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Old Encinitas Neighborhood Guide

Old Encinitas is the heart of historic Encinitas, and still keeps some of that small-town vibe. It started out as a railroad town in 1881, but most of the area’s historic landmarks were built during the 1920s. The famous Moonlight Beach might have gotten its name during this time, when bootleggers sailed in at night to drop off their illicit cargo. Nowadays it’s a favored surfer hangout, along with Swami’s break. If you’re interested in California history, you might like to take a walking tour of the neighborhood. The Encinitas Historical Society has some great information to start.

This community has plenty of modern attractions as well, housing some of the most beautiful gardens in this part of California. It also has many eclectic locally-owned businesses and restaurants. The Coast Highway 101 is the main commercial drag, and downtown Encinitas holds the Encinitas Station Farmers Market every Wednesday – a fantastic place to buy fresh produce, flowers, and handicrafts.

The borders of Old Encinitas are defined by Union Street to the north, which separates it from Leucadia, and Santa Fe Drive to the south, which sets if off from Cardiff-by-the-Sea. New Encinitas is over the coastal ridge to the east, and to the west is the Pacific Ocean. Interstate-5 runs through this community on the eastern side, giving you easy access to San Diego.

Properties for Sale in Old Encinitas

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Things to Do in Old Encinitas

Moonlight Beach


400 B St
Encinitas, CA 92024

San Diego Botanic Garden


230 Quail Gardens Dr
Encinitas, CA 92024

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens


215 W K St
Encinitas, CA 92024

Top Restaurants in Old Encinitas

552 S Coast Hwy 101
Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 753-2123



1051 S Coast Hwy 101
Encinitas, CA 92024
(858) 264-8550

505 S Coast Hwy 101
Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 942-7332

Old Encinitas Demographics


Median household income: $110,234
Median contract rent: $1,951
Median single family home price: $1,000,000
Median resident age: 45.8
Percentage of family households: 62.4%

Average estimated property values in 2015

Detached houses: $ 1,079,786
Townhouses or other attached units: $ 682,624
2-unit structures: $ 881,807
3-to-4-unit structures: $ 622,749
5-or-more-unit structures: $ 755,653
Mobile homes: $ 136,026

Population Breakdown:

  • Male: 44.8%
  • Female: 55.2%
  • African American: 0.5%
  • American Indian: 0.2%
  • Asian: 5.1%
  • Caucasian: 89.0%
  • Mixed race: 2.4%
  • Native Hawaiian: 0.1%
  • Other race: 2.6%

Schools in Old Encinitas

La Costa Canyon High School

Grades 9-12

1 Maverick Way
Carlsbad, CA 92009

Oak Crest Middle School

Grades 7-8

675 Balour Drive
Encinitas, CA 92024

Paul Ecke-Central Elementary School

Grades K-6

185 Union Street
Encinitas, CA 92024