The community of Bird Rock is a relaxed and beautiful neighborhood with stunning views of the California coastline. It is often thought of as a small town within the city of La Jolla - well known for its quaint community, popular local businesses, and picturesque feel. Bird Rock hails its name from the large white rock situated in the Pacific Ocean on which many marine birds roost. Bird Rock also has well known reputation for its renowned surfing and diving locations along the coastline. The neighborhood is paramount for families looking to take advantage of coastal living and La Jolla schools. The community is located approximately 10 minutes from downtown La Jolla and is a quick drive or walk to access the beach. Most homes in this community are a short drive or walk to ocean, and highly regarded Windansea Beach.
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We are grateful and take pride in living in this most beautiful and friendly neighborhood in the nation. Our coastal communities are by far the most sought after from a lifestyle and work-life balance perspective. The gorgeous golden sun-kissed beaches of Southern California, our great weather all year round along with excellent schools districts, state of the art healthcare facilities, competitive business culture makes San Diego County an exciting place to live, work and grow your family. Browse over our coveted coastal communities in San Diego to learn some interesting facts and when you are ready to make your life changing decision, we are here to help you get situated.
Founded in 1911 by developer J. Frank Cullen, the community was named in honor of his wife's native Wales and many streets have English names as such. The community takes immense pride in its "walkability" with the beach, lagoon, restaurants, markets, post office, library, and other commercial services in easy walking distance to each other. Cardiff locals are known for their loyalty to their community, and enjoy the neighborhood feel. One surf hot spot is Cardiff Reef, located alongside Historic Highway 101 at the mouth of San Elijo Lagoon. By the same name, San Elijo State Beach is a popular California State Park for camping and overnight stays. Surf at the reef consistently breaks both right and left, thereby attracting professional and amateur surfers from all over Southern California. Its great weather and location makes Cardiff-by-the-Sea a great escape. Known for its charm, village hospitality and warm, sunny weather, it offers everything unique to those who seek the beauty and charm of a small ocean side town.
Carmel Valley is a newer, master-planned community that has matured into a place where people can live, work and play. Families with children are attracted by the large houses and award winning schools. Area amenities and easy access to much of San Diego County make the commercial center of Carmel Valley ideal for corporate offices, hotels, shopping and restaurants. Recreational options include many neighborhood parks, a community recreation center, athletic clubs, golf and the nearby beaches at Torrey Pines and Del Mar. An early experimenter in smart growth, Carmel Valley includes open space areas and an extensive trail system.
Carlsbad or "Village by the Sea", is 48 square miles of rolling hills with seven miles of scenic coastline enjoyed by residents and quest who come to play. Located 35 miles north of San Diego and 86 miles south of Los Angeles, it is easily accessible from either city and well worth a drive up or down the coast to see. Old world charm co-exists with modern day pleasure in a city where the oldest building in town dates back to 1887 and the newest Legoland amusement park has been around a few short years. This charming city by the sea attacks guest also for its flower friendly as a premier growing region of poinsettias and ranunculus. Carlsbad is known for its blooming flower fields in the spring as well as shopping at the upscale outlet mall which is right next door. There are multiple golf courses, high rated schools and overall sense of community in one of San Diego County larger communities.
The City of Del Mar is a small, seaside community just north of La Jolla in San Diego. This very charming San Diego community is well known and visited for its fabulous beaches, beautiful weather, world famous thoroughbred racing season, the County fair, great restaurants and unique shopping. The stretch of historic Highway 101 that runs parallel to historic Torrey Pines is among the most widely photographed stretch of the scenic California highway. Del Mar size is about 2.1 square miles of coastal area. A popular local and tourist locale is the Village; offering shopping, award winning restaurants, and spectacular Pacific Ocean views. The Village is located directly on Highway 101, all within walking distance to popular SeaGrove Park and surfing. Del Mar is recognized for its beauty, with many homes offering picturesque water views. The Del Mar Racetrack lends history and custom to the thriving beach town, with the summer months abuzz with activity and action.
The city of Encinitas, sitting right on the coastline and in between the Batiquitos Lagoon and San Elijo Lagoon has only been incorporated for two decades, but offers many amenities and attractions for its residents. With a temperate climate and fertile land, Encinitas became perfect for farmers and the agricultural industry; a practice that still fuels the local economy today. What's so unique about Encinitas real estate is that you can still see the echoes of history in the day-to-day life. It's an indescribable energy that you will feel even in the smallest of moments. A brief thirty minute drive from downtown San Diego, Encinitas is incredibly close to the metropolitan lifestyle of down town San Diego. Encinitas is known for its beautiful beaches and excellent surfing spots. In fact, Swami's is a historical surfing spot that was mentioned in the Beach Boy's song, "Surfin' USA."
La Jolla is a seaside community occupying 7 miles of rugged, curving coastline along the Pacific Ocean. Within San Diego's city limits, La Jolla still manages to retain its small town feel. Just twelve miles from San Diego, La Jolla enjoys perfect weather year round, making it an ideal spot for tourists. La Jolla is also home to the University of California, San Diego, the Salk Institute, and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. La Jolla houses a large concentration of biotechnology companies in the United States, second only to Boston. In addition, the community is known for its elite shopping and dining, with its upscale boutiques, import shops and gourmet restaurants lining Prospect Street. The La Jolla Children's Pool boasts a sea wall built in 1931 to protect the coast from waves - a popular seal viewing spot! La Jolla Shores is the home to a famous dive site and ecological preserve, a very beautiful spot rich in sea life.
The area which is Rancho Santa Fe now was originally developed to grow eucalyptus trees for railroad ties. This was around 1906. Later, the wood was found to be unsuitable for the railroad ties and the project was stopped. The trees continued to grow and flourish, and most of these trees are still standing. Rancho Santa Fe, "The Ranch," is a rather exclusive area. It is one of the ten wealthiest communities in the USA. Despite this wealth, the area has a low profile and privacy is a prized feature. Horse trails abound in the hilly areas. Maintaining the low-key atmosphere here is helped by no sidewalks, street lights or street addresses throughout Rancho Santa Fe. In 1989, Rancho Santa Fe was designated as a State Historical Landmark by the state government. The Rancho Santa Fe Covenant was one of the first planned communities in the state of California. Large home sites are the norm in Rancho Santa Fe with most ranging from two to four acres each. Home prices range from $600,000 to $10 million.
Picturesque Solana Beach is located along the northern coast of San Diego County. It is known for an interesting mix of art galleries, boutiques, furniture shops, surfing outfitters, and other unique stores. There is sunshine almost every day and winters are just a few degrees cooler than summers. Solana Beach started as a farming community with gorgeous bluffs overlooking the ocean, but with no beach access. Later on, a gap was cut out in the bluffs, providing access to the ocean. Three small beaches are now located in Solana Beach, but due to the crashing surf, they are better suited to surfers and body boarders than to sunbathers. The charming, seaside community of Solana Beach is nestled along the northern coast of San Diego County, and is approximately a 30 minute drive from downtown San Diego. The City is a favorite destination for those looking for eclectic shops, great dining, golfing, nightlife, and nearby hiking.