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This beach community, sometimes referred to as Cardiff-By-The-Sea, is part of the city of Encinitas and offers a moderate climate, two gorgeous miles of Pacific coastline, a 900-acre ecological reserve, and incredible surfing. This friendly beach town contains quaint shops, a thriving arts community, and a walkable downtown area complete with a community park and plenty of biking opportunities. This area thrives year-round – it’s not unknown to find sunbathers in January. This stretch of coastline boasts sandy beaches, dramatic cliffs, and solid swell. At extreme low tide, the reef reveals itself with intriguing tide pools where plants and sea creatures can be observed up close.
Also known as “The Village by the Sea,” this affluent seaside resort town occupies a seven-mile stretch of Pacific coastline in North San Diego. With its mild, Mediterranean climate and relatively low population (only 103,000 residents), Carlsbad offers the charm of a European town with the conveniences of a large city. From street fairs to clean, uncrowded beaches to fun, family destinations like Legoland, this area has something for everyone. There are also uncrowded beaches for swimming, sunbathing, and surfing, as well as beautiful lagoons for fishing, bird-watching, and nature hikes.
This wealthy, master-planned coastal community in the northwestern corner of San Diego is composed of commercial offices, residential units, hotels, retail stores, and restaurants. The Carmel Valley name comes from the community’s location—in a wide valley immediately to the north of Carmel Mountain, which is a minor feature at the intersection of I-5 and SR-56. The area, positioned roughly half-way up the San Diego County coastline, offers convenient access to almost everything. There are also three championship golf courses, several world-class resorts, and quaint country inns, as well as fine dining, wine tasting, antique shops, and art galleries.
The name of this upscale beach town located in San Diego County is Spanish for “of the sea” or “by the sea”. With two miles of pristine beaches, gourmet dining, and unique shopping, this small, seaside hideaway is defined by calm saltwater lagoons on each end. It has warm, dry summers and mild winters, and is considered one of the most desirable climates in the entire world. It is best known for its racetrack, where horseraces are held in the summer. With two miles of coastline and gently rolling waves, Del Mar’s famous beaches are an ideal destination for beachgoers and surfers alike.
Located along six miles of Pacific coastline in northern San Diego County, Encinitas has an approximate population of 60,000 and is characterized by coastal beaches, cliffs, flat-topped coastal areas, steep mesa bluffs, and rolling hills. Some people refer to it as the flower growing capital, as the city has grown up around the pre-existing flower industry. It boasts outstanding beaches and hosts many surfing competitions throughout the year. The coastal shopping district is over 100 years old and features historic architecture, quaint shops, sidewalk cafes, and restaurants framed by beautiful flower baskets.
A short drive from Downtown San Diego, this prosperous area is known as the jewel of Southern California. This hilly seaside community occupies 7 miles of curving coastline along the Pacific Ocean and offers wonderful beaches, cultural activities, and fine restaurants. It is home to renowned institutions such as the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the Stephen Birch Aquarium & Museum, as well as the University of California, San Diego. La Jolla boasts some of the most breathtaking beaches in California with dramatic cliffs, sandy expanses, and secluded coves. Its coastal profile and quaint village lifestyle evoke a Mediterranean feel.
The home of the San Diego Chargers, Mission Valley is centrally located with easy access to the San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld San Diego, and Downtown’s Gaslamp Quarter. It’s an epicenter of dining, shopping, and entertainment, with plenty of restaurants, retail malls, movie theaters, and the nine-hole Riverwalk Golf Club. This is where San Diegans come to shop – not one, but two, shopping malls are located in this sprawling valley: Fashion Valley and Westfield’s Mission Valley. Their stores target those from trendy teenagers to ultra-upscale fashionistas. Beyond the malls, innumerable shopping centers, vast chain restaurants, and other money-magnets mob the valley.
Known as “The City in the Country,” this unique community in San Diego County prides itself on the fact that over half of its 39.4 square-mile area is preserved as dedicated open space. It offers a diverse range of housing options, an outstanding school district, a thriving business park with over 19,000 jobs, a broad range of dining and shopping opportunities, beautiful parks, over 55 miles of trails, 50 community events each year, and more. Throughout the year, the city provides numerous family-oriented events such as the Old Fashioned 4th of July, Train Song Festival, Christmas in the Park, and the Youth Fishing Derby.
Rancho Santa Fe – or “The Ranch,” as it’s known locally – grew out of gentleman-farmer estates, setting the stage for the California community to blossom. Throughout the 20th century, a long line of notable persons left indelible marks on The Ranch. One is Lilian Rice – designer and master architect of the “Village” Civic Center. Another, L.G. Sinnard, planned, constructed, and standardized the rural infrastructure. Former Senator Colonel Ed Fletcher undertook construction of the Lake Hodges Dam. Today, Rancho Santa Fe is a vibrant community, rich in architecture, California culture, and history. To date, this neighborhood boasts nine historically significant buildings that have been added to the National Register of Historic Places.
This coastal golf course community embodies the best of coastal living in a highly desirable, private residential area east of Rancho Santa Fe. Located between the ocean and mountain foothills, Santaluz is a family-friendly, gated community with easy access to major freeways and one of the best school districts. The wide range of lots and pricing among award-winning custom and production homes draw a diverse range of residents who value privacy and enjoy outdoor living. Its golf course is truly on par with world-class resorts, and The Santaluz Club offers its members a broad range of golfing activities, spa services, and social events.
This coastal/inland bedroom community within the city of San Diego is a unique, family-oriented residential community of approximately 20,000 residents. It’s tucked away among thousands of acres of rolling hills and groves of eucalyptus and pine, offering scenic views of the beautiful countryside adjacent to Miramar Lake. Much of the open space in Scripps Ranch has been set aside for neighborhood parks, ball fields, nature trails, and wildlife preserves. Nearby Lake Miramar offers fishing, picnicking, and boating facilities and is surrounded by a five-mile running, skating, and biking path, providing an opportunity for outdoor exercise in a peaceful atmosphere.
The charming, seaside community is nestled along the northern coast of San Diego County and is approximately a 30-minute drive from Downtown San Diego. With temperatures that average 62 degrees in the wintertime and 77 degrees in the summertime, the city is a favorite destination for those looking to enjoy the beach, eclectic shops, great dining, golfing, nightlife, and nearby hiking. It’s home to a vibrant train station that serves both Amtrak and the Coaster, one of only three in San Diego County. The area hosts events year-round, like the Fiesta del Sol, Concerts-in-the-Park, and Holiday Tree Lighting/Sing-A-Long.
This upscale bedroom community located on the northern edge of San Diego was originally envisioned and zoned for industrial use. Now, it’s home to over 5,000 residents spread across three major single family home and condominium developments. It is known as a center for high tech, biotech, and scientific research, aided by its close proximity to the University of California, San Diego. Young families appreciate the good schools, and the small town environment makes it a good place to raise children. The area is ten miles from downtown and is defined by three major freeways, giving it the additional name of the Golden Triangle.
Spanish for “holy land,” this community within the city of San Diego is referred to as “The Island in the Hills” by locals and on welcome signs. It is bordered by Highway 52 and Marine Corps Air Station Miramar to the north, Mission Trails Regional Park to the east, Interstate 15 to the west, and the San Diego River and Admiral Baker Golf Course to the south. The suburban neighborhood’s orderly, well-cultivated appearance—a result of city planners’ careful design—complements the natural beauty of the area. Tierrasanta has both nature and culture in its backyard and the community prides itself on its family focus.
This active community of 56,000 people encompasses the University of California, San Diego, the Westfield University Towne Centre shopping center, and many of the high-tech, bio-tech, and clean-tech businesses and research institutes that have become San Diego’s economic engine. Sometimes referred to as the “Golden Triangle,” the area is roughly bordered by La Jolla on the west, State Route 52 on the south, and Interstate 805 on the east. It’s less than five miles from the beautiful beaches of nearby La Jolla and just minutes from Torrey Pines State Park and the Del Mar Fairgrounds.