Homes for Sale in Cardiff

Search all Cardiff by the Sea houses for sale and real estate listings. Cardiff by the Sea (or more commonly referred to as "Cardiff") is located in Encinitas, California, roughly 25 miles north of downtown San Diego. Orginally its own town, Cardiff became part of Encinitas in 1986. Cardiff-by-the-Sea has forged an identity all its own, and today this laid-back town offers a tight-knit community and welcoming vibes.

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Cardiff Listings

Cardiff by the Sea Real Estate Market May 18, 2024
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About Cardiff-by-the-Sea

Cardiff is bordered by the Encinitas (of which it is a part) to the north and east, stunning Pacific Ocean beaches to the west, and the San Elijo Ecological Reserve to the south.

Cardiff-by-the-Sea is blessed with a fabulous year-round climate, with warm summers and short, mild winters. Pleasant ocean breezes take the edge off the heat during the summer months, and there are almost 300 sunny days each year.

Folks in this part of the world love spending time in the sun, and Cardiff-by-the-Sea is an ideal base for those who enjoy outdoor recreation. Cardiff is home to some of the best surfing spots in Southern California, including Swami’s, Cardiff Reef, and Pipes. Swami’s, in particular, draws surfers from all over the world, as well as those who come to enjoy the show.

The beaches here are absolutely gorgeous and seldom feel overcrowded. San Elijo State Beach is a two-mile stretch backed by picturesque bluffs and is ideal for swimming, snorkeling, and sunbathing. Cardiff State Beach features warm water and a gently sloping beach that's popular for a reason. At low tide, there are over 50 feet of tide pools to explore, and the sunsets here have to be seen to be believed. San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve lies at the southern end of the community and offers miles of serene hiking trails. This is the largest wetlands preserve in San Diego County and draws local dog walkers and birders.

For such a small and quiet community, there are a surprising number of dining options in Cardiff. Locals are proud of the small downtown Restaurant Row, which features an assortment of eateries. There's plenty of fresh seafood on offer, as well as pizza, Mexican, and much more. Also centrally located, Cardiff Towne Centre features boutique shopping, great restaurants, craft beer, and wine bars.

Residents of Cardiff-by-the-Sea love to come together to celebrate their community, and there are events and festivals held throughout the year. The local food scene is on full display during the annual Taste of Cardiff, with dozens of restaurants participating. Visitors can sample local cuisine, as well as wine, beer, and even kombucha.

During the month of August, the Dog Days of Summer celebrations descend on Cardiff. This is an especially dog-friendly community, evidenced by the way canines are pampered and celebrated. There are contests, grooming booths, and adoptions, as well as live music and a beer garden for humans. Winters may be mild in this part of the world, but that doesn't stop Cardiff-by-the-Sea residents from getting fully into the holiday spirit. The Kringle Mingle is a super-popular local tradition featuring crafts and events.

Cardiff by the Sea Real Estate

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