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Solana Beach at a Glance
  • Population: 13,431
  • Median price single-family home: $1,400,000
        (2008)
  • Median price single-family luxury home:
        $1,700,000
  • Land area in square miles: 3.5
  • Residents per square mile: 3,605
  • Distance from Downtown S.D.: 21 miles
  • Solds: 126 (2008)

  • Points of Interest

    Cedros Design

    Train Station

    Library
    Have a Solana Day
    "Solana" is Spanish for "sunny," so whoever named this town must have spent some nice days at one of the town?s sparkling beaches. Solana Beach is about 21 miles north of San Diego via Coast Highway or the Lomas Santa Fe Drive exit off of Interstate 5. The community includes Lomas Santa Fe, a large golf-residential development, and neighbors include Del Mar to the south, Rancho Santa Fe to the east, Cardiff-by-the-Sea to the north, and the ocean on the west. Orchids are particularly well-suited to Solana Beach's even temperatures. Venerable eucalyptus and torrey pine trees are uniquely suited, as well, to this lovely little beach town. Solana Beach is also home to Eden Gardens & La Colonia Park, its historical Mexican community where you'll find some of the best Mexican food in San Diego County.
    Eden Gardens, one of the oldest residential areas of Solana Beach, was a community formed in the 1920s by Mexican farmers who were hired by the owners of large ranchea in Rancho Santa Fe. The farmers wanted their families nearby, hence the formation of La Colonia (the colony). The name Eden Gardens came later from a land developer who thought it would be a good marketing tool. Many residents and business owners still refer to the community as La Colonia.

    The city of Solana Beach was called Lockwood Mesa prior to 1923, when the original subdivision plan for community was developed. Though the area grew slowly but steadily throughout the rest of the century, booms occurred in the decade after World War II and then again in the last quarter of the century. In 1986, the community incorporated as a city. Solana Beach received national publicity in 2003 upon becoming the first city in the continental U.S. to enact a smoking ban on its public beaches. This trend is continuing in many California coastal towns and cities.

    Recreation and Shopping
    One of the best amenities of Solana Beach is the Lomas Santa Fe Executive Golf Course, which opened in 1973. According to the course's website, it?s the home of the 2007 and 2008 Junior Worlds for 9 and 10-year-old girls and was recently described by the San Diego Union-Tribune as "A hidden and underused jewels among a lot of players in North County?.It?s affordable for families and kids. Fantastic spot for summer evenings."

    Though set on stunning coastal bluffs, for a long time Solana Beach had no beach access. Later, a gap was cut out in the bluffs, providing ocean access. There are now three small beaches in the city, but the crashing surf makes them better suited to surfers and body boarders than to swimmers and sunbathers. The three beaches include Fletcher Cove, a cobblestone beach with a park that overlooks the ocean; Seascape Shores, just south of Fletcher Cove; and Tide Beach Park, which is a good place to explore tide pools and is popular with snorkelers.

    For a break from the mall scene, there?s the Cedros Design District, a hip hotbed for artistic treasures, boutiques, health and beauty spas, and charming cafes, some of which feature live entertainment. For more information on the Cedros Design District, see "Points of Interest" below.

    House Prices
    The median price for a single-family home is currently $1,400,000. The median price for a single-family luxury home is $1,700,000. Please note that our "Home Price Points" are based on the luxury market.
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    Story by Jacqueline Shannon
    Photography by Latara Dragoo

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