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

1119 Woodlake Dr. Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007

$725,000 - 3Br/3Ba -  for Sale in Cardiff By The Sea
3 Beds
2.5 Baths
1,258 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 210002114
Property Type Townhouse
Price Type --
Enjoy Cardiff life at its finest! Walk to schools, pool, community trails, dog park, and Cardiff Sports Park. Easy freeway access and minutes to Swami's Beach! This 2 story town home has a private patio, a balcony off master bedroom, detached 1 car garage + 1 assigned parking space. Recessed lighting and cozy fireplace in the living room. Laundry room and 1/2 bath off kitchen. Don't miss this one! Complex Features: , Equipment: Dryer,Garage Door Opener, Washer Other Fees: 0 Sewer: Sewer Connected Topography: LL

1867 Montgomery Ave Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007

3 Beds
3 Baths
2,532 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # NDP2100758
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Beautiful Ocean View Composer District Custom Spanish Oasis. Hardwood floors, solid wood beam ceilings and high quality designer finishes throughout. Corner lot location, 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, 2,532 ESF with a multi-use office or bonus room. The master suite retreat boasts an ocean view deck, cozy fireplace, soaking tub, spacious shower, dual sinks and a large walk-in closet. The flexible floor plan features an optional separate accessory unit with its own entrance and living space and has a separate legal address (1869 Montgomery). Enjoy outdoor living with room to dine under the stars, soak in the hot tub or relax by the fire pit. The outdoor space also includes ambient lighting, a serene waterfall feature and an outdoor shower for washing off the sand after an epic beach day. Two car garage plus additional RV parking space or room for several cars accessible from Westminster Dr. Walking distance to the beach, Town Center restaurants/shopping/cafes and a few steps to top rated Cardiff School. Live the ultimate lifestyle on a premier street in idealistic Cardiff by the Sea.

2188 Glasgow Avenue Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007

5 Beds
5 Baths
3,847 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # NDP2100691
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Brand new custom Coastal Contemporary home, located West of 5 in the heart of Cardiff by the Sea! Unobstructed coastline and sunset views. This home offers an open floor plan with high-end appliances, custom finishes, and a meticulous attention to detail. Multiple indoor/outdoor living spaces, 3 car attached garage, elevator, and private rooftop deck with 360 degree views. Walk to local beaches, restaurants, and Cardiff Seaside Market. Whether you are looking for a family home where you can spread out and everyone have their own space, a vacation home with short-term rental opportunity currently averaging $25K a month, or a pure investment this home checks all the boxes. Call today.

2160 Oxford Avenue Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007

4 Beds
3.5 Baths
3,945 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # NDP2100281
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
White Water Views from one of the best built homes in Cardiff's famed Walking District. This steel framed, metal roof, solar powered gorgeous home had a complete remodel in 2017. Four bedrooms and 3 1/2 baths include two master suites with steam shower in lower master, Ocean views from multiple decks, custom cabinetry, high end kitchen appliances, dual pane solar reflective windows, gas fireplace, Hunter Douglas electric shades and blinds, Wolf and Thermador appliances, Hot/Cold reverse osmosis filtered water in kitchen, two central A/C units, two 75 Gallon water heaters, Heated bathroom floor in Master Bath, Wifi controlled thermostat and garage door, outdoor shower and more!

2361 Manchester Avenue Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007

5 Beds
4.5 Baths
3,026 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # NDP2100134
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Stunning Cardiff Classic! Spacious 5Br, 4.5Ba, 3026 esf ocean view property featuring numerous amenities including a 1 Br, 1 bath attached accessory unit with kitchenette and separate entrance! This is a reverse floor plan with ocean views from the main living areas, Plank French Oak flooring, vaulted wood ceilings, and numerous windows letting in tons of natural light. Giant 4th bedroom can be used as a great home office. The kitchen features granite counters, newer premium stainless steel appliances including a Wolf range which all convey. Three bathrooms recently remodeled with shaker style vanities, quartz counters and custom tile. Add to all this a large wrap-around ocean view deck, laundry room, 2 car attached garage with four additional space and solar that’s paid for. In addition there is a camera security system and the property is fully fenced with vinyl. Walking district of Cardiff By the Sea, near park, beach, seaside market, shopping and restaurants. North County Living at it’s finest. Welcome Home!

1923 San Elijo Ave Unit 3 Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007

2 Beds
1.5 Baths
909 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # NDP2003818
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
Pack your beach cruiser and surfboard, this contemporary West Cardiff condo is just a short cruise to the ocean. Designer tile flooring, open living space and a sun drenched patio with exceptional walkability to Cardiff Town Center. The upper level boasts a gourmet kitchen, living room, wet bar, patio and half bath. The lower level is occupied by two light filled bedrooms, a full bathroom and laundry. Stroll the rail trail to Seaside Market, restaurants, cafes, shopping, entertainment and more. Cardiff lifestyle included!

Cardiff By The Sea CA 92007

6 Beds
5.5 Baths
3,703 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # NDP2003714
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
W.of !-5 with ocean views. Great for an extended family with an attached 1 bedroom apt. complete kitchen, great room and laundry. With it's own entrance. The main home has a Gourmet kitchen.2 refrigerators,2 dishwashers, wine cooler,5 burner cook-top,double oven,microwave & extensive bar area with salad sink. Great rm has fireplace & opens up to deck with ocean views. The large dining rm has built in cabinets. There is an en-suite bedroom down with its on deck. Upstairs, the master BR has a fireplace, lg walkin closet, sunset & ocean views from the deck. The spa bath has walkin shower, spa tub & double sink vanity.2nd BR has en-suite bath and access to the ocean view deck. 3rd BR has ocean views, 4th BR was used as an office and has shelves in the closet. The hall bath has tub, walk in shower and dual sinks vanity. The laundry is in a closet in the hall. there is a separate sink/cabinet area. There is a sky light in the hall ceiling .there are 2 avocado trees, lemon,lime and two orange trees. Close to the beach, community park, restaurants, shops, Scripps hospital, & schools

2580 San Elijo Avenue Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007

5 Beds
4.5 Baths
3,458 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # NDP2003182
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Custom modern Mediterranean home with dramatic ocean and San Elijo Lagoon views! Enjoy relaxing on the wrap around deck or next to the fire pit and soak in the views. Highlighted with beamed ceilings, gleaming hardwood floors, specialty lighting, and custom fireplace surrounds. The main home is approximately 2,833 SF with 4+BR, 3.5BA, and includes ample extra parking. There is also an attached casita, which is approximately 625 SF and has 1BR, 1BA, living, dining, kitchen, and a 1-car garage. The casita is the perfect set up for extra rental income that is currently leased for $3000/month. Or short rental at $2,500 per week during peak summer season. Many special custom features including state-of-the-art kitchen with Pro Series Wolf & Sub Zero appliances, Quartz counters, farmhouse stainless steel sinks, huge center island, bi-fold & pocket doors to accentuate the indoor/outdoor living, Milgard dual pane windows with sound package, and even an elevator. Walk to everything! Steps to the beach, Seaside Market, restaurants, or enjoy the trails from the stunning preserve.

2315 Cambridge Ave Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007

3 Beds
3.5 Baths
2,143 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 200052703
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
White water and Panoramic Ocean Views. New Construction, Move In Ready, Just completed. Rare 3 bedroom detached coastal home that includes a 2 bedroom ADU/JADU ensuite with kitchenettes. Spectacular master suite with ocean view deck, hosts well appointed spa like bath with soaking tub and shower; Kitchen features builtin 42 inch Refrig., Stainless Appl, quartz counters, designer finishes. Spectacular rooftop ocean view deck with outdoor kitchen, Two car garage, two off street spaces, 2.8kw solar included. Master closet has laundry closet as well. All bedrooms are ensuite, the lower level are the 2 ADU studio ensuites with exclusive private entry, the ground level is the family room/kitchen, the second floor is the master suite level, the Rooftop hosts the panoramic whitewater view deck with outdoor kitchen.!! 3 Full bathrooms plus Formal Powder room...2 off street parking spaces and tandem 2 car garage. Equipment: Fire Sprinklers Other Fees: 0 Sewer: Sewer Connected Topography: LL

943 Grange Hall Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007

6 Beds
4.5 Baths
3,350 SqFt
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # 200045541
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Brand new & under construction. 4BR/3.5BA plus 2 bedroom fully self-contained detached guest house each with Nice ocean views and their own separate yards. These homes are comprised of approximately 4950 SQ.FT. of indoor/outdoor living space. Designer high-end upgrades with chef's kitchen. Additionally the main residence has an upstairs bonus room with its own bath that could be used as an optional living quarters. 2 car garage. Walk just a short stroll to parks, beaches. Solar power and air are upgrade options.

1329 Cornish Dr Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007

5 Beds
4.5 Baths
4,325 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 200020840
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Cardiff's finest back on market with motivated Sellers. Contemporary jewell with fantastic panoramic ocean views. Grand room layout for an inclusive lifestyle that combines the indoor with the patio, pool and exterior features. Extra large rooftop deck to indulge in the Sothern California iconic palm tree lined sunsets. Small carbon footprint and technology enhanced home. Master Bedroom with views from your bed. Quiet location with open space on the side. See extensive list of features in Doc. section. See detail of features such as dual tankless water heaters, owned solar system, eco-friendly approach, etc. Complex Features: ,,, Equipment: Garage Door Opener,Pool/Spa/Equipment, Range/Oven, Washer Other Fees: 0 Sewer: Sewer Connected Topography: GSL Frontage: Open Space

2386 Newport Ave Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007

1 Bed
1 Bath
666 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 200015989
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Amazing beach bungalow-one of the last of its kind. Amazing Cardiff location with beautiful large sized lot 1 block to beach. White water views from the yard. Walk to parks, surf, restaurants and bike/hiking trails and all the Cardiff lifestyle has to offer. Home has re-done kitchen includes granite counters and SS appliances. Original construction which has been preserved with sweet craftsman detail. Has ADU which is currently rented. Value in land-Owner states lot can be split to rebuild 2 larger homes. Architectural Style: Craftsman/Bungalow View: Craftsman/Bungalow Other Fees: 0 Sewer: Septic Installed Topography: LL

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