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.

patagonia cardiff surfboardsShopping in Cardiff By The Sea

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

971 Robley Place Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007

$1,450,000
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,213 SqFt
Status Coming Soon
MLS # NDP2205006
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Coastal Single Level. Cardiff Beach Bungalow. Live the ultimate beach lifestyle in the perfect location. The best beaches are down the street, minutes to renowned Seaside Market, VGs donuts and many more famous coastal favorites. 1 minute to Cardiff Sports park. Current owner added waterproof wood grain vinyl plank flooring, baseboards, removed exterior stucco to the studs, completely insulated from the outside in, re stucco with Santa Barbara finish and custom stonework, added larger Pella double pane windows and sliders, custom front door, replaced retaining wall with concrete block wall with matching Santa Barbara finish and outdoor lighting fixtures. Enjoy as is or add a second story for ocean views Come live the dream! Professional Photos on 5/24.

1310 Lake Drive Encinitas, CA 92024

$6,495,000
4 Beds
4.5 Baths
4,924 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # NDP2205125
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Enjoy remarkable ocean & sunset views, find yourself totally removed from the outside world the moment you enter this one-of-a-kind property, through the driveway gate. Unparalleled luxury living with SINGLE-LEVEL floor-plan, this Modern Farmhouse has stylized interiors that naturally flow, room-to-room, and from sun-filled indoors, to expansive outdoors spaces, on this sprawling home site of nearly one acre, with swimming pool, sports court, play areas and firepit. A detached 800sf Pool House w/ full kitchen, office, workout area, full bathroom and fireplace. Plans for a detached 1,200sf guest house are included. This exceptional home, built in 2015 by Insigna City Ventures, features fine quality architecture, current design and high quality materials, creating a modern day compound, very rare at the coast. Enter into the Great Room with high vaulted wood-beam ceilings, tall fireplace, large well appointed island kitchen, Wolf 6-burner w/ range, Subzero refrigerator, plus walk-in pantry. More property features; CONTROL-4 smart home system, wet-bar, Theater Room, separate office or dual/ kids study, Tesla high power car charger, 32 solar panels, Ting internet option, master steam shower, outdoor beach shower, tankless water heater, whole-house Life Source Premire Water System, swimming pool with power cover, water falls, Baja Ledge and Blue Stone surround decking. Savor relaxed livng at your own private retreat.

2306 Lagoon View Drive Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007

$2,350,000
3 Beds
2.5 Baths
2,245 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # NDP2205034
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Sandy Point is one of Cardiff by the Sea's most desirable gated communities. This 2 story, 3 bedroom and 2.5 bathrooms detached home has views of the communitie's lagoon, greenbelt and park. The back patio is a perfect place to relax, have morning coffee and enjoy a dinner with your family. There is also a gate on the patio that leads to the lagoon and park area. The primary bedroom and bathroom is located on the first level along with a half bathroom. The upstairs has two bedrooms and a full bathroom. The family and dining rooms both have high vaulted ceilings and the living room has a fireplace. Sandy Point has an impressive community pool, spa, and clubhouse overlooking the ocean and the lagoon. The club house is a great place for residents, families, and friends to come and celebrate special occasions including social events. The location offers one of San Diego's best school districts and is the only a couple of miles from the beautiful beaches of North County. Cardiff by the Sea has great walking and bike trails, restaurants and a community gourmet grocery store. Cardiff is one of the best beach towns on the coast of Southern California. Seller entertain highest and best offer.

923 Nolbey Street Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007

$1,798,000
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,326 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # NDP2204963
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Grab the surfboards and enjoy this 3 bed 2 bath beach bungalow located in the coastal community of Cardiff By the Sea. Newer floors and a remodeled kitchen add to the charm of this 1961 built home. Situated on a 6800 sq ft lot with current peek ocean views this home is just asking for the 2nd floor addition to make that view panoramic ocean views! Many homes in the area have been added on to increase size and view capabilities and this one is a perfect candidate. These homes don't last long!

2465 Caminito Ocean Cv. Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007

$1,079,000
2 Beds
1.5 Baths
1,234 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 220011892SD
Property Type Townhouse
Price Type --
Rarely available Cardiff Cove townhome is located in the beautiful beach community of Cardiff, west of the I-5 freeway. This 2 bedroom 1.5 bathroom townhome includes a 1 car garage, and a private fenced backyard in this exclusive community. Close to the San Elijo Lagoon and all the wonderful amenities that Cardiff By the Sea has to offer. The property is tenant-occupied until June 1, 2022. The Cardiff Community offers a clubhouse, jacuzzi, pool, and viewpoint from the lagoon to the ocean. First showing on June 5th, schedule an appointment before is too late Complex Features: ,, Equipment: Dryer,Garage Door Opener, Washer Sewer: Sewer Connected Topography: GSL Frontage: Freeway, Lagoon/Estuary

1241 Evergreen Ln Encinitas, CA 92007

$899,000
3 Beds
1.5 Baths
1,258 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 220011858SD
Property Type Townhouse
Price Type --
This beautiful home is located in the exclusive zip code of Cardiff. This cozy home features stainless steel appliances, light and bright floor plan with gas fireplace, laundry room and upgraded bathtub which has been lovingly maintained over the years. Walking distance to award-winning Encinitas schools, beaches and market. You're buying a lifestyle not just a home. HOA includes community pool, RV storage, water, trash, and dog park. This lovely home is upscale urban at its best. Sewer: Sewer Connected

2362 Wales Dr. Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007

$2,295,000
2 Beds
2 Baths
1,606 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 220011280SD
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Immaculate single-level home with spectacular ocean, sunset, & canyon views in the coveted Sandy Point complex in Cardiff by the Sea. Rarely available larger canyon lot in a serene tucked away gated community with a resort-like feel. This bright and open Cape Cod home features new roof (2020), newer HVAC system, fresh paint, wood and tile flooring, high ceilings, two fireplaces, and pristine backyard with incredible views. Kitchen boasts SS appliances, white cabinets, and wet-bar with wine fridge. Sandy Point's pool and spa are perched overlooking the ocean with the clubhouse nearby. It also features a greenbelt/park with koi fish ponds, water features, walking path, and gazebo. Close to beaches, Seaside Market, 5 freeway, and the San Elijo Lagoon Reserve with hiking trails! Complex Features: ,,,, Sewer: Sewer Connected Topography: ,LL,SSLP

1314 Lake Drive Encinitas, CA 92024

$7,997,000
6 Beds
7.5 Baths
6,418 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # NDP2203299
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Rare opportunity-Modern Farmhouse Masterpiece approx 1 Acre approx 1 mile from Ocean w/ADU & Guest Cottage. Mature Hedges, Blooming venues & Tree Lined Granite Cobblestone driveway escort you into breathtaking private Gated Estate. Purchased new construction & subsequently underwent extensive top to bottom customization+the addition of several permitted structures. Mainhouse has 4 bedrooms w/en-suite baths. Custom Dutch door, 100 y/o+ Reclaimed Oak floors, Extensive meticulous Millwork (Board and Batten+Shiplap clad walls/ceilings), striking architectural Trusses welcome you to vaulted 20+ ft ceiling Great Room/Dining Room/Kitchen. Dream kitchen w/custom inset cabinetry, oversized island w/Carrera counters, custom designer hood, Wolf range w/double oven, Sub Zero Pro 48” glass door fridge/freezer, dual dishwashers + prep kitchen. Great room w/soaring Fireplace+custom Wet Bar. Approx 865 sqft covered porches. Outdoor Living bldg w/expansive custom folding doors-seamless blend of outdoor venues w/modern amenities of vaulted outdoor living w/Full Kitchen w/Wolf BBQ, Full Bath, TV+Dining room & Fireplace (approx 800SF & not incl in price/SF!) Perfectly positioned to serve as future Pool House. Guest Cottage, Shop Studio & ADU (w/custom kitchens ft. high end appliances + full baths). Well suited for multi-generational family looking for Legacy Estate or single family! Shop Studio can serve as home offices, steps from Main Home. Guest Cottage-perfect for extended family OR for gym/art studio. Thoughtfully curated top of the line finishes throughout. Waterworks, Lacanche, Bespoke Chevron floors in ADU w/full Kitchen, W/D, decorative Marble Fireplace, Fleetwood windows. Sunset & Ocean orientation! Minutes to downtown Cardiff - Enjoy the Coastal Lifestyle AND Estate living.

2151 Glasgow Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007

$3,900,000
3 Beds
2 Baths
2,947 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # NDP2203021
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
*Also Listed as Residential Income MLS# NDP2203014* CARDIFF by the SEA BEACH COTTAGE W/2 ADU Apartments - 2151 Glasgow is a unique Cardiff by the Sea property situated at the top of the hill west of I-5 in Cardiff’s famed Walking District. This single-story home features 2 rentable guest units, a large pool sized yard, and an ocean view rooftop deck. Main House (built 1959) offers 3bd/2ba, open floorplan with wood beamed ceilings, fireplace, breakfast nook, and RV / Boat Parking. Attached is an additional (built in 1985) approx. 1000sqft 2nd story 1bd/1ba apt offering a 400sqft view deck and an approx. 600 studio ground level apartment with its own private yard and open carport/garage. This fabulous location is perfect for enjoying sunrises to the east and sunsets to the west. This special property offers many options …keep as is for rental income, live in one rent the others, add on or remodel to create your perfect dream home at the top of Cardiff or check with the City of Encinitas about building multiple townhomes. 2 APNs are included totaling just under 15K sq. ft. all within a highly sought after Cardiff neighborhood where you can walk, skate or bike to some of San Diego’s most beautiful beaches, hiking trails along the San Elijo Lagoon, a variety of great restaurants, shops and of course, Cardiff’s own Seaside Market.

2124 Bulrush Lane Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007

$2,799,000
4 Beds
2.5 Baths
2,549 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # NDP2201245
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
PANORAMIC EPIC WHITE-WATER OCEAN & LAGOON VIEWS. Incredible vistas from one of the highest large lots 13,220 sf in Cardiff see San Elijo Lagoon, Cardiff Reef and La Jolla. Cozy up around the backyard firepit to experience breathtaking sunsets. A glass wall extends the full width of the back yard. This property will inspire you to live well as you look out to one of the most beautiful coastlines in California. Panoramas from every main room including Primary Bedroom. Enter this spacious 4-BEDROOM home with extra high vaulted ceilings, light, bright and airy layout, to find idyllic indoor outdoor living spaces. Gather around the kitchen bar or cozy wood-burning stone fireplace. The 2-story home features both a dramatic spiral entry staircase and a large CUSTOM ELEVATOR, providing direct access to the Primary Bedroom. A whole-house exhaust fan adds to the prevailing coastal cross-breezes to help keep this home cool year round. Large front and back yards, 3-car garage, on a lightly traveled cul-de-sac, make this an ideal property to call home.

1476 Summit Ave. Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007

$4,674,600
5 Beds
4.5 Baths
3,339 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 210033562
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Exceptionally rare opportunity to own an OCEAN VIEW. A contemporary, design-focused, Brand New Construction in AAA+ location that’s highly curated, boasting supreme Ocean Views AND walkability to vibrant Cardiff by the Sea and bustling Encinitas. Nestled in that truly scarce sweet spot that keeps options at your fingertips and encourages spontaneity, while also providing ample and elegant space to relax in peace, tranquility and elegance when desired. Secondary master bedroom or office is conveniently located on first floor and has a separate entrance offering remarkable flexibility. Truly, the most prime location in North County with a superbly designed and built home. Den measuring 12x24 on second level, ideal for TV or play room. Two tankless water heaters. Equipment: Garage Door Opener, Range/Oven Sewer: Sewer Connected Topography: LL,GSL

2516 San Elijo Avenue Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007

$6,295,000
3 Beds
3.5 Baths
4,226 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # NDP2104304
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
This is it! A once in a lifetime legacy property, perched above the Pacific Ocean and San Elijo Lagoon in the heart of Cardiff!! Nestled in a picturesque setting with immaculate ocean, sunset, and lagoon views, this beautifully renovated residence is designed for exceptionally upscale aesthetics and comfort. Immerse into Cardiff's spectacular sunsets with an abundance of crisp ocean air from three terraced balconies. This home features an open and bright floor plan designed to maximize awe and tranquility from nearly every living space. Over 4000 remodeled square feet includes a new roof, furnace, upper and lower AC units, high efficiency tankless water heaters and unique white oak Bole flooring. Live within walking distance of the beach, Seaside Market, Glen Park, and 7 miles of walking trails around San Elijo Lagoon. With unparalleled privacy, coastal accessibility and endless views, home awaits.

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