Moving to Cardiff California

Being right next to a gorgeous Pacific Ocean, Cardiff by the Sea certainly lives up to its name. Cardiff by the Sea is a seaside community in San Diego County, in Encinitas. Encinitas is a community divided into five areas, which are Old Encinitas, New Encinitas, Olivenhain, Leucadia and Cardiff by the Sea. Most of these communities are beachside communities, which make this area a perfect fit for anyone who is dying for a beachside home.

Cardiff by the Sea is a relatively small community, containing just under 12,000 people. This is a perfect, quaint beachside town, for those who desire to live next to the ocean. The area of Encinitas is only 30 minutes away from San Diego, which has a large economy, is filled with job opportunities and has an excellent entertainment landscape.


This individual Encinitas community is so small, it has a school district containing only two schools; Cardiff Elementary and Ada Harris Elementary. Cardiff Elementary serves from kindergarten to 3rd grade. Ada Harris Elementary School 3rd grade to 6th grade.

The larger community of Encinitas contains more schools, serving a larger variety of age ranges.

Cardiff by the Sea is home to the San Elijo campus of Mira Costa College, which is a community college which offers associate’s degrees in a variety of fields, which can stand on their own or serve as a cheaper alternative to a four-year university.


The Encinitas unemployment rate is 3.3%, which is lower than the San Diego County average of 4.1%. Most working people in Cardiff by the Sea have white collar jobs, which makes up around 70% of working people in the community.

Encinitas’ largest employers are YMCA, Target and the Home Depot.

Housing and Cost of Living

Homes close to the ocean are in very high demand. This, sadly, leads to housing prices in beachside communities being extremely high. One can expect to pay a hefty price, if they desire to live in this area. The average real estate listing price in Cardiff by the Sea is around $1,600,000. Southern California is notorious for having high housing prices, with housing prices going up the closer one is to the beach. Viewing housing prices in Cardiff and the surrounding areas, one will find that housing prices in this area regularly exceed $1,000,000.

These high housing prices mean that the cost of living in this area is higher than average in America. The cost of living here is around two-and-a-half times the national average. Gas prices in California are higher too, due to higher gas taxes. California law also requires a low-pollution blend of gas, which makes gas more expensive. Gas prices in Encinitas are around $3.00 and up, which is higher than most states. These soaring prices may be hard for someone who is coming from a part of the country with a lower cost of living, so this is something you may want to be wary of.


Like majority of California, Cardiff has a Mediterranean climate. Encinitas sees sunny days throughout most of the year. Summer highs are usually in the 70s, with winter lows often in the 40s. This kind of climate is perfect for those who are sick of cold winters. Cardiff generally has higher humidity, due to the ocean being so close by. The humidity rates do not seem to be astronomical though.


Gas and Electricity (San Diego Gas and Electric)

Pet License (Encinitas Animal Services)

Driver’s License and Vehicle Registration (Cardiff nearby DMV offices)

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Culture and Entertainment Landscape

There are tons of things to do in your spare time in Cardiff by the Sea. This town is located near numerous beaches, which make way for many adventures, with tons of camping trip and hiking opportunities available.

There’s the San Elijo state beach, which has plenty of campsites. If nothing sounds more relaxing to you than sleeping on a beach, underneath the stars, then head on over there! The South Carlsbad State Beach also allows visitors to camp there.

Moonlight Beach is also nearby, with volleyball nets and a children’s play area. This Encinitas beach also has equipment rentals and a snack bar. This beach is perfect for a family day out. The Torrey Pines State Beach near Carmel Valley is perfect for hiking and immersing in the beauty of Southern California beaches. Cardiff by the Sea also borders Solana Beach and offers easy access to many more beaches in the San Diego area.

California residents are notoriously health-conscious, and the restaurant landscape reflects this. There are many organic eateries laced throughout Southern California. Cardiff contains the Ki’s Restaurant, which serves organic food with a beautiful ocean view. There is also the Pacific Coast Grill, which has fresh seafood options.  Las Olas is also located in Cardiff, which is a healthy Mexican eatery, serving fish tacos. There are tons of healthy food options in Cardiff, with many places serving fresh seafood. These healthier dining options make it easier for anyone to live and eat healthfully.

Encinitas also has many yearly events, here are just a few of them:

  • April Street Fair: A street fair held yearly in April, in downtown Encinitas.
  • Classic Car Cruise nights: On the third Thursday during the months of May through September, classic cars cruise through Coast Highway 101 in Downtown Encinitas.
  • Encinitas Environment Day: On the 2nd Sunday of June, Encinitas hosts a bunch of environmentally-themed games and activities, to help families learn about the importance of preserving the environment.
  • Oktoberfest: A celebration held on the third Sunday of September, which coincides with the celebration in Germany.

Cardiff by the Sea is around a 30-minute drive from San Diego, which may be affected by traffic. San Diego contains a bustling nightlife, great entertainment and an amazing food-and-drink landscape.

Making the Move.

While this area may be pricey, the scenic beaches, stunning views, expansive entertainment landscape and numerous amazing restaurants make this area a real catch. Encinitas and Cardiff welcomes you.

And of course, if you need self storage in Cardiff, we’re here for you.

Here’s a video which displays the true beauty of this oceanside town: