Solana Beach Real Estate - Seaside Community Extraordinaire

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Solana Beach Real Estate

A Seaside Community Extraordinaire

  Solana Beach real estate - Jeff Dowler


Solana Beach is a coastal community about 17 miles north of San Diego, just south of  Cardiff by the Sea, and bordered on the south by Del Mar, and to the east by Rancho Santa Fe.


Are you interested in living in this beautiful seaside community? Want to know more about housing inventory and prices?




Want to explore the Solana Beach lifestyle some more? Check out the slide show at the bottom of the page


Covering an area of about 3.5 square miles, somewhere around 13,000 people make their home in Solana Beach (the census for 2019 showed just about 13,300 residents). Solana Beach was called Lockwood Mesa prior to 1923 and was incorporated as a city in 1986.


There is a fascinating history of Solana Beach on the town website (zip code 92075) as well as a wealth of other information about this relatively small coastal community.


A claim to fame, depending on your perspective, is the 2003 enactment of a smoking ban on its beaches, a trend that has been followed by many other California beach towns since that time.


Solana Beach is known as a desirable residential and business center (there are plenty of small businesses and high-tech companies here), with beautiful beaches, a health economy, pricey housing, and easy access to LA and San Diego via the freeway, the Coaster, and an Amtrak train (the Pacific Surfliner, with a stop in town).


  Solana Beach real estate - Jeff DowlerMost of Solana Beach is centered along the Coast Highway (Route 101) from the Cardiff border to Del Mar, with a very popular and well-known design area known as the Cedros Avenue Design District just one block to the east.


Covering several blocks south of Lomas Santa Fe, the Cedros Design District is a shopping mecca. This is especially true for homeowners who are remodeling, or are building a home, and want assistance with interior and exterior design, furniture, gardening and landscaping, and much more.


My favorite stores to visit in the Cedros District are Leaping Lotus and the David Alan Collection.


You can also enjoy a variety of restaurants, buy clothing, find great gifts and home accessories, attend a live music concert at the popular Belly Up Tavern, poke through art galleries, or simply stroll the area window shopping. There's a terrific farmers market there on Sundays.


The 101 main street (aka The Coast Road) also offers a broad range of shopping and services, from the most plain and simple to luxurious. You will find the typical shops and services catering to a beach crowd (and visitors) as well as more upscale clothing boutiques, home furnishings stores, restaurants, small businesses and services.


Several hotels are found along this roadway (e.g., the Holiday Inn Express and Courtyard by Marriott). The town can get quite busy during the summer, especially for the San Diego County Fair and during thoroughbred racing season (typically early July through Labor Day in September) at the Del Mar Race Track just south of town.


 The famous Del Mar Race Trackcan be seen from Solana Beach      Views from the hills in Solana Beach



 The Cedros Design District in Solana Beach is a popular shopping and dining area


Dining in the area can be quite good, and perhaps can be best described as eclectic, from the simple fast food to fine dining. A couple examples: Parioli Italian Bistro on the 101 has a good reputation; and the BellyUp Tavern on Cedros is a terrific place for lunch, dinner or weekend brunch before or after shopping in the Cedros Avenue Design District.


  Solana Beach real estate - Jeff DowlerMuch of the Solana Beach coast line is bluff, occupied in many areas by pricey private homes (Pacific Avenue, Circle Drive) and expensive condo developments, especially along S. Sierra Avenue.


There are a number of access points for the public, such as Tide Park and the popular Fletcher Cove (offering a tot lot, restrooms, a grassy area, and basketball, plus the fabulous beach!).


Mother Nature, as always, has her way, and there are some areas along this coast where residents are at risk for bluff failures, active shifting of the bluffs, and the need for seawalls. Recently new hefty fees have been implemented against residents who install seawalls to compensate the public for loss of beach, but many do not have much choice given the erosion issues.


Children in town attend one of 6 elementary schools in the Solana Beach School District. Older children will attend public schools in the San Dieguito Union High School District. There a several private schools as well.


  Solana Beach real estate - Jeff DowlerThere are 2 golf courses in town - the Lomas Santa Fe Country Club (private) and the Lomas Santa Fe Executive Golf Course, which is public. There are a good number of golf courses nearby in Del Mar, such as famed Torrey Pines, and Rancho Santa Fe, most of which are private.


Housing in Solana Beach is fairly diverse, ranging from vacation and rental apartments, to a mix of attached and detached condos, single family homes, and luxury waterfront properties. Because of the hilly topography a good number of properties offer distant views of the ocean despite being some distance away (including on the east side of the 5 freeway), as well as the San Elijo Lagoon.


There are brand new homes as well as a large mix of bungalow and cottage style properties, as well as a mix of contemporary, traditional, spanish and other housing styles that defy classification; a drive through town will show a good number of substantial remodels taking place to take advantage of the views.


Be aware that residents, and the town, are especially concerned about preserving views; you will likely be required to show the silhouettes and elevations of any planned remodels and additions using Story Poles in the event views are potentially obstructed.


  Solana Beach real estate - Jeff DowlerThe Solana Beach real estate market traditionally does not have a large inventory of homes, or condos and town homes.


Combined with the coastal location, the beach life, and area amenities, this results in Solana Beach being one of the more expensive communities on the coast in San Diego County behind Del Mar and La Jolla, and neighboring Rancho Santa Fe, the priciest by far.




  Solana Beach real estate - Jeff DowlerSolana Beach offers a wonderful seaside lifestyle and ambiance, with great shopping, good schools, varied dining, and beautiful beaches just 30 minutes or less to downtown San Diego.


There is easy access to shopping and other amenities in neighboring Del Mar and La Jolla, and the local train station gives you the option of visiting Los Angeles in a little over 2 hours via Amtrak instead of driving the freeway.


This high quality of life comes at a hefty price, but more reasonably so than in its closest neighbors to the south.


Are you interested in making the Solana Beach lifestyle yours? You can start your search for homes for sale in Solana Beach using the link below.


Please feel free to give me a call at (760) 840-1360 or email me at if I can answer any questions or provide more information about Solana Beach and the homes for sale. I am happy to sit down and discuss your needs and budget, and help you plan a strategy for buying or selling your Solana Beach home.


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Comments (17)

Neal Bloom
Brokered by eXp Realty LLC - Weston, FL
Realtor CRS-Weston FL Real Estate
Very nice Jeff..I love the mountain views. When we went to AZ we were amazed at the mountain formations.
Jul 03, 2007 12:52 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Thanks, Neal. Guess you don't have much in the way of mountains in Florida, do you? Or even hills as I recall! LOL


Jul 03, 2007 01:47 PM
Paula Henry
Home to Indy Team @ HomeSmart Realty Group - Avon, IN
Realtor - Indianapolis Real Estate - 317-605-4174
Jeff - Okay, you got me on this one- I have never been here. It is amazingly serene and as usual, a dynamite post. Are you receiving business from your posts? You should be! You write the one of the most informative Localism posts I have seen.
Jul 03, 2007 02:26 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Thanks, Paula. Sometimes I feel like a tour guide, though. Hopefully the info is worthwhile to readers.

I need to write a post, as I AM getting calls directly from AR, and can also speak to several relationships within the AR community as well. I am pleased to see that people are reading my blogs and finding them of value. I am not always sure...

And you may know that Solana Beach is home to America's most opinionated mortgage broker...Brian Brady!!


Jul 03, 2007 03:30 PM
Ana Connell
G & C Properties - Burbank, CA
Burbank Real Estate Agent

Jeff this is a wonderful post and quite informative!  Makes me want to go check it out!

I had no idea that area existed and that it is so beautiful, thanks for sharing:) 

Jul 03, 2007 06:13 PM
Jeff R. Geoghan
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Lancaster, PA
REALTOR, Marketing Manager
Cool post - I lived in Solana Beach for 2 years back in the early 90's, rigth near the racetrack.  Surfed every morning at the "rivermouth" before they put the parking meters in - never forget that annoyance!  What is tha name of that mexican mini-chain that has a taco-stand style restaurant on PCH heading out of SB down to Cardiff? 
Jul 03, 2007 06:38 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Thanks, Ana. It is a beautiful area, but then so much of California is. Appreciate your stopping by. Thank you.


Jul 04, 2007 01:15 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Jeff - cool area, huh? Thanks for visiting. The only place I can think of is Las Olas (but I am only here 2 years so still learning my way around a bit). You would be amazed at the changes since then!


Jul 04, 2007 01:18 AM
Jeff R. Geoghan
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Lancaster, PA
REALTOR, Marketing Manager
No, I don't think it's that.  It'll come to, they have good REAL mexfood.  We used to just walk up to the window.
Jul 05, 2007 04:10 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Jeff - could it be Roberto's? Rubio's?


Jul 05, 2007 07:55 AM
Brian Brady
Matthews Capital Markets - Tampa, FL

Hey!  I'm a famous resident!  Thanks, Jeff.  You captured Solana Beach perfectly!

Jeff G- I think it's Roberto's or Filiberto's 

Jul 21, 2007 06:02 PM
Lynda Eisenmann
Preferred Home Brokers - Brea, CA
Broker Associate ,CRS,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co


Wow, you do such an amazing job showcasing your communities. Great job!

Jul 21, 2007 06:37 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Brian - thanks for the compliment!


Jul 22, 2007 03:37 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Thanks, Lynda. I enjoy writing these although they are a lot of work. But when you like where you live it's easy.


Jul 22, 2007 03:38 AM
John Moran
Keller Williams Realty's At The Beach Team - Destin, FL
For Your Place At The Beach

Jeff, sorry about submitting that response twice - I guess I have a twitchy trigger finger. 


Jun 13, 2009 03:08 PM