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Olivenhain Neighborhood Guide

Olivenhain is a semi-rural neighborhood in the northeast section of Encinitas. It was established in 1885 as a colony for German-speaking immigrants, which explains the name – Olivenhain means ‘olive grove’ in German. Now this community is an upscale neighborhood full of custom-built detached homes on large lots. There are several private horse ranches, and horseback riding is a popular activity among the residents.

This is a very small community, with only 1500 homes at the time of this writing. The low-density zoning ensures that even when the area is fully developed the maximum number of homes will only reach 1600. Olivenhain’s quiet, small-town vibe is enhanced by its Dark Skies Policy, which limits the amount of lighting used in community structures at night.

The major shopping area is at Encinitas Boulevard and El Camino Real. If you can’t find what you need here, downtown Encinitas and Carlsbad are just a few miles away, and San Diego is only about 30 miles south on I-5.

Properties for Sale in Olivenhain

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Things to Do in Olivenhain

Little Oaks Equestrian Park

Horseback Riding

2879 Lone Jack Rd
Encinitas, CA 92024

Sal Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve

Nature & Wildlife Areas

2710 Manchester Ave
Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007

Sun Vista Park

Dog Parks

2011 Avenida La Posta
Encinitas, CA 92024

Top Restaurants in Olivenhain

127 N El Camino Rd
Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 634-7607

115 N El Camino Real
Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 487-5778

1446 Encinitas Blvd
Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 944-4541

Olivenhain Demographics


Median household income: $112,833
Median contract rent: $2,000
Median single family home price: $649,771
Median resident age: 44
Percentage of family households: 73.3%

Population Breakdown:

  • Male: 49.2%
  • Female: 50.8%
  • 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 Olivenhain

Diegueno Middle School

Grades 7-8

2150 Village Park Way
Encinitas, CA 92024

La Costa Canyon High School

Grades 9-12

1 Maverick Way
Carlsbad, CA 92009

Olivenhain Pioneer Elementary School

Grades K-6

8000 Calle Acervo
Carlsbad, CA 92009