Today we’re taking you on a tour of Solana Beach, a laid-back beach town in North County San Diego! Sandwiched between Del Mar and Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Solana Beach is an awesome community to consider calling home.
We start our tour at one of Solana Beach’s most recognizable landmarks, Fletcher Cove. Where Fletcher Cove Park is now used to be all one big cliff. But thanks to some committed San Diegans, the cliff was opened up in 1924 to create an access point down to the sand. That paved the way for Solana Beach to become the beach town we know and love today.
Next on our list, we head up Highway 101 to check out some of the restaurants, bars, and shops that line San Diego’s coast highway. Solana Beach is very walkable and possesses a laid-back beach town vibe – no wonder it’s been named one of the best places to live in the US! The local schools are also excellent. Though if you have high school students you should be aware that Solana Beach high schoolers actually go to Torrey Pines High School, which is just a few miles away in Carmel Valley. Solana Beach also has a train station just off the 101, where you catch the Coaster to go down to the city of San Diego or head up the coast toward Los Angeles.
Cedros Avenue, sometimes called the Cedros Design District, is the next stop on our tour. It’s a cute little street just off the 101 that’s filled with art galleries, boutiques, home décor shops, antique stores, and the famous San Diego music venue, the Belly Up. The Belly Up hosts events year round and has welcomed some famous musicians and bands like the Rolling Stones, Lady Gaga, and more. There are also two great coffee shops on this street we love to check out whenever we’re in Solana Beach, Lofty Coffee and Barefoot Coffee Roasters. Culture Brewing is a cool outdoor brewery in the area as well.
So what’s it like to live in Solana Beach? Similar to other beach towns we’ve visited on Off the 56, Solana Beach has a bunch of different types of homes from little beach bungalows to condos and apartments all the way up to large single family homes. But no matter what you’re hoping to buy (or rent) in Solana Beach, know that it’s going to be pretty pricey. The median home price in Solana Beach is $1,288,000. Thinking of moving to Solana Beach? Be sure to reach out to get your real estate journey started. I’d love to help you buy (or sell) a home in Solana Beach or anywhere in San Diego County!