options. Try the local “dive bar” tucked away behind Patagonia called the “Shanty Cocktail Lounge”, or for a glass of wine try Wine Steals complete with an ocean view and trivia nights. The Lost Abbey Cardiff tasting room just opened and is properly named “The Confessional”. Enjoy oceans views and tasty grog in Cardiff.

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If you need to find fresh produce and amazing prepped foods, look no further than Cardiff’s Seaside Market, a gourmet grocery market. You will find a huge selection of all natural and gluten free groceries to fill your kitchen with only the good stuff.

If you are looking for a fresh surfboard in any shape, style, or color… pop on over to Iron Cross Surfboards or the Patagonia Cardiff shop for sustainable clothes, wetsuits, and surfboards.

The Rancho Coastal Humane Society Thrift Shop offers tons of vintage and thrifty shopping in Cardiff and proceeds go to helping Fido find a forever home so you can feel good about your purchase.

The Cardiff Towne Center offers tons of shops and small offices. Here you will find Fowler’s Boutique stocked with all of the latest in men and women’s surf lifestyle apparel. A great place to shop and support local business!


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Beaches in Cardiff By The Sea

Starting from South Cardiff, you will find Seaside Reef, a popular surf spot for professionals, talented groms, and local Solana Beach and Cardiff surfers. This beach is known as “South Cardiff State Beach” but more commonly called Seaside by Cardiff residents. Enjoy the beautiful waves and sandy beaches with your dog (they are allowed on this beach) and family (fortunately, they are also allowed on the beach too).

Expanding North from Seaside about a mile you will find the official Cardiff Beach, with a State parking lot, lots of sand, and fun waves that break along the rock reef below the water. Dogs are allowed on leash here up to the San Elijo Lagoon river mouth to the North.

To the North of Cardiff State Beach on the other side of the San Elijo Lagoon river mouth opening, you will find San Elijo State Beach. There is camping year round at this epic camp spot but reserve early because spots fill up quick. Little surf spots dot the beach with quirky names such as Suckouts, turtles, and pipes. Just to the North of the camping sites there is a day use parking lot with additional beach access – a great little beach for family and fun waves. Further up the beach Cardiff’s blurred lines between Encinitas cross at Swami’s Beach.

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Swami’s is a reef point break with fun longboardable rights and on bigger days tons of fun for short boarding. You will find people practicing yoga and exercising on the beach. Don’t bring your dog on this strip of beach because they are not allowed. Taking in the view and enjoying this world class beach is something residents in Cardiff appreciate every day. With a small grassy beach park in the upper parking lot complete with an iconic tiki head standing several feet high. At the entrance to the stairs down to Swami’s you will find additional icons that resemble the neighbor Swami’s Self Realization Fellowship, which the beach is named after. Take the five flights of stairs down to the beautiful beach and take in the serene and private cove that this beach offers.

 

Make Cardiff Your Home

When you purchase a home in Encinitas, it is more about “which community” and somewhat about the “what house”. Cardiff by the Sea offers beautiful homes and beside living within Encinitas. You will love living here and finding a home for sale in this community is why we are here to help. Check out listings on this community page and contact us for a showing. Become a Cardiff Kook and see what it is all about.

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Some Real Estate Listings in Cardiff by the Sea, CA

2516 San Elijo Avenue Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007

$5,795,000
3 Beds
3.5 Baths
4,226 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # NDP2209655
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Views like this don’t exist anywhere but here! Welcome home. Panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean & San Elijo Lagoon capture your gaze from every angle of this contemporary masterpiece. Catch the most epic sunsets from your master bed or watch the surfers from one of your 3 decks! Walking distance to the beach & all the best restaurants & shops in Cardiff. With over 4,000 square feet of gorgeous space filled with natural light, this gem offers many upgrades throughout including a new roof, furnace, upper and lower AC units, high efficiency tankless water heaters and white oak Bole flooring. Opportunity of a lifetime!

617 Cathy Lane Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007

$839,000
2 Beds
1 Bath
816 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # SW22199189
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
WELCOME TO YOUR CARDIFF BEACH HOME at 617 Cathy Lane. This move-in-ready 2 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom home is conveniently located less than one mile from world-renowned surfing spots, and less than 2 miles from downtown Encinitas. Inside feels spacious and serene due to its fresh, light, neutral colors along with the bamboo and travertine flooring throughout. It boasts a charming eat-in kitchen with newer stainless steel appliances, indoor laundry (washer/dryer included), and large attached garage with ample storage. The tranquil, private backyard features plenty of entertaining space, and a dual-level garden area. LOCATION! LOCATION! Close to the beach, freeways, hospitals, shopping, and only a short walking distance to schools. This home does NOT have an HOA or association fee.

1373 Evergreen Dr Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007

$920,000
3 Beds
1.5 Baths
1,258 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 220023334SD
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Beautiful townhouse located in Cardiff by the Sea in the community of Park Place. Excellent schools and located just a short drive to world renown beaches. This cozy end unit offers tile flooring throughout, stainless steel appliances, washer/dryer in unit, direct access from patio to your 2 private parking spots and access to a huge beautifully maintained community pool. Sewer: Sewer Available, Sewer Connected Topography: LL

2180 Sea Village Circle Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007

$1,295,000
3 Beds
2.5 Baths
1,779 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 220023093SD
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Wow! Coastal living in Cardiff by the Sea- One of San Diego's favorite beach communities! As you enter this lovely home in the private community of Cardiff Park, you notice right away the pride of ownership. The custom designed kitchen was highlighted in the past by San Diego Home and Garden Magazine and features cherry cabinetry, glass tile backsplash up to the ceiling, solid countertops, stainless appliances, 6 burner gas stove, built in microwave and oven with bread warmer, recessed & pendent lighting and your own refrigerated wine cabinet. Newer vinyl plank flooring in the living area and upstairs. The primary bedroom features vaulted ceilings with views to the hillside and an amazing ensuite...walk in shower with multiple shower heads, bidet, cherry cabinetry, pendent lighting, and a spacious walk-in closet. Two guest rooms and a guest bath round out the upstairs. One bedroom has views to the backyard and is used as an office and the other sunny bedroom has a Murphy Bed and wonderful built-in shelving that are included with the purchase. The upgraded guest bath has a bathtub and the same design flair. Additional half bath is downstairs. Enjoy entertaining in the private backyard which is surrounded by trees and the hillside which is maintained by the HOA. Fire up the built-in barbeque and relax in the evenings. Some other homes in Cardiff Park have neighbors behind them. This home does not. Enjoy the central a/c on those hot summer days. Automatic sprinklers in front and backyard. Attached two car garage. Community pool nearby. Refrigerator/washer/dryer included. Wow! Coastal living in Cardiff by the Sea- One of San Diego's favorite beach communities! As you enter this lovely home in the private community of Cardiff Park, you notice right away the pride of ownership. The custom designed kitchen was highlighted in the past by Home and Garden Magazine and features cherry cabinetry, glass tile backsplash up to the ceiling, solid countertops, stainless appliances, 6 burner gas stove, built in microwave and oven with bread warmer, recessed & pendent lighting and your own refrigerated wine cabinet. Newer vinyl plank flooring in the living area and upstairs. The primary bedroom features vaulted ceilings with views to the hillside and an ensuite to die for...walk in shower with multiple shower heads, bidet, cherry cabinetry, pendent lighting, and a spacious walk-in closet. Two guest rooms and a guest bath round out the upstairs. One bedroom has views to the backyard and is used as an office and the other sunny bedroom has a Murphy Bed and wonderful built-in shelving that are included with the purchase. The upgraded guest bath has a bathtub and the same design flair. Additional half bath is downstairs. Enjoy entertaining in the private backyard which is surrounded by trees and the hillside which is maintained by the HOA. Fire up the built-in barbeque and relax in the evenings. Some other homes in Cardiff Park have neighbors behind them. This home does not. Enjoy the central a/c on those hot summer days. Automatic sprinklers in front and backyard. Attached two car garage. Community pool nearby. Sale includes refrigerator, washer, and dryer. Complex Features: , Equipment: Dryer,Garage Door Opener, Range/Oven, Washer Sewer: Sewer Connected Topography: LL Guest House Est. SQFT: 0

1434 Kings Cross Dr Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007

$1,925,000
3 Beds
2.5 Baths
1,653 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 220022995SD
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Live 5 minutes from the Beach & Cardiff Seaside Market, the ultimate location. Take in home's ocean view from the top of the driveway and upstairs front bedroom. The home is a contemporary renovation/remodel, beautifully updated and beautifully kept. It's just like brand new, especially the stylish finishes, exceptional & incomparable, elegant yet with that special I'm home feeling. A smart & spacious open concept floor plan with dramatic vaulted ceilings. Enjoy the tasteful gourmet kitchen, its spotless, with quartz counters, stainless steel, ample cabinets, and farmhouse sink. Check out the latest plank flooring throughout. The master bedroom suite is especially romantic, with its modern luxurious MBR bath. The home presents a seamless indoor outdoor experience complete with an abundance of sunny southern exposure creating the ultimate California living spaces. You'll love entertaining poolside while relaxing in the adjoining spa. By the way, the swimming pool is heated and there's air conditioning too, plus a big 2 car garage. It's extraordinary, don't miss this! Go to https://youtu.be/J56t5MxQ3Cg for an aerial view. Live 5 minutes from the Beach & Cardiff Seaside Market, the ultimate location. Take in home's ocean view from the top of the driveway and upstairs front bedroom. The home is a contemporary renovation/remodel, beautifully updated and beautifully kept. It's just like brand new, especially the stylish finishes, exceptional & incomparable, elegant yet with that special I'm home feeling. A smart & spacious open concept floor plan with dramatic vaulted ceilings. Enjoy the tasteful gourmet kitchen, its spotless, with quartz counters, stainless steel, ample cabinets, and farmhouse sink. Check out the latest plank flooring throughout. The master bedroom suite is especially romantic, with its modern luxurious MBR bath. The home presents a seamless indoor outdoor experience complete with an abundance of sunny southern exposure creating the ultimate California living spaces. You'll love entertaining poolside while relaxing in the adjoining spa. By the way, the swimming pool is heated and there's air conditioning too, plus a big 2 car garage. It's extraordinary, don't miss this! Go to https://youtu.be/J56t5MxQ3Cg for an aerial view. Sewer: Sewer Connected Topography: LL

1266 Loch Lomond Drive Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007

$1,055,000
5 Beds
3 Baths
1,523 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # IG22192565
Property Type Duplex
Price Type --
Bring your imagination and tools to this charming home that needs some TLC. Located in the desirable community of Cardiff by the sea! The possibilities are endless with this 5 bedroom and 3 bath property. Front and backyard are spacious with plenty of room for entertaining and relaxing once renovated/landscaped. The garage has been converted into 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom. This home is centrally located to nearby schools, shopping centers, 5fwy, and approx. 2 miles from the beach! Don't pass the chance to make this home your own. Schedule a appointment today, it's a MUST SEE!

1348 Mackinnon Ave San Diego, CA 92007

$820,000
2 Beds
1 Bath
816 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 220020699SD
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
WELCOME to this beauty at Cardiff by the Sea. Move-In condition home offers 2 bedrooms, 1 baths, 816 sq. ft., 1 car garage First impressions are important! Many upgrades! Includes new vinyl-wood flooring throughout. Kitchen fully remodeled with new cabinets, stove, ceiling fan, and granite countertops. Bathroom remodeled. Washer and dryer hook ups. Close to beach. Walking distance to high school. Topography: LL

1904 Pariva Drive Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007

$2,099,900
4 Beds
2.5 Baths
1,960 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # NDP2207123
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Entertainers paradise with peek-a-boo ocean views! Walk in and unwind in your Cardiff dream house. This home lives like a single level, with 3 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms downstairs. Upstairs you will find a large den, which can be converted to an optional 4th BR (no closet), with vaulted ceilings as well as an office and a 1/2 bath. Ready to relax? Lounge in your spacious backyard, complete with a large bar that seats 9 and has a built-in BBQ, gas range & griddle, small fridge, fans, heater, and a TV mount! If you prefer, wander over and relax by your fire pit with a built-in seating area. Walk the steps up to the second-story deck and look at the Pacific Ocean! Other amenities include stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, in-ceiling speakers, an outdoor shower, a walk-in closet, and much more. You don't want to miss this one.

1660 Brahms Road Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007

$10,000,000
3 Beds
3.5 Baths
5,616 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # NDP2206542
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
When light creates art, art evokes emotion. Phoenix House, unlike anything Cardiff by the Sea has ever seen, is an Architectural Record award winning sanctuary. Impeccably designed by Sebastian Mariscal, Phoenix House was the first of three of his creations to receive the prestigious Record House designation. Expansive ocean views and multiple outdoor living spaces, including the rooftop deck with an outdoor kitchen, make indoor/outdoor living as easy as the ocean breeze. Wall surfaces of carefully crafted board-formed concrete, the 20th century stone, combine with walnut and Buckingham slate floors throughout and walnut and mahogany windows, doors and cabinetry to form a serene environment of warm minimalism. Beams of light filter through multiple gaps and skylights to cast cool shadowed transitions between well thought out rooms. Depending on the time of day you’ll marvel at the sun or moonlight dancing from the outside in, setting many different tones and shades, creating spaces that evoke the feelings of an immersive art experience. These are just a few of the intricate details you’ll swoon over throughout this inverted floor plan. The living space overlooks Cardiff’s familiar but always beautiful Pacific Ocean while the master suite gazes into the peaceful yard and alluring pool area. In the midst of all of the incredible contemporary details and centered between the private walls is an interior garden, a true focal point of this masterpiece home. In the heart of Cardiff's Composer District, Brahms Road is the most undiscovered, tucked away street, parallel to Rossini Canyon. The exclusive location is, in a sense, secluded from the buzzing beach town yet is centered so perfectly within walking distance to shops, restaurants, entertainment and of course, world class surf and beaches.

1868 Pariva Drive Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007

$1,699,900
4 Beds
3 Baths
2,377 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # PTP2204115
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Welcome to this stunning home in Cardiff by the Sea. Enjoy the high vaulted ceilings, large kitchen, and large living space for fun and entertainment. Sit outside and enjoy the beautiful views all around. Go adventure at the beach, eat at local eateries, or take a nice stroll around which is only minutes away. An amazing feature that comes with this home is an attached additional unit for guests or family. Enjoy the company of friends and family while giving them their own space. Come by and see this beautiful home before its gone!

2520 San Elijo Ave Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007

$5,095,000
3 Beds
4.5 Baths
3,762 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 220014888SD
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Rarely do site and structure so seamlessly align to create an indescribable sense of tranquility in a truly remarkable setting surrounded by natural beauty. Custom built and consisting of 2 legal parcels bordering the San Elijo Lagoon, this unique estate boasts breathtaking views overlooking the ocean and coastline. The architecturally stunning interior showcases abundant light through a wide array of skylights while walls of windows and doors in the main level living areas frame the seaside scenery. Working from home is easy from the designated office also located on the top floor. Downstairs you will find the private master suite offering a spacious walk-in closet and sumptuous stone bath, a secondary bedroom and bathroom, as well as a gorgeous family room perfect for displaying your artwork. Just outside is a guest quarters with its own sitting area and covered patio. Soak the stresses of the day away in the spa, relax poolside or sunbathe in privacy on the picturesque patio where you can enjoy the ever-changing wildlife and preserve as your backdrop. Affording limitless potential should you wish to expand, the second parcel currently consists of a 3-car garage, a generous craft room plus a large greenhouse with an expansive, wraparound view deck. Situated in the desirable Cardiff Walking District where you’re provided convenient access to Cardiff State Beach, Seaside Market, Glen Park, San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve and trails, local shopping and dining, as well as Highway 101 and Interstate 5. This amazing property sets the bar for exceptional coastal living. ***Rarely do site and structure so seamlessly align to create an indescribable sense of tranquility in a truly remarkable setting surrounded by natural beauty. Custom built and consisting of 2 legal parcels bordering the San Elijo Lagoon, this unique estate boasts breathtaking views overlooking the ocean and coastline. The architecturally stunning interior showcases abundant light through a wide array of skylights while walls of windows and doors in the main level living areas frame the seaside scenery. Working from home is easy from the designated office also located on the top floor. Downstairs you will find the private master suite offering a spacious walk-in closet and sumptuous stone bath, a secondary bedroom and bathroom, as well as a gorgeous family room perfect for displaying your artwork. Just outside is a guest quarters with its own sitting area and covered patio. Soak the stresses of the day away in the spa, relax poolside or sunbathe in privacy on the pictureque patio where you can enjoy the ever-changing wildlife and preserve as your backdrop. Affording limitless potential should you wish to expand, the second parcel currently consists of a 3-car garage, a generous craft room plus a large greenhouse with an expansive, wraparound view deck. Situated in the desirable Cardiff Walking District where you’re provided convenient access to Cardiff State Beach, Seaside Market, Glen Park, San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve and trails, local shopping and dining, as well as Highway 101 and Interstate 5. This amazing property sets the bar for exceptional coastal living. Equipment: Fire Sprinklers,Pool/Spa/Equipment, Water Filtration Sewer: Sewer Connected Topography: SSLP

501 Chesterfield Dr Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007

$1,795,000
1 Bed
1 Bath
750 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 220014117SD
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Ultra-charming beach bungalow located west of the 5 freeway in Cardiff By The Sea. Privacy abounds from the stunning, stone walled entry leading to the enclosed front yard with tropical landscaping. Inside, you’ll enjoy a light and airy interior with 1 bedroom, 1 bath plus a den, a granite kitchen with stainless steel appliances, and a large living room with bi-fold doors opening onto the entertainer’s backyard boasting an expansive lanai with an outdoor fireplace, a built-in bar, spacious stone patio, as well as a breathtaking Pebble-Tec pool and spa with soothing rock waterfall. Embracing the indoor-outdoor lifestyle has never been easier! Equipment: Pool/Spa/Equipment, Range/Oven Sewer: Septic Installed Topography: GSL

2449 Manchester Avenue Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007

$3,095,000
2 Beds
2 Baths
1,222 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # NDP2205756
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
This modern coastal cottage, remodeled in 2019 by local designer, KC Interiors in 2019, is located in the coveted walking district of Cardiff by the Sea. This 2 bedroom, 1 bath; with additional attached studio with loft, full kitchen and bathroom, is being sold fully furnished, turn-key and ready to enjoy. No expense was spared to create a modern feel with top-of-the-line finishes throughout; be-it a gourmet kitchen similar to a French bistro, or professional lighting and designer furnishings to evoke a feeling of coziness. The attached studio loft with full kitchen and bathroom, constructed in 2020 is a sleek and modern space, perfect as a guest suite, office space or rental. Enjoy ocean, lagoon and sunset views from the front deck, or barbecue in the private, beautifully landscaped back yard with artistic shed and gorgeous lighting. New roof installed May 2022. Owned solar system and a/c units currently being installed. HALO 5 whole home water filtration system. Off street parking with additional parking via back alley access. Top rated schools. This property is perfect as a primary residence, second home by the beach or an investment property. Enjoy everything that Cardiff by the Sea offers - walk to the beach, park, restaurants, shops, San Elijo Lagoon trails to Solana Beach - or stroll along the rail trail to downtown Encinitas. Top rated Cardiff and Encinitas School districts. Lot Zoned R-2 Minor

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