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Like to Walk? Live in the Walking District in Cardiff, CA

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 Cardiff by the Sea CaliforniaDo you like to walk? Would you like to live in a neighborhood where you can walk to many of the amenities you want AND to the beach?

The area of Cardiff known as the Walking District is a popular neighborhood, offering terrific ocean and white water views, within a relatively easy walk (down hill) to the beach and downtown amenities that include shopping, restaurants and more.

Cardiff itself is located on the coast about 20 miles north of San Diego. It is bordered on the south by Solana Beach and the San Elijo Lagoon, and the north by Encinitas (Cardiff is officially a community within the town of Encinitas but has its own zip code - 92007).

The Walking District is south of Birmingham Avenue  and is bordered by the coast highway and the ocean to the west, and Glasgow, Edinburg and Mackinnon on the east, at the peak of the hill.

  Cardiff by the Sea CaliforniaThis area of Cardiff (more formally Cardiff-by-the-Sea) is pretty much laid out in a grid, with a number of streets running horizontal along the hill, and several main streets running up the hill (e.g., Chesterfield).

Because of the topography, many homes, even a few single story properties, can offer some fabulous views of the ocean, whitewater, San Eljio Lagoon, neighborhood, and panoramic coast depending on location. 

Homes tend to be fairly crowded together, with small yards, and there is a diverse mix of newly built or remodeled homes on 2-4 levels, and small cottages and bungalows that have been there for years.

Cardiff has restrictions that prevent homes above a certain height, which helps to preserve some of the views. These views, and the overall lifestyle, are what contribute to the charm, and the price, of ocean-side living in Cardiff.

  Cardiff by the Sea CaliforniaHousing in the Walking District of Cardiff is expensive, and the inventory tends to be limited. There are both attached and detached homes, and some are condos and townhomes.

It is fairly common for homes to be built upside-down, with the living area (kitchen, dining, living room) on the top floor to take advantage of the best views.

As of this writing, there are 9 detached Cardiff homes for sale, priced between $995K and $2.1 million; there is a small enclave of 6 new construction homes for sale at the very top of the hill (some have partial views I believe) priced in the $1.5 million range.

There are 5 attached Cardiff homes for sale as of this writing; these range in price from $900K to $1.35 million. If building a home is of interest, there is a small house on a lot (775 SF 2 bedroom) priced at $995K which could be torn down for building, and adjacent to that is another slightly larger cottage priced at $1.2 million where you could also build (subject to town approval) a townhome.

New housing is limited due to a lack of vacant land. A number of homeowners have completed dramatic remodels on their homes to better enjoy the views. Parking can be a challenge, given the small streets, although many homes offer some off street parking or a garage. There are also a number of renters in the area.

  Cardiff by the Sea CaliforniaPart of the appeal of the Walking District, apart from the views, is the ability to readily walk to the beach and to the shopping and restaurants in town.

While Cardiff is not known as a restaurant mecca, there are some nice eateries within walking distance (Pipes is a well known breakfast place, and Trattoria Positano offers dining al fresco with ocean views).

Restaurant Row (e.g., Pacific Coast Grill, The Chart House, Las Olas), right along the beach, is a short drive and visible from the Walking District and downtown Cardiff by the Sea.

There is excellent surfing nearby at Cardiff State Beach or Swami's (in Encinitas just to the north), and many more shopping and dining opportunities in Encinitas and Solana Beach (to the south).

  Cardiff by the Sea California

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. 

Whether you are planning to relocate to the area, or simply want to buy a new, or second, home, Cardiff offers a wonderful ocean-side Southern California lifestyle. Check it out!

Due to its prices, this area of  Cardiff may not be in your budget if you are a first time buyer, but for some it will work.

There are other more affordable areas with 2 and 3 bedroom condos east of the 5 freeway.

Please reach out to me at (760) 840-1360 if I can provide further information or answer any questions.

Use the link below to start your search for a Cardiff by the Sea home. You can also contact me and I will set up a custom search for you based on your budget and other criteria.


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Jeff Dowler, CRS
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Kristal Kraft
Novella Real Estate - Denver, CO
Selling Metro Denver Real Estate - 303-589-2022

I love the Trattoria...shall we meet for a glass of wine and some fine food?


Mar 07, 2007 03:16 PM
Eric Bouler
Gardner Realtors, Licensed in La. - New Orleans, LA
Listening to your Needs
I have never been there but your blog makes me want to go. You did a very good job for a local blog. if we all could do as well.
Mar 07, 2007 10:59 PM
Rochell Heininger
Yellowbook - Pittsburgh, PA

Hey, Jeff. I just started a new group here on ActiveRain, the RealEstateShows.com Users group. It's a place to share ideas on how to use RealEstateShows.com. This post is a perfect example of what the group is all about. I hop you'll consider joining:


Mar 15, 2007 08:54 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

KK - When do you want to meet! I'm there! (sorry about the slow response - definitely got "blogged" down in other stuff).

Thanks, Eric. I am still trying to improve these community blogs.

Thanks, Rochell. Will do.

Mar 16, 2007 09:32 AM
Robert Hammerstein -
Christie's International Real Estate - Hillsdale, NJ
Bergen County NJ Real Estate

Hey Jeff,

This is a really nicely planned out and layed out post with valuable community info.  Thanks for sharing.

Mar 23, 2007 06:01 AM