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A Neighborhood Guide to Cardiff-by-the-Sea

A Neighborhood Guide to Cardiff-by-the-Sea

Heading down the coast from the heart of downtown Encinitas, you’ll find Cardiff-by-the-Sea, or Cardiff as the locals call it. To the west are expansive views of the Pacific Ocean with the lagoon creating its southern border to nearby Solana Beach.

Those who call Cardiff home have a strong love of this tight-knit community where surf, sand and lifestyle intertwine to offer a leisurely, welcoming neighborhood. From townhouses to luxury estates, oceanview homes are not hard to find as nearly every street heads up a hill that gives a picturesque panoramic of crashing waves.

Our team created our list of favorites to explore, dine, shop and enjoy the views. Here’s a host of ideas to make for an incredible day exploring the neighborhood – or endless days – if you get to call Cardiff home.

Take a morning walk, run or bike ride down the 101. You’ll see a highly active community full of welcoming residents, ready to offer a warm hello. Walk past the “Cardiff Kook” as this Magic Carpet Ride sculpture has become an iconic part of the community. They even made an annual Cardiff Kook Run, which is a fun time.

The Cardiff 101 Main Street Association has all the latest updates about the community, from surf to supporting locally-owned and operated shops and destinations.  You’ll find Patagonia Cardiff-by-the-Sea with outdoor gear to take to your next SUP, surf or swim and Electra Bicycles to find a beach cruiser to take up and down the coast (we do recommend the lux-battery version to get back up those Cardiff hills.)

Check out our map to find Cardiff and its easy-to-find Cardiff State Beach where you can pull up a beach chair and enjoy the day. As you get hungry, just walk over to Ki’s across the street for healthy sandwiches and juices.

Looking for a local dinner with a view? Cicciotti’s Trattoria and Italiana Seafood is a delicious option and located next door to our Compass Cardiff office. Recently, I was on-site for a team meeting and we made sure to grab a table to enjoy Cicciotti’s incredible sunset views and homemade Italian food and hospitality.

Another great oceanfront dinner spot is Pacific Coast Grill (PCG); hands-down a must for locals and visitors alike. Have a cocktail while hearing the ocean waves crashing from their incredible location. Menu favorites include Coconut- Crab Crusted Mahi Mahi, Lobster Tacos or Hawaiian-Style Baby Back Ribs. Pair it with a spicy margarita and you won’t regret it.

The flavors, feel and ease of Cardiff are uniquely its own, which is why home values in the zip code of 92007 continue to increase and don’t come to market often. We’re in-the-know about Coming Soon listings and are able to give our clients an insider look to making Cardiff home. Here are some hand-picked homes offering incredible ocean views in Cardiff-by-the-Sea. Enjoy and feel free to call/text me for details. View our Collection of Hot Properties in Cardiff here.


Garret Milligan

A lifelong resident of Rancho Santa Fe, Garret was raised in a family deeply integrated in the historic and vibrant community. Garret developed an affinity for the real estate industry at a young age by observing his mother—one of the community’s most successful real estate agents for more than 30 years—and learning the secrets to becoming a personable, yet results-oriented Realtor. He became the youngest partner in an elite luxury real estate legacy in ‘the Ranch’ in 2012 and quickly honed his skills, developed a vast network of industry resources, and built an impressive list of satisfied clients.

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