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Solana Beach is one of the smallest beach towns in North County San Diego. Encompassing just 3.5 square miles, it is tucked between Del Mar and Encinitas. Known for its close proximity to the surf and sand, Solana Beach is also home to some of San Diego’s most luxurious properties.
Solana Beach got its start in 1922 when Colonel Ed Fletcher purchased 201 acres and established the new town. His improvements to the area included establishing several essential businesses, a train station, and carving out a path down to the beach through the coastal bluffs (present day Fletcher Cove site). This last was a real feat of engineering and patience. A firehose was used to loosen the sand which was them moved by steam shovel and washed away down at the surf line. The project took several months, but current Solana Beach residents have Colonel Ed Fletcher to thank for their access to the ocean!
Ranked the #1 Best Suburb in San Diego by Niche.com, Solana Beach has an overall A+ rating. Although it’s home to only about 13,000 residents, Solana Beach ranks in the Top 5 Suburbs with the Best Public Schools in California!
The Solana Beach School district consists primarily of K-6 elementary schools located within Solana Beach and neighboring Carmel Valley. Elementary schools include Skyline, Solana Vista, Solana Santa Fe, Solana Highlands, Carmel Creek, Solana Pacific, and Solana Ranch. Solana Beach students are also served by Earl Warren Middle School, which is part of the San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD). Most older Solana Beach students attend Torrey Pines High School, which is also in the SDUHSD District. Both school districts have earned numerous distinctions and their schools are all A or A+ rated! If you have kids and you’re looking to call Solana Beach home, this community is a great choice.
There are also a number of private schools in the area including Santa Fe Christian Schools, Cathedral Catholic High School, Horizon Prep, St. James Academy, and the Grauer School.
Solana Beach real estate offers an eclectic mix of old and new. Consisting mostly of single-family homes and condos, most properties have been built within the last fifty years with some newer construction going up in place of older homes or on empty lots. Solana Beach real estate is among some of the most expensive in San Diego County. Many properties offer full or peek ocean views. Some homes also offer larger lot sizes, which is a rarity along the coast.
For a single family home in Solana Beach, the median home price is $2,350,000. For a condo or townhome it is $1,240,000.
Solana Beach offers residents all the advantages of living in a beach-close small town, without lacking in amenities. With an eclectic mix of local businesses and larger regional and national chains, everything you need is just a short walk, bike ride, or drive away.
Expect to run into people you know while enjoying the sun and surf at Fletcher Cove! This is a beautiful beach with a park, bathrooms, and shower for rinsing away the sand. This also tends to be one of the quieter beaches in San Diego, which makes parking a breeze. There’s a lot to love about living in Solana Beach!
Although Solana Beach has a definite laidback vibe, it does offer some nightlife in the form of year-round entertainment at the famous Belly Up Tavern, along with art shows and charity benefits that take place in the Cedros Avenue Design District. There are also a few local bars and breweries along Highway 101.
With both a train station and a great location along the I-5 freeway, living in Solana Beach provides easy access to everything San Diego has to offer. From the nearby Del Mar Racetrack to SeaWorld San Diego, Petco Park, Downtown San Diego, and more, you’ll have the best of everything as a Solana Beach resident.
Like most coastal towns in San Diego, the weather in Solana Beach is mild year-round. You’ll definitely experience May Gray and June Gloom as the fog slowly burns off in the late spring and summer, but the sunshine and milder afternoon temperatures make up for it. A/C is a nice-to-have feature in Solana Beach, rather than a requirement!
Solana Beach is known for the Cedros Avenue Design District, a unique shopping area lined with upscale boutiques, art galleries, antique stores, home furnishing resources, and more. The world-famous Belly Up Tavern is also located on this street.
Nearby Highway 101 is filled with wonderful restaurants, bars, breweries, and cafes. During summer when both the San Diego Fair and race season land at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, this is a popular area for residents and tourists to enjoy food and a drink before heading over to the Fairgrounds for a fun day.
There are several other shopping centers located along Lomas Santa Fe Drive, providing endless options for dining, shopping, and entertainment. Solana Beach has a Vons, a Sprouts, and hosts a Sunday afternoon Farmer’s Market near Barefoot Coffee Roasters.
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