Encinitas is the flower of San Diego County, a beautiful coastal city known for its many ornamental flower shops and nurseries - poinsettias, in particular, are a popular export here. Year-round sunny weather, progressive city planning, and a colorful history enabled Encinitas to keep its gardens and pleasant small-city atmosphere while other nearby communities expanded rapidly throughout the 20th century.
The renowned Ecke poinsettia was introduced here in 1923, and today can be spotted in yards throughout the community. Encinitas is located about 20 miles north of Downtown San Diego, and features six miles of rugged Pacific waterfront complete with beaches and prime surfing spots.
Things to do in Encinitas
Encinitas' many attractions include:
- Encinitas Community Park
- San Elijo State Beach
- Quail Botanical Gardens
- Magdalena Ecke Park
- Farmers Market
- Leo Mullen Sports Park
- Many others
The city is also home to many popular annual events, such as Encinitas Soccer Cup, The Cardiff Surf Classic & Green Beach Fair, and the beautiful Encinitas Street Fair celebrating the arrival of Spring.
The Encinitas area can be divided into five main sections, each offering its own brand of the Southern California lifestyle. Encinitas and Leucadia are the city's oldest areas, and home to many of the city's businesses, art galleries, and restaurants, as well as a variety of classic seaside residential areas. By contrast New Encinitas, Olivenhain, and Cardiff by the Sea tend to feature larger tract homes and low-density family neighborhoods - the newer area of Encinitas also includes a golf course and a shopping center.
Encinitas home values are generally quite high, ranging from the mid 500's to well above $10 million mark for the finest homes. Top-end Encinitas, Ca properties often include private waterfront estates with extensive custom landscaping, and a full luxury checklist of in-home amenities like gourmet kitchens, large private suites, vaulted ceilings, 5000+ sq. ft. floor-plans and the most gorgeous ocean views in the world.