Leucadia - Surfers' Beach Community in Encinitas, CA

Real Estate Agent with eXp Realty of California, Inc. CA DRE #01490977

 Encinitas bluffs in Leucadia at Grandview Beach Leucadia, on the north side of Encinitas, borders on Carlsbad, and for many is the more appealing area of this seaside town.


Leucadia bears many reminders of its surfing roots, yet at the same time is undergoing a renaissance of sorts, with many new and expensive homes for sale, disappearing nurseries, and more upscale dining and shopping.


Despite these changes, Leucadia retains much of the rustic, quaint seaside charm that has attracted so many residents and vacationers over the years, despite the move into the 21st century.


Encinitas is located about 25 miles north of San Diego, along the coast, and Leucadia is one of the 5 main neighborhoods within the town.


Leucadia was named after one of the Greek Isles by English spiritualists who settled in the area in the 1870s.


Leucadia is known for the many Eucalyptus trees that line the main road running north and south, the Coast Highway (a.k.a. historic Route 101) and along the railroad tracks that parallel the coastal route. 


Leucadia is bordered on the north by the Batiquitos Lagoon, the east by the freeway and the west by, of course, thePacific Ocean. And Carlsbad is just around the corner. to the north along the coast.



Entrance to Grandview Beach in Leucadia CA


There is much to appeal to visitors and residents alike in Leucadia. The main street is lined with surf shops, tattoo parlors, quaint old restaurants, charming newer eateries, and the typical amenities you so often see in seaside towns - rustic inns, liquor stores, donut shops, hair salons, a drug store, bike rental places, pizza shops,a few galleries, clothing stores, the 7-11 and so on. And new places are opening up as the town grows and changes.


Leucadia is a popular vacation destination because of its beaches (Grandview, Stone Steps, Beacon's), and there are many vacation rentals in the area, mixed in among larger homes, some smallish hotels, apartment buildings, a few trailer parks, the few nurseries that remain, and oceanfront luxury homes - some of the most expensive in the area, especially along Neptune Avenue on the bluff.


 The famed Leucadia Donut Shop on the Coast Highway in Leucadia CALeucadia real estate covers a broad spectrum, apart from the vacation rentals, apartments, and trailer parks.


You might be interested in a quaint beach cottage, sandwiched in between rental properties. Some of these are not much more than bungalows, while others have been expanded and upgraded.


Leucadia's homes for sale also include a good number of condos on the west side of Route 101, across the coast highway from the beach, as well as along the bluff overlooking the ocean, some offering fabulous ocean views and frontage.


Neptune Avenue runs along the top of the bluff from one end of Encinitas through Leucadia and offers a diversity of housing, most of which is very pricey because of the ocean frontage (typically in excess of $2 million to about $7 million).

 New homes for sale in Leucadia


Leucadia is a very eclectic community, so you will find rustic cottages next to $6 million homes, some with spectacular ocean views, and you will occasionally find properties being completely remodeled at a significant price tag.


Slightly inland you will find several newer subdivisions with homes starting in the low $1 millions - one features Caribbean style colonials while another is more reminiscent of Nantucket in New England (and indeed, carries that name).


Interestingly there are still nurseries sprinkled throughout Leucadia, in and around more upscale housing, although these seem to be disappearing to make room for more housing.


n general, you will be hard pressed to find a detached home for sale in this area for under $700K and not much under $800K, and you can easily spend $2 - $7 million for a bluff top home above the ocean along Neptune Avenue.


Unlike Encinitas Ranch, Leucadia homes exhibit a very broad range of styles - one surely must call it eclectic - and many of the older homes defy classification as to a particular style; on many of the streets you will find a host of styles and types of housing all chockablock down the road, in a range of prices. Know that this area is pretty dense and lot sizes tend to be small, and the housing is very mixed.


The main drag in Leucadia - The Coast Highway or Route 101So what is there to do in Leucadia?


Well, there are the beaches, and the beaches (Beacon's, Grandview, and Stone Steps being the best known for surfing). Walking, sunning, sunset watching and surfing are probably the most popular activities in the area.


You can even learn to surf at the Leucadia Surf School. You will see a good number of bicyclists as well, especially along the Coast Road/ROute 101.


Other than the few small shops and restaurants (Le Papagayo is terrific and offers live jazz, blue, rock, and latin music), the town is really a beach town...and people like it just as it is. But the main drag in down town Encinitas proper is just down the street, with more than 50 restaurants, lots of shopping, movie theatres and more to keep you busy.


There is a good farmer's market every Sunday in Leucadia at the elementary School on Vulcan Avenue offering local produce, and wares from a variety of artisans.


Some residents and visitors simply like to drive around and explore all the town has to offer, head north to the Carlsbad State Beaches, or gather along the Leucadia beaches or atop the bluff to enjoy the sunsets and the surfers.


The Leucadia 101 Main Street Association has lots more information on the revitalization efforts in the area along the 101 and will give you a good feel for the local color of the community and the pride its residents and business owners have for preserving the community while sustaining its growth.


Nearby and slightly further inland you will find the San Diego Botanic Garden and the Self-Realization Fellowship Center in downtown Encinitas to the south.


 Surfers at Grandview beach in LeucadiaThe school districts for Leucadia are the Encinitas Union School District which services students from Encinitas (including Leucadia), as well as Solana Beach and Del Mar, and some nearby unincorporated area, and the San Dieguito Union High School District.


There are 9 elementary schools in the area along with several private schools.


If living in a charming yet rustic, and funky as they say, beach town brimming with an obvious surfing culture, providing easy access to the larger cities of San Diego and Los Angeles, with a diversity of housing styles and prices, Leucadia may be just your ticket. Be sure to bring your surf board!


Please don't hesitate to get in touch (760-840-1360) if I can provide more information about Leucadia, Encinitas, or other nearby communities.


And check out my relocation video series at Relocation Tips and Advice on my YouTube channel.



Comments (24)

Kaye Thomas
Real Estate West - Manhattan Beach, CA
e-PRO, Manhattan Beach CA


Would you believe we were talking about Leucadia this morning in my office meeting... It's still one of the few places that is a true old beach town... the way they were when I was a kid.. Thanks for the post..


Feb 14, 2007 12:15 PM
Eric Bouler
Gardner Realtors, Licensed in La. - New Orleans, LA
Listening to your Needs
Great local blog, like your layout. Mine are much shorter. Good job.
Feb 14, 2007 12:15 PM
Valerie Baldwin
John L. Scott Sandy - Gresham, OR
Harvey, Gresham Oregon Real Estate
My best friend lives in Leucadia.  I really enjoyed your post.  I felt like I was back in the sunshine there.  Keep it up!
Feb 14, 2007 12:19 PM
Deborah Burns ~ Seattle Real Estate Agent
Realty Executives -BRIO - Seattle, WA
Really nice post, nice mix of info, photos and odds and ends. 
Feb 14, 2007 12:28 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Thank you all for your comments. Funny how so many people, even those not in the area, are familiar with this terrific beach town. It's just a mile from my house in Carlsbad and we ALMOST moved there instead.

I just added my real estate shows tour at the top.


Feb 14, 2007 01:09 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
Jeff, I thought you had done a great job with you last Post on the write-up and layout, but you have even done a better job here.  Man that is a beautiful view of the ocean.
Feb 14, 2007 02:16 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Thanks, George. I appreciate your comments. I need to work on my photography, though. I don't take the time to really turn out the kinds of pics I would like...and they don't quite capture what I see. But I really DO appreciate the compliment. Sometimes I'm not sure what to include in these write-ups - I plan to ask some buyers and sellers to see what their perception is.


Feb 14, 2007 03:38 PM
Kaye Thomas
Real Estate West - Manhattan Beach, CA
e-PRO, Manhattan Beach CA

Jeff.. the tour is a winner!!!


Feb 14, 2007 05:44 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Thanks, Kaye. I enjoy doing these although I don't know yet how beneficial they really are. At least I have them to share with buyers and sellers and can show them the information I can provide them.


Feb 15, 2007 04:20 PM
Luke Constantino
Brooklyn/Manhattan Real Estate - Brooklyn, NY
Residential/Commercial Real Estate Brooklyn NY

OMG!@!!! That's soo beautiful I want to move there!

I lived in Huntington Beach for 7 years when I was a stock broker and loved it.

Feb 15, 2007 10:18 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Thanks, Luke. Come on over - I'll help you find the perfect house!! Appreciate your compliment.


Feb 16, 2007 02:22 AM
Jeff Turner
RealSatisfied - Santa Clarita, CA

Jeff, I don't know if you saw this review of your blog or not, so I thought I'd post it here!



Mar 23, 2007 12:16 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Jeff - I did not see it. So very kind of you to bring this up. WOW! It really is a cool area and I would live there hands-down if I could afford the kidn of house I really want by the beach. We have a favorite restaurant in Leucadia (Le Papagayo) and the beaches are the best.

Cheers - have a great weekend.


Mar 23, 2007 12:58 PM
Jeff Turner
RealSatisfied - Santa Clarita, CA
My pleasure... go do a Show about the restaurant and write up a review... guaranteed to be a winner!
Mar 23, 2007 04:27 PM