Welcome to Cardiff-by-the-Sea Real Estate

The Cardiff community is a charming, active and beautiful beach community located in North County San Diego within the city of Encinitas. While the Cardiff footprint may be smaller than most, this beach town offers the best of what the Southern California coastline is known for: world-renown surf spots, outdoor activities for any type of adventurer, unique shops, restaurants and bars, and beautiful homes.

Situated below the San Elijo campground and Cardiff State Beach, along Pacific Coast Highway, Swami’s and Cardiff Reef are known the world over for quality waves and temperate weather. The nearby San Elijo lagoon provides hiking trails and beautiful views of the coastline. Seaside Market is the iconic grocery store that attracts San Diegans from all over the county to enjoy its barbecue and sunshine vibes.

But Cardiff isn’t a sleepy, one-dimensional beach town either. The scene from above will recall the hilly, urban ocean views of San Francisco, while the neighborhood to the eastern crest will remind long-time San Diego residents of the undeveloped valleys and open trails once common throughout North County.

The amazing thing about Cardiff is that it captures everything you could want from a town in San Diego: easy access to beaches and outdoor activities, a unique perspective to life on the coast, some of the best public schools in San Diego, and a wide variety of luxury homes capable of inspiring adventures and retreats alike.

Click through the tabs above to learn more about Cardiff-by-the-Sea and all its attractions, schools and more.

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Location Overview

Cardiff State Beach

  • Located on the San Diego Coast, which has been called the Riviera of the West, Cardiff State Beach has a gently sloping sandy beach with warm water. This stretch of coastline offers wide open sandy beaches, gorgeous cliffs and great surfing. At extreme low tide, the reef reveals itself with intriguing tide pools, where plants and sea creatures can be observed up close.

San Elijo State Beach

  • San Elijo State Beach is a long beach that takes up most of the oceanfont land in the community of Cardiff-by-the-Sea in Encinitas, CA. This state park has a large campground facility and a day-use parking area at the north end as well. Several long stairways and ramps lead from the parking areas and camp spots on the bluff down to the narrow sandy beach.

Nearby Schools

school name type grades parent rating distance
Cardiff Elementary School
1888 Montgomery Avenue, Cardiff-By-The-Sea, CA 92007
(760) 632-5892
public K-3 0.75mi
Seaside Wisdom for Life School
1613 Lake Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 753-5786
private K-5 No Rating 0.93mi
Village Gate Children's Academy
1613 Lake Drive, Encinitas, CA 92007
(760) 815-4818
private K-8 0.93mi
Ada W. Harris Elementary School
1508 Windsor Road, Cardiff-By-The-Sea, CA 92007
(760) 632-5894
public 3-6 0.99mi
Encinitas Country Day School
3616 Manchester Avenue, Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 942-1111
private PK-8 1.25mi
Sanderling School
1578 South El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 635-3747
private K-6 1.26mi
Grauer, The
1500 South El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 944-6777
private 7-12 1.26mi
San Dieguito High Academy
800 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 753-1121
public 9-12 1.34mi
Skyline Elementary School
606 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach, CA 92075
(858) 794-3600
public K-6 1.58mi
Ocean Knoll Elementary School
910 Melba Road, Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 944-4351
public K-6 1.59mi
Solana Vista Elementary School
780 Santa Victoria Avenue, Solana Beach, CA 92075
(858) 794-3700
public K-3 1.59mi
Earl Warren Middle School
155 Stevens Street, Solana Beach, CA 92075
(858) 755-1558
public 7-8 1.65mi
Oak Crest Middle School
675 Balour Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 753-6241
public 7-8 1.77mi
Sunset High (Continuation) School
684 Requeza Street, Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 753-3860
public 9-12 1.85mi
North Coast Alternative High School
684 Requeza, Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 753-3860
public 7-12 1.85mi
Santa Fe Christian Schools
838 Academy Drive, Solana Beach, CA 92075
(858) 755-8900
private PK-12 1.95mi
St John Catholic School
1003 Encinitas Boulevard, Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 944-8227
private PK-8 1.99mi
St. John the Evangelist School
1003 Encinitas Boulevard, Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 944-8227
private K-8 No Rating 1.99mi
Encinitas Learning Center & Academy
543 Encinitas Blvd Ste 100, Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 634-6886
private 2-8 No Rating 2.05mi
Pacific Academy K-6
722 Genevieve, Solana Beach, CA 92075
(858) 847-3366
private K-8 2.05mi
Keystone Academy
722 Genevieve Street, Solana Beach, CA 92075
(858) 847-3366
private K-8 2.06mi
New World Leadership Children's Academy
4134 Manchester Ave, Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 230-6655
private PK-1 No Rating 2.06mi
New World Leadership Children's Academy
4134 Manchester Avenue, Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 230-6655
private K-1 No Rating 2.06mi
Edison Academy
910 Encinitas Boulevard, Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 942-1889
private 3-8 2.1mi
Rancho Encinitas Academy
910 Encinitas Boulevard, Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 942-2011
private K-8 2.1mi
Santa Fe Montessori School
1010 Solana Drive, Solana Beach, CA 92075
(858) 755-3232
private PK-6 2.14mi
Pacific Academy
679 Encinitas Boulevard #205, Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 634-1188
private K-12 2.16mi
St. James Academy
623 South Nardo Avenue, Solana Beach, CA 92075
(858) 755-1777
private PK-8 2.34mi
The Rhoades School
141 South Rancho Santa Fe Road, Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 436-1102
private K-8 2.47mi
Fusion Academy Solana Beach
512 Via De La Valle, Solana Beach, CA 92075
(858) 792-2300
private 6-12 2.63mi
Park Dale Lane Elementary School
2050 Park Dale Lane, Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 944-4344
public K-6 2.7mi
Oasis Community
216 La Mesa Ave, Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 436-6797
private K-1 2.91mi
Flora Vista Elementary School
1690 Wandering Road, Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 944-4329
public K-6 2.92mi
Village Gate Children's Academy
678 Poinsettia Park South, Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 815-4818
private K-6 No Rating 3.09mi
Paul Ecke-Central Elementary School
185 Union Street, Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 944-4323
public K-6 3.17mi
Diegueno Middle School
2150 Village Park Way, Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 944-1892
public 7-8 3.31mi
The Nativity School
6309 El Apajo Road, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
(858) 756-6763
private PK-8 3.61mi
Horizon Prep
6233 El Apajo Road, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
(858) 756-5599
private PK-10 3.61mi
R. Roger Rowe Elementary School
5927 La Granada, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
(858) 756-1141
public PK-5 3.89mi
R. Roger Rowe Middle School
5927 La Granada, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
(858) 756-1141
public 6-8 3.89mi
Olivenhain Pioneer Elementary School
8000 Calle Acervo, Carlsbad, CA 92009
(760) 943-2000
public K-6 4.1mi
Capri Elementary School
941 Capri Road, Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 944-4360
public K-6 4.2mi
Intelligent Choice Educational Center
1377 North Vulcan Avenue, Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 942-6440
private 6-12 No Rating 4.21mi
El Camino Creek Elementary School
7885 Paseo Aliso, Carlsbad, CA 92009
(760) 943-2051
public K-6 4.26mi
La Costa Valley Pre- School
2276 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad, CA 92009
(760) 436-2797
private K 4.3mi
Mission Estancia Elementary School
3330 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad, CA 92009
(760) 943-2004
public K-6 4.44mi
Winston School
215 9th Street, Del Mar, CA 92014
(858) 259-8155
private 4-12 4.5mi
Del Mar Hills Elementary School
14085 Mango Drive, Del Mar, CA 92014
(858) 755-9763
public K-6 4.66mi
La Costa Canyon High School
1 Maverick Way, Encinitas, CA 92009
(760) 436-6136
public 9-12 4.71mi
La Costa Heights Elementary School
3035 Levante Street, Carlsbad, CA 92009
(760) 944-4375
public K-6 4.74mi
Solana Highlands Elementary School
3520 Long Run Drive, San Diego, CA 92130
(858) 794-4300
public K-3 4.77mi
Del Mar Montessori School
2293 Del Mar Heights Road, Del Mar, CA 92014
(858) 481-1963
private 1-7 4.86mi
Del Mar Pines School
3975 Torrington Street, San Diego, CA 92130
(858) 481-5615
private K-6 4.88mi
Solana Santa Fe Elementary School
6570 El Apajo, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
(858) 794-4700
public K-6 4.92mi
Torrey Pines High School
3710 Del Mar Heights Road, San Diego, CA 92130
(858) 755-0125
public 9-12 4.96mi
school name type grades parent rating distance
Cardiff Elementary School
1888 Montgomery Avenue, Cardiff-By-The-Sea, CA 92007
(760) 632-5892
public K-3 0.75mi
Village Gate Children's Academy
1613 Lake Drive, Encinitas, CA 92007
(760) 815-4818
private K-8 0.93mi
Ada W. Harris Elementary School
1508 Windsor Road, Cardiff-By-The-Sea, CA 92007
(760) 632-5894
public 3-6 0.99mi
Encinitas Country Day School
3616 Manchester Avenue, Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 942-1111
private PK-8 1.25mi
Sanderling School
1578 South El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 635-3747
private K-6 1.26mi
Skyline Elementary School
606 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach, CA 92075
(858) 794-3600
public K-6 1.58mi
Ocean Knoll Elementary School
910 Melba Road, Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 944-4351
public K-6 1.59mi
Solana Vista Elementary School
780 Santa Victoria Avenue, Solana Beach, CA 92075
(858) 794-3700
public K-3 1.59mi
Santa Fe Christian Schools
838 Academy Drive, Solana Beach, CA 92075
(858) 755-8900
private PK-12 1.95mi
St John Catholic School
1003 Encinitas Boulevard, Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 944-8227
private PK-8 1.99mi
Pacific Academy K-6
722 Genevieve, Solana Beach, CA 92075
(858) 847-3366
private K-8 2.05mi
Keystone Academy
722 Genevieve Street, Solana Beach, CA 92075
(858) 847-3366
private K-8 2.06mi
Edison Academy
910 Encinitas Boulevard, Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 942-1889
private 3-8 2.1mi
Rancho Encinitas Academy
910 Encinitas Boulevard, Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 942-2011
private K-8 2.1mi
Santa Fe Montessori School
1010 Solana Drive, Solana Beach, CA 92075
(858) 755-3232
private PK-6 2.14mi
Pacific Academy
679 Encinitas Boulevard #205, Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 634-1188
private K-12 2.16mi
St. James Academy
623 South Nardo Avenue, Solana Beach, CA 92075
(858) 755-1777
private PK-8 2.34mi
The Rhoades School
141 South Rancho Santa Fe Road, Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 436-1102
private K-8 2.47mi
Park Dale Lane Elementary School
2050 Park Dale Lane, Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 944-4344
public K-6 2.7mi
Oasis Community
216 La Mesa Ave, Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 436-6797
private K-1 2.91mi
Flora Vista Elementary School
1690 Wandering Road, Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 944-4329
public K-6 2.92mi
Paul Ecke-Central Elementary School
185 Union Street, Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 944-4323
public K-6 3.17mi
The Nativity School
6309 El Apajo Road, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
(858) 756-6763
private PK-8 3.61mi
Horizon Prep
6233 El Apajo Road, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
(858) 756-5599
private PK-10 3.61mi
R. Roger Rowe Elementary School
5927 La Granada, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
(858) 756-1141
public PK-5 3.89mi
Olivenhain Pioneer Elementary School
8000 Calle Acervo, Carlsbad, CA 92009
(760) 943-2000
public K-6 4.1mi
Capri Elementary School
941 Capri Road, Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 944-4360
public K-6 4.2mi
El Camino Creek Elementary School
7885 Paseo Aliso, Carlsbad, CA 92009
(760) 943-2051
public K-6 4.26mi
La Costa Valley Pre- School
2276 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad, CA 92009
(760) 436-2797
private K 4.3mi
Mission Estancia Elementary School
3330 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad, CA 92009
(760) 943-2004
public K-6 4.44mi
Winston School
215 9th Street, Del Mar, CA 92014
(858) 259-8155
private 4-12 4.5mi
Del Mar Hills Elementary School
14085 Mango Drive, Del Mar, CA 92014
(858) 755-9763
public K-6 4.66mi
La Costa Heights Elementary School
3035 Levante Street, Carlsbad, CA 92009
(760) 944-4375
public K-6 4.74mi
Solana Highlands Elementary School
3520 Long Run Drive, San Diego, CA 92130
(858) 794-4300
public K-3 4.77mi
Del Mar Montessori School
2293 Del Mar Heights Road, Del Mar, CA 92014
(858) 481-1963
private 1-7 4.86mi
Del Mar Pines School
3975 Torrington Street, San Diego, CA 92130
(858) 481-5615
private K-6 4.88mi
Solana Santa Fe Elementary School
6570 El Apajo, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
(858) 794-4700
public K-6 4.92mi
school name type grades parent rating distance
Village Gate Children's Academy
1613 Lake Drive, Encinitas, CA 92007
(760) 815-4818
private K-8 0.93mi
Encinitas Country Day School
3616 Manchester Avenue, Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 942-1111
private PK-8 1.25mi
Santa Fe Christian Schools
838 Academy Drive, Solana Beach, CA 92075
(858) 755-8900
private PK-12 1.95mi
St John Catholic School
1003 Encinitas Boulevard, Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 944-8227
private PK-8 1.99mi
Pacific Academy K-6
722 Genevieve, Solana Beach, CA 92075
(858) 847-3366
private K-8 2.05mi
Keystone Academy
722 Genevieve Street, Solana Beach, CA 92075
(858) 847-3366
private K-8 2.06mi
Edison Academy
910 Encinitas Boulevard, Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 942-1889
private 3-8 2.1mi
Rancho Encinitas Academy
910 Encinitas Boulevard, Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 942-2011
private K-8 2.1mi
Pacific Academy
679 Encinitas Boulevard #205, Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 634-1188
private K-12 2.16mi
St. James Academy
623 South Nardo Avenue, Solana Beach, CA 92075
(858) 755-1777
private PK-8 2.34mi
The Rhoades School
141 South Rancho Santa Fe Road, Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 436-1102
private K-8 2.47mi
Fusion Academy Solana Beach
512 Via De La Valle, Solana Beach, CA 92075
(858) 792-2300
private 6-12 2.63mi
The Nativity School
6309 El Apajo Road, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
(858) 756-6763
private PK-8 3.61mi
Horizon Prep
6233 El Apajo Road, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
(858) 756-5599
private PK-10 3.61mi
R. Roger Rowe Middle School
5927 La Granada, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
(858) 756-1141
public 6-8 3.89mi
Winston School
215 9th Street, Del Mar, CA 92014
(858) 259-8155
private 4-12 4.5mi
school name type grades parent rating distance
Grauer, The
1500 South El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 944-6777
private 7-12 1.26mi
San Dieguito High Academy
800 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 753-1121
public 9-12 1.34mi
Sunset High (Continuation) School
684 Requeza Street, Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 753-3860
public 9-12 1.85mi
North Coast Alternative High School
684 Requeza, Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 753-3860
public 7-12 1.85mi
Santa Fe Christian Schools
838 Academy Drive, Solana Beach, CA 92075
(858) 755-8900
private PK-12 1.95mi
Pacific Academy
679 Encinitas Boulevard #205, Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 634-1188
private K-12 2.16mi
Fusion Academy Solana Beach
512 Via De La Valle, Solana Beach, CA 92075
(858) 792-2300
private 6-12 2.63mi
Horizon Prep
6233 El Apajo Road, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
(858) 756-5599
private PK-10 3.61mi
Winston School
215 9th Street, Del Mar, CA 92014
(858) 259-8155
private 4-12 4.5mi
La Costa Canyon High School
1 Maverick Way, Encinitas, CA 92009
(760) 436-6136
public 9-12 4.71mi
Torrey Pines High School
3710 Del Mar Heights Road, San Diego, CA 92130
(858) 755-0125
public 9-12 4.96mi