Encinitas is a coastal beach city located 25 miles north of downtown San Diego. Known as one of the best surfing locales in the world, Encinitas is an easy going community with an atmosphere that everyone loves when they arrive. The town encompasses about 20 square miles and features six miles of coastline. Incorporated in 1986, Encinitas was formed out of combining several communities including “old” Encinitas, “new” Encinitas (Village Park), Leucadia, Cardiff and Olivenhain.
One interesting note of which many are not aware is that Encinitas was once recognized as the flower capital of the world. Today, the largest industry is growing ornamental flowers, specifically poinsettias. At Christmastime, in most other parts of the country where residents decorate their homes with poinsettias, more than likely the flowers came from Encinitas!
The Major Attractions of Encinitas
Much of the activities in Encinitas revolve around surfing and other outdoor activities. Surfers can be spotted catching waves at area beaches including Grandview, Leucadia, D Street and Moonlight Beaches. Each has its own personality but the common element is that surfers are always there. Also, when mentioning surfing in this area, it is absolutely necessary to mention surfing at Swami’s in Cardiff as it is one of the top surfing destinations in the world.
Annual festivals and events are common in Encinitas. Some of them include the Encinitas Fall Festival held in the downtown area; the Wavecrest Woodie Meet, a large rally of wooden vehicles held in September; and, Oktoberfest held in September as well.
In addition to festivals and surfing, Encinitas has an excellent arts and cultural influence in the community. Some of the more popular venues are Lux Art Institute, San Dieguito Heritage Museum and the La Paloma Theater. The San Diego Botanic Garden features some of the most beautiful garden trails through flowering trees, gorgeous palms and the largest bamboo collection in the country.
Residents of Encinitas
Encinitas has a population of over 59,000 diverse people. Included in the population are the die-hard surfers who want to be near the water, professionals who work in and around the area, and those who just love living by the beach. This is a fairly young crowd with a median age of about 36 to 37 years old and an estimated median income of about $80,000 depending on the statistics.
Neighborhood Highlights of Encinitas
Encinitas is divided into five areas: Old Encinitas, New Encinitas, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Leucadia, and Olivenhain. These were originally separate communities but were combined to create the city of Encinitas. Old Encinitas is the historic beachside area and features a mix of businesses and housing. Separated by a low coastal ridge is New Encinitas which is known for golf courses, shopping and larger tract homes. Leucadia is an older area of tree-lined streets with art galleries, unique shops, restaurants and single-family homes. Cardiff-by-the-Sea is the oceanfront community in the southernmost section of Encinitas. Finally, Olivenhain is in the eastern part of Encinitas and is a rural area that features homes and a huge 4-H Club. List prices vary and start in the mid-$100s for condominiums and townhomes and the mid-$400s for single-family homes. Just as with most all real estate, as homes are the closer to the coast, the more expensive their list prices. Condominiums are priced at almost $2 million for property along the Pacific while single-family homes in the same area top $5 million.
Living in Encinitas
Encinitas has a lot to offer its residents. The beach-life speaks for itself and the arts and culture are abundant. For those who want to leave the hustle and bustle of the workplace every night and head to a calm and easy going way of life, Encinitas is a perfect spot to land. Those who live here love their town and all it is.