Solana Beach is an ideal spot in which to settle down as it offers something for everyone.  Situated along over 1.5 miles of coastline, Solana Beach is located in the affluent North County Coastal section of San Diego County with Cardiff-by-the-Sea to the north, Del Mar to the south, and Rancho Santa Fe to the east.  

Known for its beautiful beaches and unbelievable views from tall bluffs, Solana Beach also has a wonderful historic feel dating back to its roots in the late 1800s.  The main downtown area features a combination of more modern and new architecture combined with that of the historic buildings. 

Solana Beach Neighborhood Highlights

Solana Beach is divided by Interstate 5, the main interstate artery that runs north and south from Washington State to the US/Mexico border.   The atmosphere in the area deemed “west of I-5” is a much laid back, beach-y lifestyle.  Here there is a mix of homes with beautiful single-family homes situated along the bluffs overlooking the beaches as well as throughout the area west of I-5.  Some of the more popular neighborhoods are Loma Del Cielo West, Solana Hills, and Solana Del Mar which are situated more inland, and Old Solana Beach and homes near Fletcher Cove near the coast.  Single family homes, for the most part, begin around the $700K mark for homes more inland and climb well in the multi-millions for those situated close to the shore.

There are also some very nice condominium and townhome communities some of which are gated.    One of the most popular and well known areas in Solana Beach is the Cedros Design District.  Here, La Mer is a gorgeous and unique community where homes start at about $800K and climb to well over $1 million.  Others include oceanfront communities like Seascape Sur, Las Brisas and Surfsong where homes are priced from the mid-$900s.  Further inland but still west of I-5 include Sea Turf and the Solana Beach and Tennis Club with prices starting in the mid-$600s.  Solana Circle, Saratoga West, Eden Gardens, and Del Mar Beach Club feature condominium homes starting in the mid-$500s.

The other half of Solana Beach is known as “east of I-5” and is much more sophisticated.  The main neighborhoods are Lomas Santa Fe, Santa Fe Hills and San Elijo Hills.  These neighborhoods feature gorgeous executive homes on larger lots than on the west side of town that start in the upper-$700s to almost $2 million.  Condominium communities such as Santa Helena Park and Saint Francis Court include homes that start in the mid-$600s. 

Solana Beach Real Estate Statistics

Solana Beach is an area in San Diego County in which condominium home prices continually increase while single family homes prices are not as quick to bounce back.  The most recent median sale price for single family homes is $860K, down about 34 percent from last year, while condominium homes have increased 45 percent over last year.  Although the number of sales for single-family homes was not at all stellar last month, condominium homes were up solidly over the year.  The most notable point is that there are nice increases in the number of pending sales.  As for the amount of time homes stay on the market, both average about 2 to 3 months on the market.  

The Solana Beach Real Estate Market

Solana Beach appeals to different groups of people, primarily those who want to live at or near the beach, those seeking vacation or second homes, and real estate investors looking at vacation rentals.  For all of them, it is important to consider location and the type of home.  With condominium home prices increasing each month and single family home prices soon leveling off, now is the time to consider Solana Beach for a home purchase.  It has something for everyone!