Cardiff by the Sea - The Composer District Homes for Sale in Cardiff California 92007

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If an ocean view home is on your list, Cardiff Composer District homes for sale in Cardiff California may offer you just what you are seeking.

Views from a Cardiff Composer District home

Cardiff, or more formally known as Cardiff-by-the-Sea, is a small, charming seaside town tucked in between the San Elijo Lagoon, to the south, and Encinitas, to the north. While officially part of Encinitas in terms of town government, Cardiff has its own zip code (92007) and, most will agree, an identity all its own.  

READ MORE: Cardiff by the Sea - Quintessential Beach Community 

West of the 5 are two major residential areas of Cardiff, the Composer District and the Walking District. They vary in terms of housing, pricing, and atmosphere, as well as ease of getting to the beach and to the downtown area. 

READ MORE - Cardiff Walking District Homes for Sale in Cardiff California to learn about the amenities iin downtown Cardiff, including restaurants (Pipes, Trattoria Positano), the Seaside Market, and shopping.

Views from a Cardiff Composer District homeThe Composer District in Cardiff is named, well, as you can guess, because of the streets, about 15 of which are named after famous composers - Rubenstein, Chopin, Bach, Mozart, Verdi, Rossini, and Liszt, to name a few. Located to the north of Birmingham (main road and exit off the 5 freeway), this area is primarily residential but close to the downtown shopping area.

Unlike the Walking District's grid-like layout, streets in the Composer District tend to wind gently up and down the hills, offering sneak peaks of the ocean just a few blocks away, and a broad mix of housing in a range of styles. 

While not all of the Cardiff Composer District homes for sale offer ocean views, many homes do, given their location on hills facing west, which of course contributes to the high prices in this neighborhood. Access to the ocean, while close, is not a simple matter, as there are railroad tracks and the coast road to cross; the closest road that does so is Chesterfield in the heart of town. But beach-goers and surfers find their way down winding paths and walk across the tracks and road without much difficulty regardless. 

View of Swami's Beach from Cardiff's Composer District

The Cardiff Composer District homes tend to be expensive, as is Cardiff in general. A major difference between the Composer District and the Walking District is that you will find more attached twin home-style properties in the Walking District. The Composer District also feels a little less crowded because of the lots and how the homes are configured along the winding streets. 

A Cardiff Composer District street sceneCARDIFF COMPOSER DISTRICT HOMES FOR SALE

Currently there are 11 Cardiff Composer District homes for sale (out of 43 total), all of which are detached single family homes. These range in price from $829,888 to $2.9 million. 

There is only 1 property priced under $1 million.

Since the beginning of 2009 there have been 9 Cardiff Composer District homes sold with an average price of $1,343,277, or $563/SF (DOM = 71 days, at an average of 92% of asking price). 

Enjoy the photo tour of Cardiff, and the video tour of the Cardiff Composer District along several of its composer-named streets.

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Comments (8)

Mara Hawks
First Realty Auburn - Auburn, AL
Inactive-2012 REALTOR - Homes for Sale Auburn Real Estate, AL

Such a nice presentation of these neighborhoods. I love the Seaside Market there. When I visit, I enjoy walking on the beach around 6 a.m., and then going to that market. That whole area seems to retain a wonderfully authentic feeling of an "original" southern California beach town. You did a great job with your videos.!

Aug 17, 2009 10:39 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Jeff, WOW WOW WOW what a view, I could sit there all day and just enjoy it.

Aug 17, 2009 12:29 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Thank you Mara. It is such a wonderful area that it is not hard to write about it.

George - I know what you mean. When I have open houses there it's hard to not sit there are just stare out at the views and the ocean. And if someone has the money they can buy an home there and do just that! LOL


Aug 17, 2009 02:15 PM
Terry & Bonnie Westbrook
Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner - Grand Rapids, MI
Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re
What a pretty area I guess for almost 600 per square foot a view is needed.
Aug 17, 2009 03:27 PM
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Jeff, this is pretty much the quintessential guide to Cardiff Composer District Homes.


Aug 17, 2009 03:44 PM
Patrick Randles
Nova Home Loans - Tucson, AZ
This is a sweet area. We stayed in Solana Beach during the US Open last summer and just really enjoyed the area. Nice post!
Aug 17, 2009 04:05 PM
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA

Hi Jeff, I learn so much from you. I had no idea about the Composer area of Cradiff. Now I do and I guess I will have to make my way over there and check it out.

Aug 17, 2009 04:51 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Terry and Bonnie - well it's a bargain compared to some ocean view homes. But you are right - for that money there should be a great view.

Sharon - what a nice thing to say. I love this community even though I don't live there, and writing about it is fun, as well as learning more all the time.

Patrick - neat! So next time I can expect a call from you so we can visit?

William - I am a font of information...sort of. Some on over and we'll do lunch and a tour.


Aug 17, 2009 05:02 PM