The California community inspired by English charm



Welcome to Cardiff-by-the-Sea


This small beach community within the town of Encinitas is renowned for its sandy beaches, stunning cliffs, and laid back vibes. Locals here live an ideal and active lifestyle, and that is why they stay. Here, you can expect surf competitions on the beach and festivals that are welcome to everyone. Cardiff offers the allure of beachside living while maintaining a friendly neighborhood ambiance. 


Coastal Lifestyle

Embrace the vibrant surf culture, with popular spots like Swamis Beach and Cardiff Reef attracting wave enthusiasts from near and far.  Engage in a tight-knit community that values outdoor living and local events. In the summer you can travel just south to Del Mar for the Del Mar Horse Races which are fun for the whole family (or an adults only getaway). Benefit from easy access to nearby restaurants and quaint shops on main street, even a farmers market that occurs every Saturday from 10am-2pm.


History of Cardiff

Although this beach community is Encinitas is small, it does have a very interesting history. All the way back to the 1700's is where the development of this community began, by Spanish colonizers who came to construct missionaries. Fast forward almost 200 years and the Boston Developer J. Frank Cullen, fell in love with the picturesque farming community and decided to purchase land. At the time he was selling plots of land for a whopping $30 (a number you could cry over now) where residents could buy land and build a home. The name Cardiff comes from Cullen's wife, Esther, who was a native of Cardiff, Wales in Brittain. She asked him to name the small community after her hometown and call it Cardiff-by-the-sea. Today many streets are still named after English towns like "Birmingham", "Oxford", and "Manchester". The development of this small community started as a place for families to enjoy the ocean, start a business, and raise their families, and it has maintained this lifestyle ever since.


Buying a Home Here

From beachfront cottages to modern ocean-view homes, Cardiff's real estate market caters to individuals who appreciate the synergy between elegant design and the refreshing ocean breeze. Each property reflects the coastal vibe and offers a unique opportunity to live by the sea. We understand the nuances of this coastal community and can provide invaluable insights to guide your real estate journey.  Contact us today to explore available listings, stay informed about market trends, and embark on an exciting chapter by making Cardiff your coastal home.

Schools in Cardiff , CA

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The following schools are within or nearby Cardiff . The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Ada W. Harris Elementary
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Around Cardiff , CA

There's plenty to do around Cardiff , including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including The Hidden Kitchen, Longevity Physical Therapy - La Costa, and Pegasus Pilates.

Name Category Distance Reviews
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Dining 2.73 miles 12 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.28 miles 9 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.87 miles 14 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.9 miles 9 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.24 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Beauty 2.35 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars

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