Explore Encinitas, California With Lauren Benwell

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The residential crowd is made up of…active, nature-loving people of all ages, from out-of-state transplants to local families that have no desire to move.

The community vibe is…relaxed and diverse. Encinitas has a very friendly atmosphere. This laidback surfer town has it all.

The lifestyle offered is…a very active and healthy one. Residents can’t resist being outside and enjoying the beautiful coastal area. There is so much to do, including surfing, biking, running, swimming, playing tennis, golfing––really everything, and the weather never interferes!

The most popular building type you’ll find is…contemporary beach homes designed to unify the indoor and outdoor space as well as capture views of the coastline.

The average home price is…around $800,000, but the range is vast. There is something for everyone and for every budget.

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The area’s greatest highlight is…the BEACH! With some of the top surf spots and sand beaches along the California coast, Encinitas is a popular vacation destination.

The area’s best driving-distance getaways are…any other beach town along the coast. Or, head east to the wine country. Not only that, but just a two-hour drive north you can go skiing!


The best spot to dine fancily is…Qero, an intimate Peruvian restaurant on the 101 in downtown Old Encinitas.

The best spot to find entertainment is…in Old Encinitas on the 101, where you can eat, drink, see a Warren Miller film, check out the shops, or wonder to the beach.

The best spots to go shopping are…along the 101, where you will find boutiques; or, head east of the I-5 on Leucadia Boulevard, and hit up the Forum for J.Crew, Madewell, and other popular retailers.


The best place to tee off is…Encinitas Ranch Golf Course, where you can enjoy the ocean view and breeze while playing.

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