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

527 Liverpool Drive Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007

$2,149,000
5 Beds
4.5 Baths
3,798 SqFt
Status Pending
MLS # NDP2102227
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
West of the 5 in the coveted Cardiff Walking District! This charming split-level home was built with entertaining in mind. A beautiful rooftop deck with peekaboo ocean views, an eat-in kitchen, and multiple entertaining areas highlight this must see home. Whether you're looking for a vacation home or simply want to feel like it's vacation everyday; Look no further. This property checks key boxes for today's buyer: Coastal, Low Maintenance, ability to Lock and Leave, and exceptionally walkable. The charm and character of Cardiff is unmatched. Do not let this rare opportunity pass you by!

1804 Gwynn Dr Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007

$3,999,000
4 Beds
4.5 Baths
4,872 SqFt
Status Pending
MLS # NDP2102189
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Final Release. We have finally started offering tours of our last remaining estate! Birmingham & Lake is a brand new, coastal mid-century modern community built by Zephyr on a private cul-de-sac in coveted Cardiff by the Sea. This luxury estate boasts a half-acre lot and features an open-concept floorplan and an enormous great room extending to three outdoor, covered loggias to amplify the allure of alfresco living. With mid-century modern design elements, community walking trails, community herb & vegetable garden, and a private casita, this brand new estate is highly desirable. Blurring the boundaries between indoor and outdoor living, this modern masterpiece offers soaring 10-14' ceilings, disappearing glass slider walls, and natural light flooding every room. Highlights of this four bedroom 4.5 bath 4238 sqft estate include: a 634 sqft private casita with attached full size bathroom, great room featuring expansive disappearing glass slider pocket corner walls, 3+ car garage, a private outdoor shower, and an enormous lot that can comfortably accommodate a sizable pool & jacuzzi. This estate features designer finishes throughout and is pre-plumbed for solar and pre-wired for surround sound. The unique privilege to be one of the first to tour this final estate can be yours. Six out of seven of these luxury homes have already sold either off market or after being listed for one day! Agents with prequalified buyers are invited to experience Birmingham & Lake in person at our Open House March 6th & 7th from 12-4pm by appointment. Call to schedule a tour.

315 Chopin Way Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007

$3,750,000
4 Beds
4.5 Baths
3,586 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 210004104
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Experience luxury coastal living in the Composer District of Cardiff by the Sea! The house is situated on a quiet cul-de-sac steps from the beach. This Mediterranean home has stunning ocean views from both levels with beautiful indoor-outdoor spaces plus a beautiful pool and spa. The house boasts generous space for a Work at Home Lifestyle. After work, relax and rejuvenate in your own private oasis or walk to some of North County's best beaches, shops and restaurants. All 4 bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms and walk-in closets. The home has a chef's kitchen with an open floor plan. Top rated schools! All furnishings included in the sale (see documentation section). Just bring your bathing suit! Great indoor outdoor living. Enjoy the deck off the master with ocean views and direct access to the outdoor patio and pool. Other Fees: 0 Sewer: Sewer Connected Topography: LL,

1312 Evergreen Drive Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007

$625,000
2 Beds
1 Bath
922 SqFt
Status Pending
MLS # NDP2101814
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
Single level bungalow in highly-sought-after Park Place, no neighbors above or below. Great location in the complex! Private south facing patio. New windows and slider. New patio fencing. New kitchen appliances. Almost new washer and dryer. Tile and pergo floors. Complex owns a 25-acre private park across the street with pool/spa, volleyball, baseball field, hiking trails, RV/boat parking and off-leash dog policy! This is a planned unit development PUD. 2 reserved parking spaces, one covered.

1238 Caminito Septimo Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007

$749,000
3 Beds
2.5 Baths
1,258 SqFt
Status Pending
MLS # NDP2101438
Property Type Townhouse
Price Type --
Remodeled 3 Bedroom, 2 1/2 Bathrooms Townhouse with granite counter tops, new cabinets and tile in the kitchen, wood floors throughout the rest of the home. New roof shingles installed in 2020. Upgraded bathrooms with tile floors, new cabinets, tile shower and tub enclosures. Central AC installed in 2015 for those hot summer months. Convenient location less than a mile from the beach, and approximately 1.5 miles from Mira Costa College. Community pool to relax by and a canyon for great walks in the park.

2052 Montgomery Avenue Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007

$2,650,000
2 Beds
2 Baths
1,092 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # NDP2101571
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Endless opportunity for this large 7500sf west facing ocean view site with 3 underlying lots located in the Walking District of Cardiff-by-the-Sea. The site currently has two quintessential beach cottages each with one bedroom and one bath. There is also a separate two car garage and ample access from the alley to the site. Generate income while you process plans to be build your dream home, or develop two separate homes each with their own guest houses, or build three townhomes. All this within steps from Seaside Market, restaurants, cafes, the highly accredited Cardiff Elementary, library, parks, and world class beaches that Cardiff-by-the-Sea calls home.

1739 San Elijo Avenue Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007

$3,675,000
6 Beds
6 Baths
3,280 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # NDP2101576
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Rare opportunity to acquire approved plans for high end residential development!! This shovel ready project offers the opportunity to build two brand new coastal contemporary homes. These luxury side by side panoramic ocean view condos were designed by a renowned local architect. Each unit has a detached ADU perfect for guests, home office, gym, and/or long-term rental unit. Want to build your dream home? Modify the plans and design your own ocean view masterpiece. Looking for an exceptional coastal investment property? The existing residential duplex with established Condo Map generates substantial monthly income. Whatever your plans, it is all about location. This property is perfectly situated between Cardiff and downtown Encinitas with direct access to the coastal rail trail and the beach. Start living the Cardiff dream today.

2353 Newport Ave Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007

$3,950,000
5 Beds
4 Baths
3,593 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 210002633
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Luxury Cape Cod Contemporary home in iconic waterfront Cardiff by the Sea Community. Over 3,600 sq. ft. of the finest quality construction you will find. Located just blocks to the ocean, downtown Cardiff, SeaSide Market and Glen Park. This is the most desirable location in all of Cardiff. Ocean views and spectacular sunsets await. Plenty of room for a hot tub in the back yard. Floor plan under documents. See supplment for list list of all the wonderful features inside this spectacular property. One block to Cardiff Reef and Cardiff State Beach Access One block to beautiful Glen Park with tennis, basketball, and sand volleyball courts Three blocks to downtown Cardiff by the Sea with Seaside Market, Patagonia Water Store, Waverly, Pipes Café, etc. Quick easy access to Hwy 101 & 15, One mile to downtown Encinitas, Pipes, Swamis, Hansens, etc. One mile to Solana Beach, Seaside Beach, Cardiff Restaurant Row Stunning custom 2 ¼” thick walnut shaker main entry door with impacted stainless steel porthole window Beefy Ashley Norton white bronze Mortise entry set Natural wide plank European oak wire brushed smoked and oiled finished CARB compliant hardwood flooring throughout Entire home universally prewired for whole house Smart House System for cable TV, sound, power shades, security, cameras, etc. Level 5 Museum Smooth wall finish throughout with voluminous 10’ & 9’ tall ceilings on 1st and 2nd floors respectively Custom designed nautically inspired stainless-steel stair rail with solid walnut caprail Soaring stairwell with huge bright expansive window and large Candelabra chandelier Home prewired for 9 exterior perimeter security cameras Outdoor hot water surf shower area Natural gas and utilities are provided to rear yard for homeowners’ future spa Natural gas and power installed at courtyard for homeowners’ gas heaters and appliances as desired Copper gutters leaders and downspouts Dual zone air conditioning, programmable Nest WiFi thermostats GOURMET CHEFS KIT...

2737 Mackinnon Ranch Rd Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007

$1,700,000
3 Beds
2.5 Baths
2,472 SqFt
Status Pending
MLS # 210000899
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Embrace the Cardiff lifestyle with this highly desirable OCEAN VIEW and Lagoon View home located a short jog from the Beach! Enjoy the serenity of the small enclave of Seaside, conveniently West of I-5. This fine home is well-maintained and ready to go with it being fully repainted inside and out and floors sanded/refinished to a beautiful luster. Make sure to check out the gentle ocean breeze +views..It's a great combination of quality living/quality location. Equipment: Garage Door Opener Other Fees: 0 Sewer: Sewer Connected Topography: GSL

1817 Gwynn Dr Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007

$4,004,813
4 Beds
4.5 Baths
5,243 SqFt
Status Pending
MLS # NDP2003653
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Welcome to Zephyr’s newest development, Birmingham & Lake, located on a private cul-de-sac in the ultra-coveted coastal oasis know as Cardiff by the Sea. Each newly constructed estate boasts a half-acre lot and features open-concept floorplans and enormous great rooms extending to outdoor, covered loggia’s to amplify the allure of alfresco living. With mid-century modern design elements, walking trails, a community garden, and private casitas, each of these homes are highly desirable. Blurring the boundaries between indoor and outdoor living, each home offers soaring 12-14’ ceilings, disappearing glass slider walls, and natural light flooding every room. Highlights of this 4610 sqft four bedroom 4.5 bath estate include: a dual master suite plan, custom glass wine room, a 633 sqft private casita with attached full size bathroom, great room featuring an enormous disappearing glass slider wall, 3+ garages, and large outdoor shower. This home features designer finishes throughout and is pre-plumbed for solar and pre-wired for surround sound. The unique privilege to be one of the first to tour Birmingham & Lake can be yours. Six out of seven of these luxury estates have already been sold off market. Agents with prequalified buyers are invited to experience Birmingham & Lake in person; please contact us today for more details.

2580 San Elijo Avenue Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007

$3,695,000
5 Beds
4.5 Baths
3,458 SqFt
Status Pending
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.

943 Grange Hall Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007

$2,150,000
6 Beds
4.5 Baths
3,350 SqFt
Status Pending
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.

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