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Solana Beach

A place offering a quaint, village vibe mixed with plenty of seaside luxury. That place is Solana Beach.

Welcome to Solana Beach

Low-key luxury living alongside the Pacific.

The Pacific Ocean coastline north of San Diego can be a glamorous affair. There's the beach resort town of La Jolla, the public golfing mecca of Torrey Pines, and, of course, the hip and affluent oceanside city of Del Mar. Head just a bit further north, however, and you discover something entirely different—a place offering a quaint, village vibe mixed with plenty of seaside luxury. That place is Solana Beach.

While the pace of life might be slower than the beach towns to the south, that doesn't make this Southern California gem any less remarkable. There's lots to do—dining, shopping, festivals and fairs—and an impressive collection of luxury homes. Containing everything from oceanfront condos to golf course villas to multi-acre estates and modern builds with stunning views, there's a luxury home for every taste and style.

What to Love

  • Seaside village living along the Pacific Ocean
  • Chic and unique Cedros Avenue Design District
  • Impressive variety of luxury housing boasting incredible views and seaside location
  • Great coastal location with easy access to San Diego

People & Lifestyle

With fewer than 15,000 residents, Solana Beach is the second smallest of San Diego County's major communities (only Del Mar is less populated), but that plays into the area's biggest strength—its small-town charm and away-from-it-all sensibilities. Indeed, those who relocate here do so to escape the hustle and bustle of big-city life.

The ocean setting is merely a bonus for those seeking out a laid-back lifestyle. Professionals (despite its remote feel, San Diego remains only 30 minutes from town), young and established families, and retirees can all make a comfortable go of it in Solana Beach.

Dining, Shopping & Entertainment

The Cedros Avenue Design District serves as Solana Beach's primary commercial area, and it is one of the most popular shopping destinations anywhere in San Diego County. The easily walkable two-and-a-half-block stretch is home to over 85 shops, boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants. There's also the vaunted live music venue Belly Up and a farmer's market every Sunday.

For a small suburban enclave, Solana Beach dining would be the envy of many big cities. The community's most popular haunt is Clarie's on Cedros, a quintessential California cafe housed in an old-school beachside cottage. For those craving international flavors, Tony's Jacal and Bangkok Bay Thai Restaurant are sure to satisfy your appetite.

Elsewhere in Solana Beach, highly touted eateries are the rule, not the exception. Three of the best include the locally sourced comfort food of Ranch 45 Local Provisions, the outstanding New York-style pizza of Bongiorno's, and the beachside bar Pillbox Tavern.

Things to Do

When oceanside in California, there's no escaping the pull of the outdoors. Solana Beach, a name that means "sunny spot," offers an irresistible list of pursuits. Popular beaches include Fletcher Cove Beach and Tide Beach Park. The annual Fiesta del Sol beachside musical festival celebrates all things summer at Fletcher Cove. 

As one might expect in the relaxed atmosphere of a California beach town, art also plays a significant role in setting the tone for Solana Beach. The city is home to over 15 galleries, including the Aaron Chang Ocean Art Gallery.

Schools

Solana Beach is home to a number of excellent schools. Some of the most celebrated educational opportunities include: