Just south of Carlsbad, Encinitas is another beautiful seaside city located along the historic Pacific Coast Highway 101 (the “PCH”). With an amazing Mediterranean climate, it’s very mild here. The average daily temperature is 72°F, while temperatures below 40°F or over 85°F are very rare.

Encinitas is much smaller than Carlsbad, only about half the size – about 20 sq. miles.

As of 2014 the estimated population was 62,254 people.

According to 2010 Census data the median age was 41.5 years. The breakdown is as follows: 20.6% under the age of 18, 6.3% aged 18 to 24, 27.9% aged 25 to 44, 32.3% aged 45 to 64, and 12.8% who were 65 years of age or older.

Population growth has been very minimal in Encinitas going back to the time of the 1990s… when there was a big expansion up to then.

With virtually no crime, Encinitas is a very safe place to live and the median family income of $78,104 is much higher than the CA average of $53,025 (source: trulia.com).

A Relaxed Vibe

With over 6 miles of coastline there is a very beachy feel here. The beach lifestyle heavily contributes to the local culture and is a major source of enjoyment and recreation.

Surfing is one of the most popular activities and is part of the city’s heritage. Encinitas is considered to have world-class surfing conditions so you’ll find many local surfers and year-round surf contests.

The diverse landscape ranges from beaches and cliffs, to flat coastline areas to rolling hills and steep bluffs. Several lagoons and coastal wetlands are home to a wide variety of wild life (including over 300 species of birds).

The San Diego Botanical Gardens is another beautiful attraction, famous for its Amazon Rainforest and bamboo displays. The Self Realization Center’s beautiful gardens and viewpoint over looking the Pacific Ocean, typify the peaceful feel of Encinitas.

The flower growing industry is quite significant in Encinitas and has gained a reputation as a flower growing capital, in particular for poinsettias.

The beautiful downtown area is right on the coast and features shops, cafes and restaurants – all in a very historical setting. The city also hosts many year-round events like barbeques, street fairs, seasonal festivals.

Public Services and Amenities

Encinitas Ranch Golf Course is a very popular municipal course open to all ages and levels, with great practice facilities and panoramic ocean views. And there are over 25 courses within just 10 miles of Encinitas center.

Seniors will find a very lively senior’s program filled with various services and activities. The 39,000 sq. foot Encinitas Senior Center is a hub for all kinds of social and recreational events, like arts and crafts, computer instruction, dance, fitness classes, games, music appreciation, outreach services, special interest programs, transportation, and special events.

Encinitas is part of four different school districts across the local region, with 4 high schools, 5 middle Schools (including three private) and 15 elementary schools five of which are private. Also the Watts Atelier of the Arts School is located here.

There are three colleges located in Encinitas as well:

California Institute for Human Science
Mira Costa College (San Elijo Campus)
St. Katherine College

Hospitals

The Scripps Memorial Hospital is a general medical and surgical center located in Encinitas. The Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside, CA is only 10.6 miles away and the Palomar Medical Center in Escondido is only 10.7 miles away. In total there are 25 hospitals within 25 miles of the center of Encinitas.

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Price Change - 3 weeks ago
$3,200,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,800
SQFT
3833 Megan Ln
Encinitas, CA 92024
Olivenhain Subdivision
$958,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,440
SQFT
2320 8th Street
Encinitas, CA 92024
Olivenhain Subdivision
$647,000
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
956
SQFT
687 S Coast Highway 101 #302
Encinitas, CA 92024
Encinitas Subdivision
$2,525,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
4,666
SQFT
3840 Rancho Summit
Encinitas, CA 92024
Olivenhain Subdivision
$475,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
936
SQFT
1974 Fairlee
Encinitas, CA 92024
Encinitas Subdivision
$1,675,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,204
SQFT
304 Alviso Way
Encinitas, CA 92024
Encinitas Subdivision
$2,495,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
5,157
SQFT
3701 Fortuna Ranch Rd
Encinitas, CA 92024
Olivenhain Subdivision
$2,495,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
7
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
6,451
SQFT
3139 Dusty Trail
Encinitas, CA 92024
Olivenhain Subdivision
$399,000
Mobile Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
880
SQFT
155 W Jason St #13
Encinitas, CA 92024
Leucadia Subdivision
$50,000
Mobile Home For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
420
SQFT
1549 N Vulcan Ave. Spc 63
Encinitas, CA 92024
Leucadia Subdivision
$1,599,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,419
SQFT
1691 Crest Drive
Encinitas, CA 92024
Encinitas Subdivision
Price Change - 3 weeks ago
$1,965,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,750
SQFT
665 Camino De Orchidia
Encinitas, CA 92024
Encinitas Subdivision
Price Change - 2 weeks ago
$1,549,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,374
SQFT
1010 Arden Dr
Encinitas, CA 92024
Encinitas Subdivision
$1,100,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
959
SQFT
940 Sealane Drive #2
Encinitas, CA 92024
Encinitas Subdivision
$465,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
884
SQFT
277 Fairlee Ln
Encinitas, CA 92024
Encinitas Subdivision
$339,000
Mobile Home For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
600
SQFT
123 Jasper Steet #37
Encinitas, CA 92024
Leucadia Subdivision
$699,500
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,113
SQFT
1910 Misty Circle
Encinitas, CA 92024
Encinitas Subdivision
$425,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
906
SQFT
1710 S El Camino Real #107
Encinitas, CA 92024
Encinitas Subdivision
Price Change - 5 days ago
$439,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
1,092
SQFT
760 Encinitas Blvd ##103
Encinitas, CA 92024
Encinitas Subdivision
$1,200,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,958
SQFT
809 Eugenie
Encinitas, CA 92024
Leucadia Subdivision
$3,395,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
7
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
7,044
SQFT
3544 Lone Hill Ln
Encinitas, CA 92024
Olivenhain Subdivision
Price Change - 3 weeks ago
$950,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,584
SQFT
1080 Balour Drive
Encinitas, CA 92024
Encinitas Subdivision
$1,489,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,600
SQFT
746 Devonshire
Encinitas, CA 92024
Encinitas Subdivision
$1,295,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,020
SQFT
1675 Noma Lane
Encinitas, CA 92024
Leucadia Subdivision
$1,382,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,312
SQFT
1145 Laurel Cove Lane
Encinitas, CA 92024
 
$135,000
Mobile Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,530
SQFT
350 N El Camino Real #53
Encinitas, CA 92024
Encinitas Subdivision
$1,398,888
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,115
SQFT
1636 Burgundy Road
Encinitas, CA 92024
Encinitas Subdivision
Open House 12/15 at 1PM
$769,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,279
SQFT
566 Nantucket Ct
Encinitas, CA 92024
Encinitas Subdivision
$375,000
Mobile Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
840
SQFT
123 Jasper #29
Encinitas, CA 92024
Leucadia Subdivision
Price Change - 6 days ago
$1,269,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,694
SQFT
1303 Hermes Ave
Encinitas, CA 92024
Leucadia Subdivision
$2,999,999
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,450
SQFT
1403 Rainbow Ridge Lane
Encinitas, CA 92024
Leucadia Subdivision
$3,500,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
SAN DIEGO
COUNTY
777 2nd St
Encinitas, CA 92024
Encinitas Subdivision
Price Change - 2 weeks ago
$589,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
925
SQFT
155 Rosebay #49
Encinitas, CA 92024
Encinitas Subdivision
$114,900
Mobile Home For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
550
SQFT
699 N Vulcan Ave #37
Encinitas, CA 92024
Leucadia Subdivision
$995,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
416
SQFT
1060 Urania Avenue
Encinitas, CA 92024
Leucadia Subdivision
$1,339,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,038
SQFT
135 Phoebe St
Encinitas, CA 92024
Leucadia Subdivision
$279,000
Mobile Home For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
672
SQFT
444 N El Camino Real #10
Encinitas, CA 92024
Encinitas Subdivision
$75,000
Mobile Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
512
SQFT
1624 N Coast Highway 101 #6
Encinitas, CA 92024
Leucadia Subdivision
$1,075,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,683
SQFT
818 Birchview Dr
Encinitas, CA 92024
Encinitas Subdivision
$3,375,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,346
SQFT
1114 Crest Drive
Encinitas, CA 92024
Encinitas Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$1,010,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,308
SQFT
745 Clark Ave.
Encinitas, CA 92024
Leucadia Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$2,350,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
7
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
5,535
SQFT
3467 Western Springs Rd
Encinitas, CA 92024
Olivenhain Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$1,785,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,710
SQFT
1255 Birmingham Drive
Encinitas, CA 92024
Encinitas Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$300,000
Mobile Home For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
520
SQFT
123 Jasper St #11
Encinitas, CA 92024
Leucadia Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$1,699,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,533
SQFT
335 W I Street
Encinitas, CA 92024
Encinitas Subdivision
Open House 12/15 at 11AM
$739,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
827
SQFT
248 Fraxinella
Encinitas, CA 92024
Encinitas Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$535,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
936
SQFT
1713 Kellington Place
Encinitas, CA 92024
Encinitas Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$1,384,888
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,908
SQFT
2928 Lone Jack Road
Encinitas, CA 92024
Olivenhain Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$349,900
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
650
SQFT
1650 S El Camino Real #205
Encinitas, CA 92024
Encinitas Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$625,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,169
SQFT
2046 Winsome Way
Encinitas, CA 92024
Encinitas Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$1,375,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,336
SQFT
1349 Crest Dr
Encinitas, CA 92024
Encinitas Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$1,625,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,350
SQFT
599 Camino El Dorado
Encinitas, CA 92024
Encinitas Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$119,000
Mobile Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,600
SQFT
350 N El Camino Real #36
Encinitas, CA 92024
Encinitas Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$540,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,056
SQFT
1932 Springdale Lane
Encinitas, CA 92024
Encinitas Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$421,500
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
906
SQFT
1710 S El Camino Real #107
Encinitas, CA 92024
Encinitas Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$727,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
827
SQFT
724 Snapdragon Street
Encinitas, CA 92024
Encinitas Subdivision

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Price Change - 3 weeks ago
$3,200,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,800
SQFT
3833 Megan Ln
Encinitas, CA 92024
Olivenhain Subdivision
$6,798,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,556
SQFT
1112 Neptune Ave
Encinitas, CA 92024
Encinitas Subdivision
$3,600,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
4,387
SQFT
1116 Crest Drive
Encinitas, CA 92024
Encinitas Subdivision
$8,250,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BED
7
TOTAL BATHS
9,045
SQFT
1210 Neptune
Encinitas, CA 92024
Encinitas Subdivision
$1,225,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,901
SQFT
534 Orpheus Avenue
Encinitas, CA 92024
Encinitas Subdivision
$1,775,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
4,176
SQFT
511 Hermes
Encinitas, CA 92024
Leucadia Subdivision
Price Change - a week ago
$1,450,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,911
SQFT
511 Paloma Ct
Encinitas, CA 92024
Encinitas Subdivision
$3,700,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
3,221
SQFT
1403 Neptune Ave
Encinitas, CA 92024
Leucadia Subdivision
$11,995,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
7
TOTAL BATHS
5,337
SQFT
806 4th Street
Encinitas, CA 92024
Encinitas Subdivision
$1,100,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
959
SQFT
940 Sealane Drive #2
Encinitas, CA 92024
Encinitas Subdivision
$1,879,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
4,318
SQFT
1756 Aryana Dr
Encinitas, CA 92024
Encinitas Subdivision
Price Change - 6 days ago
$1,299,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,945
SQFT
1113 Calle Christopher
Encinitas, CA 92024
Encinitas Subdivision
Open House 12/16 at 1PM
$2,688,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
4,326
SQFT
733 Stratford Drive
Encinitas, CA 92024
Encinitas Subdivision
$3,395,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
7
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
7,044
SQFT
3544 Lone Hill Ln
Encinitas, CA 92024
Olivenhain Subdivision
Price Change - 2 weeks ago
$1,745,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,979
SQFT
1010 Scarlet Way
Encinitas, CA 92024
Encinitas Subdivision
$3,950,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
4,370
SQFT
124 La Costa Avenue
Encinitas, CA 92024
 
$1,649,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,158
SQFT
1742 Legaye
Encinitas, CA 92007
Cardiff By The Sea Subdivision
$1,645,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,425
SQFT
184 Pacific View Ln
Encinitas, CA 92024
Encinitas Subdivision
$2,395,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
5,676
SQFT
1601 Aryana Drive
Encinitas, CA 92024
Encinitas Subdivision
$3,895,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,942
SQFT
363 Andrew Avenue
Encinitas, CA 92024
Leucadia Subdivision
$2,098,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,553
SQFT
918 Sealane Drive #B
Encinitas, CA 92024
Encinitas Subdivision
$1,950,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,274
SQFT
1057 Dewitt Ave
Encinitas, CA 92024
Encinitas Subdivision
$2,999,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
5,294
SQFT
223 La Costa Ave
Encinitas, CA 92024
Leucadia Subdivision
$2,999,999
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,450
SQFT
1403 Rainbow Ridge Lane
Encinitas, CA 92024
Leucadia Subdivision
Price Change - 2 weeks ago
$589,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
925
SQFT
155 Rosebay #49
Encinitas, CA 92024
Encinitas Subdivision
$2,375,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,140
SQFT
399 Sunset Dr
Encinitas, CA 92024
Encinitas Subdivision
$2,299,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
4,066
SQFT
1187 Tuscany Ct
Encinitas, CA 92024
Leucadia Subdivision
$1,929,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
4,078
SQFT
725 Bracero Rd.
Encinitas, CA 92024
Encinitas Subdivision
Price Change - 2 weeks ago
$764,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,519
SQFT
969 Hygeia Ave
Encinitas, CA 92024
Encinitas Subdivision
$1,695,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,319
SQFT
185 Pacific View Lane
Encinitas, CA 92024
Encinitas Subdivision
$1,999,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
4,318
SQFT
1463 Paseo De Las Flores
Encinitas, CA 92024
Encinitas Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$1,250,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,515
SQFT
1720 Burgundy Rd
Encinitas, CA 92024
Encinitas Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$1,799,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
5,001
SQFT
1375 Ravean Ct
Encinitas, CA 92024
Encinitas Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$1,195,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,901
SQFT
534 Orpheus Avenue
Encinitas, CA 92024
Encinitas Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$2,795,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,385
SQFT
1101 Cornish
Encinitas, CA 92024
Encinitas Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$2,250,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,635
SQFT
1756 Tattenham Rd
Encinitas, CA 92024
Leucadia Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$1,395,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.2128
ACRES
SAN DIEGO
COUNTY
1050 Arcadia Rd
Encinitas, CA 92024
Encinitas Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$2,400,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
4,927
SQFT
1920 Paxton Way
Encinitas, CA 92024
Leucadia Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$1,995,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,827
SQFT
927 Passiflora
Encinitas, CA 92024
Encinitas Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$2,695,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
8
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
4,185
SQFT
407 Shore View Lane
Encinitas, CA 92024
Leucadia Subdivision

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