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Living In Encinitas

The seaside community of Del Mar, California is both a tourist destination and one of the most desirable neighborhoods in San Diego. With ocean views around every corner, great surfing, and a premier location just north of Torrey Pines State Reserve, Del Mar real estate is also some of the most expensive in the county.


$2,565,000 Median


$1,128,000 Median


Encinitas Union


0 Min to Beach


25 Min to Downtown


19 Min to Airport

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About Encitintas

A true surfer’s paradise, Encinitas has established itself as one of the most desirable coastal zip codes in San Diego County. Encompassing six miles of gorgeous California coastline, Encinitas is a vibrant community with many wonderful amenities and resources along with picturesque beaches and world-famous surf spots.

Encinitas is comprised of four neighborhoods. Leucadia, the northernmost part of coastal Encinitas. Old Encinitas, which is the downtown area along Highway 101 and Swami’s Beach. Olivenhain, the city’s historic rural heart. And New Encinitas, which includes the homes along the El Camino Real corridor. Each micro community offers a bit of a different flavor and lifestyle.

The city of Encinitas got its start way back in 1881. The name “Encinitas” is Spanish for “little oaks.” Many historic landmarks still stand in Encinitas today including the Olivenhain Meeting Hall (built in 1894), the first one room school house in Encinitas (built in 1883), the Santa Fe Railroad Station (now Pannikin Coffee and Tea), La Paloma Theatre (opened in 1928), and the Self-Realization Fellowship Gardens (built in 1937). Encinitas was incorporated in 1986 and has continued to grow into the thriving San Diego neighborhood we see today.


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Encinitas Education

Encinitas Schools

Although small, Del Mar boasts its own public school district known as the Del Mar Unified School District (DMUSD). With an overall A-rating on Niche.com, DMUSD offers quality education for elementary-aged children. On its 2022 list of the best schools, Niche also ranked DMUSD in the top twenty-five districts with the best teachers in California. Nearby middle schools include Carmel Valley Middle School. Most Del Mar high school students attend either Torrey Pines High School or Canyon Crest Academy, both located in nearby Carmel Valley. This neighborhood is also home to the private Cathedral Catholic High School.

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Encinitas Living

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Del Mar homes are notable for their unique design, proximity to the beach, and sunset ocean views. Although some homes are large and commanding, others are quite a bit smaller, more of a beach cottage than a luxury estate. Del Mar is not a master planned community and over the years, many existing homes have been extensively remodeled or rebuilt. No matter what style of home you’re looking for, you’ll find it in Del Mar. From Cape Cod to Mid-Century Modern to Contemporary, Del Mar is full of exceptional, stylish homes. Oceanfront Del Mar real estate also sometimes comes on the market with the price tag to match. Though it’s a small price to pay when you can walk outside your back door and be on the sand!

For a single family home in Del Mar, the median home price is $3,300,000. For a condo or townhome it is $1,370,000.

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Surf, Relax, and Enjoy Coastal Bliss

Encinitas Lifestyle

Life is better at the beach! For those that can afford it, the ability to live the quintessential Southern California beach lifestyle is one of the many things that draws people to Del Mar. You can wake up, catch a few waves, shower, and be out the door for work. In the evening, a stroll through the Del Mar village or along the sand is the perfect way to unwind.

Although life in Del Mar is generally laid back and peaceful, there’s still plenty to see and do all year long. The county’s biggest attractions all land at the nearby racetrack including the annual San Diego Fair. The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club meets twice a year, in the summer and the fall, at the place where the “turf meets the surf.” In addition, numerous fairs, festivals, and sporting events visit the track facility as well. The Del Mar Village also hosts several iconic events including the Powerhouse Park Summer Concert series, the Del Mar Summer Solstice event, the Taste of Del Mar, and an array of holiday celebrations.

Love to get outside? The iconic Torrey Pines State Reserve offers challenging trails and beautiful views of the rugged San Diego coast, not to mention the rare Torrey Pine. People also love to bike through Del Mar and head up the coast along the picturesque Highway 101. Of course, many Del Mar residents spend nearly every weekend at the beach surfing, swimming, boogie boarding, and more!

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