Olivenhain Real Estate - Rural Residential Equestrian Community in Encinitas

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 Olivenhain real estateOlivehain is an area within the town of Encinitas (like Cardiff is), on the eastern edge bordering Rancho Santa Fe, and a small portion of Carlsbad


The Olivenhain community is characterized by rolling hills, large lots, many fences, lots of cul-de-sacs and dead-end roads, and a good number of horses, cyclists, and some pedestrians.


The town has an interesting policy of "dark skies" which limits outdoor lighting, allowing for better views of the moon, stars and night sky, in keeping with the rural atmosphere.


Colony Olivenhain (meaning Olive Grove), as it was originally called, was founded by a group of German immigrants from Denver who arrived in 1884. The area was originally called Ranchas Las Encinitas. These first residents were given 5-acre plots of land and granted the use of the community's horse teams and equipment.


The one-room Olivenhain Meeting Hall (see photo in virtual tour at bottom of page) was erected in the heart of town in 1895 and was used for a wider range of functions and events, and remains an event hub of this town of about 5,000 residents. The Meeting Hall is on the National Registry of Historic Places. You can read more about Colony Olivenhain on their website.


  Olivenhain real estateThe main shopping area of Olivenhain is centered around the intersection of Encinitas Boulevard and Rancho Santa Fe Road, which cuts through the heart of town.


You will find a smattering of services here, including the 7-11, a couple of cleaners, a handful of clothing boutiques for men and women, home furnishings, banks, real estate offices, restaurants, a couple of private schools and a host of other retail and small business establishments.  


The largest shopping area is the West Village Shopping Center with a host of stores and services.


Meritage Wine Market is a wine tasting room and retail store in the West Village Shopping Center in town; Harvest Ranch Market provide fine food products, a terrific deli and general groceries. Local restaurants include The Pancake House, Marie Callender's (a well known and popular chain, famous for frozen foods and pies), and the upscale Firenze Trattoria whose reputation for fine dining extends well beyond Olivenhain.


  Olivenhain real estateOlivenhain is just a couple of miles east of the main shopping area of Encinitas so you are not far from major grocery stores and other large stores including Home Depot, Target, Office Depot, and Bed, Bath and Beyond., to name a few.


Children in Olivenhain attend the Olivenhain Pioneer Elementary School, through the 6th grade. After that they attend the Encinitas Schools. A private coeducational school in the heart of town, The Rhoades School, meets children's needs through grade 8.


There is also a Montessori School and a Head Start Program.


Olivenhain serves as a transition from the more crowded Encinitas to the rural, and expensive, community of Rancho Santa Fe. Because of the lot sizes and its locations, Olivenhain homes, on average, are more expensive than in Encinitas proper (see recent market report), and you won't find much for sale under $1 million.


  Olivenhain real estateAs of this writing, there are 14 Olivenhain homes for sale with only 1 under $1 million. Prices range from $995,000 to $2.795 million, with living areas of 1951 SF up to 7200 SF. There are both attached and detached homes (more of the latter) and a wide range of home styles, including Spanish, Mediterranean, traditional and contemporary; some new construction is available.




You can SEARCH FOR ENCINITAS HOMES FOR SALE and learn more about the local market.


Olivenhain lots tend to be larger than in other areas of Encinitas in general, and many homes offer ½ acre up to 2 acres of property, much of which is zoned for horses. The average price of an Olivenhain home sold in the last 6 months is $1,467,000 (NOTE - at the time this report was written).


 Olivenhain real estateWildflower Estates is a popular, and expensive, gated community where you can still buy a lot for building (over $1 million) with custom estate homes on lots ranging up to about 5 acres Wildflower Ranch is a popular equestrian center in town.


Some other well-known communities include Olivenhain Estates and Windsor Estates, which are not gated. Other Olivenhain new home construction tends to be limited to small enclaves of homes or individual spec homes.


The rural atmosphere, rolling hills, relaxed lifestyle and wonderful climate year round in Olivenhain just 5 miles inland from the ocean make this a must-see community. For those seeking an equestrian property, Olivenhain may be the best opportunity outside of Rancho Santa Fe, and less expensive.



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Comments (46)

Kaye Thomas
Real Estate West - Manhattan Beach, CA
e-PRO, Manhattan Beach CA
Jeff- Your photos remind me of Palos Verdes.. equestrian trails and beautiful scenery
Nov 07, 2007 11:07 AM
Irina Netchaev
Pasadena Views Real Estate Team, Inc. - Pasadena, CA
Pasadena CA Real Estate
Jeff, what a beautiful area...  absolutely lovely!
Nov 07, 2007 02:04 PM
Marlene Bridges
Village Real Estate Services, Inc. - Laguna Hills, CA
Laguna Homes|Laguna Condos|Laguna Real Estate
Jeff - This is such a lovely community.  Sure sounds like a lot of home and property for the money in San Diego.  Great post, Jeff.
Nov 07, 2007 03:57 PM
Dave Rullo
Country Brokers, Ltd - Hanalei, HI
Jeff- My sister and her partner owned a ten acre ranch on Lone Jack Road. Sold a few year back, but lease the property to keep the horse business going. Too many clients to walk away from. We used to ride all throughtout the area before all the growth. I'm impressed with how your using this site. I'm new to the business and just hunt and peckin my way around. Any suggestions? Do you know Dallas and Kathy Smith? Long time associates ( prudential ) working your farm. Aloha and lol.
Nov 07, 2007 06:27 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Kaye - it really IS like PV. I should add more photos but time ran out when I was playing photographer. Olivenhain really has a different feel to it.


Nov 08, 2007 01:07 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Irina - thanks. Imagine how nice it would look if the sun were shining. I'm waiting for the weather to clear a bit so I can take more photos.


Nov 08, 2007 01:08 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Marlene - well you certainly get more for your money than in RSF but homes are expensive. But if you are into horses this is about as close to the coast as you can get.


Nov 08, 2007 01:09 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Aloha, Dave. I don;t know them personally but certainly know the name. Thanks for the compliment. I would simply continue to read posts and do some writing on your own focusing on the consumer. The more you participate the more you will learn and improve. Happy to chat live anytime.


Nov 08, 2007 01:11 AM
Dave Rullo
Country Brokers, Ltd - Hanalei, HI

I appreciate you taking the time to offer some advice. Looking forward to a live chat sometime.


Nov 08, 2007 05:58 AM
Diane Aurit
LKN Realty, LLC - Mooresville, NC
Lake Norman Real Estate
Jeff:  I lived in Encinitas, Leucadia, Del Mar and La Jolla and I have never heard of this wonderful place!  Well, I was in college at the time so I guess I had other things on my mind.  I love your localism posts about different communities!
Nov 08, 2007 08:19 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Dave - just ring me up when it's convenient for you.


Nov 08, 2007 11:41 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Diane - well it is not necessarily well known outside of Carlsbad/Encinitas...college could have been the reason. Of course an a RE person the ears are alwasy perked up, aren't they? :)

Thanks for the kind words. I enjoy them, but they are time consuming.


Nov 08, 2007 11:43 AM