Solana Beach Real Estate
A beautiful beach community of 13,000 residents, Solana Beach has become one of the most desired living areas in the San Diego region. Residents pay close attention to the uniqueness and beauty of the location and take pride in civic arts displays such as the sculptures along Highway 101 that have won several public art awards.
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There is a strong commitment to schools and a high quality of life as exemplified in a recent city vote that would prohibit overly-large mansions from being built in the city proper, thus maintaining the comfortable beach atmosphere of small bungalows and single-family residences that have been the hallmark of Solana Beach architecture over the years. Another sign of the commitment to the active, outdoor life is the city’s 2003 ban on smoking on public beaches, one of the first such ordinances enacted in California and since copied by other beach communities.
Located north of Del Mar and south of Encinitas along Highway 101 in North County, Solana Beach, with its lagoons, mesas, and valleys, was originally the location villages of the Kumeyaay Indian Tribe until the nineteenth century. Though settlers lived in the area prior to 1922, in that year the first subdivision plan was developed. Originally called Lockwood Mesa, the community has grown steadily since that time, but has retained the feel of a tranquil coastal town.
With the building of the Lake Hodges dam in 1918, the North County area was set for a building boom, and in 1922, Colonel Ed Fletcher bought 120 acres in the Solana Beach area and established the first subdivision as well as attracting people with the opening of Fletcher Cove, still a popular beach destination.
With twenty percent of the families here having children under 18 years of age, Solana Beach has made a strong commitment to great public schools and a kid-friendly atmosphere. Solana Beach is served by the Solana Beach Elementary School District whose schools include Solana vista Elementary, Skyline Elementary, Solana Pacific Elementary, Carmel Creek Elementary, Solana Highlands Elementary, and Santa Fe Christian Schools. For high school age kids, the San Dieguito Union High School District maintains Earl Warren Middle School, Torrey Pines High School and the San Dieguito Academy.
Most of the neighborhoods within Solana Beach have a casual beach ambience with single-family residences, mostly bungalows, predominant, as well as some more expensive home and estates. A small community within Solana Beach with a strong Latino heritage is an area known as Eden Gardens, where rapper Lil Rob and comedian Rene Sandoval were born and raised. This community was originally built by Mexican laborers, and is still called La Colonia by many residents.
Solana Beach has been active in developing its reputation as a great place to live, work and enjoy life. Incorporated in 1986, the city has overseen the development of the Cedros Design District (an upscale design district that attracts many artisans, decorators, and antique dealers), the addition of the Solana Beach train station, formation of the 101 Merchants Association, and building of a new library. Solana Beach provides a comfortable and small-business friendly environment for many artisans, high-tech businesses, and professionals, and a great place for families to enjoy the San Diego lifestyle.