Solana Beach

Solana Beach is a coastal community about 17 miles north of San Diego, just south of Cardiff-by-the-Sea and bordered on the south by Del Mar and to the east by Rancho Santa Fe.

Solana Beach covers an area of about 3.5 square miles, with a population around 13,000.

Most of Solana Beach is centered along the historic Route 101Coast Highway, with a very popular and well-known design area known as the Cedros Design District one block to the east. The Cedros Design District is a shopping mecca, for people who are remodeling or building a home and want assistance with interior and exterior design, furniture, gardening and landscaping. You can enjoy several restaurants, prowl through clothing shops, attend a live music concert at the Belly Up Tavern, or poke through numerous art galleries.

Besides being a main commuting route through Solana Beach, the main street offers a broad range of shopping and services. You will find the typical shops and services catering to a beach crowd (and vacationers) as well as more upscale clothing boutiques, home furnishings stores, restaurants, small businesses and Frog's Fitness Center.

Dining in the area can be quite good, and eclectic, ranging from fast food to fine dining. A few examples: Parioli Italian Restaurant; Blanca and Pamplemousse Grille are the most upscale and pricey; and the Wild Note Cafe at the Belly Up Tavern in the Cedros Design District is a terrific place for lunch, dinner or weekend brunch.

Much of the Solana Beach coast line is bluff, occupied in many areas by private homes (Pacific Avenue, Circle Drive) and expensive condo developments, especially along S. Sierra Avenue. The public can access the beaches at several points, such as Tide Park and the popular Fletcher Cove.

Mother Nature, as always, has her way. Some areas are at risk for bluff failures and active shifting of the bluffs, and some residents have installed seawalls when they could get approval. Recently new hefty fees have been implemented against residents who install seawalls to compensate the public for loss of beach.

Children in town attend one of 6 elementary schools in the Solana Beach School District. Older children will attend public schools in the San Dieguito Union High School District. There a several private schools as well.

Golfers can enjoy two courses in Solana Beach - the Lomas Santa Fe Country Club (private) and the Lomas Santa Fe Executive Golf Course, which is public. You’ll also find excellent courses nearby in Del Mar (e.g., Torrey Pines) and Rancho Santa Fe, most of which are private and expensive.

Housing in Solana Beach is fairly diverse, ranging from vacation and rental apartments, to a mix of attached and detached condos, single family homes, and luxury waterfront properties. Because of the hilly topography a good number of properties on the east side of the Coast Highway, and even east of the 5 freeway, offer distant views of the ocean, as well as the San Elijo Lagoon.

The Solana Beach real estate market traditionally does not have a large inventory of homes. Combined with the location, the beach life, and area amenities, this results in Solana Beach being one of the more expensive communities on the coast behind Del Mar and La Jolla, and neighboring Rancho Santa Fe.

Solana Beach offers a wonderful seaside lifestyle and ambiance, with great shopping, good schools, varied dining, and beautiful beaches just 30 minutes or less to downtown (non-rush hour). The location allows residents offer easy access to shopping and other amenities in neighboring Del Mar and La Jolla, and the local train station, with both commuter rail (The Coaster) and Amtrak trains, gives you the option of visiting downtown San Diego, North County, and Los Angeles in a little over 2 hours.

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