Cardiff by the Sea is, without a doubt, a beach lover’s paradise.  Boasting some of the absolute best beaches and surfing in Southern California, people who live here long to live in a true beach town.  Cardiff prides itself on a clean and safe environment with some of the friendliest residents you will ever meet.  With a perfect climate year round, it is no wonder that most people measure the distance of everything by its walkability.  Many of the streets are named after towns in the United Kingdom as the developer of Cardiff was English.

Communities within the Community

Although Cardiff has its own zip code, it is technically part of Encinitas and features quaint, small neighborhoods within this larger community.  There is a nice mix of condominiums and townhomes as well as single family homes to give it a wonderfully laid back feel and flavor.

Much of Cardiff features single family homes that start in the upper $400s and climb to over $5 million depending on location and views.  A very popular area is the Composer District which lies north of Birmingham Avenue.  This area of Cardiff is a hillside neighborhood and features some of the most spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean.  Another area is the Walking District which is located south of Birmingham Avenue.  Both of these districts are within a 15 minute walk to the beach and are higher priced starting in the low to mid $600s.   Another district of Cardiff is the Poinsettia Heights – Crest Drive Corridor which lies east of Interstate 5.  Most home prices on this end of town start in the upper $400s but if you are fortunate and willing to put in a little work, you can occasionally find one that is priced around $300K. 

As for condominiums and townhomes, there are several communities in and around Cardiff of which some are large and some are small.  He smaller communities like Cardiff Seacliff, Orinda Village and Mozart Creek feature homes starting at around $400K.  The larger communities like Cardiff Cove, Park Place and Cardiff Park have similar list prices but can climb to well over $1 million depending on the views.


Briefly, the most recent information states that the median sale price of a single family home sits around $955K which represents a slight uptick from the previous few months.  For condos, the same number is about $325K.  The biggest factor to note is that property does not sit on the market for very long as single family homes average about 35 to 40 days on the market while condominiums take a tad longer at 60 days.   Sellers are a little willing to negotiate but price their homes at a point where the sale price is not much less than the list price. 

Paradise along the Pacific

Living in Cardiff is pure paradise.  From a quaint low key atmosphere to the friendly people to the fairly affordable beach property, this is a top pick for most Southern Californians in terms of ideal beach towns.  This charming and unpretentious town is a perfect place for anyone.