The lovely, coastal beach city of Encinitas is actually comprised of five smaller communities that make up the incorporated North San Diego County community traditionally known as Encinitas. Located 25 miles north of downtown San Diego, and established as a city in 1986, the neighborhood of Encinitas is made up of “new” and “old” Encinitas, Leucadia, Cardiff by the Sea, and Olivenhain. Celebrity and well-known current residents include pro surfer Rob Machado, snowboarder Shaun White, and legendary sitarist Ravi Shankar. Former Encinitas inhabitant, Guru Paramahansa Yogananda, left his mark on the community with the construction of his home and meditation gardens, now called the Self-Realization Fellowship Temple, which is visited by thousands of local residents and tourists throughout the year. Encinitas boasts 20.1 miles of naturally beautiful landscape and scenery, with one mile of prime waterfront access. Its mild climate sits at a pleasant 72 degrees on average, with days colder than 60 degrees and warmer than 80 being rare.
Encinitas boasts an eye-pleasing variety of housing styles and sizes from the Craftsman bungalows that are common in “old” Encinitas to the grand, large track homes of “new” Encinitas. Olivenhain contains mostly semi-rural single-family homes that are reflective of a community which holds local organizations such as the 4H Club near to its heart. Residents of Luecadia and Cardiff by the Sea own modest to large single-family homes that are often designed in the typical “beach cottage” style. The median price of a house in the greater Encinitas area is $570,000. Real Estate can be purchased from $259,000 for a two-bedroom, two-bathroom mobile home in a quiet park, steps from the beach, to upwards of $2.4 million for an estate home with five bedrooms and four baths.
Encinitas houses a population of 58,014, 31% of which are children and 50% made up of married couples. The San Diego Unified, Cardiff, and Encinitas School Districts as well as several private high schools, visual arts schools, and colleges like Lux Art Institute and the San Elijo campus of Mira Costa College in Cardiff serve school-aged and upper grade students. The median household income in Encinitas is $83,520.
Residents of Encinitas are close to numerous yoga studios, art galleries, charming flower shops, and cafes that line the pedestrian-friendly streets throughout the five tightly knit communities. The Downtown Encinitas Main Street Association works to promote the interests of local banks, real estate brokerages, health and wellness centers, grocery marts, and unique retail outlets in the area. Encinitas is a haven for organic food, poetry festivals, and surfers that congregate at Swami’s, one of the top five surf locations in the world. Annual events in Encinitas include an Oktoberfest, which is held every September, and the annual fall Poinsettia Festival in November that celebrates the beautiful plant grown extensively in the city. Encinitas is also home to the San Diego Heritage Museum and the San Diego Botanic Society, which are frequented by locals and visitors alike.
Encinitas residents are an eclectic community of theatergoers, nature-lovers, artists, and families that enjoy a “small-town” atmosphere within a neighborhood that is centrally located and sparsely populated.
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