Located in northwestern San Diego County, Encinitas is part of one of the most desirable real estate markets in the world. Encinitas residents also enjoy astonishing natural beauty and scenery second to none. Just 25 miles north of San Diego and 95 miles south of Los Angeles,
Encinitas is a seaside city covering six miles along coastal highway 101. The area was named Encina Canada by the Spanish Governor of Baja California in 1669 – a name meaning “hills of live oaks” in Spanish. Its name held even after California became a part of the United States in 1850.
Known by many locals as one of the state’s last remaining unspoiled beach towns, Encinitas has its share of beaches – 11 to be exact. The city is also home to the now world-famous Hansen Surfboard Company.
The town hasn’t lost its charm over the years, retaining its strong beach culture and appreciation for the community. Encinitas maintains its own systems for water, power, utilities, police, fire, public works, and safety, parks and recreation, lifeguards, beach/park services, animal control, city council and more.
This self-sufficient city’s strong emphasis on the arts, education, community development and enrichment makes it the perfect hometown for families of any shape or size.
Encinitas real estate is diverse, with single-family homes, townhouses and condominiums available in a variety of styles and a wide range of prices. With its ideal location and friendly community atmosphere, it is simple to see why nearly 60,000 residents call Encinitas home.
Sunshine and more sunshine defines the weather of Encinitas. The city boasts an average temperature of 72 degrees and yearly rainfall is estimated at just 9 to 11 inches. The winter months rarely cause the thermometer to drop below about 40 degrees and sea breezes keeps it cool even in the dog days of summer when the temperature seldom rises above 85 degrees.
Encinitas as a whole is made up of five communities including Cardiff By the Sea, Leaucadia, New Encinitas, Old Encinitas, and Olivenhain. They are all known for their charming antique shops, coffee shops just right for relaxing or enjoying the beach atmosphere after a day of shopping. Additionally, Olivenhain is famous for its yearly Oktoberfest celebrating its German heritage.
A unique local attraction is the Quail Botanical Gardens, located just a mile east of highway 101. This 30-acre garden features the largest bamboo collection in the United States, a 60-foot waterfall, a rainforest exhibit and a coastal scrub habitat. It is also home to more than 300 species of birds. Other attractions include the San Dieguito Historical Museum and La Paloma Theatre, which is purported to have been the first theater to screen “talking” pictures outside of Hollywood circa 1928.
The city is very active in promoting and supporting community and civic activities. Annual events include a 5k run/walk, a summer concert series by the sea, a holiday parade, a spring egg hunt, classic car shows, farmer’s markets, art festivals, theater productions and more. Encinitas’ parks and recreation department offers recreational sports leagues for both adults and children, as well as junior lifeguard training and surfing lessons. Many well-run programs enhance and support Encinitas family, teen and senior life. A family enrichment program, community tutoring, senior services programs, teen after-school programs, day camps, community classes and more are available.
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