Del Mar Waterfront Homes in Coastal North San Diego County – Del Mar California

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Lots of buyers dream of having a waterfront home by the beach. That's easy to understand, as there is something about the allure of the ocean, the sand and the light at the beach that appeals to so many. Having the financial wherewithal to acquire a home on the ocean is another matter entirely, especially with Southern California waterfront homes being as pricey as they are.

 Del Mar oceanfront real estate in the Del Mar beach colony

Buyers looking for waterfront homes in the coastal area of North County San Diego have a number of options for oceanfront living, depending on what you want and how much you are willing to spend. There are, of course, a number of considerations when buying beachfront property - the dangers from storms; erosion; wear and tear on the house (inside and out) from wind, sand and moisture; restrictions around what you can and cannot do from the Coastal Commission; and so on. [home pictured in photo above is price at $8.995M]

READ MORE: The Costs of Owning Waterfront Property in Carlsbad (but applicable to any waterfront home

Del Mar oceanfront real estate in the Del Mar beach colonySome folks just like living near the beaches and enjoy the views, so living on a bluff overlooking the ocean is fine.

Others want to be directly on the beach and to be able to walk out the door onto the sand.

Because of the bluffs along our coast, some areas have limited direct access to the sand without steps - especially Carlsbad, Encinitas and Solana Beach. Others, particularly Del Mar and Oceanside, allow direct access from a number of oceanfront homes and are pretty much at sea level in certain areas. 



Del Mar oceanfront real estate in the Del Mar beach colony -  looking east

DEL MAR is one of the most expensive communities in San Diego County. Detached homes in Del Mar are rare for under a million, and Del Mar waterfront homes are some of the most expensive in Southern California. 

The Del Mar Beach Colony is an area of beach homes, some directly on the beach, in the northern part of Del Mar to the west of the Coast Road and within view of the Del mar Fair Grounds and Racetrack. This enclave is characterized by a diversity of home styles and sizes, especially along Ocean Front, the most exclusive road, life guard shacks, lots of surfers and folks walking to and from the beach, and a gated area of private properties called Sandy Lane. 

Currently there are 9 Del Mar waterfront homes with beach frontage and you can, literally, walk out on the sand from most. These homes range from $8,995,000 to $76,000,000 (the latter for a home on multiple lots on the bluff at the northern-most part of town and  not in the Colony) and are priced at an average of $4,544/SF.  Homes range in size from 1442 SF up to 6551 SF for the most expensive home, but in general are fairly modest in size. These homes have been on the market for an average of 256 days.


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Lisa Hill
Florida Property Experts - Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Beach Real Estate

Wow. Those are pricey. Since there are only 9, I guess that would make them pretty expensive. But their time on the market says a lot. Are they over-priced?

Jun 21, 2009 11:22 AM #1
Kay Van Kampen
RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX Solutions - Springfield, MO
Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate

This looks like a great place to live......I remember the beaches in Florida.  Loved them.  Never thought the prices would be so high.

Jun 21, 2009 11:39 AM #2
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Jeff, well you can add me to the list of people who would love to own a house someday on the beach or on a lake. 

I will take either one I am not picky ..... LOL

Jun 21, 2009 12:33 PM #3
John Price

Thanks for highlighting the insanity of the CA market. What a joke. Whoever buys these places deserves to lose their shirt in a few years.

Jun 22, 2009 03:06 AM #4
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

Lisa - no doubt some are. There is at least one where they have reduced the price by almost 30%.

Kay - yep, it is pretty astounding how high beach front property has gotten, and it still sells, although it can take a lot of time. And many are cash buyers, with multiple homes.

George - bring your checkbook.

John - yes, it's true that prices are pretty amazing. I suspect that some buyers who can afford these, and pay cash, and who often own other properties, are not too worried about a shift in a few million dollars over time.


Jun 22, 2009 03:56 AM #5
Kristal Kraft
The Berkshire Group Realtors - Denver, CO
Selling Metro Denver Real Estate - 303-589-2022

My sister lives on the beach on the right coast in N.J. I can say from first hand experience it is delightful to be able to grab a camera at pre-dawn and run outside to capture the image of the day as it begins.  In your part of the world you get to bid it good-night!  Either way works for me.

Jun 22, 2009 05:25 AM #6
Brian Burke
Kenna Real Estate - Lone Tree, CO
Broker & Advising Expert-Denver Luxury Real Estate

I would love to live on the beach or atl least so I can hear the waves. I guess I better start saving some dinero... ~Rita (BTW thanks for the B-day card)

Jun 22, 2009 02:44 PM #7
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