The Walking District Neighborhood in Cardiff (Cardiff-by-the-Sea)CA

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The Walking District Neighborhood in Cardiff by the Sea (Cardiff) California

Here are some things to know about the Walking District in Cardiff for buyers interested in living in this charming seaside community.


A home in Cardiff's Walking District near the downtown areaWhere is the Walking District in Cardiff Located?

Cardiff ByThe Sea (a.k.a. Cardiff) is located on the coast about 20 miles north of San Diego, bordered on the south by Solana Beach and the San Elijo Lagoon, and the north by Encinitas (Cardiff is officially a community within the town of Encinitas but has its own zip code - 92007).


The Walking District is the neighborhood south of Birmingham and is bordered by the Route 101/Coast highway and the ocean to the west, and Glasgow, Edinburg and Mackinnon on the east, at the peak of the hill.


 Views from Cardiff by the Sea home   Views from Cardiff by the Sea home

Why do People Live in the Walking District in Cardiff?

TheWalking District in Cardiff is a popular neighborhood, in large part due to terrific ocean and white water views, and because of the close proximity to the beach and Cardiff downtown, restaurants, services and more.


The close proximity means many people, who can, will choose to walk, but with the hills and for other reasons, other modes of transportation may be easier. Cardiff has a long history as a surfing community and the eclectic nature of the housing and residents provide a strong appeal for many who chose to live here.


Cardiff by the Sea home  Cardiff by the Sea home

Looking for a Home for Sale in the Walking District in Cardiff?

Housing in the Walking District of Cardiff is expensive, and the inventory tends to be limited. You can start your search for homes for sale in the Walking District in Cardiff with this link (the MLS updates this site 24/7).


What’s it Like to Live in the Walking District in Cardiff?

The Walking District neighborhood is pretty much laid out in a grid, with a number of streets running horizontal along the hill, and several main streets running east and west up the hill. One cannot help but think of the streets in San Francisco that you find in this part of Cardiff.


The topography allows for many homes, even single story properties, to have awesome views of the ocean, whitewater, San Eljio Lagoon, the neighborhood, and the panoramic coast depending on location. 


Walking District homes tend to be fairly crowded together, with smallish yards (many lots in this area are roughly 50’ x100’), and you will find a diverse mix of newly built or remodeled homes with multiple levels, and small cottages that have been there for years without renovation. The streets are somewhat narrow and there are a fair number of cars parking on them, especially in the summer.


Cardiff has building restrictions that prevent homes above a certain height, which helps to preserve some of the views and it’s important to verify this before you make plans to build or remodel.  There are both attached and detached homes, as well as condos and twinhomes. It’s common to find many homes built with a reverse or upside-down floor plan (living areas on top, bedrooms below, or some other variation) to take advantage of the views.


Trattoria Positano in Cardiff by the Sea  Surfer Van in Cardiff by the Sea

What’s Going on Near the Walking District in Cardiff?

Cardiff may not be known as a restaurant mecca, but there are some nice eateries close by, including Pipes Cafe, a well known breakfast place, and Trattoria Positano that offers dining al fresco with ocean views. Restaurant Row (The Beach House, The Chart House, Las Olas, Pacific Grill, to name a few), has several restaurants directly on the beach just to the south along the Coast Road (turn left at the Cardiff Kook statue and it’s less than ¼ mile). VG Donuts is not to be missed.


Seaside Market is an amazing shopping destination downtown. You will be awed by the amount of stuff crammed into this grocery and the quality of produce, fish, meats and other products is impressive, plus there is a great patio in front to enjoy food, people watching and the views.


There is excellent surfing nearby at Cardiff State Beach or Swami's, and many more shopping and dining opportunities in downtown Encinitas and Solana Beach, especially the Cedros Design District.


The Cardiff Kook dressed up for Halloween in Cardiff by the Sea California


Search for Cardiff by the Sea homes for Sale and Homes for Sale in Cardiff by the SeaWhat Schools will the Children in the Walking District Attend?

Children in the Walking District will attend the Cardiff School District with the Cardiff School on Montgomery and the Ada Harris School on Windsor. Beyond grade 6 students go to the Encinitas schools.


Ready to Start Your Home Search in the Walking District in Cardiff California?

If you have any questions or would like more information, please don't hesitate to ask. If you are looking for Cardiff homes for sale, your new Southern California destination could be in the popular Walking District! Start your search using the link below – the MLS updates this site 24/7 or let me know what you need and I will customize a search for you.


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Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

My husband's mother was born in Cardiff Wales. Does that where Cardiff by the Sea gets its name?

Jun 28, 2013 01:39 PM #1
Jeff Dowler
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad


You are very perceptive. The wife of the person, Frank Cullen, who is credited with founding Cardiff was from Cardiff Wales and allegedly convinced him to use the name.


Jun 28, 2013 01:46 PM #2
William Johnson
RE/MAX Associates - La Jolla, CA
San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE
Hi Jeff, This is a terrific post and I enjoyed this. I really had never considered that Cardiff Whales was where the name came from.
Jun 28, 2013 03:44 PM #3
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

Jeff what a great post on the Walking District of Cardiff by the Sea.  I love the photos incorporated in the post especially the VW.

As a coastal city I am sure it is a sort after area.

Jun 28, 2013 03:47 PM #4
Barbara Hensley
RE/MAX Properties - Rockwall, TX
Homes for Sale in Rockwall County, Texas

Jeff, you paint an awesome picture of the Walking District in Cardriff California.  Who would not want to live there?  You present a reason for buyers to buy in this neighborhood. 

Jun 28, 2013 10:39 PM #5
Martha Brown
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Annapolis MD 21403 - Annapolis, MD
Your Homes Around Annapolis Agent

Great post on all there is to do, see and enjoy in Cardiff. California in itself just amazes me and you have a way of bringing your area of the state to life. You know it inside and out.

Jul 02, 2013 09:49 PM #6
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