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Cardiff-by-the-Sea, usually referred to as Cardiff, is a beach community located in Encinitas bordered by San Elijo Lagoon and Solana Beach to the south. With a population of under 12,000, Cardiff-by-the-Sea operates as part of the city of Encinitas, but unlike the other communities that comprise Encinitas has its own ZIP code, 92007.

In 1911, this former farming community began to develop Cardiff, when Boston developer J. Frank Cullen broke ground to build new homes. Frank Cullen’s wife, a native of Cardiff, Wales, persuaded him to name the community “Cardiff”, as well as many streets, such as “Birmingham”, “Oxford”, “Chesterfield” and “Manchester”, despite heavy Spanish influence in the area.

According to the 2010 Census, Cardiff-by-the-Sea is 71% white, 21% Hispanic, 3% Asian, 1% African-American and 4% Other. Cardiff has a school district consisting of two schools: Cardiff Elementary (K-3) and Ada Harris Elementary (3-6).

Cardiff is home to a few well-known surf spots, such as Swami’s and Cardiff Reef which produces waves both professional and novice surfers enjoy year round. Surfing at The Reef has progressed from just a few surfers in the 1950s to become one of the most popular surfing spots in San Diego County.

Latest Cardiff home listings:

  1. 4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 2,858 sq ft
    Lot size: 11,899 sqft
    Year built: 1981
    Days on market: 25
  2. 4 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,550 sq ft
    Year built: 1978
    Days on market: 28
  3. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,040 sq ft
    Year built: 1964
    Days on market: 55
  4. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,677 sq ft
    Year built: 1956
    Days on market: 85
  5. 4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 2,400 sq ft
    Year built: 1972
    Days on market: 90
  6. 4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 2,117 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,565 sqft
    Year built: 2016
    Days on market: 91
  7. 4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 3,934 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,098 sqft
    Year built: 1992
    Days on market: 107
  8. 5 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 4,300 sq ft
    Year built: 2017
    Days on market: 107
  9. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,934 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,000 sqft
    Year built: 1956
    Days on market: 246

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(all data current as of 7/21/2017)

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