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Want to Live in A Musical Community? Try the Composer District - Cardiff

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 Cardiff CaliforniaNestled on the hill facing the grand Pacific Ocean, just north of Birmingham Avenue, lies an area of Cardiff (Cardiff-by-the-Sea - links to the city website) known as the Composer District.


This neighborhood of detached and attached homes and condos was developed in the early 1900s by Victor Kremer, a music publisher and land developer.


Because of his fondness for music, the streets in this area are all named after composers (Rubenstein, Gershwin, Bach, Mozart, Liszt, Verdi, Chopin, Vivaldi, Haydn, Schubert, Rossini, and Brahms).


There are several other streets in the Composer District area that migrate from adjacent areas (Summit, Westminster, Stratford, San Elijo, Montgomery). The Composer District is one of the more appealing areas of Cardiff, if not the most desirable. It is believed that Kremer added the words By-the-Sea to Cardiff, although most people simply refer to it as Cardiff.


  Cardiff CaliforniaUnlike its neighbor, the Walking District, which is laid out in grid-like fashion, the roads in the Composer District tend to wind around quite a bit, and there are some terrific ocean and sunset views from many Cardiff homes in this community due to the hilliness, which contributes to the desirability, and the price.


Housing in this area, and Cardiff in general, is expensive. Currently there are 9 detached homes for sale in this area on the market, ranging in price from $1.25 million to $2.995 million; there are 2 attached homes for sale at the moment, priced at $1.059 million and $1.795 million. You will see a variety of homes here, including modern twin homes, large contemporaries, Spanish, Mediterranean, Craftsman and traditional.


Because of the hilly topography, many homes offer dramatic views of the ocean, sunsets, and the coastline. There are very few new construction homes for sale as vacant land is very scarce, and lot sizes tend to be small. This is true throughout Cardiff. But if you really are interested in brand new homes, there are a handful each year - some with terrific views, although you may also find some freeway or other noise as well. The views make up for it, however.

  Cardiff CaliforniaThe Composer District is conveniently located near the downtown Cardiff area, so residents have easy access to shopping and restaurants.


The downtown area is small and walkable, and people like it that way, but you will still find a number of fun, and good, restaurants (e.g., Trattoria Positano) , and places to shop, and the beaches are close by


There is a good-sized park, George Berkich Park, that offers a place to relax or play ball. There are no shops or restaurants in the Composer District, as it is almost exclusively residential, save for a few small businesses (e.g., attorney offices).


While the beach is close by, you cannot simply walk across the railroad tracks and coastal highway due to the bluffs - take the main road through town to go west.


You can walk to Swami's Beach (formally in adjacent Encinitas), perhaps the best known surfing beach in the area, if you are so inclined (see photo above left, as seen from the steps descending to the beach, about halfway down).


Younger children, grades K to 3, attend the Cardiff Elementary School on Montgomery; older students grades 3 - 6 attend the Ada Harris Elementary School on Windsor. Beyond grade 6 students go to the Encinitas schools.


If you are interested in living in a quaint, residential area, the Composer District in Cardiff may be just what you are looking for. If I can answer any questions about the housing market in Cardiff, or provide details on the Cardiff homes for sale, please let me know. 


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Comments (7)

Deborah Burns ~ Seattle Real Estate Agent
Realty Executives -BRIO - Seattle, WA

Wonderful descriptions Jeff!  Well written and makes me miss Southern California! 

Mar 06, 2007 05:52 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Thanks, Deborah. Come on back to visit. I love living here (a former Bostonian). My intent is to create content for Localism, and in general to share infomation with buyers who may be interested so they can make an informed decision about the area. I'm glad that you found this appealing. It really is a charming area, if you can afford it. I need to add some more photos


Mar 07, 2007 01:27 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Jeff, the ocean views in those pictures are great, if I had a house on top of one of those hills/cliffs I would probably never leave the house and just sit out there enjoying the view.

That would not be to good for business........LOL 

Mar 07, 2007 12:58 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

LOL, George. Yep, some of the views are amazing...and mesmerizing. You do get used to it, though.


Mar 08, 2007 02:47 AM
Rick Hauser
Buyer Broker Chicagoland - CHICAGO IL AND SUBURBS - Hawthorn Woods, IL
ABR, CNC, CNE, GRI, SFR, Exclusive Buyer Agent-Cov

Hi Jeff - hmm - that sounds like the perfect place for me to live - since I am a composer.  Too bad I don't make enough to afford a $1 million dollar home however!!   All my life people have said "you are so very California" (in many ways they say..)   Ironically - I've never lived there :-)

May 17, 2010 03:58 PM
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

Wow Jeff.. I had to check out the composer district of Cardiff-by-the-Sea!  I didn't know that composers were doing so well!  This is absolutely breath taking... I would love to in this lovely section of Cardiff. ... but I'll have to take some music lessons and find someone to subsidize me.  LOL.. I guess I'll just have to visit.

Sep 06, 2010 04:56 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Joan - it IS a beautiful area. Who couldn't enjoy living here on a street named Mozart, or Rubinstein or Verdi?


Sep 06, 2010 05:02 AM