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Search all North County San Diego real estate and homes for sale including detached houses, condominiums and townhomes. View San Diego real estate and homes for sale complete with photos, addresses, prices and maps of active properties listed for sale in the Multiple Listing System (MLS), including property status and price changes. Research up-to-date North County Coastal area housing market reports and trends and explore exciting information on community beaches, parks, events, schools, restaurants, shopping and fun things to do that only the locals know about.

North County San Diego real estate agents Paul Stokes and Dean Rooke  would love for you to consider allowing us to represent you in the purchase or sale of your home. Although we buy and sell properties all over Northern San Diego County, the home communities and neighborhoods we know best are located in Encinitas, Cardiff, Leucadia, Del Mar, Solana Beach and Carlsbad. This is where we live and where our office is located.

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Whether you're looking to buy or sell your San Diego North County home, condo or townhouse, take the first step and call or text me today with any questions, set up a custom home search or request a free home evaluation.

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Question: What cities or communities make up North County San Diego County Coastal?
Answer: San Diego North County Coastal is a region that stretches along the coast of San Diego County. It includes several cities and communities that offer a unique blend of natural beauty, cultural diversity, and urban amenities. Some of the cities and communities that are part of San Diego North County Coastal include Del Mar, Solana Beach, Cardiff, Encinitas, Leucadia and Carlsbad. Each of these places has its own distinct personality and attractions, ranging from stunning beaches and world-class golf courses to charming downtowns and vibrant cultural scenes.

Question: What are the best neighborhoods to live in North County San Diego?
Answer: Some of the best neighborhoods in North County San Diego include Carlsbad, Encinitas, Del Mar, and Solana Beach. Each of these neighborhoods has its unique charm and offers excellent amenities.

Question: Is North County San Diego a safe place to live?
Answer: North County San Diego is generally considered a safe place to live, with low crime rates compared to other areas in San Diego County. However, it's always a good idea to research crime rates in specific neighborhoods before choosing where to live.

Question: What is the cost of living in North County San Diego?
Answer: The cost of living in North County San Diego is generally higher than the national average, but it varies depending on the neighborhood you choose to live in. Housing, transportation, and food are some of the most significant expenses.


There’s a reason living in North County San Diego is soooo expensive: it’s awesome here. And it’s not just the weather. Many of us make it home because of the beaches, parks, good schools, restaurants, breweries, wineries, shopping, and endless recreational activities throughout the county.

Plus there are so many wonderful people, churches, businesses and organizations working to make a great place even greater. OK, the sunshine is a BIG plus! And for me (Paul), hanging at the beach or hiking the many trails is good for the soul. And my doggo, Tripp, likes it too.

But, let's break it down! The top reasons to move to North County San Diego and live the North County lifestyle include:

Top reasons to buy a North County San Diego home and live the coastal lifestyle.


Gain insights into the North County San Diego housing market with our comprehensive reports. Our data is meticulously gathered and analyzed, providing you with a clear understanding of the local real estate trends. These reports will allow you to make informed decisions whether you are buying, selling, or simply keeping an eye on the market.

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North County San Diego Home Prices and Housing Market Rports


North County San Diego is a fairly pricey area to live in. The median home price is over $1,00,000, significantly higher than the national average. Rent is also high, averaging around $2,400 for a one-bedroom apartment. Food prices are comparable to most major cities, but gas tends to be more expensive due to California's additional fuel taxes. Dining out and entertainment options, while abundant, are also on the higher end. However, the high cost of living is often offset by the area’s scenic beauty, quality of life, and excellent amenities, making it an attractive place to live.

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Learn more about the cost of living and employment in North County San Diego.


North County San Diego is composed of diverse, vibrant communities, each offering unique living experiences. Carlsbad, known as the "Village by the Sea", blends a small-town feel with seaside charm, offering stunning beaches and a thriving arts scene. Encinitas, a surf town, is famous for its botanical gardens and beautiful beach views. It has a laid-back vibe and is home to a vibrant local art scene. Oceanside, the third-largest city in San Diego County, offers a mix of the beach lifestyle with a rich history and cultural scene. It's known for its pier, harbor, and international surf museum. Escondido, located in a valley surrounded by rocky hills, is rich in history and culture, offering a downtown with art galleries, a performing arts complex, and a variety of restaurants. Vista, a hillside community, is known for its local breweries, numerous parks and the Wave Waterpark. San Marcos has a blend of beautiful natural landscapes and modern urban development. It is home to California State University San Marcos and has a reputation for excellent schools. Fallbrook, known for its avocado groves, is a quiet country town with a thriving art scene. Del Mar, a small, seaside hideaway, offers a blend of small-town atmosphere with high-end boutiques and fine dining. Rancho Santa Fe is an exclusive, upscale community known for its large homes and equestrian lifestyle. Each community in North County San Diego offers a distinct and desirable lifestyle, contributing to the overall appeal of the area.

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Solana Beach is a popular city in North County San Diego.


North County San Diego is home to a diverse range of schools and school districts that provide quality education to students of all ages. The region boasts a number of highly rated public and private schools, as well as specialized programs for gifted and talented students, students with special needs, and those pursuing career and technical education. Some of the top school districts include Torrey Pines High School, Canyon Crest Academy, La Costa Canyon High School, San Dieguito Union High School, Del Mar School District, Encinitas School District, Carlsbad Unified School District, and others.

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Most North County San Diego schools are rated highly.


The region experiences a Mediterranean climate, which means that it is typically warm and dry during the summer months and cooler and wetter in the winter. Average temperatures range from the mid-60s to the mid-70s throughout the year, making it a perfect destination for those seeking an escape from harsher climates. The area also benefits from the oceanic influence, which helps to keep temperatures relatively stable and mitigate extreme weather conditions. While occasional heat waves and winter storms are possible, North County San Diego's weather is generally mild and enjoyable, making it a popular destination for outdoor activities and beachgoers.

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The weather in North County Coastal San Diego is very nice.


Some of the most popular beaches in North County San Diego include Del Mar Beach, Moonlight Beach, and Carlsbad State Beach, also known as Tamarack Beach. Del Mar Beach is known for its wide sandy expanse and picturesque views of the Pacific Ocean. Moonlight Beach is a favorite among families with its playground and volleyball courts. Tamarack Beach is a popular spot for surfing and swimming and just relaxing on the sand. Note there are dozens of beaches between Del Mar and Oceanside make it an awesome place to live if you love the beach.

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North County San Diego has dozens of awesome beaches.


Del Mar has the upscale Market Restaurant and Bar, and the charming Del Mar French Bakery, along with Pannikin Coffee & Tea for an exceptional coffee experience. In Solana Beach, the Fish Market offers delicious seafood, while Claire's on Cedros is a top-rated bakery and breakfast spot. Lofty Coffee Company is a local favorite for coffee. Cardiff boasts the Italian delight, Trattoria Positano, and the popular VG Donut & Bakery. Zumbar Coffee & Tea is a highly-rated coffee shop. Encinitas offers Honey's Bistro & Bakery for an amazing breakfast and Rosanna's Pasta Shop for authentic Italian fare. Lofty Coffee Encinitas is a go-to spot for coffee. Finally, in Carlsbad, seafood enthusiasts should visit Fish District, and Jeune et Jolie is recommended for their French cuisine. The Land & Water Company provides a unique dining experience in a historic setting.

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North County San Diego is a hub of great restaurants, bakeries and coffee shops


In Del Mar, Viewpoint Brewing Company is a must-visit for craft beer fans, while En Fuego Cantina & Grill is a popular nightlife spot. Solana Beach boasts the Culture Brewing Co for artisanal beer lovers and Belly Up Tavern for live music lovers. Cardiff offers the Lost Abbey Cardiff for craft beer enthusiasts while The Kraken Bar & Lounge offers a lively night scene. In Encinitas, the Stone Brewing Co is a local favorite for craft beer, while the Bier Garden is a hotspot for nightlife. Finally, in Carlsbad, the Barrel Republic and Witch Creek Winery are recommended for beer and wine lovers respectively, and Coyote Bar & Grill is a well-loved nightlife spot.

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North County San Diego has a good selection of breweries, wineries and night life.


Del Mar, Solana Beach, Cardiff, Encinitas, and Carlsbad each offer a variety of events, festivals, and activities that cater to a range of interests. In Del Mar, the Del Mar Races and the San Diego County Fair are must-attend annual events. For food lovers, the Del Mar Taste & Art Stroll offers a chance to sample local cuisine and appreciate local art. Solana Beach hosts the Fiesta Del Sol, a family-friendly festival with music, food, and art. The Solana Beach Farmers Market is also a popular weekly event for locals and visitors. Cardiff is known for its Cardiff Dog Days of Summer, a one-day event featuring dog-related vendors, contests, and a canine adoption area. The Kook Run is another fun event, a scenic run transitioning from the coast to the hills. In Encinitas, the Fall Festival and the Spring Street Fair are popular community events with live music, food, and vendors. The Encinitas Mind Body Soulstice event is a wellness festival that includes yoga, meditation, and other holistic practices. Carlsbad hosts the Carlsbad Village Faire, one of the largest one-day street fairs in the nation. The Carlsbad Flower Fields, open from March to May, are also a must-see, with 50 acres of vibrant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers. In addition to the events and festivals, these communities offer beautiful beaches, hiking trails, and numerous dining and shopping options, making them ideal destinations for visitors.

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North County San Diego has dozens of events and things to do all year roun.


North County San Diego is a hub of cultural and social activities, with a plethora of popular events taking place throughout the year. From music festivals to food fairs, there's something for everyone in this vibrant region. One of the most popular events is the San Diego County Fair (formerly Del Mar Fair), which attracts visitors from all over the country with its exciting rides, delicious food, and diverse range of entertainment. Another favorite is the Carlsbad Village Street Faire, which showcases over 850 vendors with an array of unique crafts, clothing, and gifts. The Del Mar Races are also a must-attend event, with thrilling horse races and live music performances. Other notable events include the San Diego International Film Festival, the Oceanside International Film Festival, and the Vista Strawberry Festival. With so many exciting options, North County San Diego is the perfect destination for those who love to explore and experience new things.

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San Diego North County has a very active parks and recreation department.


North County San Diego offers plenty of fantastic shopping options, from sprawling outlet centers to small boutique shops. Del Mar boasts the Del Mar Plaza, an upscale shopping center with high-end boutiques, restaurants, and stunning ocean views. The Del Mar Highlands Town Center also provides a variety of shopping and dining options. Solana Beach is known for the Cedros Design District, a unique shopping neighborhood with over 85 art galleries, boutiques, and home décor shops. It's a fantastic place for finding one-of-a-kind items. In Cardiff, you can find Seaside Market, a locally owned and operated market known for its gourmet foods. There are also several surf shops and boutiques along the coast highway. Encinitas is home to the Lumberyard Shopping Center, which combines national retailers with unique local stores. Moonlight Plaza and Encinitas Village Shopping Center are also popular shopping destinations in the area. Carlsbad offers a range of shopping experiences. The Carlsbad Premium Outlets houses many designer and brand-name stores at discount prices. For a more relaxed shopping experience, you can stroll through The Forum Carlsbad or the Carlsbad Village, both offering a variety of shops, restaurants, and services. Whether you're looking for the latest fashion, unique home décor, or handcrafted jewelry, these coastal communities offer a wide array of shopping options that cater to every taste and budget.

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You have plenty of shopping options in North County San Diego.


North County San Diego is packed with cool stuff for everyone. Imagine chilling out with a good book at the Encinitas Library – it's got killer views of the Pacific Ocean. If you're into the great outdoors or you're a bit of a tree-hugger, the City of Encinitas has you covered with loads of parks and environmental programs. For the older crew, the Encinitas Senior Citizen Center is a real hub of activity. They plan all sorts of fun things to do and offer heaps of support services. Plus, for everyone else, the Encinitas Community and Senior Center is the place to be for community events and get-togethers. There's never a dull moment in North County San Diego!

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The various communities in North County San Diego are rich in history and culture.


San Diego North County offers a variety of fitness, wellness and health care facilities. In Del Mar, Performance Care Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation Center is highly acclaimed for its high-quality services. In the realm of fitness, the Del Mar Gym offers a variety of workout routines and personal trainers to help you meet your goals. In Solana Beach, Fit Athletic Club has state-of-the-art facilities and a variety of classes to choose from. For yoga enthusiasts, there's the Yoga Six Solana Beach that offers classes for all levels. The Solana Beach Medical Center serves as a comprehensive healthcare center for residents. Cardiff's Encinitas Fitness Studio is popular for its personal training services and group classes. And for medical needs, Scripps Coastal Medical Center Cardiff is a reliable choice. In Encinitas, the YMCA Gym is a family-friendly venue with a wide range of fitness options. For yoga lovers, the Soul of Yoga is a favorite. Meanwhile, the Encinitas Hospital and Medical Center offers a variety of health services. Lastly, in Carlsbad, the Equinox Gym boasts of its luxurious facilities and advanced fitness programs. For yoga, the Yoga80 - Carlsbad is highly recommended. The Carlsbad Medical Center is known for its excellent healthcare services.

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North County San Diego is very fitness minded.


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Schedule an office visit using our online calendar and meet us at our Encinitas office: 90 N Coast Hwy 101, Ste 205.

Or, we'd also be happy to meet you one at one of our favorites North County places: Americana Restaurant or Starbucks in Del Mar; our office at Lofts at Moonlight Beach or Pannikin Coffee & Tea in Encinitas;  Karl Strauss Brewing Company or Daily News Cafe in Carlsbad; Starbucks in San Elijo Hills; or One Paseo in Carmel Valley.


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