Cardiff-by-the-Sea is a peaceful coastal village within the southern city limits of Encinitas in northern San Diego County. The community features local hospitality, fine dining, great surfing, pristine beaches and spectacular Pacific Ocean views and sunsets. Cardiff offers some of the finest dining on the West Coast, along with a variety of international cuisines from which to choose.
Cardiff’s Restaurant Row is located on the Pacific Coast Highway 101, ensuring an ocean view along with every meal. The community is a popular area for young families and features quality schools, safe neighborhoods and plenty of employment opportunities.
Thanks to its location just 25 miles north of San Diego and 95 miles south of Los Angeles, residents have easy access to all of Southern California and Mexico on Interstate 5.
The Cardiff by the Sea real estate market in this upscale community features some of the best ocean views in the county and offers a diverse range of styles and sizes in beach-close and inland homes.
Cardiff Condominiums begin in the low $300,000’s and range up to $650,000. Cardiff by the Sea single-family homes start in the low $600,000’s and run up to $2.3 million for custom homes with panoramic ocean views.
Cardiff-by-the-Sea has warm sunny days and cool evenings, which prevail throughout the year. Afternoon breezes keep the temperature pleasant along the 2.6 miles of pristine ocean beaches. The state park features 171 campsites separated by brush and trees. Each has its own picnic table and fire ring. As expected, the world-class surf draws professionals and amateurs from all over Southern California and beyond. Cardiff-by-the-Sea is home to the Rob Machado Surf Classic. This amateur surf contest and beach fair is named after Cardiff’s favorite pro-surfer, Rob Machado.
For those who prefer more contemporary activities, the area offers an abundance of recreational opportunities including swimming, hiking, jogging, boating, tennis, fishing, hang gliding, bicycling, and golf.
The Cardiff school system rates among the highest in the nation. Students can go from kindergarten through junior college and without leaving Cardiff-by-the-Sea. There are two elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school in the city, with a student to teacher ratio of just 17 to 1. The Cardiff Elementary School District was formed in 1913, making it one of the oldest in the area.
Cardiff-by-the-Sea is only five minutes from the famous Del Mar Race Track, and 25 minutes from the well-known San Diego Wild Animal Park, sprawling a 2,100-acre wild life sanctuary located just east of Escondido. Just a short drive south on Interstate 5 and you will find yourself in the heart of San Diego and the world famous San Diego Zoo, Seaport Village, Horton Plaza Shopping Center and Sea World. Balboa Park features many outstanding art museums, gardens, aerospace, and flight museums.
The history of the city dates back to 1875 when the MacKinnon Family headed by train from Cleveland to San Francisco. After taking a steamer to San Diego, Hector, Sarah and their three children traveled by horse and buggy to their destination near the San Elijo Lagoon. At that point back in time, Indians still occupied the upper lagoon.
Thirty-five years later, Boston painter J. Frank Cullen relocated in San Diego. In 1912, setting aside his brushes to become a developer, he visualized a coastal community playground on the land Hector had settled. He subsequently purchased the land, plotted the town site, prepared a map and began selling lots. Inside lots sold for $30 each and corner lots were $45 each.
Although Cullen wanted a Spanish name for his play ground, his wife overruled him. A native of Cardiff, Wales, she persuaded him to name the town Cardiff and give the streets English names. Today, only San Elijo Avenue and Orinda Drive remind us of what have might have been.
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