Cardiff by the Sea Homes for Sale

With a 900-acre ecological reserve among its assets, Cardiff-by-the-Sea is home to people who value connection to the land and sea. Located 25 miles north of San Diego, the city boasts two miles of coastline, excellent surfing, stunning views, and a lagoon along its southern border. Despite its location, Cardiff-by-the-Sea remains unpretentious and down-to-earth. It is home to yoga studios, a variety of parks, a walking-friendly downtown, and friendly locals.

Cardiff by the Sea Homes for Sale

Cardiff by the Sea Condos and Townhomes for Sale


J. Frank Cullen, a Boston developer, founded Cardiff-by-the-Sea in 1911. He followed Hector MacKinnon, a farmer who settled in the area in 1875 and cultivated the land. Cullen named the area after Cardiff, Wales, his wife´s hometown, and the streets after locations in the British Isles, and built a hotel, ocean pier, and bathhouse there.

Cardiff-by-the-Sea Today

Cardiff, as many refer to it, is part of the City of Encinitas. Its population of 12,000 are surfers, artists, healing arts practitioners, and members of the Cardiff Botanical Society. Many locals walk or run along the Carpentier Parkway, a park filled with native plants and trees that parallels San Elijo Avenue that features uninterrupted views of the ocean.

Surfing culture runs deep in the town, which is close to several prime surfing spots, including Cardiff Reef, or ¨The Reef,¨ which generates waves suitable for amateur and professional surfers, Swami´s Reef, and Pipes.

The community is also canine-friendly. So much so, in fact, that it hosts the annual Cardiff Dog Days of Summer event that draws more than 10,000 people and their dogs. The festival includes nearly 200 pet-related vendor and education booths, a dog fashion show, and a ¨Blessing of the Dogs¨ ceremony.

San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy, which is located just south of Cardiff, owns several parcels within a 915-acre reserve acquired to protect threatened and endangered species. With the average high temperature in July in Cardiff 88 degrees, it is little wonder the area attracts outdoorsy types. The average low temperature in January is 37.7 degrees. The community sees about 15 inches of rainfall per year.

The median household income in Cardiff By The Sea, California is $75,998. The median household income for the surrounding county is $59,424 compared to the national median of $50,935. Cardiff Elementary School (grades K-2) and Ada W. Harris Elementary School (grades 3-6) have a student-to-teacher ratio of 17.5 to one.

Real Estate

The median home sales price in November in Cardiff-by-the-Sea was $625,000, down 4.32 percent from the previous quarter.

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