Five Distinct Communities
In 1986, Encinitas incorporated five distinct communities into what is now considered the Encinitas real estate area. These five communities are Old Encinitas, New Encinitas, Leucadia, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, and Olivenhain.
Old Encinitas and the Downtown Area
Old Encinitas is a small beachside community, a sleepy surfer town with a small town atmosphere. It has that laid-back feel, lots of surf shops, antique stores, gift stores, and a variety of places to eat. It is home to tri-athletes and surfers who train here and business professionals that want to live and work in a place that is very unique but a little different. Encinitas homes for sale in Old Encinitas range from quaint cottages to expensive Encinitas ocean view homes. Many Encinitas whitewater view homes are remodeled homes that still maintain that beachside character and charm.
The New Encinitas real estate area is east of Interstate 5 and consist of large, expensive, tract developments. This area has a safe, suburban lifestyle and comes complete with golf courses, upscale shopping centers, and highly rated schools.
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