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Cardiff-by-the-Sea, usually referred to as Cardiff, is a beach community in the incorporated city of Encinitas in San Diego County, California. The Pacific Ocean is to the west of Cardiff-by-the-Sea, the rest of incorporated Encinitas is to the east and north, and a beach and lagoon to the south. With a population of under 12,000, Cardiff-by-the-Sea operates as part of the city of Encinitas, but unlike the other communities that comprise Encinitas, has its own ZIP code (92007). Cardiff is home to a few well-known surf spots, such as Swami's and Cardiff Reef.


Living in the San Diego area is a lifestyle choice. It is one of America's most beautiful and cleanest cities. Often referred to as "America's Finest City," the San Diego area offers its residents a higher quality of life with its access to beaches, highly rated schools, a plethora of outdoor recreational opportunities, mild weather year-round, diversity, arts and culture, and world-class dining and shopping.


The seaside community of Solana Beach lies along the northern coast of San Diego County and is exuding charm and a welcoming eclectic vibe. Being only a 30-minute drive from downtown San Diego, it has become a great day trip for San Diego residence wanting to get out of the city, as well as the place to stay for those that wish to visit San Diego, but enjoy a smaller coastal experience. With average temperatures ranging from 62 degrees in the winter to 77 in the summer, it’s the perfect get-away for those who like to escape the heat in the summer and cold in the winter. The beaches are known for it’s swimming as well as surfing and beautiful sunsets at the award-winning Fletcher Cove Park.


Encinitas is a coastal beach town in the northern San Diego County coastline. It is about 25 miles north of San Diego between Solana Beach and Carlsbad. This community has over 60,000 residents, pristine beaches, rolling hills, a famous botanic garden and a vibrant, thriving downtown area. Known for its excellent surfing conditions, visitors from all over the world gather to compete in surfing tournaments. It’s unique old-world charm and modern sophistication offers something for everyone. The warm year-round temperatures provides outdoor opportunities for residents beyond the beaches with its great hiking trails, biking, and golf courses. 

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Poway School District
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The unincorporated community of Poway became a city in San Diego County in 1980. With a population now of about 50,000, this small city offers young professionals and families the best access to all of what the area has to offer. Just a few miles to the west, you will find yourself on the beach, and a few miles to the east you can explore some of the area’s local wineries. 


The community of Del Mar is primarily single-family residential neighborhoods with a population of just over 4,200 within it’s 2.2 square mile border. It is well known for having a vibrant, active downtown filled with retail and restaurants. This community has beautiful beaches that are also dog-friendly, hiking trails, and spectacular views. Del Mar has a small commercial area and several hotels for its year-round visitors of over 2 million a year coming from all over the world.

Del Mar School District
Del Mar Utilities


Rancho Bernardo is a hidden beauty in the North San Diego County with exceptional culture. This master-planned community has a population of about 76,000 residents and is considered one of the best places to live. With well-developed and upscale living, you will live amidst three golf courses, local hot spots and experience the famous street fair each year. As one of the largest school districts in the county, it is not only a great place to work and live, but to raise a family.

Rancho Bernardo School District
Rancho Bernardo Utilities

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