Cardiff Real Estate
When “The Magic Carpet Ride,” a bronze homage to Southern California’s novice surfers, was installed in 2007, it was instantly the subject of much public scrutiny. His form is all wrong, said some surfers. It’s just not pretty, said other designers. Commissioned by artist Matthew Antichevich for the Cardiff Botanical Society, the 16-foot statue had been modified many times through its creation due to dwindling funds. The finished product, now dubbed “The Cardiff Kook,” may have initially created some unflattering buzz, but has since become a source of fun and creative inspiration for the community. Individuals and groups decorate the statue in recognition of everything from serious causes like breast cancer awareness month to over-the-top, just-for-fun scenes like a giant pterodactyl snatching the Kook out of a life-size, prehistoric diorama.
The Kook makes its home in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, a beautiful and bustling beach community that comprises the south end of the city of Encinitas. Cardiff, as it’s often called, joins the communities of Olivenhain and Leucadia (as well as Old and New Encinitas), as part of the city of Encinitas, but is the only one with its own zip code. Cardiff real estate is available now, if you would like to call this zip code “home,” start touring homes now!
And with its restaurants, shops, schools, and world-class beaches, Cardiff has also carved out an identity all its own.
In 1911, the sleepy farming community began to be transformed by J. Frank Cullen, an English developer who began building new homes in the area. Cullen, who named the area for his wife – a native of Cardiff, Wales – also bestowed the streets with the proper British names (like Manchester, Birmingham, and Oxford) that still give local roads a regal flare.
Cardiff, whose noteworthy residents including surfing legend Rob Machado (and countless other professional athletes), Switchfoot frontman Jon Foreman, “Happy Days” actress Marion Ross, and Success magazine publisher Darren Hardy, has grown since the turn of the century but managed to keep its small surf-town appeal.
Charming cafes and shops line the streets in the center of town, which offers treats ranging from breakfast burritos to local favorite VG Donuts. The Seaside Market is a popular stop, and across the 101 freeway are upscale dining options like the Chart House, which features a beachside dining view that’s guaranteed to make out-of-town friends jealous when you post your dinner photos to Instagram.
Cardiff’s beach options are unparalleled, from the famous breaks at Cardiff Reef to the beautiful beachside jogging and walking park at Carpintier Parkway. Live music can be found everywhere from the Kraken bar and restaurant, just across from the beach, or at the Lux Art Institute. The San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve – one of the largest wetlands in the county – sits at the south end of the community, and as does the nearby San Elijo campus of Mira Costa College.
Sealing the deal for Cardiff-by-the-Sea real estate? The area’s excellent schools range from Kindergarten through junior college, offering families the proverbial whole package when it comes to choosing their piece of San Diego County paradise.
SD County Realty is standing by ready to show you around this charming town. Want a sneak peek? Here’s a beautiful home currently listed in this quaint, picturesque beach town!