Cardiff-by-the-Sea is a very special place. Originally founded in 1911 by developer J. Frank Cullen, the community was named in honor of his wife’s native Wales, and many streets have English names. This distinctive town became part of the incorporated City of Encinitas in 1986, but has retained its unique character and identity. The community is known for its “walkability”, with the beach, lagoon, restaurants, markets, post office, library, restaurants and other services within easy walking distance of each other. Cardiff’s Restaurant Row, along Highway 101, provides great dining options right on the beach, with fantastic views of the Pacific Ocean. The small town hosts some fun festivals throughout the year including the annual Cardiff Surf Classic & Green Beach Fair, Taste of Cardiff and the Dog Days of Summer.
Around the world, Cardiff is well known for its awesome surfing, particularly Cardiff Reef, which attracts professional and amateur surfers year round. Surf fans know about Cardiff for local legend and Cardiff resident, Rob Machado. He can be regularly seen catching a waves or enjoying one of the bowls named after him at a local café, Sambazon. In addition to surfing, Cardiff’s beaches are a great place to relax or enjoy a variety of other ocean sports including boogie boarding, paddle boarding and kite surfing.
The San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve, a state wildlife preserve and bird sanctuary, is a jewel within Cardiff that attracts approximately 300 bird species annually. It has a lovely nature center that hosts numerous events throughout the year. It is great not only for bird-watching, but for its ideal hiking trails through coastal wetland habitat. The entire reserve encompasses 1,000 acres of habitat that hosts more than 700 species of plants and animals and numerous hiking trails.
A statue nicknamed “The Cardiff Kook” has received world-wide attention and is definitely a well-known attraction on the Coast Highway. The official name of the statue is “Magic Carpet Ride”, but soon after its unveiling, local surfers took to calling it the “Cardiff Kook”. It has become a tradition to decorate it based on a theme, either public or private. Sometimes it is adorned with simple happy birthday signs and sometimes it is dressed up much more elaborately, for example as a surfer about to be swallowed by a giant papier-mâché shark. This famous landmark even has its own website, calendar and swag!
As for real estate, Cardiff is highly desirable and inventory tends to be very low. If you are interested in properties in this community, you need an agent who is knowledgeable and experienced in Cardiff that can provide you the expert guidance to be able act quickly, as properties tend to sell fast. Eva Meier has been a resident for 27 years and a real estate agent for 17 years in Cardiff. She has the insider knowledge to help you, whether you are looking for an affordable condo, an oceanview twinhome or a fabulous custom home in the composer district. Speaking of which, right now the Geller-Meier Team has an amazing custom home listed in the Composer District. Check it out at www.CardiffViewHome.com, contact Eva (760.815.1318) or Maxine (858.353.5512) to schedule a private showing or come to the Open House this weekend on Saturday or Sunday from 1-4 PM.