North County CoastalSan Diego’s North County Coastal area provides the backdrop to arguably some of the most beautiful scenery in the city with breathtaking neighborhoods such as Cardiff by the Sea, Del Mar & Oceanside. Click below to read more about each one. Click below to get in touch with us regarding a specific home in any of these neighborhoods.
Cardiff By the Sea | 92007
Located just 25 miles north of Downtown San Diego between Solana Beach and Encinitas, Cardiff by the Sea is a charming beach community with roaming hillsides and breathtaking ocean views. Founded in 1911, Cardiff by the Sea was named after Cardiff, Wales where developer Frank Cullen’s wife grew up, and bears many English street names tracing back to Cullen’s native UK such as Birmingham, Chesterfield, Manchester and Oxford. With only 12,000 residents, Cardiff maintains a small town atmosphere while still enjoying access to big city life downtown. You can enjoy these perks too with the help of Sandicor Cardiff by the Sea REALTORS® and real estate professionals!
Popular for its nationally ranked schools, and safe neighborhoods, Cardiff by the Sea offers something for everyone. The community takes pride in its “walkability,” with the beach, restaurants, markets, and other amenities all within easy walking distance of each other. Cardiff by the Sea operates as part of the city of Encinitas, unlike the communities of Leucadia and Olivenhain. With a number of fun bars, cafes, eateries, a year-round mild climate, and world class surfing at San Elijo State Beach, Cardiff by the Sea real estate is in high demand.
Carlsbad | 92008, 92009, 92010, 92011
Carlsbad is a seaside resort-town in the North County section of San Diego. Painted by thousands of multi-colored Ranunculus flowers every spring, Carlsbad has something for everyone. Carlsbad is home to Legoland, prime outlet centers where you can shop till you drop, and beautiful beaches where you can simply soak up the sun. About 40 minutes north of downtown by car, the city has a population of over 90,000 residents.
Carlsbad is one of the fastest growing neighborhoods in San Diego – a headquarters for high-tech corporations and home to upscale housing communities and popular Carlsbad real estate. Because of its gorgeous coastal Carlsbad property, scenic beauty, relatively low population density, thriving commercial sector, abundance of upscale housing, and high performing school districts, the city is seen to have a high quality of life.
The city of Carlsbad is divided into four quadrants.
The northwestern quadrant is Carlsbad’s oldest region. Though there are some newer developments and Carlsbad real estate, the area features many more established single family Carlsbad homes for sale, and includes Carlsbad Village, or downtown Carlsbad, Olde Carlsbad, and Terramar.
The northeast quadrant is almost exclusively residential Carlsbad property. The quadrant has many condominiums and single family Carlsbad homes for sale. The area includes: Calavera Hills, Summerhouse, The Colony, Tanglewood, Robertson Ranch, Sunny Creek, The Summit (north), The Summit (south).
The southeast quadrant has many planned communities and million-dollar Carlsbad real estate. Some notable communities in the southeast quadrant include Bressi Ranch, La Costa Ridge, La Costa Greens, and the Villages of La Costa.
The southwest quadrant includes Ponto, a single family and mobile home residential Carlsbad property, and Aviara, a resort community in the hills of southern Carlsbad.
Carmel Valley | 92130
Formed in 1975, Carmel Valley is a relatively new neighborhood located in the northwestern corner of San Diego. Originally named Carmel Valley after the Carmelite Sisters of Mercy who ran a monastery and dairy farm in the area around 1905, the city was renamed North City West in 1974, then changed back to Carmel Valley in the early 1990s. This master planned community is home to over 42,000 people.
Not to be confused with the Carmel Valley located in Northern California wine country, San Diego’s Carmel Valley real estate features convenient access to nearly everything in San Diego. With a majority of Carmel Valley real estate located near Del Mar and Torrey Pines beaches and just twenty minutes north of downtown San Diego, residents of Carmel Valley enjoy more cultural spots, more entertainment, more shopping and more jobs – all in one convenient spot. While Carmel Valley has no set school district, students in the area have their pick of some of the best schools in the country to attend.
Carmel Valley homes for sale are typically middle class to upper-middle class, with a wide variety of condos, town homes and single-family homes to choose from. While founded in 1975, construction actually didn’t start until 1983, so new home construction on prime Carmel Valley real estate still continues today. Most of our Carmel Valley homes for sale are well-situated, with convenient access to shopping, entertainment and jobs.
Del Mar | 92014
Located in San Diego County, 20 miles north of downtown and within walking distance of two beautiful beaches, Del Mar means “by the sea” in Spanish. Incorporated as a city in 1959, Del Mar is the smallest municipality in San Diego with approximately 4,500 residents in its 2.1 square mile coastal area. The serene beach community is well known for its year-round sunny weather, the Torrey Pines State Reserve, and the popular Del Mar Racetrack.
Del Mar real estate has long been considered a prime location. Del Mar offers two miles of gorgeous coastline making it an ideal destination for beachgoers and surfers, and there’s even a small beach where dogs can play. In the 1970s, the local government began to focus on slow growth, open spaces, and preservation. Thanks to the work of a local group called the “Friends of Del Mar” there will never be high-rise apartment buildings or billboards in the City.
Many Del Mar homes for boast ocean views or look out over stunning canyons. Del Mar is truly one of the most beautiful places in the country, with the Los Penasquitos Lagoon and Torrey Pines State Reserve on the south and the breathtaking Pacific Ocean on the north. Whether you enjoy the beach, shopping in the village or spending a day at the races, Del Mar is an ideal place to live.
Encinitas | 92024
Encinitas is located within North San Diego County, about 25 miles north of San Diego, and about 95 miles south of Los Angeles. The city was incorporated in 1986 from the communities of historic Encinitas, new Encinitas (Village Park, etc.), Leucadia, Cardiff-by-the-Sea and Olivenhain. The largest single industry is the growing of ornamental flowers, particularly poinsettias. With six miles of rugged coastline and 21.5 square miles of land, Encinitas enjoys ocean views, and surfing is a popular activity, particularly at Swamis beach. The city has a population of over 58,000 residents.
As the owner of Encinitas real estate, you’ll never run out of fun and exciting things to do! Points of interest include the Quail Botanical Gardens, Self-Realization Fellowship temple and La Paloma Theater. The Annual Fall Festival, formerly known as the Poinsettia Festival, is held each November in downtown Encinitas.
Encinitas is a relatively small community, but it’s made up of five areas:
- Old Encinitas, a small beachside area featuring a mix of Encinitas real estate, businesses and housing styles.
- New Encinitas a newer region which features a golf course, larger areas of Encinitas property and tract homes and a shopping center.
- Olivenhain, a semi-rural region in eastern Encinitas with mostly single family Encinitas homes for sale.
- Leucadia, which has an older tree-lined area featuring art galleries, unique stores and restaurants along with single family Encinitas homes for sale.
- Cardiff-by-the-Sea, the southernmost oceanfront Encinitas real estate, which features single family homes and a community college.
Oceanside | 92054, 92055, 92057
About 30 minutes north of downtown San Diego and just south of Camp Pendleton, the busiest military base in the United States, is Oceanside, a must-see location for anyone seeking a home close to the beach. With a population of over 190,000 people it comes as no surprise that Oceanside is the third largest city in San Diego County.
Oceanside offers a wide range of fun attractions and activities for residents to enjoy, including surfing, swimming, fishing, beach volleyball, fire pits for daytime barbeques and nighttime bonfires, and much, much more. The city of Oceanside offers many amazing city functions including Harbor Days Celebration, Summer Seagaze Concerts, Mission Christmas Faire, and the dazzling Parade of Lights in the Harbor. The Oceanside real estate market features a wide range of properties including seaside condos overlooking the beautiful Pacific Ocean, amazing town houses and more.
Oceanside’s prime coastal location and its abundance of activities and attractions have helped it gain a popular reputation as an ideal place to live. Sandicor has many listings for Oceanside real estate and Oceanside homes for sale for homebuyers looking to live just minutes from Camp Pendleton, in a laidback beach atmosphere with large city accommodations. Oceanside real estate offers very competitive prices for Southern California property, especially when you consider this beautiful city spans nearly 4 miles of coastal land.
Rancho Sante Fe | 92067
Home to around 4,000 residents, Rancho Santa Fe is one of the most exclusive communities not only in San Diego, but in the country. Rancho Santa Fe is one of the highest income communities in the nation with a median income of nearly $250,000, and was ranked the third most expensive zip code in the United States by Forbes Magazine. Rancho Santa Fe is well known for its gorgeous, secluded properties, pleasant surroundings and upscale environment. Within Rancho Santa Fe lies Fairbanks Ranch, a census-designated place (CDP) home to around 2,500 residents.
With an average of three acres of property per home, Rancho Santa Fe real estate is characterized by its wide open spaces and long winding driveways that offer even more privacy to residents. Rancho Santa Fe upholds strict design restrictions that limit how land can be developed and how the community as a whole is maintained; very few Rancho Santa Fe homes are actually visible from the road.
Some of the neighborhoods that make up Rancho Santa Fe include The Bridges, The Covenant, The Crosby, Del Rayo, Hacienda Santa Fe, Horseman’s Valley, Morgan Run, Rancho Cielo, Rancho La Cima, The River Estates, and The Summit. Rancho Santa Fe’s most well known neighborhood, Fairbanks Ranch is entirely contained within two gated communities divided into North and South sections by San Dieguito Road.
While not located directly on the water, Rancho Santa Fe is just a short drive to the ocean, and many of its residents own ships and other watercrafts that are based in nearby San Elijo Lagoon. Due to strict city plans and growth restrictions, Rancho Santa Fe will only ever grow to 6,500 homes at the very most. Rancho Santa Fe’s low population density and top city and school rankings have distinguished the community as one of the best places to live in the nation.
Solana Beach | 92075
With a population just barely under 13,000, Solana Beach is one of the smallest cities in San Diego County, yet remains an active member of the North County Coastal area. The small beach town is nestled between Encinitas to the north, Del Mar to the south and Rancho Santa Fe the east, with over two miles of gorgeous coastline to the west. The name Solana Beach really does describe this coastal community to a T; Solana means “sunny” in Spanish, and the city is best known for its year-round mild climate and its many beautiful beaches.
With incredible views of the Pacific Ocean, luxurious white sandy beaches, private coves and majestic bluffs, Solana Beach real estate continuously offers residents resort style living day in and day out. The community offers a wide variety of real estate choices for upscale living, with great residents who will share your laid back beach loving lifestyle. The most famous beach in Solana Beach is Fletcher Cove where you can find harbor seals and other intriguing sea life, followed by Tide Beach Park a little up the coast. When not enjoying the beach, many residents choose to go south and enjoy the world famous Del Mar Racetrack or hit the links at Torrey Pines golf course.
As the only city to offer homes along the majestic coastline bluffs of San Diego, Solana Beach real estate and Solana Beach homes for sale are coveted. Solana Beach offers a premium selection of town homes, condominiums and other properties with ocean and golf course views that make it easy to see why this picturesque town is so popular.