Encinitas Real Estate
Encinitas, bounded by Batiquitos Lagoon to the north and the San Elijo Lagoon to the south, is one of the most beautiful communities in San Diego, known for its ocean breezes, great shopping, family-oriented activities, and friendliness toward visitors and small business needs. Incorporated in 1986, Encinitas has a population of over 60,000 with mostly single-family homes and rental properties, but with a unique distribution of oceanfront property and backcountry horse farms.
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The name derives from the Spanish “Encina Canada” or “Hills of Live Oaks,” given to the area by the adventurer Gaspar de Portola in 1769. During the Spanish period it was part of larger ranchos. With the development of San Diego in the 1880s, Jabez Pitcher settled in Encinitas in 1881 and claimed 160 acres on a mesa, eventually developing it into a small community.
Encinitas is made up of several different areas: Cardiff-by-the-Sea, on the north shore of San Elijo Lagoon, was founded in 1875 and named after the town of Cardiff, Wales; Olivenhain, east of Interstate 5 and the site of horse farms, was established in 1884 by German immigrants; Historic Encinitas, which runs along Hwy 101 and includes gift shops and small businesses as well as the historic “Encinitas” sign above the highway; Leucadia, a laid-back beach community known for its surfer lifestyle; and the “new” Encinitas area which includes a beautiful golf course and newer family residences.
One of the major industries in Encinitas is the flower-growing business, particularly ornamentals such as poinsettias, and there are public-viewing botanical sites such as Quail Botanical Gardens, where you can see and study plants from rain forests and other parts of the world. Other points of interest include the La Paloma Theater on highway 101 which brings in national touring acts and film presentations. And the Self-Realization Temple, a meditation center located on the ocean, which attracts those interested in the contemplative life.
For those interested in outdoor activities, Encinitas has incredible surf spots, as well as one of the most beautiful golf courses in the county, Encinitas Ranch Golf Course, which has ocean views. The Ecke YMCA in Encinitas is one of the most active family-oriented recreational centers in the region and youth sports are a popular pastime in Encinitas with Little League and other youth organizations.
Encinitas also has some of the best schools in San Diego with high schools such as La Costa Canyon High School and San Dieguito Academy, both of which are highly-desired schools; as well as middle schools such as Oak Crest and Diegueno Middle Schools.
The downtown area of Encinitas includes shops, sidewalk cafes, and restaurants and is overseen by the Downtown Encinitas Merchants Association (DEMA). The Encinitas Visitor’s Center is located on Encinitas Boulevard and is a source of information for local events, landmarks, restaurants, and lodging.
Encinitas combines the lifestyle of the beach with the convenience and ambience of a small town, serving the needs of a community that values the high quality of life that the area maintains.